Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...
Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...
Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...
The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...
CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.
We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.
We apologize for these errors.
Land Swap Respectful To Native American: My wife and children are proudly Native American, so our family cares deeply about tribal culture and heritage. We are pleased to know that my employer, St. Marys Cement, has completed an archaeological study in conjunction with the proposed land swap in and next to Fisherman’s Island State Park.
Peace Be Upon Him …a Question: Mr. Obama tells us that Islam is not at war with the United States, and we can “reset” to a new, kinder, gentler, more productive relationship with the Moslem world. We’re also told that religion is not an issue between the people of Islam and the sinful people of America. “Politics is the issue,” he tells us.
Support Our Children: Education is paramount to a vibrant and thriving community. Our schools are some of the best in the state offering worldclass education opportunities in pre-k through 12th grades including two high schools recognized as “top high schools in the nation”, Advanced Placement and early college courses, International Baccalaureate and Montessori programming, fully funded early childhood for those eligible, and, athletic and fine arts programming second to none.
Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.
U.S. No Global Police: Steven
Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the
leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with
protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged
with performing military
missions in other places in the world just because they have something
we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to
force them to live by the UN or our rules.
Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.
NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.
Vote, Everyone: Election
Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a
commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV,
but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open
elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting
your county parties and doing research.
Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.
Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.
Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...
In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.
From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic
climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of
fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from
Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land
Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...
Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...
Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.
The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.
The Homeless Area: Think about where all the homeless assistance facilities, addiction treatment facilities, are located. Think about the growing number of homeless and why. Think about the big picture of who this directly impacts as Traverse City grows. All of these facilities are in the same general area in TC.
How To Vote. Literally: Voting, marking your ballot, is how you register your political preferences and is the foundation of our democracy. What could be more important than making sure your ballot states your wishes accurately and completely as possible?
Revisiting Minervini’s Column On Poor: Just wanted to commend Christie Minervini on her column on the poor. She hit the nail on the head on many issues.
Politics & Worshiping: We frequently hear the old adage: “Never discuss politics or religion”. I quickly noticed that what we really mean is: “Never discuss the other fellow’s perspective on politics or religion.”
Applauding Boyne City: A wonderful thing happened in Boyne City. As of May 13, citizens are drinking clean water again. It feels great taking a good long drink knowing it can’t hurt you or anyone; not children, family, friends or animals, because water fluoridation has been stopped.
The Real Fluoride Story: According to a survey commissioned by the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, 60 percent of Traverse City residents support water fluoridation.
Snyder, Franz & School Cuts: Like
many grandparents, I was delighted to share first day of school
grandchild photos with my friends. It was a week of new beginnings for
the younger generation, and pride and fond remembrances for mine. Now
that school is underway, I am outraged at Governor Rick Snyder and
Representative Ray Franz for the continued repercussions that ripple
through our school systems due to reduced funding from Lansing.
No Longer A Split Ticket: In the past, I have never voted a straight party ticket. I try to find out about a candidate’s beliefs and personality such as his honesty, intelligence, lifestyle, education, and experience. Then I vote for the person, not a party.
Benishek claims to understand the needs of families, yet he wants to
repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would cause about 10 million
people to lose their health insurance. He must think as long as families
can hold fundraisers they don’t need insurance...
(Un)Truth In Advertising
Constant political candidate ads on TV are getting to be too much to bear 45 days before the election...Rare Tuttle Rebuttal
I disagree with Stephen Tuttle. His “Cherry Bomb” column in the 8/4/14
issue totally dismayed me. I always love his wit and the slamming of the
1 percent. His use of fact and hyperbole highlights the truth; until
“Cherry Bomb.” Oh man, Stephen...
Say No To Fluoride
Do you or your child’s teeth have white, yellow, orange, brown, stains, spots, streaks, cloudy splotches or pitting? If so, you may be among millions of Americans who now have a condition called dental fluorosis...Questions Of Freedom
The administration’s “Affordable Health Care Act” has ordered religious orders to provide contraception and chemical abortions against the church’s God given beliefs and teachings … an interesting order, considering the First Amendment’s clear prohibitions...Stop The Insults & Talk
I found it interesting that Ms. Minervini used the Northern Express to push the Safe Harbor agenda for a 90-bed homeless shelter in Traverse City with a tactic that is also being utilized by members of the city commission. Those of us who oppose the project are being labeled as uncompassionate citizens...Roads and Republicans
Each time you hit a road crater while driving, thank the “nerd” and the Tea Party controlled Republican legislature.
states are controlled by Republican state legislatures and governors
including Michigan. It is reported that Michigan Republicans are
planning a sneak attack during the lame duck session to change the way
electoral votes are allocated in presidential elections...
Lessons From The Middle East
“My enemy’s enemy is my friend.” That statement applies in the Middle East....Student Athletes, Coaches Worth It
coaches at major universities overpaid? A simple Google search will
show quite the opposite. These coaches do not get paid with taxpayer
money. The coaches get paid by media companies, equipment companies,
alumni groups, as well as revenue from ticket sales and merchandise...
Mute The Political Ads
Mark Sunday, September 14th as the opening of the flood gates, with TV political attack advertising. Fasten your seat belts until November 4th...
Stop The Games On Campus
head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13
million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11
The Truth About Fatbikes
While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...Man Has Environmental Responsibility
I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...The Bush & Obama Facts
Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...Ban Pesticides
I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...Respect for Presidents?
Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...
The Advice Goddess? More like the “say confusing analogies and never answer the question,” mere mortal. Take
the first reader’s question last week about breaking up with his
iPod-purchasing GF: “MP3’S A CROWD”: Break up with her, iClod...
Nine-Year-Olds With Guns Not OK
I have been thinking about this awful situation in Arizona where a 9-year-old blew a shooting instructor away with an Uzi machine gun. I was looking for any consistency with other aspects of life...Respect Our President
I recently read a Canadian’s view on our lack of respect for our President. It made me think about a time when, once elected, most Americans rallied around our new leader. We became united in moving forward and leading the world...Northport Sewer A Bungle
Northport sewer cost is $15.669 million not $12 million as recently
stated in the Express. It is the most expensive sewer per household the
Michigan SRF ever funded. Today the sewer is only processing 51,000 gpd
Y Members Deserve Answers
weeks after Tom Van Deinse was fired from his position as Executive
Director and Tennis Pro of the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, I am still
trying to understand the motives of the YMCA Board of Directors for
their decision to remove him after 14 years of service...
Reflections on Order
Old men make lists. My father did it, and now that burden seems to be imposing itself on me. It wells up inside me with a vengeance and I must give vent to it. Here is my list:
Even when I disagree with Mr. Tuttle, I always credit him with a degree of fairness. Unfortunately, in his piece regarding the Palestinian/Israeli conflict he falls well short of offering any insights that might advance his readers’ understanding of the conflict...The True Northport
I was disappointed by your piece on Northport. While I agree that the sewer system had a big impact on the village, I don’t agree with your “power of retirees” position. I see that I am thrown in with the group of new businesses started by “well-off retirees” and I feel that I have been thoroughly misrepresented, as has the village...
Conservatives and Obamacare
What is it about Obamacare that sends conservatives over the edge? There are some obvious answers...
I read the letter from Don Turner of Beulah and it seems he lives in that magical part of the Fox News Universe where no matter how many offices the Republican Party controls they are not responsible for anything bad that happens...
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
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...
Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate
scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine
is incomplete, but what we know is useful...
Beware Non-Locally Grown
The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...Media Bias Must End
wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel
Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...
Proud of My President
world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be
in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally
understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too
thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things
differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a
Build A Better Cherry Fest
strongly disagree with Mr. Tuttle’s piece insisting that we keep
National Cherry Festival exactly as it remains. Many residents,
including myself, are not in favor of eliminating the festival, but
rather asking some very poignant questions...
A Real Farmers Market
ongoing practice of farmer’s market vendors reselling produce they
don’t grow themselves, and failing to identify it as such, has never
been about “big farmer versus little farmer,” as one of the resellers
claims, but rather about transparency and being straightforward and
telling the truth to buyers...
Congrats on the Wet House
wonderful to see that there are people who are intelligent,
compassionate and actively doing something to help those with addictions
and mental differences which are viewed with critical disapproval by
many. Mental challenges and addictions to drugs and alcohol are not
unique to homeless men, these things affect both men and women and
people from all income levels...
What will you tell your children about climate change? Will you tell them how the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere caused more severe storms, the melting of Arctic sea ice and the Antarctic ice shield, and the warming and rising of our oceans? Will you tell them how this caused water and food shortages around the world?Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage
I’ve noticed that over the last couple of years letters printed in the Northern Express concerning Israel have all been critical of Israel with no blame assigned to the Palestinians. With this current offensive against Hamas, no doubt there will be plenty more criticism of Israel...Taxing Retirees
How remarkable to see letters from rational folks instead of the usual loony rants about the Koch brothers, Citizens United, corporate evils in general, global warming, fracking, and how by some twisted logic, women’s rights to purchase and use birth control are infringed unless her selection is fully paid for by a third party...Symphony Masterpiece
I’m writing to draw attention to a recent presentation of professional classical music outdoors. The
audience experienced a new sort of sound and light show Saturday, July
19, when the Traverse Symphony Orchestra presented its first ever
concert on the lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons...
Revisiting The Wethouse
The Christie Minervini column on “wethouses” was insightful and I hope received positively by the community. Our drug and alcohol policies are built on failure and powerlessness. We try to live up to some undefined moral code, and pay no attention to “reducing the harm” we all face from alcoholism and addiction. A priest or minister won’t solve this problem but maybe, God willing, an engineer can!
can’t figure out what perplexes me more, the misinformation everywhere
in the media or those who believe it to be true. Take the Hobby Lobby
case; as a company that is primarily owned by a religious family, they
felt their First Amendment rights were infringed upon by the
“Affordable” Care Act...
Stop Labeling and Enjoy
have been struggling to find a simple way of understanding for myself
the concepts of conservative, liberal, and moderation as it relates to
our social interactions with each other...
Proposal One & The Public Good
Are you kidding me? Another corporate giveaway with loopholes for large corporations who rule us? Hasn’t our corrupt and worthless governor done enough to raise taxes, provide corporate welfare, unjustly tax pensions, and shut down elected officials with his emergency manager racket...The Truth About Road Workers
Apparently Mr. Kachadurian did not catch on to the fact that the MDOT Employee Memorial in Clare is a tribute to highway workers who lost their lives building our transportation systems. It was paid for by current and former MDOT employees who likely knew some of these people personally...Idiotic and Misguided
As a seasonal resident, I always look forward to reading your paper, if only because of the idiotic letters to the editor and off the wall columns...