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Letters 08-25-14

Save America

I read your paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle. What a shame this beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay silent...

Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full

In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere. It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame...

Uncomfortable Questions

defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow. Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide. American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro Palestine or Hamas...

The Evolution of Man Revisited

As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Letters 07-01-2013

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Indian River motocross Count me as one of the “whine asses” who is very concerned about the consequences of a large motocross racetrack (think 30-40 two-cycle dirt bikes, trucks, or snowmobiles per race), with races from Friday to Sunday, not counting practice times. Add camping sites for thousands of RVs or tents, and day parking accommodating 20,000-plus fans...

Boozers a bummer A recent letter bemoaned the fact that one can’t imbibe on restaurant patios in Boyne City. Good for Boyne City...

Preaching discrimination In response to the letter, “Yahweh’s view on gays” from Gordon Lee Dean from Troop 10 (6/24), I do believe you have a right to your views and religious beliefs. However you need to understand not everyone who attends Boy Scouts is affiliated with Christianity...

Boy Scouts & Christians Yahweh did NOT write the Bible - fallible humans did (re: “Yahweh’s view on gays.”) Scouting doesn’t teach “Christian morals” it teaches citizenship, leadership, sharing, healthy conservation and outdoorsmanship, and hopefully, morals are a by-product...

Fracking or nuclear? I’m sympathetic to Peggy Case’s letter (“Time to ban fracking,” June 17), but the current move to ban coal and push wind means more gas-burning turbines to pick up the load in the lulls. More gas turbines means more fracking, not less...
 
Monday, June 24, 2013

Letters 06-24-2013

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Garage sale ripoffs  It is early in the garage sale season and we have already been at three sales where things have been stolen in the Torch Lake area...

Yahweh’s views on gays  This letter is in regards to Stephen Tuttle’s recent article on the Boy Scouts of America’s new pro-gay policy. I’m not here to attack Mr. Tuttle’s position, nor am I here to defend mine. I am however here to relay Yahweh God’s position from His Holy Word...

The ‘ethereal axman’ On a mid 19th century morning in Northern Michigan. A band of brothers opened their thickly calloused hands to clasp the sweat and blood stained hickey handles of their doublebit axes-swung them to their shoulders and marched into Michigan’s mist shrouded forest...

Step in right direction As an avid reader, I always seek out Stephen Tuttle’s weekly commentary. His column re: gays in the Boy Scouts of America (June 10 issue) was an interesting read...

GOP junk mail One of my least favorite activities is to truck down to the bottom of our hill and sort through the junk mail. This time it was different. I received an official Republican Party document, registered in my name with a bar coded number, and instructions “do not destroy” in large, bold, red printing...

 
Monday, June 17, 2013

Letters 06-17-2013

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Terrorism and the NSA Logic and sense is called for when thinking about the recently publicized National Surveillance Program. Comparable programs are used everyday, every hour, in almost any science, manufacturing, financial industry, etc., to conduct measurement and risk. Why would we not want to protect ourselves from terrorists or those that wish us harm, in a similar way...

Not a fan of the Bijou I don’t believe the Traverse City Commission has the authority to give away parkland and the buildings which stand on it (to create the new Bijou Theatre). This property belongs to the people of Traverse City, and for any project of this scope, the citizens should vote...

Mixed messages While I often wonder whether some attorneys have a conscience, or, if so, do they ever listen to it, it is true that in our society every person who can afford to is entitled to buy the services of an attorney...

Time to ban fracking Recent exposure of the on-site water shortages experienced by Encana Corporation as it attempted to frack a new well in Kalkaska County highlight the dangers of the new technology for extracting natural gas...

Overtaxed... I a big fan of columnist Stephen Tuttle, however, his recent article regarding how we are unwilling to help pay for infrastructure repairs, and the electric grid, etc., misses the point...

Correction The Traverse City Record-Eagle never received a letter from two high school students regarding a controversy in the Black & Gold newspaper at Central High School, as claimed erroneously in last week’s Random Thoughts column. Another letter on the subject was received by the paper, but the author reportedly rescinded permission to run it when he was contacted by the editor of the Record-Eagle's letters page.

 
Monday, June 10, 2013

Letters 06-10-2013

Letters It’s too bad some people have no empathy until disaster strikes home. There are 6 Republicans and 1 Democrat in the Oklahoma congressional delegation. How many of these Congressmen voted against Hurricane Sandy relief but are now standing with their hands out? I believe it was 5...
 
Monday, June 3, 2013

Letters 06-03-2013

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Conflict of interest? ...How ironic it is then that the chairman of LTC’s board, Neil Marzella, is leading the charge to develop a world-class motorsports complex in Indian River that, if built, will permanently scar, pollute and degrade an otherwise quiet and scenic community.

Busted at Sleeping Bear Let me give you all a warning. If you go to our National Lakeshore to hike or whatever, be very careful. Watch out for your friendly park ranger. I was alone, walking down a Lakeshore path in the rain, minding my own business when out of the blue, I’m mugged by this park ranger. I produce my drivers license and my Michigan Medical Marijuana card. I’m 65 years old and retired...

No meth epidemic here Re: “The Shadowland Bust,” 5/27) The fact is that meth is just one of many epidemics and I do not believe Michigan has a epidemic in this field. Also the pilots who accidently bombed Canadian troops in the Kosovo war were found to have been up on meth for many days...

Gunshots on the Platte I am sure that no resident of the Platte River Watershed neighborhood is unaware of the nearly daily event of gunshots ringing through our beautiful forest community. This is alarming for a number of reason...

More trail tips It is great that you rode the North Eastern State Trail (“One Wild Ride,” 5/20). As you noted, it is a very rural trail where you will see more wildlife than people. It is also great that you told readers to be prepared as there are limited services along the trail A few notes/corrections...

Don’t forget da U.P. I must say that your front page photo - “Spring Styles,” April 15, shows a nicely done flag misrepresentation of Michigan showing only the Lower Peninsula. Having also lived in the Copper Country (Houghton - Hancock) for 25 years previous to moving to the Lower Peninsula, I am totally aware that Michigan has two peninsulas, both very nice in their own way...

 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Letters 05-28-2013

Letters Head injuries & helmets Letter writer Matt Woodruff has not thought the helmet situation through in my opinion (re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13)...

Robbing the vote We’re all, regardless of party affiliation, small-d democrats, that is, staunch defenders of the Constitution and its democratic principles. Let’s look at the actual state of one principle, majority rule. In the 2012 Michigan election 352,000 MORE voters voted for Democrats (54%, actually) to be in our House than voted for Republicans. Because of Republican gerrymandering, though, Republicans control the state House. The minority rules...

Money talks in Congress Stephen Tuttle’s column bemoaning the lack of attention paid by elected officials to will of the people forgets one important point. I think it’s made clear in a line from the film, Charlie Wilson’s War: “The hell with the voters, all I care about are the donors”...

 
Monday, May 20, 2013

Letters 05-20-2013

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Public gets the bill Re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13. Six words to Matt Woodruff...

The price of ‘liberty’ Mr. Woodruff omitted one potential outcome when a rider chooses not to wear a helmet (re: Letters 5/13)...

Marijuana, the vulgar drug Thousands of Americans die every year from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That is why the federal government set up a bureau to regulate these products a century ago, but they still are legal to possess and use...

Kalkaska’s killjoys Every time I use the Kalkaska public library I think, “Wow, this place is BUSY... and TINY!” Now, no thanks to Tom Backers and Citizens 4 Better Government (whoever you are), it looks like Kalkaska won’t be updating its inadequate, crumbling library...

Found our rag... I recently had the great luck to pick up the May 6 issue in Elberta. I was very impressed with the quality of the writing and the topics. That issue contained some important information about fracking, including the editorial, “Increasingly, Your Vote is Just a Joke in Lansing.” My frustration is that my husband and I live in the UP, Cedarville area, and it seems the nearest place to pick up a copy would be in Mackinaw City...

The tax on seniors We people in the middle class sure are paying a very big price and will continue to pay as long as Gov. Snyder is in office. He sure has hit the poor old folks hard...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Letters 05-13-2013

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Helmets & motorcycles Properly worn motorcycle helmets, particularly full-face helmets, are quite effective in preventing head injuries during a crash. Like Jim Lumley (featured in the April 29 issue), I always wear a helmet and am fully covered (i.e. jacket/pants/ boots/gloves) while riding, even when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees...

Fear-mongering lobby Today’s NRA is not the same proud organization my father belonged to. The NRA today has become a fear-mongering lobby for the gun manufacturers...

Don’t blame others Regarding Pete VanBerlo’s letter (May 6) it seems to me that he has fallen hook, line and sinker for the tactic legislators want us to fall for: blaming each other for our problems and not addressing the real issue...

Taxed by Snyder Wait a minute Pete (re: May 6 letter). Entitlement attitude. What makes you think that you somehow support us retired people who collect Social Security?

Dear Beloved Michigan He is one tough NERD. Never. Ending. Rights/Resource. Destroyer. Yes, look out Pure Michigan... 

Corrections

-- Credit for the photo in last week's story on Serenity Wellness is due to Lisa Newhouse of Cherry City Consulting.

-- George Colburn (“Eisenhower's Secret War:”) was a councilman in East Lansing, not Lansing. Also, it was a former Eisenhower staffer who asked him to create documentaries, rather than a fellow filmmaker. Additionally, Bob Elliott is not a translator, but the “voice” mouthing translations of Russian, German and French commentators.

 
Monday, May 6, 2013

Letters 05-06-2013

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Seniors & taxes  Regarding the 4/29 letter “Runaway Train.” What an entitlement attitude regarding senior taxes. I’d like to ask the question: When did the citizens of Michigan decide that the working folks could and would support retired individuals...

Disaster in Kalkaska Recently, the Canadian-based Encana corporation filed applications to drill 13 more gas/oil wells in Kalkaska County. The combined cumulative water estimated to hydraulically fracture these wells is in excess of 327,000,000 gallons. This water would be removed from the Manistee Watershed permanently, because the chemicals added to the water render it too toxic for any future use -- even for more hydraulic fracturing...

Solar & wind benefits People talk often about what wind turbines and solar panels are about. This is what they are not about -- gas explosions, oil spills, coal mining accidents, using millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic...

Fracking giveaway There is a fracking gas/oil rush in Michigan because the state's DEQ and Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals give multinational energy corporations our fresh water for FREE and our state lands for pennies...

Need fracking moratorium Michigan citizens have recently been told that we possess a wealth of natural gas, and that the oil and gas industry will respect our environment in it’s production. The advertising campaign promoting “clean” natural gas in Michigan began appearing the same time residents of other states were reporting environmental problems with horizontal hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. “fracking”...

Correction Last week's article on the new Uptown restaurant in TC included the wrong phone number. The correct number is 943-1344.Got Extra?
 
Monday, April 29, 2013

Letters 04-29-2013

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The stain of torture After two years of investigation, an independent bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment issued a 577-page report last week. It concluded that the Bush Administration sanctioned and engaged in routine and widespread torture...

Runaway train On April 15, millions of Michigan middle class workers and families paid a big price for electing Gov. Snyder back in 2010. He cut homestead property tax credits, created a pension tax and lowered the earned income tax credit... then gave away $1.4 billion in taxpayer dollars to corporate special interests. Thank you, Mr. Nerd...

The pain of war I don’t mean to offend anyone or be insensitive at this somber time in our history. The Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, 9/11, the Sandy Hook massacre, the seemingly daily violence in our country, and now the Boston Marathon bombings, leaves us saddened, bewildered and angry. We try to figure out what is going wrong...

Profoundly wrong As a social worker who worked his entire career in the field of juvenile justice, I fully concur with Stephen Tuttle’s article entitled “Profoundly wrong” regarding juvenile offenders sentenced to very long or even mandatory life sentences in prison...

 
Monday, April 22, 2013

Letters 04-22-2013

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Voters & wolves In March, 253,000 Michigan citizens signed a petition for a 2014 ballot initiative to stop a state sponsored wolf hunt. This referendum opposes the designation of wolves as game animals...

Lansing’s attack on voters First it was doves, then it was wolves...now they’ve targeted democracy and your right to vote!  The politicians and bureaucrats in Lansing have been working overtime to take double standards and hypocrisy to a whole new level -- and they’re on the fast track to avoid your “emotional” input to stop them..

Cure Michigan Welcome to Pure Michigan, where, thanks to Republican influence, potholes may sink your car, but “not to worry” we’ll charge you more for your license. Welcome to Pure Michigan, where schools lose more money every year to educate your children and where your school or community may be taken over by an “emergency manager” who can invalidate your votes...

Fishy cover Someone must not know too much about fishing at you newspaper, otherwise you wouldn’t have the title “Spring Sports” besides a man holding what clearly is a king salmon...

Get checked April is National STD Awareness Month. If you’re a sexually active young person, you should know that sexually transmitted infections (STI) are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people: there are 20 million new infections in the U.S. each year, half in the under-25 age group...

The facts on right-to-work A recent opinion stated that one result of the so-called “Right to Work” (RTW) legislation would be that new workers who are hired cannot be compelled to join a union....

 
Monday, April 15, 2013

Letters 04-15-2013

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In defense of the doctor Thank you Northern Express and writer, Patrick Sullivan, for covering the story about Dr. Ed Harwell (who was charged with a felony for prescribing medical marijuana - ed.). I find this situation deeply disturbing. Having been in the health care industry since 1990, and an avid researcher, I’d like to share my ideas...

Saber-rattling in Korea I have been watching this North Korean thing and being a Vietnam combat vet, I'm appalled as to what is going on in this world. North Korea is looking for recognition by the USA and the world, yet without diplomacy coming for the West how can North Korea achieve this? Rattle the saber and let the news media go crazy with it, again waving the flag and calling to arms so more of our kids and friends will die...

Offended and shocked I am writing to you about the cover of your March 25-31 edition for “The Best of Northern Michigan.” The picture on the cover depicts a cartoon-like drawing of two women dressed is cheerleaders in skimpy push-up bras, boots and shorts that do not cover their buttocks. They are holding pompoms and smiling as they stand at each side of a sign...

Beware lawn chemicals Most people look forward to spring and summer. I kind of dread it because that means the lawn companies will be coming out to spray thousands of lawns (our downtowns too) with toxic, unnecessary chemicals, exposing our children and animals...

Recycle fracking fluids The most disagreeable aspect of hydraulic fracturing has to be the incredible pollution and waste of billions of gallons of fresh groundwater which is then pumped back into the ground to haunt, and possibly poison future generations...

Skimming funds What is next at Brown Bridge Quiet Area? Hydraulic fracturing? Last night, Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes put his toe in the polluted water to remove monies from the Brown Bridge Quiet Area Trust Fund...

 
Monday, April 8, 2013

Letters 04-08-2013

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$20,000 hospital stay There was a 23-hour stay at the hospital. Afterward, we received a bill for over $20,000. There’s not much to say except we make just enough to not qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford the best insurance...

Marriage & procreation One of the main concerns expressed during the recent Supreme Court deliberations concerning gay marriage was the view that the main purpose of traditional marriage was procreation, and therefore the marriage of same-sex couples was pointless and even invalid.

I immediately thought of my own marriage of 23 years between a postmenopausal female and a vasectomy recipient...

Irritating comment As a foodie in a foodie area I was enjoying the “Best of” issue and making plans to visit some new and exciting restaurants when I came across “You know you’re from Northern Michigan when...”. I was looking forward to the usual chuckles about snow, Subaru’s and the usual whatnot when I came to the whenism “Everyone is white.”

Opposing biodiversity “Natural diversity in ecosystems provides essential economic benefits and services to human society—such as food, clothing, shelter, fuel and medicines—as well as ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic values, and thus plays an important role in sustainable development.”

-- Chevron’s Biodiversity Statement, April 2012, http://www.chevron.com.

Sadly, our representatives in Lansing reject such science-based wisdom...

Correction: Please note, it was Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak named the Best Athletic Gear Shop in Leelanau County in our recent “Best of Northern Michigan” issue. An editing error mangled the shop’s name. Also, it was A. Papano’s Pizza chain that won “Best Restaurant Staff and Pizza” in Benzie County.

 
Monday, April 1, 2013

Letters 04-01-2013

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Obamacare’s benefits Three years into Obamacare, politicians are still fighting over it and the public is still divided about it. Yet millions of Americans have benefitted from it...

Whither Interlochen? While reading your Best of Northern Michigan edition, I wondered when the Village of Interlochen moved to Benzie County? I have lived in Interlochen for 37 years and it’s always been in Grand Traverse County...

Pretentious MyStyle When did pretentious become stylish in Traverse City? I am a local born and raised gal who has been a fan of Northern Express until the recent MyStyle article featured a “banana bread princess” New Yorker (who recently moved here) fashioning a $2,742 outfit...

Clueless representative Some of our citizens find Rep. Ray Franz and his staff unresponsive to requests for information about dates for town meetings and about global warming.

Regarding global warming, Franz has unburdened himself during his campaign. He very clearly stated in a debate with Alan O’Shea in Glen Arbor that the whole batch of work on warming was and is “a hoax.” It’s a hoax, he claimed, in the opinion of “30,000 scientists” who were polled in 1998 by a poorly based group of petitioners...

Rigged arbitration Corporate kangaroo courts have quietly usurped our constitutional right to trial by judge and jury... welcome to arbitration where corporations win 99% of cases...

Peak government Remember when America was running out of oil in the early ’70s, along with concerns over acid rain and ozone layer depletion? Remember when “climate change” was politicized into global warming and now back again to climate change, thanks to Al Gore?...

Correction Due to an editing error, Andrew Dost was mistakenly named as the bass player for the band fun. in last week’s Express...

 
Monday, March 25, 2013

Letters 03-25-2013

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A change of heart As a result of learning that their children were gay, both former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, and now Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, have changed their position on gay marriage. They both now support it....

A financial crisis hoax The financial crisis is a hoax perpetrated on Americans by Wall Street billionaires, many who receive huge subsidies but pay zero in taxes. Pete Peterson, the Blackstone mogul of Wall Street, spent over $500 million in lobbying and advertising trying to overturn Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and to give billions in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. Why?...

The 'job creators' of old I always have wondered whether plantation owners in the south during slavery considered themselves to be "job creators." Let's see. The people to catch slaves, transport them, sell them, use and abuse them. And of course, the people who get very rich because of them...

Table service, good & bad During a recent trip to Englewood, Florida and Watertown, NY, I was thinking about Rick Coates and his recent comments on the local waitstaffs...

Health care's bitter pill Interested in the health care debate? Read the March Time magazine expose, “Bitter Pill.” It's an eye-opener. Liberal or conservative, all of us are subjected to the vagaries of the American health care system...

 
 
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