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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 12-09-13

- December 9th, 2013  
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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.

Think before you donate

As a frequent shopper at the Women’s Resource Center, Goodwill, etc., I am often irritated at the deliberate bad choices in donations. If an item you wan to donate doesn’t work perfectly, ask your junk collector to take it. Scratched Teflon pans are a health hazard, discard, don’t donate. Small appliances, check them out at home first.

I recently saw two toasters which cost the owners a steep price or were expensive gifts. Neither functioned correctly. Make sure all clothes are something you would wear. Electronics, check them out at home first.

Anna Moested • via email

Allegations of abuse

I feel compelled to write because days after reading the article, “House of Abuse” (11//25), it is still weighing heavy on my mind.

First, I must begin by stating that I do not know the Loesch family or any of the circumstances surrounding this case. Your article is the first time that I am hearing about this story.

However, your sensationalistic title is very presumptive and assumes “facts” based upon allegations made by one child and not verified.

As an adoptive mother, I can tell you firsthand that pre-existing trauma by a child prior to adoption puts them “at risk.” They can become manipulators and masters of deceit, but outwardly very charming, because they believe that their very existence depends on the “survival” of their story.

These children can be sometimes very difficult to parent because they fail to attach or bond to their caregiver due to previous disruptions in caregiving. The clinical term is “reactive attachment disorder” or RAD, and the fact that the boys were described in the article as “at-risk with a troubled past” is indicative that this may have been the issue.

The public scorn, ridicule and opinion of the general public to these parents is only further fueled by your disparaging article. Let the court decide whether this was a house of abuse. It is not for you to decide.

Laurie Adams • via email

Turn on your headlights

Okay, I honestly just don’t get it. What is it about the growing number of drivers here in the Grand Traverse area that feel there is no need to turn on their headlights in extreme low visibility conditions?!

This is not only plain, old, unadulterated stupid, but it puts me and my loved-ones in serious danger while sharing the roadway with these brain-dead idiots. I recall this as not only being basic driver’s ed 101, but more so just plain old common sense.

My job occasionally requires me to drive a large delivery truck, and just recently during a morning winter storm with near white-out conditions in several areas, I saw so many vehicles without their headlights on traveling on M-115 it was dumbfounding. Even more amazing, some of these vehicles were white, gray, and other colors that easily blend in and disappear in such conditions. One was even another large, white, commercial box truck!

But this afternoon’s pea-soup-thick fog is what prompted this letter. On my way home I simply couldn’t believe how many morons were out driving around without their lights on when visibility was only about three carlengths. How would they feel if they, or one of their loved-ones, made a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle that they couldn’t see because it didn’t have it’s lights on?

You may think you can see perfectly fine without your lights on under those conditions, but I can’t see you. And THAT, is what puts you in eminent danger too. Think about it.

 
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