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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Letters 05-13-2013

- May 13th, 2013  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com

Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page).

Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification.

Helmets & motorcycles

Properly worn motorcycle helmets, particularly full-face helmets, are quite effective in preventing head injuries during a crash. Like Jim Lumley (featured in the April 29 issue), I always wear a helmet and am fully covered (i.e. jacket/pants/ boots/gloves) while riding, even when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees.

Beyond crashes, the helmet will deflect stones thrown by passing vehicles, not to mention bees, wasps, etc. (I’ve scraped off more than a few carcasses of stinging insects from my face shield).

That being said, the helmet law should stay repealed. The statement of “helmet laws take away our choice” is a simple argument, and is absolutely correct.

In a civil society -- which we still have -- adults can be responsible to make their own decisions and live with the consequences, both physically and financially.

When a motorcyclist does not wear a helmet and sustains a fatal head injury, it will affect his family and others who depend on him, but the vast majority of people will be unscathed.

In a nutshell, it’s a matter of our liberty.

Some laws are needed to allow the civil society to function and flourish. And some laws unnecessarily suppress our liberty; the helmet law is one of many examples.

Motorcyclists are acutely aware of the danger (even if some may not fully appreciate how dangerous it can be), which is why most of us still wear helmets. It is not the law that tells us to wear them, it is our own sense of responsibility. Nagging parents, spouses, children, other family members, and friends have their say too, of course.

Matt Woodruff • TC

Fear-mongering lobby

Today’s NRA is not the same proud organization my father belonged to. The NRA today has become a fear-mongering lobby for the gun manufacturers.

At their recent convention, keynote speaker Glenn Beck used words like battle, war, and tyranny. He encouraged everyone to carry an automatic pistol, ready to use in case the government gets our of hand. There was zero talk of bringing the country together, but lots of talk about bringing our government down.

The new NRA President Jim Porter, called the Civil War “the War of Northern Aggression,” started by some Yankee generals because they didn’t like the way the Southern boys could shoot. He referred to President Obama as “the fake president.” The ignorance and disrespect of these folks make me feel sick.

Don’t be brainwashed by the NRA. The government is not coming after your guns, unless you are a criminal, a terrorist or insane. Background checks help keep guns out of the wrong hands, and assault weapons with large capacity magazines belong on the battlefield. Since the Newtown massacre (as of April) more than 2,244 people across this country have been killed with guns.

If we continue down this path, listening to radicals with crazy government conspiracy theories, hating those we think are different, carrying a gun, and looking for a reason to use it, we will not have to worry about some terrorist destroying our way of life; we are destroying it ourselves

Sharon Kay Rose • Empire

Don’t blame others

Regarding Pete VanBerlo’s letter (May 6) it seems to me that he has fallen hook, line and sinker for the tactic legislators want us to fall for: blaming each other for our problems and not addressing the real issue.

People, listen up. The real issue is that our government collects enough taxes to operate, provide for those not able to provide for themselves, feed and house those in need and provide a sound health system.

The problem is that they (government) have never been held accountable for how they spend our hard-earned money collected as taxes. By saying they need more tax revenue and that a specific category of citizens have not been paying their fair share they pit us against each other. Government's spending habits are the problem, not any particular segment of our society.

Seniors, with some wisdom gained in the aging process by watching, listening and experience are expressing their concern about our government taking more from us citizens than it needs to operate. Yes, seniors are upset about (Gov. Snyder's) tax, just as they have been upset about other taxes levied toward citizens in all age categories.

How many times have you heard about wasteful spending in a government entity whether it be local, state or federal? Plenty, I’ll bet, because I see it all the time. Do a search on your computer for “wasteful spending.” You will get about 9 million hits in less than a second. “Citizens Against Wasteful Spending,” and “Judicial Watch” are just two organizations that can list millions, billions and even trillions of dollars that are not spent accountably.

So, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens of every age category and demographic, let us not point fingers at each other, instead, when a new tax is announced on whomever, ask why it is needed and where has all the money gone? Be vigilant and stand up for each other and don’t let them keep fooling us and blaming each other for this mess. We’re all in this together.

Steve Benedick • TC

Taxed by Snyder

Wait a minute Pete (re: May 6 letter). Entitlement attitude. What makes you think that you somehow support us retired people who collect Social Security?

Where do you get this idea that I don’t pay any taxes or somehow the tax rates are unfair? How many exemptions do you think we get? I worked 45 years-plus and paid well over six figures in Social Security taxes. This year thanks to good old Gov. Snyder, I was taxed again on it.

This is now a right-to-work state and if you believe my well-deserved benefits are why you're getting screwed, try again. And, if the unemployment rate is down because of this right-to-work crap, you now have the right to work harder for less. Thank the stinking Republican right-wing for this.

Gary Roy Baumdraher • via email

Dear Beloved Michigan

He is one tough NERD.

Never.

Ending.

Rights/Resource.

Destroyer.

Yes, look out Pure Michigan.

For the real threat is not

Wolves.

It is

One Tough NERD and his Herd of Citizen Silencing Suits.

First Up:

City managers.

Labor rights.

Wildlife.

Done.

Next on the agenda:

Biodiversity.

Fracking.

Air and water quality.

Look out Pure Michigan.

We are SO sorry.

We did what we could.

Love, The Silenced Citizens.

Michele Burian • Harbor Springs

Corrections

-- Credit for the photo in last week's story on Serenity Wellness is due to Lisa Newhouse of Cherry City Consulting.

-- George Colburn (“Eisenhower's Secret War:”) was a councilman in East Lansing, not Lansing. Also, it was a former Eisenhower staffer who asked him to create documentaries, rather than a fellow filmmaker. Additionally, Bob Elliott is not a translator, but the “voice” mouthing translations of Russian, German and French commentators.

 
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