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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Letters 07-01-2016

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Gas vs Wind

I would like to refute the statistic quoted in Richard Denneaus’s letter in the June 2, 2014 Northern Express. He states that “....the cost to produce electricity from renewable sources is at least double our current costs.” In an article found in the Michigan government document on energy, the Union of Concerned Scientists says the costs are about equal. (http://www.michigan.gov/ documents/energy/UCS_Final_response_ to_Question__11_419828_7.pdf)

Mr. Denneau also omits all the potential negative impacts of fracking such as its massive water use and contamination, escaped methane adding to the greenhouse gases, and the deleterious public health effects of working or living near a fracking site, not to mention its outrageous refutation of our zoning laws.

This letter seems very much like the oil and gas industry’s effort to “illinform” the public.

Charlie Weaver, Kalkaska

What is that giant sucking sound?

It is not the sounds of jobs leaving our country due to the one-way trade agreements. There is not much left of decent jobs to be sucked away. The sucking sound I am referring to is caused by the vacuum of leadership in Lansing. That lack of leadership is contributing to the petty partisan politics and the corruption of corporate special interests, which keeps the majority of the citizens in a death grip of lost opportunities and disenfranchisement. If and when we get leaders in public office, we will turn that vacuum into a positive flow of innovation that will release our citizens. Real leaders are not bought off or scared off from doing the right things. Real leaders believe in and practice the following:

• Leaders forge paths for others

• Some may fall but they learn from the experience and become stronger

• To leaders, challenges are not roadblocks, but opportunities

• Leaders do not make excuses

• Leaders inspire, engage, and educate

• Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower

• If your actions inspire others to dream, learn, and become more, you are a leader

• A leader has to be educator, visionary, innovator, motivator, communicator, facilitator, and adviser

• Listen to others and value their input

• Service should always outweigh self

• Be flexible with others leadership styles

• Empower others to make positive change happen

• It really isn’t rocket science, but it does require a strong sense of honor and courage. Take it from a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer.

Robin Sanders, Ann Arbor

 
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