Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Letters 05-14-2012

- May 14th, 2012  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com

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Tuttle right on Time

That article was 100 percent spot-on!

My uniquely effective high school English composition instructor directed his students, with each assignment of a paper that required citations of source material, “If you decide to include Time Magazine in your bibliography, please save me the trouble and go ahead and put a red ‘F’ at the top of your paper.”

His disdain for their editorial standards was total, and appropriately so.

I have my personal nominee for “Time Magazine Nonsensical Cover Hyperbole:” a couple of years ago the cover displayed the well-known photo of Bono, arms thrown wide to display the American flag lining of his jacket; the superimposed title asked “Bono - Can He Save the World?” It’s time (hmmm, very apt) for the editors of that rag to admit that they know they are publishing a comic book, but they’re too lazy to learn to draw cartoons.

Good job, Stephen.

John Parsons • Traverse City

Cartoon insulting

I was insulted by Jen Sorensen’s cartoon in the April 30th edition of the Express. The illustration and implication that people that run large companies spend their careers trashing the earth, buying politicians, mistreating and insulting their employees and then retiring to a life of philanthropy is just another tired and worn-out incorrect caricature.

While there may be a small percentage of the populace that is this kind of person, the vast majority of people that have succeeded and prospered in America invested in themselves and their companies, as well as invested in their communities throughout their careers, not just at the end.

My guess is that most people that pick up the Express may only take the time to look at the pictures and read the cartoons, like this one.

Sadly, when many readers should be learning the details from the great stories and features that you offer, they will only be getting reinforcement of a tired, incorrect and over used stereotype that appears in a chintzy cartoon.

Rob Ford • Elk Rapids

Ticket policy flawed

Lily Tomlin @ Opera House tickets - the City Opera House requires the purchase of 3 events in order to buy Tomlin tickets! I am on limited income but have always wanted to see her performance. Crappy policy! Was going to buy 2 tickets.

Paul Goodman • Beulah

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tickets for all events at the City Opera House are currently available in season ticket packages. This is true for all performances, not just those by Lily Tomlin.

Gunsmiths not weird

I always read the Express when I eat at Big Al’s Pizza in Manistee and have always had respect for it until now.

Concerning issue Vol. 22 No. 18 in “News of the Weird,” I am offended and confused as to why Mr. Shepherd would mark a man who likes hobby gunsmithing as “weird.”

Granted, some gunsmiths can be a little opinionated, but this biased story doesn’t belong in “News of the Weird,” and, in fact, there is no story at all.

Nolan Kerry • Manistee

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