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Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Does Religion Solve the Mystery of Life After Death?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Theist or non-theist, every person fears death; those who don’t live in denial. We are hard-wired for self-preservation. Death is our mortal enemy. While the pain of life may become too great and death becomes a welcome friend, we will, yet, have lived striving to avoid death and died fearing we have nothing to show for it.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Stadium, A Community

Other Opinions Carlin Smith It was a warm, pleasant evening and the people started coming…and they kept coming and coming. The crowd grew to around 4,000. The people strolled the new facility and soaked it in. They stood in very long lines for brats and hot dogs and then ate at the new picnic tables placed along the stadium’s promenade.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

If We Build Them...

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The study by the University of Pennsylvania was especially salient since researches looked at smaller communities, too. They compared increased road capacity — new roads and the widening of existing roads — with traffic patterns and congestion. They discovered that traffic almost always increas es.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

In The Basket

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian On September 9, 2016, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.” Her smug notion that those who oppose her are disgraceful, dishonorable, and inexcusable (or any other synonym for deplorable) is exactly what’s wrong with contemporary politics.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Speaking Of Speech And Forgetting The Unforgettable

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers National Football League (NFL) team, has created a bit of a brushfire by refusing to stand when the national anthem is played prior to games. He says he’s protesting police violence against minorities. Several NFL players and other athletes have joined him.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rising Tides

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That sea levels are rising does not seem to be in dispute. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we’ve experienced an 8- to 10-inch sea-level rise in the last century, but the rate of rise is now increasing rapidly..
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

What Your Political Lawn Sign Says About You

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni In many ways, yard signs are the only honest weapons candidates have during their campaigns. If you see a yard sign, three things happen. First, you now know a name that will be on the ballot (which comes in handy when you show up the voting booth with no idea for whom to vote.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Land Deals And School Buses: Proceed With Caution

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The basis of this is a “housing target market analysis” LandUseUSA completed in 2014 for Networks Northwest, an organization representing 10 counties in the northwestern lower peninsula. (It used to be called the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Save the Children

Other Opinions Jack Segal Germany has resettled a million refugees and asylum seekers this year, including 41,000 Syrians. Most Germans are proud of the sacrifices they are making to address this humanitarian crisis.
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Fraud Of Voter Fraud

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Donald Trump says if he loses in Ohio or Pennsylvania, both of which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it will be because of “rigged” voting. That makes him the first presidential candidate in memory, and maybe ever, making excuses for a loss months before the election takes place.
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Power And Arrogance

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In 2006 the developer of Cambria Suites in Traverse City requested a zoning variance to allow them to build beyond the established setbacks. The project and variance included the razing of an apartment building that we would now call “workforce housing.
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Moral Authority – The Word of God or Legal Statute?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer The traditionalist reserves the lifeboat for women and children first (a thought that would chafe my daughter). The evolutionist chooses the strongest. Survival of the fittest! The pragmatist searches for flotsam for the odd person out. The egalitarian has everyone take a turn swimming beside the boat.
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Bug And The Elephant

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle His father, James, was mayor of Traverse City and a state senator. His mother, Hildegarde, became the first woman in the city to hold elective office when she was elected to the school board. The couple had a rather large downtown department store that locals seemed to like.
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homeless Are Easy Targets

Other Opinions Christie Minervini For years, advocates around the country have reported homeless men, women, and even children being harassed, kicked, set on fire, or in rare cases, beaten to death. These types of incidents have been happening here, too.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Save Our Downtown’s Charter Amendment Is Bad Government

Other Opinions Mary Keyes Rogers Traverse City’s anti-tall building group, “Save Our Downtown,” presents residents with a charter amendment that is bad government and undermines the very principles of our constitutional republic. While too few citizens do anything more than bellow from bar stools, I do applaud their passionate engagement in local government.
 
 
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