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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Thursday, September 2, 2004

Crank Radio has a New Meaning

Features Harley Sachs The Upper Peninsula got hit by an unseasonal gale last week: wind gusts to 50 miles an hour and waves on Lake Superior building to 15 feet. No surprise that a tree took down the power grid to remind us how dependent we have become on electricity. There we sat by candlelight, staring at a black TV screen. Fortunately, my son-in-law Charles had just given us a wind-up radio so we could tune in to the local generator-powered radio station for the latest reports.
What? A radio you wind up like an old alarm clock? Yes!
 
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Lay off My Yard Sign...

Other Opinions Harley Sachs At first I thought it unlikely that after so many months of campaigning, the voices of electioneers could get even more strident. Unfortunately, it’s getting even more nasty and personal. A woman wrote to our local paper complaining that three of her yard signs for George Bush were stolen, which is against the law. I was given a yard sign, too, by a local party activist, and now it, too, has disappeared. Let’s analyze that action.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2004

MIRT: Outlawed Device Offers Lethal Tampering with Stoplights

Features Harley Sachs Imagine this: you’re running behind schedule and stuck in traffic. If only you could control those traffic lights, turning them all green as you approach, you could roll forward without interruption. Well, you can, but you’d better not.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Eat your QUORN: Are You ready for Artificial Meat Made from Fungus?

Features Harley Sachs Marlow Foods Limited, the British makers, call it Quorn ?, a “Mycoprotein, a nutritious member of the fungi family,” that is low in fat, cholesterol-free and has high quality protein and dietary fiber. The detractors call it mold. Quorn is one of the latest instances of totally manufactured food to hit the US market.
 
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Polarized Thinking: Our brain‘s ‘either/or ‘ way of thinking can lead to fanaticism bordering on insanity

Features Harley Sachs The human species, though lacking the tooth and claw of predators, is the dominant critter on earth, but in spite of its intelligence has some fatal flaws. Humans cannot hear very low or very high frequency sounds as whales or dogs can. They cannot see distance as eagles or at night as cats. To humans, ultraviolet and x-ray wave lengths are invisible. Yet in spite of those limitations humans are so overloaded with sensory signals that as a defense mechanism they categorize and pigeonhole. People are categorized as black or white, politically left or right. Yet there are “rainbow” people of multiples races, and independent voters.
 
Thursday, July 1, 2004

Can You Hear Me Now?

Features Harley Sachs Everywhere you go now in the city you see people with one hand up to the side of their face like they have an ear ache, except they’re talking into their palm. I have seen people do this while driving their cars, even while driving their cars with stick shifts while going around a corner, which anyone who has ever driven a car with a five-speed manual transmission knows requires two feet on the pedals, a hand on the steering wheel, and a hand on the gear shift. This demands dexterity worthy of a Chinese juggler at the circus.
 
 
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