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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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- May 21st, 2012  

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No politics needed

President Obama took a huge political risk when he authorized the successful removal of Osama bin Laden from this earth. Most Republicans have been strangely quiet about this until recently, when they now complain that the administration is attempting to politicize the killing of bin Laden.

Journey with me now to a fantasy land where Republicans would successfully resist the temptation to fully politicize the bin Laden mission had it failed.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Festivals tread lightly

I have read the news concerning the cancellation of two festivals that occur in late summer, the Schooner Festival and I believe the Epicurian classic.

It seems to me recently that most of our festivals seem more and more geared to the wine and food industry. First we lost the City Zoo. Next, the miniature steam train is uprooted and taken out. Lots of attractions that are excellent ways for the young and young at heart to enjoy. We are all not “Foodies” and “Wine Gourmets.”

I realize that for the Schooner Festival, there is a conflict of interest in that there is a celebration on Lake Erie for the War of 1812. However, I would like to caution the people who organize that festival, if and when it returns, they may have lost any ground that they enjoyed the past previous years as far as participation and attendance are concerned.

I know I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a new Schooner Festival in a couple of years, I may even be dead by then. They should ask themselves, “Did the National Cherry Festival enjoy record crowds every year?” I think not. They should press on regardless.

I think maybe it’s time for all festival organizers and promoters to look how expensive it is these days for a family on limited incomes, and the economy the way it is to participate in them. I can make french fries like Gibby’s much cheaper, and enjoy them just the same and not have to deal with the line to get to them. Gee, being Traverse City, maybe festivals are only meant to be enjoyed by the wealthy, and keep the blue collar riffraff out of the festival perimeters.

Max R. Garno • TC

Heed Tutu's words

I just repeated the reading of *This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion*, by Norman G. Finkelstein, and *The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering*, and am just as sickened by the words as I was the first time.

I went back to these books out of my dismay that the Methodist conference could ignore the words of Bishop Tutu. What had I missed in the first reading? The answer was nothing.

Now the House (Cantor of course) wants to increase the spending of $8 million PER DAY to Israel along with sending them special classified arms so that they can invade Iran as a side project to the subjugation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

It is time that Americans do what the Methodists cringe from, divest and boycott all products from Israel and from companies that support Israel. It is time to accept responsibility that every Johnson and Johnson product, all HP, all Sara lee, etc. etc, leaves blood dripping from your pocket books.

Take a stand, pro-life for all people of all colors, of all faiths. Stop pretending to be a part of a nation with a conscience. Stop supporting ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Read the speech made by Bishop Tutu in the Tampa News.

Sarah Bernheim • Honor

CORRECTION

Last week's story said the Towne Plaza restaurant is located at the intersection of State and Union. It is actually located on the SE corner of State and Cass.

 
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