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Save America

I read your paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle. What a shame this beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay silent...

Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full

In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere. It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame...

Uncomfortable Questions

defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow. Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide. American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro Palestine or Hamas...

The Evolution of Man Revisited

As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand...

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Letters 9/23/04

Various - September 23rd, 2004
Are we better off?
I remember when President Clinton was running against George Bush Sr. in the presidential campaign, I heard the question over and over: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Why is that question not asked today? It is a more important question to many Americans than whether George Bush Jr. was a spoiled rich kid who received special treatment in 1972.
Prior to George Bush Jr. being elected, I was employed at a Fortune 500 company making around $50,000 per year. I owned my own home in a middle class neighborhood. I owned stock. The American Dream was within reach. Now, I am unemployed, my company is bankrupt, my stock is worthless, and my home has been repossessed.
Since Bush took office:
179,000 people in Michigan have lost their health insurance.
The number of people who have fallen into poverty in Michigan has increased by 167,000.
162,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Michigan since Bush took office.
The average wages for growing industries in Michigan pay $12,920 less than in contrasting industries.
These statistics affect real people. Who do you think is sending their children to fight this war on terror? It is the same group that struggles every day to provide a decent standard of living for their families.
These families now share a double burden. They worry how to stretch the food stamps they receive over an entire month and they worry whether their sons and daughters will receive the military support necessary to save their lives as they serve their country.
Please, can we have some real reporting on real issues? I would like to see the next president elected on facts and issues not just on the basis of not being George Bush.

Kelly Ewing • Manistee

Living life too fast
Random Thoughts, “The Road Not Taken” (9/2) hit me in a very strong way. One of the girls killed in the car crash was my step-sister.
Adrian loved life, and lived it well. Life cannot be rushed and she knew this. But some people don’t see this. A majority of people live in the ‘Fast Lane.’ They have to have the biggest, fastest and most dangerous things. If they ever took time to stop and smell the roses they might miss their TV shows, the newest gossip, or even their family dinner. They don’t realize that people would rather they take it slow and come home alive than put themselves and others in danger.
People need to get rid of their gas-guzzling, fast-paced lives. Take a bike or walk to work; take the buses or trains and if they can’t do that take it SLOW.
Everyone needs to stop and look how they are living and truly realize it can be taken away at anytime.

Mallory Glover • TC

Bus stop blues
I feel as a taxpayer we should have busing for all our children to get to school.
Today, there are only three bus stops for the Rapid City area. I have tried to get them to add more bus stops which children could safely get to, but they said it is too dangerous to stop the bus on Rapid City Road.
I explained to them that the only way my child could attend school was to ride his bike 1.2 miles in the dark on Rapid City Road to get to the bus stop. They seemingly had no concerns for his safety. Their solution was picking him up at 9 a.m. (after the other children are in school) and bringing him home around 5:30 p.m., leaving him at school for two hours after the other children leave.
This to me is totally unacceptable, yet it looks as if I will be forced to quit my job as winter nears because I simply refuse to send my child walking on icy roads in the dark to a bus stop that is simply too far away.
What I really want from this letter is parental support to get our kids to school safely. There are children out there that are being home-schooled simply because their parents can‘t get them to school. Some parents do very well at this, but some don‘t. I am willing to do everything in my power to see all of our children get to school and would appreciate any help anyone can offer.

Kelley Sand • Rapid City

Failed his duty
In February 2004, President Bush sat in the Oval Office and told the American people, “I did my duty.” But all available evidence shows that Bush failed to fulfill his duty, including disobeying a direct order to take a physical and failing to show up for required service.
President Bush has a lot of questions to answer. Why did Bush say, “I did my duty” when he missed months of duty in 1972, ‘73 and ‘74? How did Bush avoid getting called into active service for missing months of duty? Why did Bush disobey a direct order to take his physical? Why did Bush say he received “no special treatment” when Ben Barnes says he pulled strings to secure a Guard slot for him? When will Bush produce any credible witness who can attest to his service in the Alabama Air National Guard?
It’s time for Bush to come clean and provide some answers to the American people.

Glenn Canning • Grawn

Jesus at the voting booth
How would Jesus vote? I think that Jesus would vote for peace, fairness, and community. Jesus would probably want less suffering and more balance of power. I bet Jesus would want democracy to mean “of the people, for the people,“ not “of the power-hungry, for the power-hungry.“ Do you think the government should encourage greed and vanity? Neither do I. Please vote for Kerry and Edwards to create a pathway for change.

Erin Kennedy • Kalkaska

Uncool situation
“We’re Too Cool Already” (9/9) is a great article; I very much enjoyed reading it. Every time I see or hear that this part of the country is a great place to live, I do cringe. Already TC and the surrounding area is fast becoming lost in its rapid growth with seemingly no planning. Even here in Leelanau I see it happening.

Mike Bandy • Leelanau County

Parallel egos
What do Ralph Nader and George Bush have in common? Both have an inability to admit fault or change course even if situations call for it. One point being Ralph Nader would rather see his name on a ballot and let conservatives win the White House and reverse many years of his own hard work with the environment and product safety. But he could still be an agitator and in his own perverse way feel right! Being an agitator myself, I know the mind set.
On the other hand, George W. Bush is so wrapped up in his headstrong spiritual arrogance that he is unable to admit fault or work the art of compromise. He’s willing to take the whole country down the tubes with him. He’s like a dry alcoholic that never finds any serenity. He has only one speed -- forward full throttle -- and is unable to maneuver around obstacles. I can also relate to this mind set which is not healthy for him or the country.
It’s like both Ralph Nader and George W. Bush are running on autopilot, unwilling to look around them, blind with their ideological faith, heading to crash into a tower.
Maybe you do agree with John Kerry or maybe not. Some say he flip flops. I myself at times flip flop. Thinking involves mental debate, balance and measures; also, revaluating new information. This is the cognitive process of any thinking person. A least with John Kerry I know this process is going on. With the other two, I’m sure it was shut off long ago. That’s why I’m voting for John Kerry.

Bill Greene • TC

Disgusted downstater
My wife and I were traveling through your area and stopped in Glen Arbor. While shopping, we picked up a copy of your paper and were astounded at the coverage you had given to President Bush’s visit. Even though a reported 10,000 people attended the rally, you chose to single out a reported 1,000 who were protesting.
Praising a teacher who does not have the sense to remove a hostile message at a Republican rally is an extremely misplaced commendation. A child would know better how to act.
We were so disgusted at seeing your article and the false picture that it promoted that we soon departed, feeling that we were in a community where we were not welcome.

Ronald H. Guettler • Royal Oak

Won‘t serve with Kerry
I had the privilege to go to Germany a week ago to visit my daughter Laurel, who is serving in the Army.
On the flight over, I sat by an NCO (non-commissioned officer) in the Army, who was returning to Iraq after a brief leave. During the conversation, he stated that if Mr. Kerry is elected, that there would be a mass exodus of NCOs who would not serve under him.
He also stated that the Clinton administration drastically cut funds to our armed forces, putting them at risk.
In Germany, I met a young female soldier who hasn‘t received her citizenship transfer from Russia to the USA, yet she is serving in our army. After high school she served two years as a firefighter in Ohio and then after her uncle‘s death in Iraq (another Russian serving in our army), she volunteered to go and serve. She stated that she didn‘t agree with President Bush on everything, but felt it would be wrong to change leadership in the middle of a war.
As we talk about support of our troops, we need to consider who would be best for our troops.

Kurt J. Benhauser • TC

Thanks a barnload
The first “Concert in the Barn” was 10 years ago. We had no idea at the time what the future held for our new venture. We have met and shared our love of music with hundreds of wonderful people. Now that the summer series is complete, and we have closed the barn doors on our final show, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who attended concerts, brought ‘goodies’ to share, and helped us in numerous ways throughout our short season. The support and appreciation that we have received for our endeavors strengthens our resolve to continue our small contribution to the arts.
The “Concerts in the Barn” series provides a unique venue for emerging, as well as established singer /song writers to showcase their rich talents. The intimacy of the theater provides the audience with the rare opportunity to have an informal evening with talented and interesting performers in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Aten Place is a non-profit undertaking that operates without an advertising budget. We are incredibly appreciative of the Northern Express for their support. Their weekly publication of concert information is one of the only ways we have to make the public aware of our shows, and is a major contributor to their success.
Finally, we would like to thank all of this season’s performers: John Smith, Josh White, Jr., Jen Sygit, Mustard’s Retreat, Kitty Donohoe and Triur, Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Peter Mayer and Dan Schwartz, Robin Lee Berry, Jim Gillespie, Bob Schneider and Jim Davis, and the cast and crew from Marshall, MI for our first theater production, “Escanaba in da Moonlight”. Their love of their craft and willingness to perform in this intimate venue made these concerts possible.

Bill & Maxine Aten and Nancy
Decker • Boyne Falls

you think the government should encourage greed and vanity? Neither do I. Please vote for Kerry and Edwards to create a pathway for change.

Erin Kennedy • Kalkaska

Uncool situation
“We’re Too Cool Already” (9/9) is a great article; I very much enjoyed reading it. Every time I see or hear that this part of the country is a great place to live, I do cringe. Already TC and the surrounding area is fast becoming lost in its rapid growth with seemingly no planning. Even here in Leelanau I see it happening.

Mike Bandy • Leelanau County

Parallel egos
What do Ralph Nader and George Bush have in common? Both have an inability to admit fault or change course even if situations call for it. One point being Ralph Nader would rather see his name on a ballot and let conservatives win the White House and reverse many years of his own hard work with the environment and product safety. But he could still be an agitator and in his own perverse way feel right! Being an agitator myself, I know the mind set.
On the other hand, George W. Bush is so wrapped up in his headstrong spiritual arrogance that he is unable to admit fault or work the art of compromise. He’s willing to take the whole country down the tubes with him. He’s like a dry alcoholic that never finds any serenity. He has only one speed -- forward full throttle -- and is unable to maneuver around obstacles. I can also relate to this mind set which is not healthy for him or the country.
It’s like both Ralph Nader and George W. Bush are running on autopilot, unwilling to look around them, blind with their ideological faith, heading to crash into a tower.
Maybe you do agree with John Kerry or maybe not. Some say he flip flops. I myself at times flip flop. Thinking involves mental debate, balance and measures; also, revaluating new information. This is the cognitive process of any thinking person. A least with John Kerry I know this process is going on. With the other two, I’m sure it was shut off long ago. That’s why I’m voting for John Kerry.

Bill Greene • TC

Disgusted downstater
My wife and I were traveling through your area and stopped in Glen Arbor. While shopping, we picked up a copy of your paper and were astounded at the coverage you had given to President Bush’s visit. Even though a reported 10,000 people attended the rally, you chose to single out a reported 1,000 who were protesting.
Praising a teacher who does not have the sense to remove a hostile message at a Republican rally is an extremely misplaced commendation. A child would know better how to act.
We were so disgusted at seeing your article and the false picture that it promoted that we soon departed, feeling that we were in a community where we were not welcome.

Ronald H. Guettler • Royal Oak

Won‘t serve with Kerry
I had the privilege to go to Germany a week ago to visit my daughter Laurel, who is serving in the Army.
On the flight over, I sat by an NCO (non-commissioned officer) in the Army, who was returning to Iraq after a brief leave. During the conversation, he stated that if Mr. Kerry is elected, that there would be a mass exodus of NCOs who would not serve under him.
He also stated that the Clinton administration drastically cut funds to our armed forces, putting them at risk.
In Germany, I met a young female soldier who hasn‘t received her citizenship transfer from Russia to the USA, yet she is serving in our army. After high school she served two years as a firefighter in Ohio and then after her uncle‘s death in Iraq (another Russian serving in our army), she volunteered to go and serve. She stated that she didn‘t agree with President Bush on everything, but felt it would be wrong to change leadership in the middle of a war.
As we talk about support of our troops, we need to consider who would be best for our troops.

Kurt J. Benhauser • TC

Thanks a barnload
The first “Concert in the Barn” was 10 years ago. We had no idea at the time what the future held for our new venture. We have met and shared our love of music with hundreds of wonderful people. Now that the summer series is complete, and we have closed the barn doors on our final show, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who attended concerts, brought ‘goodies’ to share, and helped us in numerous ways throughout our short season. The support and appreciation that we have received for our endeavors strengthens our resolve to continue our small contribution to the arts.
The “Concerts in the Barn” series provides a unique venue for emerging, as well as established singer /song writers to showcase their rich talents. The intimacy of the theater provides the audience with the rare opportunity to have an informal evening with talented and interesting performers in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Aten Place is a non-profit undertaking that operates without an advertising budget. We are incredibly appreciative of the Northern Express for their support. Their weekly publication of concert information is one of the only ways we have to make the public aware of our shows, and is a major contributor to their success.
Finally, we would like to thank all of this season’s performers: John Smith, Josh White, Jr., Jen Sygit, Mustard’s Retreat, Kitty Donohoe and Triur, Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Peter Mayer and Dan Schwartz, Robin Lee Berry, Jim Gillespie, Bob Schneider and Jim Davis, and the cast and crew from Marshall, MI for our first theater production, “Escanaba in da Moonlight”. Their love of their craft and willingness to perform in this intimate venue made these concerts possible.

Bill & Maxine Aten and Nancy
Decker • Boyne Falls


 
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