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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 7/25/02

Various - July 25th, 2002
Solve that theft
This letter is addressed to all residents and tiny business owners here in the beautiful north of Michigan. It is with great sadness that our business of nine years has been placed in a position to even compose such a letter, but as active and concerned citizens in our community, we feel it would be wise to call for a ‘heads up‘ alert.
Since the beginning of 2002 we have been victimized three times, with larceny on 1-2-02, theft on 6-20-02 and shoplifting on 7-3-02. In six months time we have evolved from an open, and loving business, excited to share our art with our customers, to disheartened, distrusting, and stressed shop keepers. We have installed dead-bolt locks on all doors, motion detectors, motion lights, and signs of warning to would be violators.
We know that theft is no stranger to residents and businesses in the north. What is ironic is our shop promotes a positive lifestyle and high spiritual (not religious) endeavor. If this is a sign of current times, with the economy stagnating into a downward cesspool of criminal activity, then we, honest, loving and caring individuals need to become vigilant, over-protective and watchful. If we had known in December of 2001 what we had to look forward to in 2002, we would have installed protective equipment then, to prevent such loss, and avoid the deeply discouraging black hole that now exists in our hearts and minds.
Residents and tiny businesses, at least in small Northern Michigan communities, are feeling the
economic ‘No Confidence‘ attitude, so cash flow is at a trickle and crime and violations of our hard endeavors are chopping into our tree of faith, trust, and hope for a positive future. My husband and I have heard and read of many petty thefts and violations that have taken place in
our communities to private citizens and small businesses. The police come and take the report, and photos and then leave. It is up to us to protect ourselves through vigilant watchfulness, wise action, and steadfastness in our convictions.
Our tiny business, Sacred Sparks, remains alive but wounded, and we will heal. But things here at our humble homestead will never be the same. We now discreetly take notes on all characters we deem as shady, descriptions of their appearance, time they entered our shop, vehicle
description and license plate numbers, and any other key notations we feel is pertinent. We keep a notepad and pencil in our vehicle as well, in case we witness strange activity, we can jot down license numbers, times and descriptions of people involved.
We are offering a reward leading to information that will lead to the recovery of a “Great Blue Heron“ Garden Sculpture that was stolen from the front of our shop at 2 a.m. on June 20. There are only two in existence. The first is legally on Beaver Island and the other in the possession of a dastardly low life thief. It is crafted from 3/16 inch rusty steel and stands almost 4 feet high. Two people were involved in the theft, driving a dark colored, newer model car.
If we all look out for each other then the dark hearted scoundrels will
not succeed in their shady crimes.

Linda and Jerry Aydlott • Sacred Sparks of East Jordan

Access denied? Good
As a recent arrival to Benzie County and a lifelong citizen of the USA, I
read with great interest about the proposed changes to access at Sleeping
Bear National Lakeshore I attended the hearing at the Travese City library to
get more informed and to express my opinion. This issue does not concern only
area residents but any resident of the United States, because it is a
national park.
I treasure the time I get to spend in the woods and appreciate so much of it
around here to enjoy. However, I believe that the national parks are not
protected as “outdoor amusement parks,“ but rather to preserve wilderness for
the health of the flora and fauna that flourish there, ultimately
benefiting humans!
I support the park‘s plan to limit access, even if it keeps me out. The parks
need to exist to preserve pristine ecosystems and biodiversity, not for our
entertainment. I value the presence of these wilderness areas, PERIOD. That I
get to respectfully venture into these areas and learn more about nature and
more about myself is the icing on the cake.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a
noise? ABSOLUTELY!

Lauren di Scipio • Beulah

Political oblivion
I have been pleased with your candor and courage to publish
such as Mrs. Helen Milliken‘s fine expose of the destruction to be
wrought in making a bypass of the Boardman route. I hope the Northern
Express is equal to the challenge of exposing the candidacy of MICHELLE
McManus for the State Senate seat her uncle George is leaving. George
made the state safe for pig manure. Simultaneously Michelle, then our
inept state representative, was conspiring with waste haulers to make
the Leelanau peninsula a dumping ground.
Will the Express recall to the attention of its readers that Michelle
was involved in petition election fraud. It was found she had a minor
female drawing up the fake petitions on McManus‘ property. Republican
Secretary of State Candice Miller fiddlefarted with the matter long
enough for the McManus crowd to develop a cover-up. The person who was
writing up fraudulent was an intern to McManus, being a minor female,
should be forgiven. McManus who had orchestrated the whole thing was not
found to have done wrong. How silly have our politics become!
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to cast M. McManus to political
oblivion.

Boyd W. Yard • Lake Leelanau
 
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