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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Letters 3-10-2014

- March 10th, 2014  

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Proposed Airwalk Project, Kasson Township

We recently were made aware of the proposed “Air Walk Project” for Kasson county several months ago. Although we have only lived in this area since Nov., 2012, the main reason we moved here and established residence was that it was an area of natural beauty where one could enjoy the best of Michigan’s outdoor living. We are opposed to the Air Walk project because of its adverse impact on the congestion to the area, due to increased vehicle traffic, the additional road wear, and the accompanying trash and pollution, air, night light, and surface. The potential for increased night light pollution is assured as to operate a parking lot, restaurant, and outdoor night activities will require additional lights.

Eco-tourism has not been shown to protect the environment. It leads to environmental damage, loss of wildlife, congestion, and an influx of people who do not care about the impact of their visit nor do they have to live in the area full time and clean up the messes they leave.

Have we considered the effect the sky walk would have on the natural beauty of the area, i.e., a huge structure across the sky line? What about in the winter? What will the owners do with their sky walk and restaurant and other facilities in the winter? How will these influence the natural beauty of the area? If for some reason the business does not profit and the owners decide to close it down, what will then happen? Will we have a eye sore to deal with as they walk away? Will they sell it and if so, then what will be there? Who will pay for the increased road traffic and management of traffic? There are a lot of questions that need to be considered. Most of the scenarios will end with Leelanau county, i.e., primarily the residents of Kasson Township, having to clean up someone else’s mess and pay for it.

Let’s protect the Kasson Twp’s beauty and not allow it to be destroyed by presumed well meaning but harmful commercial ventures. The Air Walk project’s main goal will be profit for those who own it. Once here, they will place the natural environment second and profitability first.

Dr. Kenneth and Rebecca Abate Maple City

Why Increase War Funding?

By the end of this year, the U.S. will have fewer than 10,000 troops left in Afghanistan. The U.S. won’t technically be at war with any country. So why does President Obama want to increase the amount of money our country allocates to war funding?

Christina Crawford, Traverse City

CORRECTION:

In the Project: ICE feature in our March 3 issue, we mistyped 1800 as the date that NOAA’s temperature records began; that date was meant to be 1880, and is of pivotal importance in regards to climate change issues. Additionally, in secondary editing after the article was submitted, producer/director William Kleinert’s name was misspelled repeatedly as “Kleinart,” and Express apologizes sincerely for this error.

 
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