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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Letters 7/18/11

- July 18th, 2011
Attack on the poor
Cutting funds to Medicaid per the GOP budget proposal is morally wrong. As
a former Eligibility Specialist with DHS I know firsthand how few
low-income persons even qualify for Medicaid. Since my case-load was
primarily adults-only, I found I was denying more Medicaid applications
than those I approved.
Back in 2004 Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly
that there is Medicaid for poor persons, thus no need for a national
health plan. I practically screamed at the T.V. “ONLY SOME POOR CAN GET
MEDICAID!”
To Medicaid recipients and those denied and those on ridiculously high
deductibles (formerly known as “spend-downs”), you need to call or write
Rep. Benishek and tell him your individual stories.
To Rep. Benishek, let me give you a brief summary of Michigan Medicaid
policy. Medicaid consists of over a dozen different programs. The first
thing we look at is: Citizenship...... then the really big hurdle: one
must be either under 22, 65 or older, pregnant, disabled, or parents of
minors. This excludes a huge proportion of persons. It doesn’t matter if
an applicant is penniless and without a job. He or she must first meet a
non-financial element, period.
Also worth noting, for adults who are disabled, have minor children or are
65 and older, there is a Medicaid program that entails deductibles. In far
too many cases, the figure is UNAFFORDABLE.
This attack on the poor and working class is a disgrace. It is time to end
the Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest persons. The largest cause of our
current budget deficit is due to these tax cuts, and that is a fact! It is
immoral to reduce food benefits, Medicaid, Head-start, W.I.C. program,
Planned Parenthood and other programs that address the need of those
struggling in order to enrich the wealthiest.
It’s time to get our priorities straight! Do not reduce Medicaid funding.

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

Protection for all
I spoke at the school board meeting regarding anti-bullying for sexual
orientation.
I’ve worked for, hired, rented to, and have many friends that are gay.
The school board should prohibit “bullying, or harassing of students of a
verbal or physical nature.” That’s it.
I asked the board what bullying IS accepted. None of course.
We Geeks, Nerds and Dorks should be protected too.
The board played political correctness and nothing more.
The Traverse City motion came about because gay people were asked if they
should be discriminated against. Of course they said no. Radio talk show
hosts shouldn’t be discriminated against too. Get it?

Norm Jones • TC

Getz gets it
I just want to express how much I enjoyed the music Ron Getz and bandmates
played at the opening night of the Cherry Festival music.
As a big fan of (bluesman) Larry McCray, it was sad news to hear his band
would not make the show, but from the opening notes, it was clear the guys
on stage were there to rip it up, and did so.
Traverse City has a lot of things that make life here pretty amazing, and
to have local talent that can fill in on zero notice, and take over a
stage the way Getz‘s band did is fantastic. I loved it!

Tom Pixley • TC
 
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