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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 4-28-2014

- April 28th, 2014  

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Happy Belated Easter

Happy Easter to all of you! On this day of celebration, I will have no truck with cynicism or anger. Today will be about hope and resurrection and love will reign supreme. Once again we will attach our spirits to the banner of the Risen Lord, and bathe in the glory that is to come.

There will be little girls in pretty dresses and people that we don’t recognize in church. Preachers with dollar signs in their eyes will count the people in pews and allow themselves the illusion of self-importance once again. This only happens twice a year, you know. Smiles of relief will reside on the faces of all that winter is gone.

Back home, the ham is cooking, Dad’s face is stuck in the paper, and Johnny and Susan are playing their vampire video games. Mom will be at the kitchen sink, preparing the feast, with the dog at her feet waiting for something to fall off the counter.

Gosh, I just realized. When I only present one side of the coin, there really is nothing else to say at this time so my “sermon” will be short. Easter is a time to remember the joy and the victory. Too bad it only lasts for a day.

William E. Scott, Traverse City

Stealing from Education

Governor Snyder’s proposal to fix roads by converting the sales tax on gasoline at the pumps to a fuel tax at the wholesale level is a camouflaged raid on the school aid fund. The Michigan constitution and the Proposal A were combined to assure that the public school aid fund would receive 4 percent of each 6 percent sales tax collected. For every $500.000,000 of sales tax that is removed at the pump and converted to a tax at the wholesale level on fuels, Michigan public schools will lose $333,000,000 annually.

Our public schools cannot afford this assault and need your clamor to stop and desist the actions of Gov. Snyder, Rep. Schmidt, Rep. MacMaster, and Senator Walker. Following the guidance of his minion, John Dixon, the governor has proposed this sleight of hand to raid schools of their due support, to fix roads by shifting funds rather than facing the responsibility to underwrite this public need to repair our roads with tax support named for that purpose.

It is time that we require our leadership to stand up and meet their public responsibilities rather than spend their time finding ways to divert previously committed resources to their current passion. Anyone who tries to move funds away from K-12 education to the “for profit private sector” of education is playing directly into the hands of the DeVos family and the Mackinaw Center’s assault on public K-12 schools.

James McKimmy, Rapid City

Congrats to Students

Congratulations to all the area high schools who participated in the Academic WorldQuest program and contest. How we view ourselves in relationship to other countries and how they view us is paramount to understanding our world and our place in it. It is gratifying to know that our young people are willing to give their time and attention to these matters. A particular salute to the Traverse West Senior High for winning their trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the next level.

Lou Ann McKimmy, Kewadin

 
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