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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Coming Together on Iraq
When it comes to Iraq, we all can agree on one thing: our troops crushed that butcher Saddam Hussein and we must now help Iraqis rebuild their country. Right?
 
Thursday, October 9, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Rush Limbaugh‘s sneak attack - on himself
Rush knew what he was doing.
His characterization of Donavan McNabb as an overrated NFL quarterback (because McNabb is black) was a trap. Gottcha.
 
Thursday, September 18, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster A healthy cure for the health care crises
Help! Like other businesses in this country, soaring health care costs are squeezing Northern Express like a lemon.
 
Thursday, August 28, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Tigers are coming back, baby
Mark my words. Two years from today, in August 2005, we will be able to sit down and agree that the Detroit Tigers are entering a golden era of success.
 
Thursday, August 28, 2003

The Tigers are Coming Back, Baby

Random Thoughts George Foster Mark my words. Two years from today, in August 2005, we will be able to sit down and agree that the Detroit Tigers are entering a golden era of success.
 
Thursday, August 14, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Silver Lining in California‘s Recall Election
At first glance, the election to recall California Governor Gray Davis in an October election seems to be a mockery of democracy. Anyone with 65 signatures and $3500 can run? Come on.
 
Thursday, July 31, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Continuing Rape of Kobe Bryant‘s accuser
We know Kobe.
Arguably the best basketball player on earth at 24 years of age, Bryant skipped college to advance directly from high school to NBA stardom with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. His intelligence, good looks, electric smile, and penchant for winning championships have transformed him into Michael Jordan‘s heir-apparent. The media will be on top of his trial like Dennis Rodman in pursuit of a loose basketball.
 
Thursday, July 17, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Why invading Liberia is a bad idea

Say it ain‘t so. Now, the U.S. is thinking of sending troops to
Liberia? Have we all gone nuts?
 
Thursday, June 19, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Hats off to Hillary and Martha
Did you ever wonder why Hillary Rodham Clinton is hated so much? With the possible exception of her husband, only Hillary could write a book that has the capacity to be savaged before it even hits the bookstores.
 
Thursday, June 5, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Bush‘s Gamble on Peace

It is time to give George W. Bush some credit for his oft-criticized foreign policy.
If the president‘s hyped Roadmap for Peace concludes successfully, he could spend the rest of his time in office baling hay at his Texas ranch and still qualify as one of the best presidents of the 21st century.
 
Thursday, May 15, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Falling in love with the Dixie Chicks

Just who are these women? They have been called traitors, activists, Saddam‘s Angels, purveyors of free speech, and the most popular country band in U.S. history.
 
Thursday, April 24, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Idiocy of Tax-Cuts
If you are still raging about your 2002 taxes, due last April 15th, you are not alone.
Fortunately, our benefactors in the U.S. Congress feel our pain. As a result, they have been debating a federal tax cut proposal that would amount to about $726 billion slashed from the tax bills of Americans. Before we all rush out to celebrate our windfall of tax refunds, consider the reasons given for the cut by its supporters and what they fail to mention about this proposed legislation.
 
Thursday, April 10, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Thoughts on the War
Come on, no one really thought this would be much of a contest, did they?
You don‘t need to be a Harvard scholar of military history to realize that coalition forces have infinitely more firepower than the Iraqis. It is only a matter of time before our military might prevails over a hopelessly outgunned foe.
 
Thursday, March 20, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Great Expectations
They say it is a miracle. A couple of days before we go to press, Elizabeth Smart was finally returned to her family.
 
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Best of our Commander-in-chiefs
As we prepare for yet another war in the Middle East, our president‘s performance as the leader of the U.S. military forces will undoubtedly come under scrutiny.
 
 
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