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Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Letters 7/15/04

Various - July 15th, 2004
Looking a gift horse
in the mouth
I found out from Steve Redder’s letter in the July 8, Northern Express that some group is going to donate a labyrinth to the Petoskey Public Library. Mr. Redder thinks that Petoskey should not accept this labyrinth because it is secretly a “Trojan Horse” that will suck our children’s minds into a “dark spiritual vortex.”
How do people come up with this stuff? Mr. Editor, please keep these comical letters coming, they are sometimes the funniest part of the paper.

Andrew Geffert • Boyne City

Bring home the troops
As I pulled both hands off the steering wheel to cover my ears, I couldn’t help but wonder why military jets are still welcomed here (at the Cherry Festival). I was saddened and offended by the “show” which supports the terror of deadly weapons – as if making a spectacle of the reality of war.
I experienced a similar sad sensation after watching “Fahrenheit 9/11” -- distanced. While the war is a current reality in Iraq, Americans watch movies and fighter jet air shows.
Michael Moore showed that investors (including Bin Laden’s family) continue to profit from the manufacture and sale of weapons. It’s obvious that the growing weapons industry is deteriorating any prospect of peace. Those that believe that the government has peaceful intentions in Iraq are devastatingly deceived. I personally will no longer cover my ears, eyes, or mouth. I don’t support the war or the weapons industry.
Perhaps the Blue Angels serve to remind the American people that in other parts of the world jets are dropping innumerous bombs -- but as a proud member of the community, I hope Traverse City decides to end continued support for the Blue Angels.
May peace prevail on Earth. Bring home the troops now.

Esther Posner • Leelanau County

Sports talk
A letter written by Bill Kinzie highly amused me in the 7/1 issue. The statement made, which entertained me the most was, “When the Wings win, this area goes nuts, yet with the Pistons championship, I don’t see the same fervor at all. I wonder if the total whiteness of this area has anything to do with it?”
I highly doubt the “total whiteness” of this area has anything to do with it. Hockey is an ongoing tradition in Michigan; our climate supports the many teams and leisurely games played throughout the winter. The city of Detroit has been deemed “Hockey Town.” As a matter of fact, the first professional hockey league began in the Upper Peninsula in 1904. The start of the Detroit Red Wings franchise was in 1926, and since the beginning of the team, the Wings have brought back 10 Stanley cup wins for our state. The Wings have been a team most Michigan residents have come to grow proud of over the years with many memorable seasons and players.
Oddly enough, the game of basketball was invented by a Canadian; yes white people can too enjoy the game! In 1941 the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons club was started. Since the advent of the team, the Pistons have only brought us back three championship wins; not to say that the Pistons have not had memorable seasons or players, but basketball as a whole, has not had the same effect on the state of Michigan as hockey has. The climate of our state and its roots make hockey a traditional sport for our area, and basketball probably will never get the same reaction as the game of hockey in Northern Michigan.

Kelly Krantz • TC

Tired of it all
Having just finished reading the latest edition of Northern Express, I am frankly sometimes entertained and sometimes dismayed. I read the Modern Times comic strip and couldn’t help noting the irony in the last window of the strip. If, in fact terrorists use our “tactics” as an example in their treatment of prisoners, then perhaps by following our example they will use psychological forms of breaking prisoners instead of just simply HACKING THEIR HEADS OFF! I am sure the families of those who were summarily beheaded would rather their loved ones just thought they were going to die rather than to have their heads removed from their bodies just to satisfy extremist bloodlust.
Now the terrorists threaten to kidnap and execute a woman soldier and do who knows what else in the process, and here we are wringing our hands over overzealous juvenile delinquents who need to be paddled and sent to bed without their supper. HELLO?????
On a different note, having voted Libertarian in the last election I voted in, I can see that is still the way to go. The race for President of our fine country is no longer a contest between opposing view points, it has become a farce. While I am no Bush lover, a number of weeks ago I saw Bush was being bombarded by accusations of not doing enough to prevent 9/11. Two weeks later, after the FBI and Department of Justice warned of possible attacks Bush was jumped for trying to make political hay out of warnings of a possible terror attack. Sounds like damned if you do, damned if you don’t to me. Perhaps someone can’t make up their mind??
By the way, congrats to Michael Moore, Hezbollah is on record in the national news as loving his film “Fahrenheit 9/11.“ Good job Mike! What an honor!
Nevertheless, this whole process is becoming an aggravating and disgusting bore. Call me when it’s over please.

Lee Oslund • Mackinaw City



 
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