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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.

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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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