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Letters 08-22-2016

Historically Wrong In regard to Mary Keyes Rogers’ column about the downtown charter amendment, neither Samuel Adams nor Thomas Jefferson were at the Constitutional Convention...

The Film Possibilities I was surprised that none of the Traverse City Film Festival films addressed the most pressing and dangerous issue of the day: radical Islamic Jihad. Perhaps a storyline could have illustrated how the West brought this on themselves, or if we could only find jobs for those fellows! Perhaps put it down to global warming...

Helmets Save Lives The facts are in. Wearing a helmet is the most effective tool to save your brain in a motorcycle accident. The bonus? Helmets also save hearts. Nearly two yrs ago, on Aug. 26, 2014 our son lived...

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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.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

County Woes And City Votes

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Its leaders continue the sad journey of trying to solve its budget woes on the backs of current employees. The latest indignity will increase employees’ share of their health insurance costs by more than 300 percent in January. That’s a pretty significant economic hit for deficits they had no part in creating.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Is Turkey A Friend?

Other Opinions Jack Segal On July 15 a coup attempt erupted across Turkey that briefly threatened the stability of that long-time United States and NATO ally. The attempt has shaken Turkey’s relationship with NATO and the U.S. and raised questions about Turkey’s role in the ongoing struggle within the Islamic world.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Least Candidate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle When Stephanopolis pointed out that Putin had, in fact, already gone into Ukraine and occupied the Crimean Peninsula, Trump made a dazzlingly fast pivot. He said it was weak leadership, NATO and President Obama who were to blame for the action he just said would never happen.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Parking Windfall

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian I don’t shop in downtown Traverse City anymore. It’s not a personal conviction or political statement. It happened little by little. When I run errands, the last place I think to go is downtown, and there is only one reason: parking. Downtown parking makes shopping too time consuming and expensive.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Porn – Public Health Crisis or Harmless Activity?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

Rev. Myers: No harm, no foul! I understand the saying. I played ball. At 6’4” and 240 lbs., a finesse player I’m not. Incidental contact should be ignored. Let them play! But I question this as a philosophy for life when it comes to sexual trafficking...

Singer: When Bill and I agreed to take up this topic, I imagined I would be writing about how innocuous pornography is and that -- like other personal activities -- there should be no restrictions on its use for adults. I have always felt that porn can be detrimental to children’s emotional development and that parents must control its access (which is simple to enact)...

 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

American Duality

Other Opinions Isiah Smith When she was seventeen, my daughter moved to Europe. She has been there almost continually for the last twenty-two years, so most of her adult life has been spent in Europe. In a sense, she’s more European than American.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Saddest Conventioneer

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It gave us some interesting television. Now it gives us an hour or so of prime time boredom and nothing more entertaining than plagiarism. We don’t even get coverage of the arcane business of creating a party platform, a process akin to sausage making. Of course, the platform will be largely ignored before being forgotten entirely.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Most Obvious Fact

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle According to the Department of Justice, minorities are arrested more often than whites for similar offenses, are more likely than whites to be denied bail for similar offenses, are less likely than whites to receive favorable plea bargains for...
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Who Are The Good Guys?

Other Opinions Carlin Smith My colleague Doug Luciani [of the Traverse City Area Chamber] pointed out to me several years ago how often businesses are made out to be the bad guys.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Will Nato Survive “BREXIT”?

Other Opinions Jack Segal In the June 23 referendum known as “Brexit” — shorthand for Britain’s exit from the European Union — a clear majority of voters across the United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) chose to leave the EU. Only in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland did the “stay” camp prevail.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Tale Of Ten Stories

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We arrived at this seeming obsession with the need for 10-story structures in two ways: First, a two-decade old master plan calls for buildings up to 95 feet in certain areas with a special use permit.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Terrorism – Is Religion the Cause or the Cure?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer A thorn by any name? Ideology isn’t faith. President Obama avoids the modifier “Islamic” when speaking about Al-Qaeda, ISIL and other terrorist groups. He isn’t being politically correct; he’s identifying a fundamental difference between ideology and faith.
 
 
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