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What a welcome surprise: someone in Michigan is actually seeking solutions, rather than bemoaning problems! In Betsy Coffia’s 3/24 “Northern View” column, she not only exposes the prohibitive cost of childcare but also creates a Facebook page (“Northern Michigan Childcare--Let’s Talk!”) to solicit and explore remedies. Would that our Michigan legislators could adopt the same approach.
Janice Alexis Mekula Traverse City
Voters in the Dark
I was in Florida for two weeks prior to the election about which Mr. Tuttle wrote (“Voters in the Dark”, 3/24) As I watched the advertisements on TV, I was appalled to read the sponsors for them. I couldn’t believe the numbers of ads, and some were of extremely poor quality with blatant lies. Issues that were germane to the Florida gulf region such as coastal flooding were disparaged. Mr. Tuttle needs to write more about the issue.
Michelle Johnston Traverse City
We are all human and deserving of being treated with dignity.
The labelling of people is undignified, and frought with the danger of causing divisions and controversy. It is a way for some to cause fear when there is none.
Remember that people come first, not labels. Thus we have people who are homeless, a person with a disability, men, women and children who are immigrants, and so on. Our common humanity comes first.
Ann Rogers Traverse City
Tax Reform Wanted
“Tax reform,” “less taxes,” blah blah blah…the historical plea of every would-be re-elected congressman since time immemorial. Dave Camp is looking to begin his second quarter century in Congress using that same card from that same old deck.
His tax reform, allegedly making our taxing punishment from government simpler, is all hook and no bait. It has already been dismissed by his comrades in Congress, but I guess it may still be good for campaigning.
Our country’s fiscal conservative movement needs to truly address taxes. Not by re-arranging the chairs, but by downsizing spending. Keeping only the constitutional functions of government, eliminating waste, and bringing the IRS to heel is real tax reform.
Our 4th District needs someone like Pete Konetchy now, who will do just that.
Rusty Bongard Riverdale, MI
Teach Healthy Sexuality
The children and teens of today are our hope for tomorrow. It’s important for us as parents, caring adults and community members to help set young people on the path for a healthy future and support them as they work to create positive change. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s campaign is focused on youth. Individuals and communities are encouraged to support healthy sexual development to help prevent sexual violence.
Young people face many challenges during adolescence. By learning and talking about healthy adolescent sexuality, adults are able to support the teens in their lives; to be a resource to teens as they learn and grow.
How can we support teens during this time of change and discovery? Young people need age-appropriate information about healthy sexuality and relationships from trusted adults. The first step is to start an open and honest dialogue. Ask questions and, most importantly, listen. We can all play a role in modeling healthy behaviors and creating safe environments. It’s important to empower the voices of youth and challenge negative, unhealthy messages.
It’s okay not to have all the answers. It’s more important to welcome questions and learn together. To create a vision for a future without sexual violence, every voice can play a role in a healthier, safer tomorrow for all.
You can use your voice to start the conversation. You can support the voices of young people, and together we can amplify our voices for a healthy future.
Chris Krajewski Traverse City
Spring Of 2014
Spring of 2014 has sprung The Republican Tea Party cycle has begun For their goal is only one That your life remains on the bottom rung. In non-election years they ignore their constituents By covering their ears For they have no fears in those years. Now midterm election time is near Republican Tea Party incumbents are pretending to hear What to some are very dear. The one thing that’s clear Are the only ones they hear Are from the likes of Rush and Trump. They believe their constituents Are Lazy Bums and Chumps Whose only goal is to be a faker And forever will be the takers. The words that spew from their cheeks Are directed at the meek To mislead the facts they do seek Have proven to be weak. Fool me once, shame on you Fool me twice, shame on me How many times will you be fooled Before the truth finds you. Spring of 2014 has sprung The Republican Tea Party cycle has begun For their goal is only one That your life remains on the bottom rung.
George Edmonds Traverse City