Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Region Watch Various Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist will speak on “A True Acme Town Center” this Tuesday, May 18 in a citizen forum at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Letters 5/20/04

Letters Various No morality in war

I’m a Vietnam infantry veteran and I find it almost amazing that there is this big “scandal” about our military beating, raping, killing prisoners.
When you say its okay to kill and wave the flag and cheer - then its okay to kill. The other stuff just goes along with it.
Thursday, May 13, 2004

Letters 5/13/04

Letters Various Empty promises

The building that house our North Peak Brewery/Restaurant was an eyesore until a group of entrepreneurs turned it into a living, breathing business that employs more than 125 people. It took planning, capital and a lot of hard work to make it a reality. As in any business venture (especially restaurants) the risks were high.
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Letters 5/6/04

Letters Various Resort slaves of Northern Michigan

I am writing in response to a letter from the April 22 issue titled “Get a Job,” submitted by Theresa Cobb of Conway. Theresa is obviously a very naive little girl!! She attributed the importation of slave labor from indigent countries, such as Haiti and Colombia, by local resorts to the lack of locals who want to work. She implies that the local unemployed (and underemployed) people of the area complain about not being able to find a job when there are all these fine resort positions just waiting to be filled.
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Letters 4/29/04

Letters Various Lights out in Manistee

On behalf of the Sierra Club, I would like to commend the Manistee City Planning Commission for their decision to unanimously approve the resolution denying the Tondu Corporation of Houston, Texas, a special use permit application for the proposed “Northern Lights” project.
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Letters 4/22/04

Letters Various Democrat‘s best friend
Thank you Mr. Bush!
I just had to write this letter to let you know how much the Democratic Party appreciates you Mr. Bush. After four years of lies, half-truths, unprecedented corruption, total disregard of the working class, and your amazing stupidity, the American people have had enough and they are angry.
Thursday, April 15, 2004

Letters 4/15/05

Letters Various No way out

I read the paper the other day and noticed two letters about Clinch Park Zoo. One for the zoo to stay open, and one to shut it down.
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Letters 4/1/04

Letters Various More on “Rude Northerners“

I am writing in response to the rude northerners letter in the March 18 issue of the Northern Express. Mrs. Schaldenbrand, I feel for you. The first time someone from the U.P. called me a troll I wept openly for days. Perhaps if the economy, gun control, and the current war aren‘t enough Michael Moore will champion this cause next!
Thursday, March 25, 2004

Letters 3/25/04

Letters Various Fudgie situation

I would like to clear things up for Loreen Schaldenbrand based on my understanding of the accepted nomenclature (re: “Rude Northerners,“ Letters, 3/15). You are not a fudgie. You are a lakey. Fudgies visit once or a few times and probably never achieve a well rounded understanding of the area, and might then not have as much respect for the area as a lakey. A lakey makes repeated trips to the area throughout his or her lifetime, perhaps every summer. A lakey probably has friends who are locals. A lakey might own property in the area and therefore pay local property taxes.
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Letters 3/18/04

Letters Various Rude northerners

While my husband and I have our permanent residence in lower Michigan, we recently purchased a house on an inland lake in the Traverse City area -- a vacation place. Our dream has always been to have a place on the lake and a boat -- up north. We have finally got that, and are spending as much time as possible up north. I was surprised and irritated by some of the printed comments in the Northern Express showing disdain for “fudgies“ -- which I presume are tourists (re: “The Best of Northern Michigan,“ 3/4).
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Letters 3/11/04

Letters Various The good & the bad

I would like to comment on two of your recent articles. First, your interview with Judge Gilbert (2/29). You are to be commended for allowing Mr. Gilbert to speak. I am sure it has been very difficult for Mr. Gilbert and his wife and stepson to endure the relentless and merciless attacks this past year. He obviously is sorry for the mistakes that he made and has done everything possible to atone for them. I think it is also noteworthy that he has been honest about his errors when it would have been much easier to lie. It is refreshing to see a public figure admit when he has done wrong.
Thursday, March 4, 2004

Letters 3/4/04

Letters Various Conflict of interest in Manistee

Recently, the Houston, Texas based Tondu Corporation unveiled plans to build a 425 megawatt coal burning plant on the already heavily polluted lake in Manistee. Tondu currently burns coal at their Filer City plant, also on Lake Manistee, emitting at least 134 pounds of mercury a year. The new plant, as proposed, would unleash another 420+ pounds of mercury into the atmosphere a year.
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Letters 2/26/04

Letters Various Support downtown Petoskey

Are you distressed by the seemingly endless growth in your community of Petoskey? When I first called this community my home 20 years ago, it was an idyllic place with a lovely downtown of unusual shops and small town, friendly people. It was a town different from any I had experienced. That‘s why I was eager to live here.
Thursday, February 19, 2004

Letters 2/19/04

Letters Various Who‘s the bigger boob?
FCC Chairman Michael Powell has been a very busy man lately. Janet Jackson‘s breast was clearly more than he could handle. He immediately launched an FCC investigation to discover how a breast found itself bouncing around his airwaves, which are usually reserved for gratuitous acts of violence, and the corporate reconstruction of our reality. How many millions of our tax dollars is Mr. Powell going to squander on his hunt for the cause behind the outing of one of Janet‘s top agents? Maybe he could hire Kenneth Starr to sniff around Janet‘s drawers for oh, lets say $50 million or so...
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Letters 2/12/04

Letters Various Kill your television

So, CBS would not allow MoveOn.org to buy air time during the Super Bowl to help expose some of the BU$H Administration’s deceptions, but they would allow Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake to bump and grind their way through a tacky halftime song-and-dance number which resulted in the exposure of one of Jackson’s breasts. Interesting.