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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Letters 12-05-2016

Letters

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Letters 11-28-2016

Letters

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

 
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Letters 11-21-2016

Letters

Delighted by a juice box One morning last week, a little boy climbed the steps of my school bus. He seemed sad. A kindergartner sitting next to the window watching the world go by. In the afternoon, I opened the bus doors for the kids to board. The little boy bounded up the steps and got right into his seat smiling and cheerful. He set his backpack on the seat next to him and patted it protectively. Then he did something that struck the center of my being...

World will be watching Trump “He’s not a career politician, and he’ll make America great again!” Those hopeful words have been heard, often in recent days, by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump...

Democracy diminished by money Of course I’m upset. Disappointed. Democrats need to accept the facts: We let people down. We need to find a better way forward. I hoped that voters would agree that we needed to choose a president who would nominate Supreme Court judges who would help get the Big Dark Money out of politics, and a president who would accept the reality of climate change and act accordingly...

A unifying wake-up call In the wake of the shockwave that has hit our nation and rippled across the world, I have been awakened to a deeper truth. The twisted knot that exists deep within my soul; the one that has kept me awake, shaking with fear of the unknown, has finally been brought to light. It is the feeling that makes one ask themselves: Why am I here? What is my purpose...

Hold police to higher standards In 1863, the Confederate Congress adopted a flag designed by William T. Thompson, which he made specifically to convey for the “heaven-ordained supremacy” of the white man over other groups (see George H. Preble, 1872)...

Speak out on climate change Our president-elect denies climate science and proposes policies that would undo years of progress made toward a livable planet for our children. Emotions ranging from dismay to extreme anxiety are understandable, but before despair sets in, consider the following: 70 percent of Americans now believe that man-made climate change is real, and 64 percent express worry about its effects...

A story in last week’s edition about a concert series at Cathedral Barn misstated the year the barn was built. It was erected in 1932. Express regrets the error.

 
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Letters 11-14-2016

Letters

Prop 3: New urbanism can help 

I’m writing in support of Christie Minervini’s comments in the Nov. 7 issue of Northern Express. Her thoughts were spot-on regarding the goals of new urbanism. Additionally, Traverse City’s blessed with an awesome planning staff and with hard-working and thoughtful boards and commissions. Whether you agree with them or not, they still deserve respect for their tireless efforts...

Prop 3: Boulder a bad example It was too late to make enough of an impact evidently, but Christie Minervini’s article last week setting the record straight on city planning and new urbanism was well-researched and reasoned. Thanks to her for standing up to the misinformation spread by Grant Parsons on Prop 3. New urbanism is neither new nor intensely urban as practiced in progressive, small communities around the country...

Prop 3: Beginning of Aspenization Apparently advocates of Prop 3 support the hospital and Northwestern Michigan College, affordable housing and exciting new development — as long as it’s not in their backyard...

Microchip U.S. jihadists Once again, our government shows its amazing and consistent proclivity for keeping homegrown jihadists within our shores. An article in the Nov. 8 Detroit Free Press described the arrest of 20-year-old Ohio native Aaron Daniels for his interest in traveling to Libya to commit jihad...

Trump is right about media Most people blindly go to the mainstream media for their version of the truth. The mainstream media is biased and corrupt just as Donald Trump has been saying for months. Every editor of nearly every mainstream media source are the first people that need to be thrown in prison for treason, followed by Hillary Clinton...

 
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Letters 11-07-2016

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Young Voters Are Important I hope young people will vote this fall, bearing in mind the consequences for their futures. The most important issue is global warming; Left unchecked, its consequences will be huge and terrible for them and their children...

New Team In 2010 Rick “the nerd” Snyder took over the Governorship of Michigan and vowed to work with the Republican legislature to solve all of Michigan’s problems. Snyder began with a billion-dollar cut in business taxes, much of it taken from the education budget. To help balance the budget the GOP legislature increased taxes on seniors and families with children...

Water Over Oil As a former enlisted man, I discovered how rigid the mindset is at the senior officer level. Generals think they should be “obeyed” and they get used to it. That is not a characteristic that serves someone in a deliberative body like Congress. I started a company in Petoskey 15 years ago to produce technology that allows us to treat human waste and protect our vital freshwater resources. General Bergman and his Republican party do not seem to get how important our freshwater is. They think pipelines should carry oil. Water is far more valuable than oil and Michigan sits on 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply...

Counting Votes Does your vote count, or will it even be counted? Forget the hoopla about rigging elections. We have plenty of potential for problems just by errors built into our system, and sadly they happen too frequently. For instance...

Did You Know? The GOP controls: 248 of 440 seats in the House, 54 of 100 seats in the Senate, 31 of 50 Governorships, and 70 of 99 state chambers. And they want you to believe Obama is ruining America...

There’s No Comparison Trump and Clinton had the same experience campaigning: Somebody jumped up on the stage. One candidate waddled off quickly with the Secret Service; the other stuck to her guns, despite the urging of the Secret Service and kept on talking...

Affordable Housing Is Good Business From our oldest area businesses we learn this to be true: no pickers, no product. Development with intentionally integrated affordable housing is not charity. It’s just good citizenship, good sense and good business...

It’s About Character I love Traverse City. In my lifetime TC has cleaned up the waterfront and opened Hull Park, the Tart Trail and other recreation areas; it has great culture and outstanding restaurants. All the changes show that TC can grow while still keeping its “small town character” and best qualities. That’s what attracts residents and visitors alike, all of which bolsters our economy...

Development At All Costs? Other cities have put limits on building heights because that is what their citizens wanted. Those cities are doing quite well as popular tourist destinations; Naples and Savannah are two good examples...

 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Letters 10-31-2016

Letters

No-Show Bergman I know candidates are very busy, getting pulled in many directions by town hall meetings, forums, candidate campaign committees, etc. However, Jack Bergman, 1st District Congressional candidate, has disappointed five different organizing committees of public forums. After committing to attend, Bergman has been a no-show, to the dismay of all those who expected to see a discussion of the issues...

Grow Yet Maintain I love the many changes that have taken place in TC in my lifetime including the Open Space, the Hagerty Center, the renewal of the State Hospital and the State Theater, North Peak, 101 North Park, Centre Place, The Franklin and Morsels. In my 69 years, Traverse City has grown magnificently! These changes have complemented the architectural environment and enhanced adjoining property values while preserving the character of our town...

High Wages, Not Buildings An argument for passage of Prop 3 has been left unsaid. Low-cost housing for multi-use, high-rise buildings have yet to occur in TC (I wonder if the buildings will be designed with two entrances: one for luxury condo owners and one for apartments of minimum wage earners working downtown)...

Please Vote When Donald Trump agonizes over the prospects of a rigged election due to voter fraud, his emphasis is always on the voting of ineligible persons. But a far greater threat to a legitimate election is voter suppression, which targets specific groups. This suppression can be accomplished through a myriad of techniques, including...

Democracy for Sale The current local area legislative elections are a prime example of dirty politics and I believe it is the direct result of dark money that has flooded the Republican coffers. The results are falsehoods, innuendos, and outright lies about the Democratic candidates...

Yes Means Rights Voting “yes” on Prop. 3 means you have a right to have your voice heard. A right to vote on any tall buildings development over 60 feet high. A right to say what the character of Traverse City should be. A right to vote on how your tax dollars will be spent...

Sample Ballot? Your 10 October issue entitled, “VOTE” raised my expectations that your fine publication would be jam-packed with complete coverage of our upcoming election. I was disappointed to find only a lengthy article about the 1st District congressional seat included...

No Abortions, Yes Trump How can any party, candidate, woman or man support such an evil as partial birth abortion? It is undeniably the taking of a life of a baby often just prior to the actual birth. 12,000 occurred last year alone within the United States. What occurs is beyond true horror; look it up yourself. What lies in the heart of such a person as Hillary Clinton, who claims to be for the children? Has our country lost its soul..

America’s Best Chance The following are against Trump: establishment politicos, illegal immigrants, Muslims, the United Nations, the European Union, Black Lives Matter, and hateful liberals. Trump supporters are tired of political correctness, illegal immigration, uncontrolled federal spending, an excessive national debt, gun confiscation threats, cop killers, boys in girls’ bathrooms, a failing education system, and “holiday trees.” No Democrat wants to address these issues...

Stand Fast, Democrats! Widespread media denunciation of Donald Trump may persuade you to believe that he has little or no chance of clinching the presidency. But it is crucially important to keep in mind that he continues to wield the support of an impassioned, sizable electorate...

Don’t Circumvent a Just Process What Proposal 3 proposes is at best arbitrary and at worst discriminatory. It seeks to create de facto zoning of private property void of standards and due process --guarantees we all value with our own property. Consider if a vote of the people was required to remodel your garage. The hypothetical sounds ridiculous, because we expect zoning to provide certainty and fairness. You meet the requirements and you’re approved...

I’m Disenfranchised The Oct. 3 edition carried an opinion column by Jack Segal, “Judging the Candidates,” in which Mr. Segal suggested that “one good way to assess the candidates is to do some homework.” Didn’t I feel clever that, last summer, I had done just what the esteemed Mr. Segal had suggested? Unfortunately, I found none of the declared candidates qualified to earn my vote. Further research led me to an undeclared candidate, but logically, by Michigan law, such a person cannot be written in on the ballot...

Facts Do Not Matter How well informed is Donald Trump about the issues? He initially believed climate change was a hoax, but later changed it to being caused by natural causes. The natural causes for climate are the following; volcano eruptions, changes in earth orbit and tilt not expected for another 5,000 years, and solar energy which is decreasing as the global temperatures increase...

 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Letters 10-24-2016

Letters

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Letters 10-17-2016

Letters

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Letters 10-10-2016

Letters

Globalization Trumps Trade Deals Trade and immigration are two big issues in this presidential campaign. Before we look at our trade deals, let’s look at today’s highly sophisticated transportation and information technologies, which have altered the center of trade from West to East. Commercial intermodal freight transport, as well as information technology that transfers money at the speed of light, have created new centers of economic power in Asia...

We Love Traverse City! However Traverse City got to be the way it is....my wife and I hope it continues! We’re residents here of only a few months, from Chicago. We marvel at the great restaurants and shopping...

Get Real If Mr. Jackson [last week’s letter] wants to control what is being built in Traverse City, I suggest he and his friends run for City Commission. The idea that the city has to hold a city-wide vote every time someone wants to build a building is ludicrous, not to mention costly...

Trump’s “Great Again” Reincarnates George W. Bush! Why does Donald Trump think that repeating three of George W. Bush’s worst mistakes will somehow help make America great again...

Sign Of The Times I lease to Northport Village a portion of my real property on which the “WELCOME TO NORTHPORT SIGN” is erected. I receive no fee nor property tax adjustment. With my permission, I allow candidates’ signs from both political parties and community organizations to place their event signs on my property along M22...

Where Are My Young People? We millennials get a bad rap - that we’re lazy, entitled, don’t care about anything. We hear your criticism and deny it to our cores. We may view things differently but that’s because we were raised in a different world...

 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Letters 10-03-2016

Letters

Truths And Minorities While I appreciate Stephen Tuttle’s mention of the Colin Kaepernick situation, I was disappointed he wrote only of his right not to stand for the national anthem but not his reason for doing so. Personally, I commend Mr. Kaepernick for his courageous attempt to bring issues of concern to the forefront. As a white male baby boomer, I sadly realize I am in a minority among my peers...

“Yes” Means Your Rights It has been brought to my attention that some people in Traverse City are being asked to put “no” on Proposal 3 signs in their yards, and are falsely being told this means they do not want tall buildings downtown. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you vote no, you will be giving up your right to vote on future projects involving buildings over 60 feet in height...

Shame On NMC, Nelson The Northwestern Michigan College board and President Tim Nelson should be ashamed of their bad faith negotiations with the faculty. The faculty have received no raise this year, even though all other college staff have received raises. Mr. Nelson is set to receive a $20,000 raise...

 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Letters 09-26-2016

Letters

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Letters 09-19-2026

Letters

81 Concerns The “81 on East Bay” proposed development on Peninsula Township is primitive and outdated in not having central water and sewage systems that a modern and updated zoning code would call for. The streets in the development, being in a snowbelt area, will probably be dedicated to the county. The school system will feel an impact as will police and fire services...

Common Core Truths I just read an article from the Associated Press regarding both presidential candidates and their stances on education. The author was under the impression that Common Core was developed by the states and adopted; not so. Governors did not get together to create national standards and nor should they. The folks who wrote these national “standards” were test company employees, none of whom ever taught K-12...

Disruption Ahead I would like to respond to the comments from W.D. Bushey in the September 12 issue regarding his hypothetical bee sting scenario. While I do not disagree with the premise, I would like to let you know there is hope for an alternative Epinephrine very soon. Pending approval by the FDA there may very soon be an inhalable form at a much lower cost...

Solutions For Old Mission In a recent article, Peninsula Township Supervisor Manigold responded to complaints that proposed developments are priced out of reach for working families with the retort that the township can’t do much about that. But the township’s zoning has a big role in shaping the type of new housing on OMP, while current zoning, which favors single-family homes on large lots, is partly to blame for consistently highpriced new homes...

Real World Voting This letter is in response to A.J. Fasel from Traverse City, who wrote that since there are many things that require identification, such as fishing, opening a bank account, etc., being able to vote should require identification as well. The problem with this viewpoint is that being able to vote is a right. It’s a right guaranteed by our Constitution. It’s more important that buying alcohol or cigarettes, more important than over-the-counter-medications or any of the other things he mentioned...

 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Letters 09-12-2016

Letters


WRC: A Culture of Change 
Per the recent article and the letter to the editor, I am concerned about the negativity being spewed about the Women’s Resource Center. Whenever there is a culture of change, there is a negative reaction from people who prefer to remain at the status quo. In this agency, like many other nonprofits, controversy abounds whether the changes are positive or negative...

Yay Profit…Forget Regulation On an August Saturday in 2015 my wife and I hiked Clay Cliffs. Returning to the car my wife veered off the path to photograph wildflowers. This proved to be a very bad idea as she was swarmed by bees, suffering several stings. Arriving at the car she was getting weak and disoriented. It was 2:30; Urgent Care and Hometown Pharmacy in Suttons Bay closed at 3:00. Both stayed with us 1.5 hours past closing time to help. Very grateful to Dr. Lemak, his staff, and Pharmacist Ned for patiently dealing with the insurance company. If you are wondering where this is going, be patient, and when hiking trails, stay on the path...

Internet Connectivity In Leelanau County My husband and I have been thrilled with our decision to return to northern Michigan, but we have been frustrated with the lack of available high speed internet service in the area. Earlier this year when I learned of the formation of the Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation( LPEF) Technology Committee I jumped at the chance to get involved in helping to develop a broadband plan for our county. I was astonished at hearing stories about students sitting in library parking lots after library hours to finish school assignments because internet was not available at home...

 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Letters 09-05-2016

Letters

ID Required You need ID for the following! Purchase of alcohol, purchase of tobacco, applying for welfare, applying for ObamaCare, applying for a job, driving/ purchasing/renting a car, purchasing some over-the-counter medicines, R-Rated movies, entering most bars, purchasing a gun or applying for a firearm license, opening a bank account, renting a hotel room...

Political Football A man walks into the offices of a professional football team and tells them he wants to be the team’s quarterback, and that he will make the team “great again.” He says that the team will score so often that “your head will spin,” and that they would win every game “bigly.” They ask about his experience and he tells them he learned the game by watching it on TV...

No To Milliken, Clinton I support the Grand Traverse County Republican Party’s actions regarding former governor William Milliken. Former Governor Milliken, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are not ordinary citizens. If Mrs. Clinton was, she might be serving time for lying to Congress. For this reason alone, Governor Milliken should not have recommended her, even if she was a Republican...

Stay Within The Laws Traverse City is a beautiful and thriving community. This is by design. Over the years, city staff, citizens and elected officials have drafted and approved the City’s Master Plan and zoning to help shape the physical character of our city. It’s a slow, deliberate, imperfect but very public process in accordance with Michigan law..

Appealing To The Uninformed Regarding his column of Aug. 22, “The Bug and The Elephant,” Steve Tuttle knows that leftist ideas will never be successfully accepted by rational persons, so he knows better than to try to delude reasoning minds. He knows he must convince persons of a different mentality, so he looks for opportunities to excite the bigotries in the minds of some of his readers that are, to put it mildly, less reasoning. In order for Tuttle’s writing to succeed, he first has to have readers like the ones I mentioned, but he also must write from a position of open evasion of reality...

Logic At The WRC I re-read Patrick Sullivan’s article about the Women’s Resource Center as suggested in the letter submitted by the former “downright terrified” employees. So, Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine are responsibly directing the organization while making operations and services less reliant on government funding and the whims of legislators...

Correction: In our recent report on the local transgender community, the quote from Seren Aurora, “Being transgendered, for me, never seemed like a choice…” should have used the word “transgender” instead of “transgendered.” We regret this error.

 
 
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