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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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