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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Letters 2-24-2014

- February 24th, 2014  

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Manistee Belonged in Story

In Patrick Sullivan’s article there was no mention of the county that would have put the cherry on top his premise on the divide between rich and poor. The omission of Manistee County left off one of the counties with the highest welfare rates. Besides, we think we are part of the Up North scene; we don’t think we’re just chopped liver.

Steve Szilvagyi • Onekama

More crony captalism

I really enjoyed Stephen Tuttle’s recent article titled “A line in the tar sands. Mr. Tuttle has a way of making you think on both sides of an issue. Maybe it was because of limited space, but he omitted the fact that Obama got elected, and re-elected, in part with the environmentalist help so he has to appease that part of his base. So therefore, if they say delay it, it gets delayed. Also, as Stephen wrote, railroads are now transporting that oil. What’s missing is the fact that Warren Buffet owns that railroad, and he’s a big contributor to Obama and the democrat party, so in my eyes it’s just more crony capitalism. We have seen in the past just what Obama’s crony capitalism has bought us, absolutely nothing, not to mention the propping up of Wall Street fat cats (most of them huge bundlers for Barry and the gang) with millions of dollars a month wrapped up in phony baloney bonds. Where’s O.W.S. when you need them? Funny how the protesters disappear when it’s their guy doing the funny business!

Kelly M. Croff • Alanson

Tax Junk Food or Ban Boxing?

So, if you break it down to its simple basics, Bill Bustance likes oatmeal and thinks it shouldn’t be taxed. He doesn’t like Cheerios and thinks they should be taxed and the revenue should be used for roads (Huh?!). I don’t like boxing, a sport with a high potential for causing serious injury, even death. So, we should ban boxing. I assume my preferences will carry as much weight as those of Mr. Bustance, especially since they are much more well thought through and infinitely more defensible.

John Michael Casteel • Traverse City

 
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