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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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- March 26th, 2012  

Email letters to: info@northernexpress.com

Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page). Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification. Faxed letters are not accepted.

Express offends Catholics

Several weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a local restaurant. On the way out, I picked up a copy of Northern Express dated Feb. 20-26. I thought it would be entertaining to see what was going on in the area and see pictures of people I might know. However, much to my surprise, I was totally shocked and deeply offended.

Come on boys, this is America, not Nazi Germany. I know that we have freedom of speech and of the press, but we also have freedom of religion. Our religious freedoms are being challenged and your paper certainly doesn’t help matters.

For some of us that take our religion seriously, the cartoons in your paper both saddened and infuritated me. You couldn’t have hurt me more if you tried to stab me in the back. My faith guides my life and your paper viciously attacked my religion.

My children are all grown up now, but I certainly would not want my grandchildren to be exposed to this Howard Sterns like comedy. If I had a cat, it would line the bottom of its litter box. Your attempt at humor is graphic, disgusting and over the top.

It is much safer to make fun of the Catholics than Muslims because it appears that some in society feel it is safer that way.

I’m sure some of your loyal readers think these cartoons are hilarious. And on the other hand, I’m certain that some of your advertisers would be embarrassed to know what they are financially supporting. Believe it or not, Catholic people are their customers, so why would they want to offend them?

I hope you enjoy yourselves making a living by offending Catholic people. I for one (and I know you don’t care) will never be offended by your paper again because I don’t have a cat.

Mary Jo Parker • Petoskey

War on Women

On behalf of women who do not want to lose any of our hard-fought gains in freedom and control over our own bodies, I suggest to all, tell lawmakers: STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

First, the so-called “abortion” pill IS NOT an abortion pill at all. Don’t take my word for it. Doctor and Congressman Ron Paul stated so at the last GOP debates. As a doctor, Ron Paul felt compelled to educate viewers. He stated the morning-after pill works on the same principle as the birth control pill.

How dare Rep. Darryl Issa exclude female voices from a hearing on contraception? We do not need an American version of Taliban men dictating how we women will live our lives.

They cannot tell us whether contraception is okay or not. They cannot dictate how we behave. By the way, contraception prevents possibly millions of abortions. This is a good thing. Duh! One more thing, the “pill” is often taken for medical reasons other than contraception.

I’m sick and tired of seeing extremist/ Evangelical/Republican officials attempting to control women’s health. All matters pertaining to birth control and abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, period. The Taliban-like guys can just stay out of the picture.

We cannot return to a time when poor women, for lack of contraception, had little means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. By the way, we do have a global population crisis with dwindling resources to feed and water those already born.

The hypocrisy of Republicans is amazing. They want to bring “personhood” to zygotes, yet upon moment of birth, an infant is on his or her own, totally forsaken by Republicans.

These zygote-loving Republicans are against Head Start, W.I.C., food and cash assistance, Medicaid, quality-affordable educational opportunities, etc.

Ladies speak up and protect your rights!

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

 
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