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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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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