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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

The Good Fight: Greg Holmes

Features Anne Stanton The Good Fight:Did nutrition, vitamins and a wife’s love save Greg Holmes?
By Anne Stanton
Greg Holmes remembers reading a Wall Street Journal article in March
of 2004 with more interest than usual. It concerned a Tulane
University medical student with sino-nasal undifferentiated cancer
(SNUC), an extremely rare disease.
 
Monday, February 22, 2010

Medical Marijuana: Not an easy toke in the park

Features Anne Stanton Medical Marijuana:Not an easy toke in the park
 By Anne Stanton
 Dan Benac of Cadillac, a legal medical marijuana patient, will facefederal prosecution at a Grand Rapids courthouse next week for thepossession of several joints on tribal land.
 
Monday, February 22, 2010

Ready to make your home a little greener?

Features Anne Stanton Ready to Make Your Home a Little greener?
The government has made it very affordable
By Anne Stanton
 After getting a $300 bill from DTE Energy for two months in a row, I
decided to toughen up. I turned the thermostat down from 70 degrees to a
bracing 62 degrees.
 
Monday, February 15, 2010

Blunt Bzdok

Features Anne Stanton Blunt BzdokTC’s mayor wonderswho’s in charge here?’
By Anne Stanton
Last week, about 130 Traverse City residents gathered at a city
commission meeting, most of them angry over a pricey plan to redo 8th
Street that doesn’t include bike lanes.
 
Monday, February 8, 2010

Meet Amy Alkon‘s Better Half

Books Anne Stanton Meet Amy Alkon’s Better Half
By Anne Stanton
Thanks to Gregg Sutter, the Advice Goddess is coming to town on
February 11 to dish out her saucy advice on love at the City Opera
House, and to talk about her new book, I See Rude People.
Sutter is the researcher for Elmore Leonard, the reigning king of
crime writers.
 
Monday, February 8, 2010

The Last Chance School

Features Anne Stanton The Last Chance School. Expelled students say they’re ‘lucky’
By Anne Stanton
Zero tolerance for drug distribution.
Those two words have proved chilling for the 10 students expelled fromthe Traverse City public school district so far this year.
 
Monday, February 1, 2010

Christine goes to jail

Features Anne Stanton CHRISTINE Goes to Jail…How it feels to get on the wrong side
of the law
By Anne Stanton
If someone “accidentally” carries a loaded gun into an airport
screening area, they are completely stupid and deserve every bad thingthat happens afterward. Right?
Well, before you jump to that easy conclusion, read the story of
Christine Blackledge and how this upstanding citizen of Traverse City paid for one of the dumbest mistakes in her life.

 
Monday, January 25, 2010

Don‘t take my baby!

Features Anne Stanton The Baby Question:When the ‘birth’ parent isn’t considered the ‘best’ parent
By Anne Stanton
Back in 2007, with no husband and no place to live, Shirley Vinson knew
she couldn’t provide a stable home to her 14-month-old daughter and
newborn son. But now she’s in a better place and wants to keep her third
baby, Timothy, born in September.
 
Monday, January 25, 2010

Michigan: A fading leader/Does area have high rate of removal of kids from moms?

Features Anne Stanton Michigan: a Fading Leader
By Anne Stanton
Michigan was once a leader for keeping kids with their families by
providing intensive support services to families like parenting classes
and job skill training, said child protection advocate Richard Wexler.
 
Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Ending/Lori Montroy

Features Anne Stanton Happy Ending
Medical marijuana patient gets to stay in her home
By Anne Stanton
Lori Montroy no longer has to worry about getting evicted from her Elk
Rapids apartment for growing medical marijuana plants, but the reprieve
doesn’t necessarily apply to other medical marijuana patients who live in
federally subsidized apartments.
 
Monday, January 11, 2010

From fat to fit

Features Anne Stanton From Fat to Fit/How one guy did it through skate-skiing
By Anne Stanton
In his younger days, Bill Greene was one of the top 50 runners in the
state with very impressive times. His all-time best marathon took a mere
2:32. He routinely ran just over 5-minute miles.
 
Monday, January 11, 2010

The family that works out together...

Features Anne Stanton The Family that Works Out Together...
How maniac athletes cope with parenthood
By Anne Stanton
Sure, it sounds good to pound out the miles on your bike or skis, but does
all that time short-change your kids? And does it unfairly impose on the
parent who doesn’t compulsively exercise, but is always left watching the
kids, buying the groceries, and cleaning the house?
 
Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year?s Resolutions?

Books Anne Stanton New Year’s Resolutions? Try putting them in pictures this year
By Anne Stanton
Have you vowed to never make another resolution, knowing that you’re
quite likely to fail?
The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they’re more about
what you don’t want to do, as opposed to dreaming up a vision that
puts a smile on your face.
 
Monday, January 4, 2010

The Great Beagle Chase/ Lima‘s high-tech odyssey

Features Anne Stanton The Great Beagle Chase/Lima’s high-tech odyssey
By Anne Stanton
On December 19, Gary Howe was getting out of his car to visit a friend
in Cedar when his beloved beagle, Lima, slipped out the door before
Howe could snap on a leash. Howe guessed that his dog was dashing
after an animal he couldn’t see or smell, but he knew she was going
too fast to chase.
 
Monday, December 28, 2009

Hoffa expert weighs in on Cadillac story

Features Anne Stanton Hoffa Expert Weighs in on Cadillac Story
Last week, the Express reported on Pete Smith who saw what he believes
were two suspicious Italian men in a remote woods near Cadillac two
days after Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. After they left, Smith
investigated the area and found a mound of sand, seven feet in
diameter, which appeared to be a freshly-dug grave.
 
 
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