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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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