Letters

Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

Home · Articles · News · Letters · Letters 4-28-2014
. . . .

Letters 4-28-2014

- April 28th, 2014  

EMAIL LETTERS TO: info@northernexpress.com Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page). Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification. Faxed letters are not accepted.

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

 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
 

 

 
 
 
Close
Close
Close