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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Letters 10/17/02

Various - October 17th, 2002
Democrats on Iraq

Since you have had several letters on our posture re. Iraq, I would
like to send along a resolution passed in August at the Michigan
Democratic State Convention. This represents the unanimous opinion of
the 3,000 delegates present who applauded the reading in its entirety.
The resolution was submitted by the Counties of Leelanau and Calhoun.

REGARDING IRAQ:
“Whereas, we condemn Saddam Hussein‘s violation of the human rights
of the people of Iraq and deplore his development of weapons of mass
destruction;
Whereas the United States has undertaken and maintained a policy
toward Iraq which features imposition of economic sanctions, to the
detriment of the health and safety of children and non-combatant Iraqi
citizens:
Whereas, the United States and Iraq appear to be in preparation for war:
Whereas, no evidence of imminent threat to the United States has
been demonstrated by the US Government;
Whereas, a UN coalition currently is working to contain the Iraqi
government, and,
Whereas, Iraq continues to negotiate the issue of weapons of mass
destruction with the UN,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the United States modify its
policy of imposition of economic sanctions against Iraq, changing such
sanctions so that the health and safety of children and non-combatant
Iraqis are not harmed;
Be it further resolved that the commencement of military action
against Iraq being considered by this President and his Administration
is currently unjustified; that the strategy of a pre-emptive war is
contrary to the Constitution of the United States; and therefore any
such action should be opposed by the Democratic Party and all Members of
Congress; and
Be it further resolved that the United States seek to resolve its
differences with Iraq through peaceful means if possible, including a
policy of containment.“

Robert E. Marshall • Lake Leelanau

Thumbs up for Petoskey Theatre Festival

After reading your article on the Petoskey Theatre Festival, “Petoskey‘s Theater Rebels,“ I took a drive north to see the play “God‘s Country“, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Joe Bertucci, and was utterly amazed. The cast of performers were awesome, especially when dealing with such heavy and controversial topics as the white supremacy movement. By the end of the first act the audience was in complete awe and didn‘t know whether to clap, cry or just melt into their seats.
This powerful docu-drama ties several story lines together around the murder of Alan Berg, a controversial Denver radio talk show host and keeps your head filled with interest and angst. This show is a must see and gives a wonderfully fast moving time-line of the white power movement.
I‘m just sorry I have not made the drive earlier to see more of this team‘s amazing productions. I left the theater saying to myself, you just don‘t see theater like this in Northern Michigan. It reminded me of living back east and going to Off Broadway theater in NYC back in the ‘80s. What an amazing thing for our area. I highly recommend visiting Petoskey and taking in a PTF production, as you can‘t see anything like it in the north. Bravo to PTF!

Jim Carruthers • TC

‘Picked on the right guy‘

What a lucky girl you are Karen (re: “Standing up to racism,“ 10/3). You attacked a man in a Spartan store for saying what he thinks or thinks he thinks and didn‘t get your tongue pulled out by the roots. You violated his right to freedom of speech and expression.
It‘s a good thing for you that the man is a gentleman who probably learned in a conservative Christian family that it‘s not nice to be violent with women. The man is wrong in his attitudes, but has a right to speak his piece, even if you don‘t like it.
It is the American law to call action a crime, not thought. If you had attacked a man of color or a homosexual and he had struck you for it, you would be charged with a hate crime and the law would side with him. You would go to jail.
Yes Karen, you are lucky you picked on the right guy. He probably thinks he‘s being “cool“ and is not really a bad person. He does have a right to (do business) at Spartan stores even if you and the manager think otherwise. If Spartan didn‘t serve inconsiderate people, you couldn‘t shop there.

John J. Smith • Kalkaska
 
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