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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Letters 07-21-2014

- July 21st, 2014  

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Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They practice sensational reporting with hosts sitting on a couch gossiping to their “friends” about their fear or hatred of foreigners and immigrants.

The once respected NRA’s credibility is now questionable, with its unethical obsession about a “good guy with a gun” in our schools, exemplifying a waste of elementary school and religious teachings about the sanctity of humanity and basic family values.

The original Tea Party was about “taxation without representation.” Today’s Tea Party is about no taxes for them, higher taxes and a “Big Brother” scenario for us, a hypocrisy that humiliates our forefathers’

George Edmonds, Traverse City

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that.

It’s a simple matter for many of us in our small town, we believe as Dr. Martin Luther King did: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

The United States is a graduate course in Democracy. It embodies the best attributes of Western Civilization and rejects the worst. It combines our long experience as subjects of a foreign power with our distain for the despots and autocrats and an innate distrust of those who would be king -- It is a demanding and unending course of work.

America can’t guarantee a smooth road to happiness, no creed or other human social order can. But unlike other social and political structures, America does its best to make certain that at least there is a road and that we all have the freedom and opportunity to travel it.

Mr. Reagan once noted: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free …”

Frank Liebert, Harbor Springs

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them. In his anecdotal way of thinking, he reckons that what he perceives as an overutilization of manpower on a single, teensy weensy project on Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula is indicative of what ails the whole of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Viewing a metal sculpture of a government road worker at rest suggests to him that such workers are essentially lazy and that we’d be better contracting with the private sector, where not only do people work harder, but you can also get them on the cheap. Those who might argue that we should be wary of the whole private sector as rife with greed, rather than productivity, because a major auto company confessed covering up life-threatening product defects or that a major bank was fined $12 billion for fraud should face similar indictment. That sort of conclusion would come from an anecdote-driven mind. He concludes his column by stating flatly that if money spent lobbying legislators to raise taxes and for advertising to support campaigns for higher taxes were used to reform the way roadwork is done, “we could have the best roads in the country.”

How much money are we talking about here? An inquiring mind might wonder, but not a Kachadurian mind.

Thomas BeVier, Traverse City

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications. Use tax revenue goes to the state school fund. Do advocates of Proposal 1 explain to us how the school fund will replace the redirected use tax revenue? Do schools have “spare change” to give up? Ballot Proposal 1 deserves a “no.”

Daniel Robbins, Mackinaw City

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women.

Returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American’s men and women in uniform deserve better. We must uphold our promises to men and women who have served in the armed forces to protect our freedoms.

One critical promise that should be a part of returning to civilian life is the opportunity to find a good job. Military skills and training make veterans highly qualified to take on important jobs when they return home.

In November, we have the opportunity to elect a retired General who knows firsthand how to address employment issues and support returning veterans. Jerry Cannon developed programs here in Northern Michigan at Camp Grayling that help train soldiers to become police officers throughout our state. But there is much more that could be done. Expanding the existing program and offering tax credits to companies that hire returning vets are two immediate strategies that show promise.

Margaret Monsour, Traverse City

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed. Congress is not willing to work out a solution. We desperately need comprehensive immigration legislation, not attack helicopters and armed militia hunting women and children.

If we cannot welcome 60,000 desperate children, what will we do with millions of children when birth control is forbidden? Studies show 99 percent of women use birth control during their lifetimes. One in four women have been or will be the victim of rape or sexual assault. Women need to be able to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies. Women in the US now have forced upon us the religious beliefs of our employers and legislators. The First Amendment is supposed to protect us from forced religious beliefs of others.

Women, we are 53 percent of the US population. Imagine what we could accomplish if every woman voted. Register, vote, and take a friend.

Beverly Christensen, Cedar

 
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