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Letters 08-03-2015

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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The State of Express Personals

George Foster - August 8th, 2002
In recent years, the silence has been deafening.
Yet, when the Express first hit the streets of northern Michigan in 1991, there isn‘t any question which element of the paper caused the biggest buzz: our romance ads. At the moment of launching, Northern Express became the first publication that devoted a section to the personals.
We heard comments such as, “Those guys are running a dating service,“ or “Did you know people advertise for sex in that new publication?“ Of course, nothing could have been further from the truth. While similar papers in other states allow risquÈ photos to accompany ads and obvious prostitute solicitation in the listings, the Express has always had a policy of rejecting any ads that seek sex or anything too kinky.
Now, of course, the personals are a mainstay for most newspapers from dailies to shoppers. Even TV and radio stations are trying to get in on the act. Personal ads rarely cause a stir, anymore.
As our romance section grew over the years, we have received more positive and very little negative feedback. Our personals have resulted in innumerable long-term relationships and many marriages. Though it has been years since I used them, guys - I found the females I met through Express Connections to be as they represented themselves: potentially excellent companions.
Ladies, I know some of the men who use our personals and most are mighty nice guys. That doesn‘t mean you should get comfortable out there and do anything stupid, though. I‘m sure this is not a big revelation: there are a few weirdoes in northern Michigan. Some naÔve women have called our office and asked if it was okay to invite men who contacted them to their home or travel out of town for their first face-to-face meeting. NO. A thousand times, NO. Find a well-traveled, public place for the initial get-together.
Express Personals in transition. Several readers have contacted us with complaints about mechanical problems with our romance ads system of late. Please, hang in there with us. The glitches may have vanished by the time you read this.
Due to growth in the personals, several years ago we made the decision to contract with an outside company to take care of that section of our newspaper. Due to a merger of companies that specialize in romance ads, the largest personals vendor in the U.S. took over our personals several weeks ago. TPI Group services 90% of the weekly publications in the U.S. with personal ads.
Some users have complained of the amount of information requested when readers sign up. This information actually benefits the user of our personals in many ways. In order to save you telephone charges, our new system has an option that will contact you when messages are received by notification through email, your cell phone, or an automated phone call. These options are in addition to the traditional ways of receiving messages through a 900-number or credit card phone number.
Express Connections also has cutting edge technology that integrates online ads with newspaper listings, provides you with information about potential matches even if neither party actively seeks the other, and optionally brings singles to you from many other newspapers around our state and country.
We continue to work at bringing you personals ads with the least hassle, at a low cost, matching the coolest people in northern Michigan.




 
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