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Letters 06-20-2016

More About Kachadurian Columnist Tom Kachadurian’s recent fit to slash out at the world of science and scientists is just another example of his profound ignorance and shallowness...

Love Wins Wow! Donald Trump scares me! He is a nasty individual who has the one thing that makes him dangerous…money! If he becomes president, the U.S. will be completely destroyed. It is already in serious trouble...

The New Normal Fifty more gunned down. They say it was a gay bar. Remember “saloons” had a connotation of a specific “type” of entertainment. Today, bars are simply social meeting places for all walks of life...

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Letters 11-16-2015

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A Constitutional Mess Stephen Tuttle, in his Nov 2nd column, shows again that he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Article 3, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution says absolutely nothing about power of constitutional review. Neither does any other part of Article 3, which deals with the judiciary...

Applause For All First Ladies Great article and well-deserved attention in a recent cover story about Sandra Carden and her contributions to yoga in our community since the 1970s. However, there are several other talented and generous women yoga instructors who have brought yoga to our area for as long, and deserve such attention...

 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Letters 11-09-2015

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Sensibility From Hardy Scott Hardy writes sensibly about growth in Traverse City in your October 26th issue. Stephen Tuttle describes the lunacy and non-responsiveness of city commission members around the paint-laden joke that Traverse City roads are becoming under their supervision...

Dredging a River Mouth In A National Lakeshore For most of the past 45+ years the DNR and the National Park Service have been dredging the mouth of the Platte River to make it easier for small boats to access Lake Michigan. They usually dredge in September for Salmon season...

Celebrating Scott Traverse City is going to lose one of its most amazing residents in a few days and it shouldn’t be ignored. Scott Fallick is a devoted husband, caring father, model employee, champion of gin, a master of storytelling, a steward of wine, a promoter of humor, a bringer of happiness, a lover of animals, a huge fan of great music, a Cubs die-hard...

 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Letters 11-02-2015

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Show Us The Pipeline Data I really want to believe Enbridge engineer Tom Prew. His newspaper ads says Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Straits crossing is the most monitored “segment” of its entire system. Despite being a decade beyond its anticipated life, all is supposedly fine: “As engineers, we can clearly see from the data...”

My Climate Heroes Thank you Express for the story on local climate change activism. And thank you for featuring everyday folks instead of celebrities or politicians. I’m OK with “prominent” people touting their green agenda. It certainly doesn’t hurt, and it might motivate some. But you know who motivates me? The person right here, in my neighborhood, the one I see beside me at work, school, or on my favorite trail...

Other Pipeline Possibilities Everyone seems to be focused on Line 5 pipeline’s safety and probability of corrosion or other failures devastating the Great Lakes. Let’s not focus only on the failure of the line itself, but on other types of line breaches that could cause the same results. In my memory there have been two incidences of ships dropping anchor in the Straits and hooking electric lines. One was a U.S. Navy ship that took out the power to Mackinac Island; the other was, to my memory, a freighter that snagged an unused line between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas..

Rent Too High The rent is too damn high in and around Traverse City. I will be on my way out of the region in pursuit of a more affordable living situation congruent with affordability...

Drugs Mean More This letter is directed to those folks who use recreational drugs. I would like you to realize that when you are buying recreational drugs that come from or through Mexico, you are financing organizations that are just as guilty of horrendous, depraved atrocities that are being committed by ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq)...

 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Letters 10-26-2015

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Send The America Haters Away ISIS continues to recruit an increasing number of our American youth. The message they send through social media is “come or kill.” In other words, kill Americans here or go to the Middle East and engage in atrocities there...

Real Facts About Guns And Shooters  Gun lovers across the country are quick to say that mass killings keep happening because the U.S. is full of “gun-free zones.” Did you know that there is absolutely no evidence to support this assertion? Most killings occur at the killer’s past or present workplace, and in all but one of the recent school shootings, the killer had a personal tie to the school he struck...

Ike Was Right In one of his recent columns (“Ike Warned Us,” 10/5/15), Jack Segal structured an argument against unnecessary and excessive defense spending around President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address in early 1961 in which he famously stated that we “must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Guns And Law-Abiding Citizens It is unfortunate that (letter writer) Lee Trucks of Manistee had the misfortune of knowing four murderers, thereby changing his perception of law-abiding citizens who carry a firearm for the protection of themselves and their families...

 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letters 10-19-2015

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True Activists Must Act I take strong exception to the letter writer who said that activists are self-motivated. My social activism and that of many others is driven by genuine concern for others, especially the working class. The fact that there are many in this country who greedily put the screws to others to better themselves disgusts me!

115th Year of Remembrance There are two northern Michigan historical myths that keep being perpetuated through rural legend, rumor, and gossip. The first one is that the Good Hart Robison family murders of 1968 were never solved. The second is that somehow, the burnout of the Cheboiganing Band’s Indian Village at Burt Lake in 1900 was legal...

Cuckoo Vs. Grandfather Clock? In David Newhouse’s delightful Letter to the Editor, he entertained us with wit and humor likening the Republican presidential candidates to crazy, out of touch citizens who have missed the obvious truth only the left can recognize. This comparison suggests that perhaps the “grandfather clock” represents the other side...

Keep Dollars In The City The Oct. 5 “Spectator” by Stephen Tuttle was right on in its entirety. The most compelling question Mr. Tuttle posed to the next Traverse City Commission is: “Why is Hickory Hills, completely outside the city limits, the responsibility of the city, and the Civic Center, completely within the city limits, the responsibility of the county?”

Demand Pipeline Transparency 

After 62 years of corrosion and stress, Enbridge pipeline 5 is a toxic oil disaster waiting to happen, not just for the Great Lakes, but for almost the entire length of Michigan — all the rivers, lakes and wetlands near it. Pipelines are safer than trucks, trains and barges. But this begs the question of our desperate need to transition to non-carbon sources of energy...

Your Guns, My Safety People do not realize that when they carry a weapon for their own protection, they reduce my perception and reality of safety...

We Need Activism I would like to respond to the letter in the Oct. 12th issue by RD Johnson titled “Know the Root of activism.” Really RD, activism is simply action by those who are self-serving? I assume that you believe the comments by Rabbi Kushner since you used them as reference. I might ask that you do a little research...

Northport Sewer Deficit Fact Check The Northport sewer deficit is $2.7 million and growing. Under law, the sewer was to be affordable and not a burden. a Northport financial expert predicted the deficit before construction began. Northport government was warned of the deficit in October 2010 and advised to implement cost changes then. They did nothing and the public was not made aware...

 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Letters 10-12-2015

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Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

 
Friday, October 2, 2015

Letters 10-05-2015

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Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Letters 09-28-2015

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Adult Science Literacy In Trouble Adult science literacy in America is in real trouble, when more adults know who Juan Pablo (the latest from Bachelor) than know Dr. Neil DeGreese Tyson (astrophysicist and host of Cosmos). Mainstream media reinforces social drama and romanticizes emotional decisions. What Americans really needs is to think critically and be effective problem solvers...

Just The Facts  Obama is an American citizen. He is a Christian. He’s not taking your guns. He has not destroyed America. Tax cuts for the rich do not trickle down. The U.S. was thrown out of Iraq per a SOFA agreement signed by Bush; Obama did not abandon Iraq...

 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Letters 09-21-2015

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A Role Model, Indeed In defense of Jada Johnson, whose show Big Boy Adventures I have watched, I feel offended by a small-minded Meagan Neil. Jada comes across as a caring and conscientious young person on TV and is an excellent role model for young women in the outdoors...

Embrace Climate Change How shortsighted and ignorant can our Michigan State Senate be? Are they so willing to compromise our environment and economy that they will stifle all real efforts to deal with climate change...

Goodbye Downtown TC Dear Downtown TC: I am giving you a fond farewell during parking enforcement hours due to hyperactive ticket writing. I received one too many tickets written within five minutes of my meter expiring...

Implications Here is another thought on Ms. Smith’s letter on the State Theater. If one of these gay people were members of a church and one of them died, would you boycott that church because they were buried from that church? A church is a public building, as is the State Theater. These people chose to be married in the theater...

Helping True Refugees Jack Segal’s recent column about refugees is interesting but offers no realistic suggestions as to what exactly we are supposed to do about the mess called the Middle East (and to a lesser extent, North Africa)...

Praise for Roundabouts I am responding to Christie Minervini’s well thought out, factual Opinion on roundabouts for Division Street. For most of the past four years, I have been overseas counseling with military families. Roundabouts were everywhere (on and off installation). One quickly became used to them (and favored them) with surprising ease...

Creating a Windfall The outstanding student federal loan balance is $1.2 trillion, and the program under which it is administered is out of control. Piecemeal attempts to adjust interest rates, arbitrary grace periods and repayment based upon income percentage and other political maneuvers only serve to exacerbate the situation and create a bubble akin to the home mortgage fiasco that led to a recession...

Last Word On Rights And Diversity Many letters addressed the hate-fueled bigotry regarding the State Theater. I felt compelled to write but others did so far more eloquently than I could have...

 
Friday, September 11, 2015

Letters 09-14-2015

Letters The Truth About Abortion I take the strongest possible exception to Mr. Kachadurian’s views about abortion. I am glad his daughter was born to parents who wanted her. His experience with a difficult pregnancy is compelling. His statement that his daughter “would have been aborted without a second thought” is an egregious canard, straight out of the enforced birth movement’s phrase book...

Some Ambassador For Marriage Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who, in order to defend traditional marriage, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been released from jail...

Don’t Blame Cadillac! Hey, don’t blame all of Cadillac for Colleen Smith’s benighted, narrow-minded homophobic bigotry (“No More State Theatre”, Aug. 24)!

Learn About Common Core School is beginning again; another year of Common Core. Soon, the MI DOE will be considering adopting the new science and social studies standards to go with the already implemented math and ELA standards...

Long-Term Effects of Making a Profit I have lived in Traverse City for 21 years and I have seen a lot of growth. I understand that some growth is inevitable but I am greatly concerned with all the developments in the works or being planned...

Applause For Tom And Life Thanks for the opinion piece by Thomas Kachadurian, “About a Girl.” I give him a lot of credit for stating his pro-life opinions amidst predominantly pro-choice northern Michigan. He’s right; both sides are rigidly polarized on the issue. What seems to be lacking is common sense...

Look In The Mirror There appears to be a new definition of free speech; the letter to the editor version: “A means to throw stones without an actual stone.”

No To Nine Stories Calling all TC neighborhoods! We must once again stand up to developers and demand the city commission says NO to any new 100’ tall buildings downtown...

Segregation Is Learned I was vacationing recently in Charlevoix and picked up the Aug. 24 Northern Express. I read with interest the “Crossed” column that featured a debate between a Presbyterian Pastor and a local atheist...

Thanks, Tom Thank you, Thomas Kachadurian, for your logical approach to the abortion issue! I appreciated your facts comparing the barbaric U.S. to Europe. That your view could change when it became personal (congratulations!) is honest...

 
Friday, September 4, 2015

Letters 09-07-2015

Letters DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

 
Friday, August 28, 2015

Letters 08-31-2015

Letters Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

 
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Letters 08-24-2015

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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...

 
Friday, August 14, 2015

Letters 08-17-2015

Letters Ask Questions First Planned Parenthood has come under attack as an undercover video shows an awkward conversation with a Planned Parenthood representative who believes she is talking with someone wishing to secure some fetal tissue for medical reasons. The video was edited to suggest the woman was callous and trying to sell fetal tissue illegally. With this brief video clip, several politicians have rushed to defund Planned Parenthood...

Corrections An Aug. 3 Express article titled “Local Food: An Industry Made From Scratch” should have made clear: The 2012 MSU study on farm availability, The Farm Succession Study, assisted the Leelanau Conservancy’s recent regional study of farmland viability which was funded by Rotary Charities. An “innovation hub” to foster the local food industry was created and is overseen by the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance. Taste the Local Difference manages the hub under contract...

In regards to our recent article “You Can Learn Anything: Satellite Campuses of Northern Michigan,” Central Michigan University’s main Northern Michigan hub is in Traverse City at the NMC University Center, though they do also have a satellite campus in Petoskey at NCMC. Contact http://global.cmich.edu for more info.

 
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Letters 08-10-2015

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Disclose Pipeline Details Pipeline companies have billions of dollars of equipment in their to maintain the safety and integrity of lines. Enbridge Energy of Canada, you can be sure has the “smart PIG” tool, a device with onboard diagnostics that can be run inside the pipe. The tool can identify problems with the pipe wall due to corrosion, cracking and other sources of damage...

The Downward Slope Of Morality To Leonard Page (who wrote a letter here) and everyone else who buys into what is condemned in the mainstream media and by the corrupt politicians in D.C.! How many people have been killed by the Confederate flag in the last couple of years? How many people in America have been killed during that same time by Muslims? How many of the killers have been on prescribed psychotropic pharmaceuticals? And what is blamed for the killings? The gun, the firearm! Not the drugs that cause homicidal and suicidal tendencies...

The Other Traffic Problem As I sat down for my morning coffee and opened up Northern Express, I read “Parking Corrected,” in which Mr. Bacigalupi acknowledges that there is some consternation about parking in this town. He wrote, “As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases.” He mentions that the DDA manages parking to balance the needs of the thousands of Up North locals and the millions of visitors...

Two For One Columnist Stephen Tuttle recently stated the following: “Donald Trump is a narcissistic blowhard who has no platform other than whatever flies off the top of his head...

 
 
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