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Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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What‘s new

Robert Downes - July 18th, 2011
What’s New
New in this issue is a Public Safety Map on page 12 which will include a
snapshot of crime in the region -- assault, robbery, B&Es, drug busts and
car thefts -- as well as brief reports on emergency events such as
drownings and major collisions.
The map will be compiled on a weekly basis by investigative reporter
Patrick Sullivan from police reports around the region. We expect it to
be a popular feature, as are similar maps and police blotters in
newspapers ranging from the Ann Arbor Observer to the Toronto Star.
Why a Public Safety Map? To keep you better informed. If there are a rash
of cottage break-ins in Benzie County or an increase in B&Es in Petoskey,
readers will get a heads-up.
Beyond that, as noted in Sullivan‘s June 20 story, “Fewer Cops, More
Crime,” law enforcement agencies in Northern Michigan have been hit hard
by budget cuts. Then too, we’ve seen a rise in hard drug use in the
region, as demonstrated by a number of overdose deaths over the past year.
Aside from crime, Northern Michigan also faces issues involving “growing
pains” such as car-bicycle collisions or tourists involved in snowmobile
crashes and boating mishaps.
As such, it pays us to be more aware of public safety issues in the
region. Consider our new Public Safety Map a tool for your own security
and awareness. Comments? Send them to our Letters page, care of
info@northernexpress.com.

MASTERS OF DISASTER
Nice. The Republican Congress has positioned itself between an anvil and a
sledge-hammer with nowhere to scuttle but sideways.
Consider the Republican pledge not to raise taxes even on the super rich
or the corporations that have betrayed America by taking jobs overseas.
That’s what friends are for, right?
But failing to raise the debt ceiling by the August 2 deadline could mean
a colossal stock market crash, possibly kicking off another recession. It
could also kick financially fragile Europe over a ledge, bringing on a
global depression.
Such an event would be a disaster for Wall Street and the investor class
(uh, not to mention millions of regular Americans) -- a much more painful
prospect than a tax increase.
If you believe Joe Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” crew, the Republicans
in Congress got a call from their masters on Wall Street last week who
said, “don’t go there.”
But let’s say the Republicans decided that their Tea Party principles are
so lofty that they would dare to bite the hand that feeds to make their
point. Let’s say they decided to throw the United States into default just
out of sheer spite.
Well, as President Obama warned, that could mean the United States would
lack the funds to cover more than 60 million Social Security checks as of
the first week in August. No veterans payments either, along with 700,000
federal employees thrown out of work. Medicare? Poof. And that would be
just for starters.
Hmm... stock market crash, millions more out of work, retirees in a
flaming rage... even at a distance, it’s quite obvious as to who would
catch the blame for that train wreck. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell said last week, defaulting on the U.S. debt would mean “the end
of the Republican brand.”

ON THE TELLY
Will anyone be surprised if the British phone hacking scandal spreads to
the U.S. press (if it hasn’t already)?
The United Kingdom has no less than 12 national newspapers. And since
nuttin’ much goes in a well-ordered society of 62 million people, the
British press tends to obsess over the Royals, minor celebrities on the
order of the Spice Girls, nightclub sightings of drunken rockers, and
where Prince Willy puts his wonker.
‘Kind of like the National Enquirer, US magazine, the “E” network and the
New York Post among the gossip media in the United States.
The Brits have gone bananas over the past few weeks over revelations that
reporters from the country’s biggest tabloid, News of the World, had been
hacking into email messages of not just celebrities, but regular folks.
What really set them off were reports that reporters had purposely deleted
emails from a kidnapped 13-year-old’s cell phone in the hope of
encouraging more messages from the serial killer who murdered her.
The latest allegations: Scotland Yard and the British police looked the
other way when it came time to investigate the hackings; they accepted
$150,000 in bribes from News of the World; and partied with executives of
the paper like all good buddies do when it’s time to tuck little messes
under the rug.
Well!
It begs the question: is America’s gossip press up to snuff on its own
hacking skills?
Hacking someone’s phone or email records is something that Northern
Michigan‘s news media most likely never even imagined... but who would be
surprised if it turns out that a few of America’s own celebrity chat rags
are as dirty as their cousins across the pond?
 
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