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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Deciding Syria’s Fate At Munich

Other Opinions Jack Segal This year’s Munich Security Conference (February 13–14) provided the forum for some troubling signals regarding the state of the relationship between the U.S./NATO and Russia. On the one hand, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev accused the U.S. and our allies of creating an atmosphere of confrontation reminiscent of the worst of the Cold War.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Scalia Lesson

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Instead, we’re witnessing why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating. The Republicancontrolled Senate, led by Obstructionist In Chief and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has declared they won’t allow any nominee to even get so much as a hearing. They don’t care who it is.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Sanders Fantasy

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The Sanders campaign platform emphasizes four issues; break up and re-regulate big banks and Wall Street, rebuild the country’s infrastructure, create free public college for all and dramatically expand Medicare into a cradle-to-grave single-payer healthcare system.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crossed: a local pastor and a local atheist debate

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer To fundamentalists, this will appear to be a crass and cynical castigation of all that they find holy. That is not my intent, but I see no way to avoid it. Biblical stories, not to be confused with facts, have their place. As do Greek mythology, Aesop’s Fables, and Disney.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

How to Kill a Goose

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In an age before children’s books had lessons about diversity and blended families, there was the story of the farmer who had a goose that laid golden eggs. The farmer and his wife were delighted with the wealth the goose provided. Traverse City has such a goose in the two bays that define our geography.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lives At Risk: The White Midlife American

Other Opinions Mary Rogers No doubt you’ve heard that Americans are living longer, healthier lives. Between 1970 and 2013, a combination of behavioral change, prevention, and treatment brought down mortality rates for those aged 45–54 by 44 percent. This is good news, right? Yes, if you are black or Hispanic.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

No Correct Answer

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle workers, and disciplinarians but without damaging anyone’s delicate self-esteem. All the while they are captive to ever-changing curricula mandates and new, improved standardized tests every couple of years. When they’re finished with all that they might have a little time to do the actual teaching they thought they were signing up to do.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eavesdropping In Northern Michigan Bars

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni Eavesdropping in small town bars can be hilarious, uplifting, depressing, and humiliating. As such, on cold winter nights in northern Michigan, it is the most rewarding and cheapest form of entertainment.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Anxiety And Depression Are Affecting Us

Voice From the Next Generation

Other Opinions Jillian McCreery-Piotrowski This is how 10–15 percent of all teenagers feel every day. According to I Need a Lighthouse, a depression and suicide awareness program, approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

No Falling Skies

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle If there is a problem, it’s that no president has unraveled the nightmare that is the defense procurement system wherein every project takes years longer and billions more to complete than we’re told.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Iran Lurches Forward

Other Opinions Jack Segal The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed January 16 that Iran had completed the steps required to begin to lift nuclear sanctions imposed by the UN.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hero Worship

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian We have a hero problem in the United States. On any given day, top news stories are mostly about television stars or sports figures. If politicians make particularly stupid comments or break the law, they make the cut.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Legislative Creatures

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Thanks to the legislature and Governor Snyder, local government entities will no longer be able to communicate with the voters in any way within 60 days of an election impacting them. No explanation of the ballot issue, no advocacy, not even a copy of the actual ballot language or simple information about the location and hours of polling places.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Is Secularism A Belief System?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Rev. Meyers: In Coralville, Iowa, our children participated in a school district event creating a “mock” community. Students played shopkeepers, bankers, civic leaders, police officers, or fire fighters. Others functioned as consumers, taking advantage of the services provided.

Singer: One of this country’s fundamental founding principles is the absolute separation between church and state. To me, that seems simple; Congress can neither establish nor prohibit religious exercise. Unfortunately many religious people want more. They are convinced that any prohibition to their specific public behaviors should be illegal.

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Truth Is In That Grave

Other Opinions Grant Parsons Just outside Washington, D.C., at Quantico National Cemetery, civilian and military volunteers walk between the rows of gravestones with armloads of pine wreaths tied with red bows. The grass green, the sky blue, the ranks of gravestones straight and true — sentinels, sentinels, sentinels silent now.
 
 
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