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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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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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