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Letters 10-20-2014

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 Management.

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.

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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Letters 2/5/04

Letters Various In response to Michael Cromley‘s letter on “Petoskey‘s coolness gap“ (Letters 1/29) I have a few points to bring up.
Who is being “controlled“???
Answer: No one.
 
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Letters 1/29/04

Letters Various Petoskey‘s coolness gap

The January 19th article, “Creating Cool Cities“ and “Way Cool? Not,“ hit the nail on the head.
 
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Letters 1/15/04

Letters Various Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
 
Thursday, January 8, 2004

Letters 1/8/04

Letters Various Wonderland

Alice had it right: “…it keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.”
I’m writing in regard to the hopelessly flawed, outrageously expensive Hartman/Hammond cum bridge proposal.
 
Thursday, January 1, 2004

Letters 1/1/04

Letters Various A better bridge

I agree with Keith Schneider and Kelly Thayer that we need an alternative to the Hartman Hammond bypass (re: “Just Say No,“ 12/18). However, the Cass Road bridge should not be one of the alternatives. It is a bad choice because it is in dire need of repair already.
 
Thursday, December 25, 2003

Letters 12/25/03

Letters Various The plague of Hepititis C

I am writing in response to Ms. Boursaw‘s article (There and Back Again, Dec 11). The article was bittersweet for me to read as I have been there.
 
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Letters 12/18/03

Letters Various Stinks in Manistee

There is something smelly in Manistee, and it‘s getting riper. The Tondu Corporation, aka Manistee Saltworks, aka Northern Lights, has applied to the planning commission for a special use permit to allow construction and operation of a 425 megawatt coal burning electrical generation plant. The newest addition to the planning board is a woman whose husband works for Tondu. Another member of the commission has been absent from the last two meetings, and has commented in public, “We do need the energy, and if we don‘t allow it here, some other community will get all those jobs.“
 
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Letters 12/11/03

Letters Various Spread the word

I am writing in response to Mr. Weber‘s letter (11/27/03) regarding abstinence-based sex education.
 
Thursday, December 4, 2003

Letters 12/4/03

Letters Various The fight for freedom

This is in response to Jim Norgaard‘s 11/13 letter stating “the war on terrorism as it is being waged today will fail“ because “you cannot ultimately win through force and violence.“ I hear people repeating this sentiment over and over as if repetition will make it true. How do you explain that the force and violence in World War II followed by an enlightened reconstruction effort changed two of the most miltaristic societies in history into pacifistic democracies? You may also want to examine the little-publicized steps that many middle eastern despots are suddenly taking to show more respect for their citizens‘ input and opinions, now that the United States has taken action to free an enslaved people.
 
Thursday, November 27, 2003

Letters 11/27/03

Letters Various Newspaper veteran‘s view

I very much enjoyed your Random Thoughts column about reinventing the newspaper (11/13/03). It hit home to me. Many of your “thoughts“ were right on the button. It is too bad that mainstream publishers in the newspaper business continue to force the news and its opinions upon its shrinking readership rather than utilize its customers as resources to find out with that really want. This goes for readers of all ages.
 
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Letters 11/20/03

Letters Various SUVs need improvement

The number of SUVs on the road is growing at an alarming rate. While many people like to drive them, SUVs are very unsafe and guzzle far too much gas. I worry about the toll of SUVs on the lives of other Americans and the environment. Congress should act to improve SUVs, so that every American can have a vehicle they are proud to drive.
 
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Letters 11/13/03

Letters Various Address our problems first

Congressman Bart Stupak‘s views on the $87 billion proposed for Iraq by the President Bush administration are likely shared by many U.S. citizens (re: “Iraq Spending Must Be A Shared Sacrifice,“ 11/6). The results of an ABC-Washington Post poll showing that 51% polled do not approve of the Bush administration‘s approach in handling Iraq‘s situation is evidence of this.
 
Thursday, November 6, 2003

Letters 11/06/03

Letters Various Cheers for sound science I‘m writing to express my appreciation for the Michigan Board of Education (BOE) for a recent policy they have adopted. The BOE‘s new policy “recommends that local...
 
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Letters 10/30/03

Letters Various Druggie Rush should face own medicine

Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
 
Thursday, October 23, 2003

Letters 10/23/03

Letters Various Believe it

In regards to the article on music file sharing (10/2): I once saw an episode of Star Trek in which captain Picard, standing in his quarters, addressed the ship‘s computer and stated the name of some classical piece. Instantly music was heard. It could be assumed that the captain could have named one of millions of songs and been able to enjoy it immediately. And taking into consideration hyperspace communication systems, that database didn‘t even need to be on the Enterprise.
 
 
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