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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 07-07-2014

- July 7th, 2014  
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Charging for Beach Parking?

What are they thinking in Empire? Most of the small towns up north are jumping through hoops to attract visitors. But Empire has decided to charge a dollar an hour for parking access to their main attraction, the Lake Michigan beach. This is the beach within walking access to the National Lakeshore to the north and south. The parking should remain free; but if they have to have the money, they should charge a reasonable amount for a day pass, and a little more for an annual pass. Who goes to the beach for an hour? I for one will boycott Empire until something changes. I will be dining and shopping elsewhere when I visit the Lake Michigan lakeshore that belongs to all of us.

Tom Kerwin, Elimira

No Debate About Greater Power

I can’t help but chuckle at your featured debates between a pastor and atheist. With over 40,000 different protestant and non-denominational denominations in the world and counting, asking only Pastor Nick Twomey to define theological explanations for Trinitarian believing Christians is like shopping for car insurance on the Internet; I know what I need, so many to choose from before I commit, will coverage meet my needs.

His dating.com sites cliche “being spiritual but not religious” flies right in his Baptismal promise face and Clergy 4361 tax filing form. Google the word “religious” and we get the definition we seek. I believe like Christ (a good practicing religious Jew, by the way) that we are to be called both spiritual and religious. Be holy as my heavenly father is holy.

On the other hand, I believe Gary Singer has too much emotional, intellectual, and public investment in his position in not believing in God. It would take a road to Damascus experience to reverse his denial in a greater power. Sometimes changing or turning back one’s beliefs and lifestyle takes a lot of humility and that can be painful.

Reading these debates is like reading a tragic comedy; entertaining but in the end I am just sad. Sad that your readers who don’t know any better and are truly seeking God are not getting the fullness of Christ teaching and truths. Let me also remind both Nick and Gary whether they believe it or not we will have to answer to a power greater than ourselves. There is no “in between.” May God be with you and guide you both in your search for the narrow path.

Steve Rozanski, Traverse City

Column Correct: No Guns in School

Scott Hardy’s Guest Opinion “Get Guns Out of Schools” is spot on. We have the best, excellently trained law enforcement officers locally who are superbly trained to deal with all possible situations. The need for anyone else to carry guns is both unnecessary and without reason.

T. Michael Jackson, Traverse City

Correction: The photo of the Tent Venue shown in the Sam Porter story last week was taken by Oden & Janelle Photography.

 
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