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Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Letters 11-26-2012

- November 26th, 2012  

Disapproves of model

There are elections, and there are elections... Northern Express launched a get out to vote link for aspiring Playboy Miss Social, Christina Dronkowski. She is an ambitious bunny, a poolside cocktail waitress, model, and nursing student.

If she wins, she promises that her influence as a Social Bunny will help children’s hospitals, Homes for Humanity, bullying, and other good causes. She states this is a non-nude contest she is participating in, which assures the readership of her modesty. She will be bending over for the camera with some clothing on. She will be cast with other lovely young women in Playboy who are happy to show all for the right price. Gentlemen, you will not be disappointed.

Northern Express is kind enough to support a contest in a porn magazine and urges us to vote so we can help Christina win the prestigious Playboy Miss Social award. Maybe one day her portrait will hang in the corridors of Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the homeless will champion her name, and we will have better world to live in.

Or maybe men will be masturbating to her picture when no one is watching them, which seems more likely. After all, this is what pornography like Playboy is about.

How thoughtful of Northern Express to link us up with a wrist magazine.

Maybe contests in Maxim or Hustler will be next. Or maybe Northern Express can feature a local Hooter’s waitress or pole dancer and we can vote for our favorite, as long as they promise to use their influence ‘as winner’ to do good, and wear a little something.

Northern Express: Please do not mainstream pornography. For many of us — men, women, and children—objectification of women and girls causes tremendous harm.

Respect your readership.

Brigita Gumsey • Cedar

Tough on local biz

So the new CVS Pharmacy has opened at Front and Division in TC. No big deal -- new players create healthy competition that benefits the fittest. My concern is over the fact that they are getting a liquor license. How is that even possible when the local stores struggle to get the few that become available?

Running a small business in this area is hard enough and the competition in this area of town is friendly among the local stores. Obviously, everyone is entitled to build a business where they want and I find these giant box stores convenient, but where did this liquor license come from? How did it get approved when there are already a handful being used within a few city blocks?

Do we really need more booze in more places? I’m sure the small guys will survive as they have for generations but let's not make it more difficult to prosper. SHOP LOCAL.

George Nemetz • TC

Protect school districts

Public education is just that, public. House Bill 6004 that the Michigan House is considering would create a statewide school district that is run by gubernatorial appointees rather than a local board or even our elected state board of education.

This goes against the very principle of a publicly accountable school district and education. Our students and their future are too important to turn into a political football. I strongly oppose House Bill 6004 and the loss of locally controlled schools. I hope our legislators will do the same.

John Thiel • Roscommon

 
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11.28.2012 at 10:35 Reply

I really have difficulty with this whole "shop local, buy local" agenda here in the Grand Traverse Region. I guess the "big box" stores do NOT support our local tax base? (let them pull out of the region and see what happens) And the employees that work for these "big box" stores... they dont live local and spend their money locally? I guess ALL the employees that work for Sams Club,Target,Home Depot and the likes are driving in from Alaska every morning?? This whole "shop local, buy local" AGENDA is really tragic!! I'm thinking it's the local shop owners that are pissed off because they can't compete...capitalism bit them in thier own ass and they don't like it...BOO HOO. why would an employee working for say a Schmuckel gas station(view of the bay for half the pay) can hardly afford to buy a pair of shoes at Plamondons for 115.00,(heck you have to be some ditizy accounting professor at NMC to afford those) when she can go to JC Penney's and get a pair for 45.00. I really believe it's many of those employees at places like Munson Medical in Tragic City,(oops..Traverse City) Cone Drive, Hillshire Brands, and many of the employees in the public sector that travel 40,50,60 miles a day to get to thier places of employment that hurt the local economy. They EARN their money here and SPEND it in places like Petoskey, Cadilliac, Gaylord where they live and pay their property taxes. 

 

 
 
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