TC‘s parking fine turn-off
We are all enjoying a week of downtown excitement and fun. Our out-of-town
visitors and plenty of locals are filling the shops, wineries, and
restaurants. Everyone is smiling, talking movies, food, and weather. The
towns and recreation areas that surround Traverse City are also seeing
increased business. The Mercato shops and grounds at the Grand Traverse
Commons are full of wandering guests. How wonderful to have a parking
All of this translates to dollars... even for the city. The deck often has
a we are full sign at the entrance and the bus loop has been working
well. Welcome to Traverse City! Our parking deck is full and our meters
only allow for two-hour parking.
Most movies last longer than two hours, so we are seeing lots of little
yellow envelopes on cars with $5 parking tickets; the violation department
gets a bonus week.
Its a quick way to wipe off the smiles and make folks hurry away from the
a movie instead of lingering and spending dollars.
Marsha Minervini TC
A recent writer fell under the spell of General Electrics CEO and
believed what she read.
GEs Jeffrey Immelt was either being ludicrous or he expected his audience
to be obscenely uninformed if he truly said that manufacturing could save
the United States from its self-imposed state of unemployment. This
gentleman and his cohorts are strong proponents of offshore manufacturing.
CEOs for the big box stores, manufacturing, and assembly depend upon
products from India, China, Pakistan, Mexico, etc. to meet their profit
GE as of two years ago, had only two assembly plants within U.S. borders
and those were closed and jobs sent to Mexico. Not for quality, but cost
-- as shown by the GE light bulbs I purchased which supposedly would last
two years and didnt make it to six months before burning out.
Jobs sent to other countries will remain a reality because the profit
motive is king. Shoppers who prefer the marts and other box stores are
promoting offshore job movement, refusing to think twice about what their
The workers in other countries have a right to jobs too, and I would not
be in favor of any restrictions that would limit those jobs. Any laws
passed must be geared to covering imports done by workers under poor
working conditions. If a Chinese company or a GE company in Mexico uses
underpaid workers, laws should constrain their exports to the U.S. Laws
governing safety should also be considered.
I will not purchase one particular brand of tooth paste because it is
assembled-manufactured in the U.S., but the chemicals for it come from
China and their safety record is blemished.
Westernized consumers would do well to remember a childhood game of
musical chairs. There are many jobs for the world-wide population, but far
too many people. The universe may or may not be expanding, but the planet
is not. Its time to share on a world-wide basis and that includes jobs.
Barbara Young Bear Lake
Every day in most newspapers there is always a letter dealing with the
the people for a single-payer system on healthcare.
Writing opinion letters to the papers is just blowing in the wind; what is
really necessary is for the people of this country to write, phone, email,
whatever to their representatives in Congress. After all, we the people
provide them with the best care our money can buy. Plus, they are bought
and paid for by the lobbyists for big pharma and the insurance companies
who have to make sure their investors are satisfied with the way they
deliver healthcare for the common man.
In the past three weeks or so on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, there have
been different doctors and journalists speaking out on a single-payer
system. Wendell Potter, head of communications for Cigna, talked about
how the people of this country are being outgunned by the lobbyists to
make sure healthcare is delivered through the companies and not the
government. It is the insurance industry that makes the decisions for the
doctors and claims that government should stay out of the system.
Well folks, as long as you keep writing your comments to the letters to
the editor section, things will not change. I have emailed my
representatives and have sent comments to the President. Surely there is
more than one person who is doing the same; what about the rest of you?
Marilyn Prezkop Williamsburg
Pot & profits
Your article about growing pot is nice, but even though the voters have
spoken, the real power is still in profits.
Elitist drug companies and others have worked to keep a simple wonder
plant illegal to their benefit. Where are the former arguments of It
leads to harder drugs, and What about the children? I can tell you its
now about Not letting (medical marijuana) into the hands of leisure
I really doubt if I will ever be allowed to grow or use legally, for the
police make too much money along with their legal minions who have taken
almost everything away from me. When will I be able to have my own freedom
for my own body in a country that claims to be free?
My life has been permanently ruined by criminal law enforcement and I
dont want to see others end up as I have in this hypocritical country,
where only money is important, with not even a care about how you got it.
Bradford Krull via email
It‘s just a plant
Marijuana has been proven to be much less harmful than the already legal
drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, but also has scientifically-proven
Marijuana prohibition and the harsh penalties put on the non-violent users
are more harmful than the plant itself. Its evident the marijuana culture
is not going to leave our society anytime soon, so why not embrace it? Why
not regulate it, set limitations, and fuel our economy, rather than the
pockets of underground dealers?
Im not saying feed our kids pot for breakfast, or let them smoke a joint
on the playground after school; Im saying set age limits on marijuana,
treat it like the legal drugs of our society, and see the statistics drop
in criminal activity, youth drug use, and amount of drug dealers on our
Not a single person in the history of mankind has overdosed on marijuana.
Why? Because its impossible, thats why. How many legal drugs can you say
that about? None.
Marijuana users are not criminals, nor should they ever had been in the
first place. Its just a plant, people. Stop being so afraid.
Marc Gee Petoskey