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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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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letters 04-25-2016

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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.

 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letters 04-18-2016

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Fairness Legislation North Carolina’s new law aimed at blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community requires transgender people to use public restrooms that match their biological gender...

The Ironic Fall Of Trump Citizen A plans a murder, contracts with a hitman, names the date, drives the getaway car, enters the scene of the crime, cooperates with the hitman in every way except for the actual pulling of the trigger, and drives away. Is Citizen A in any way guilty? No, not if the crime is abortion...

 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 Spring, Summer And Fall Races

Features Here’s a look at upcoming races in the Northern Express readership area through October. We hope it encompasses most public races, but please forgive us if we’ve missed a few!.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Letters 04-11-2016

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Don’t Comment, Take Action I am constantly amazed by the so-called “experts” who send in their comments regarding articles in the Traverse City Ticker...

Demand Action On Line 5 Communities throughout Michigan are working to restrict Line 5 pipeline to nonoil cargos. To date, 34 resolutions have been adopted asking the Governor and Attorney General to implement their statutory responsibility under the 1953 Easement. This effort is non-partisan, reflecting the public’s broad demand for action now...

An Addict’s Life Regarding Kate Heady’s recent letter about addiction and diet, there is truth in that shoveling sugar down your kids’ throats helps create future addicts. But there is a bigger picture. We live in a sick society that chases and promotes everything that doesn’t matter, giving birth to lost kids who give birth to lost kids who give birth to lost kids...

 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Your “It” Items For Spring 2016

Features This light cotton voile dress from Star Mela ($228) is embellished with both lace and striking Mexican embroidery, with a low elastic waist for an easy fit in warmer temperatures, and it’s available in a wide spectrum of color combinations, whether you’re out at the beach or strolling the local farmers market.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Letters 04-04-2016

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Bring Water Fairness There are deeply troubling issues around water in Michigan. We’re painfully aware of the lead-contaminated water in Flint. The lack of a water affordability plan in Detroit has meant mass water shut-offs to seniors, the ill or disabled, pregnant women, and families with children...

Co-ops Rock, Too Your recent article about Nathan Havey and conscious capitalism was good but it neglected to mention that this business model already exists in the form of cooperatives. In fact, the first successful cooperative was founded in 1844 in Rochdale, England by a group of weavers tired of overpriced and inferior goods. Co-ops operate based on many of the same principles as conscious capitalism, having multiple bottom lines: purpose, people, planet and profit, very similar to the four pillars mentioned...

Snyder’s Failure I agree with Governor Snyder when he says there was a huge failure involved in the Flint water crisis. I disagree with him however, when he says it was a “failure of government at all levels.” The huge failure was not with government, but rather with how he chose to exercise it...

Addiction & Diet I wanted to respond to Joe Connolly’s short but stinging letter in the last issue. His remark that heroin is a huge problem in northern Michigan is a reality but not a permanent one. The problem lies in the last half a century and can be fixed in the next 50, slowly but surely...

Education Overhaul I couldn’t agree more with Thomas Kachadurian about “TCAPS’ Sinking Ship.” The whole education system needs a massive makeover. Yes, there are good teachers, but a lot of bad ones as well. The educational sector cries publicly that “it’s all about the children.” Is it?

 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Meet The Founders

Features A quarter century ago, the Northern Express burst on the northern Michigan scene, its first issue declaring it was “exploring the world of recreation.” Through the years the paper has never shied away from controversy, has broken news, helped launch local music acts, and helped millions of people over the years find something to do. Today, 1,300 issues later, the paper remains a vital source for news, entertainment, and “the world of recreation.”
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Letters 03-28-2016

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Women Beware These are perilous times for women. If you are female, be prepared for the upcoming Dark Age. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, you’re going to be in the crossfire of a right wing misogynist blowback the likes of which you have never experienced. You’re going to hear the terms bimbo, Hildabeast, ugly, fat, and other words to describe the first female candidate for president. Every inch of her body will be will be subject to mockery by the same men who sported Sarah Palin buttons that said “Coldest State Hottest Governor”...

Fair and Balanced? At the latest Republican debate, Fox News came prepared to ask the tough questions. They went after Trump’s tax plan that would greatly increase our debt and income inequality by giving the biggest tax breaks to the wealthy. While exposing the ramifications of a candidate’s policy is fair game, Cruz’s tax plan was not exposed, even though his plan also increases the debt and income inequality. Fox confronted Trump for being endorsed by KKK member and Cruz attacked Trump for not denouncing such an endorsement. Fox made no mention of Cruz being endorsed by an extremist anti-abortion group that believes killing doctors who perform abortions as justifiable homicide...

Heroin Statement Heroin use is an epidemic of extreme proportions in northern Michigan. Period....

Military in School Your maturing child in public school has frequent encounters with military recruiters present in the schools. Other groups such as Veterans for Peace are restricted. Students have indicated that recruiters’ pitches are strong on patriotism and adventure, giving little or no mention of adverse effects such as loss of control over your life for a number of years, chance of being maimed or killed, increased risk of being raped and risk of emotional consequences such as PTSD and increased likelihood of suicide...

Fighting the Strawman Democrats are wasting time campaigning against a Republican strawman. Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee and he does not want to be president because that is not his game plan. Trump considers himself to be the “king of deal makers.” His greatest thrill is manipulating others into some arrangement where he controls the outcome, ultimately to his personal benefit...

Tuttle Is Off Mr. Tuttle, I protest. Methinks you paint with far too broad a brush. The power of the written word lies in the details. “Us vs. Them,” (3/21/16) is a total train wreck. Next time, instead of briefly addressing several major topics connected with a weak subject thread, write one column properly skewering Bernie, and thank you so much for actually writing about Bernie again. Didn’t you get the memo...

Bernie Bashing Is anyone else tired of Steven Tuttle’s Bernie bashing? Week after week he dismisses Bernie Sanders while singing Clinto’s praises; now he’s gone too far (“Us Vs. Them,” 3/21). Tuttle claims Sanders is trying to scapegoat Wall Street firms and big banks for America’s woes, but “that the facts don’t line up with the accusation is just an inconvenience”...

WAR What is it good for? As the old Vietnam protest proclaims: “ War is good for business; invest your children.” Yes, war is good for business; the business of selling products for killing. World arms sales are up 14 percent, with the U.S. supplying the largest amount. Modern weapons of destruction such as drones and missiles have isolated us from the horror of death and environmental destruction. Endless wars built on meaningless pretexts are sucking us dry economically and morally...

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Letters 03-21-2016

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Earth to Trumpsters Our technical team set out to make preliminary plans for the big wall that President Trump will build on the Mexican border. We arrived in Brownsville, Texas to discover, much to our surprise, that the border there consists of a river called the Rio Grande. Extensive research by our experts (on Wikipedia) revealed that the border meanders northwesterly for 1,248 miles along this river to the city of El Paso, Texas (or only 889 miles if you don’t measure every little bend)...

The Social Security “Problem” Social Security needs fixing. But before we embark upon a “fix,” perhaps we should look back on what happened to this great program so history will not repeat itself. Where did the money go? The answer lies in 1983, when the Great Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the Social Security Amendments. This increased payroll taxes, ostensibly to invest and fund Social Security’s future. However, it allowed the government to remove nearly $3 trillion over time for use within the General Fund...

Bring Some Civility I find it ironic that Northern Express publishes an issue decrying a lack of civility, polarization, anger and bigotry while at the same time, in that very same issue, it publishes insulting mean spirited cartoons aimed at conservatives...

 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Letters 03-14-2016

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A Word from the TCHC The Traverse City Housing Commission (TCHC) does not agree with the statements offered by Mr. Parsons in his opinion in the Mar. 5 issue pertaining to representations allegedly offered to or from the TCHC and regarding his client...

The Real World Social media can be an interesting thing. Writing one’s feelings, passions, etc. is much easier on a screen. It’s easier to perhaps be our true selves when we’re just looking at computers and not other humans. It’s an entirely different story when we’re face to face with someone else...

Plant the Right Trees Municipal tree plantings are a very important opportunity for the cities and towns around the state of Michigan to providing biodiversity and sustainability for their citizens. In the late 1990’s the city of Petoskey experienced one of the greatest Arborio blights in the city’s history, resulting in the removal of the vast majority of the maple trees along its streets. The removal costs for these trees was ultimately tens of thousands of dollars...

Bus Drivers Are Champions A few weeks ago a local school bus driver was proceeding merrily on her rounds when she came upon a man lying on his back next to a snow shovel. She stopped and secured the bus, determined that he was not breathing, called 911 and commenced artificial resuscitation. By all accounts she saved his life and eventually continued on her way. Thus is a day in the life of the largely unsung school bus driver...

What We Need Fifty years ago we instituted K-12 education for all children. Now a high school diploma won’t “buy you a cup of coffee.” We need to make available affordable college or technical school for all...

 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Next Generation: Really?

Other Opinions The prospects of the teen’s grandparents’ generation, millions of whom received government-paid excursions to the South Pacific or North Africa as high school graduation trips, were in stark contrast to what’s in store for her class.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Letters 03-07-2016

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Not A Good Record Kudos to Michigan Republicans. Not only have they allowed our roads to deteriorate to the point of being dangerous, they are allowing an old pipeline carrying corrosive chemicals to threaten the largest body of fresh water in the world... 

The Real Oscar Math The irony of the State Theatre’s mast (#OscarsSoWhite) exhibiting its solidarity with the supposed dearth of black Oscar nominees is perhaps more prodigious than the ego of its beloved founder...

Help At Home I am disgusted by the cover that shows how white locals are changing Africa. I wonder what it would be like if these locals did work in their own backyard: Flint, Detroit, Benton Harbor, Saginaw, etc. My life work is around racial justice in Indigenous-Native American communities. As 0.5 percent of the U.S. population, I am an invisible minority as a mixed-race Native American. There is plenty of racism in northern Michigan and instead of buying organic dental floss, white liberals could help dismantle the oppressive system they benefit from...

A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Why with a Dash of Would I would like to know: Why aren’t corporations held completely accountable for the environmental devastation that they create? Why aren’t corporate heads prosecuted when they break laws? Why does our government keep giving corporations huge tax breaks and subsidies? Why is so much of the wealth in the hands of the one percent?

Aquaculture Fish Pens It seems we have a never-ending task of monitoring our Great Lakes water and keeping it pure for our health and recreation (not to mention the creatures that live and swim in it). We have a new threat upon us – aquaculture — the farming of large quantities of non-native fish in cages (fish pens) in the near shore waters. At this point is it is mostly a proposal introduced by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and generally sanctioned by that ever vigilant and protector of our “pure” water — the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality...

 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Letters 02-29-2016

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Corporate America I talk to David and I get this insurance BS. I talk to Mike and I get this Microsoft BS. Talk to John and everything is BS. My sister too with the insurance BS. Corporations have taken over, and control so much. Is everything a conspiracy? I believe so, more than ever before...

What Can Be Done I may or may not be a Sanders fan, but does Stephen Tuttle somehow imply that Sanders’ numbers don’t work out but that the other candidates’ numbers do? We have been financing the government on the backs of our children for decades, both Republican and Democrat administrations...

The Homeless Situation The writer of “The Homeless Situation” letter recently portrayed the liberal community as an ill-suited group to address the needs of the homeless, though he expressed gratitude to the church community for their efforts. Is it not possible to be a liberal and a member of the faith community? These groups are not mutually exclusive...

Obamacare Is Working Premiums for plans sold in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace increased 6% this year nationwide. In fact, according to a recent Record-Eagle article, 5 out of 21 companies selling individual insurance plans in Michigan did not raise prices at all this year. Contrast this with the 15 years prior to the Marketplace being established, when annual increases for my individual insurance policies ranged from 13 percent to well over 20 percent...


 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Letters 02-22-2016

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The Sad Homeless Situation Once again it seems we are to be treated to the spectacle of homeless men and women wandering in the frigid cold of winter with no place to call their own. Our precious community of liberal humanitarians, lovers of the arts, contributors to every non-profit that promises to save the planet and keep the rolling seas from our doorstep seem unable to provide simple shelter; the very home after all of the world-class humanitarian Michael Moore...

The Goose Is Cooked It’s no wonder that Mr. Kachadurian takes so much heat from the readers of his column. His latest is no exception. His opinions are skewed and he doesn’t seem to have all the facts...

Recall Time Michigan’s government is out of control. Governor Snyder and his band of merry legislators in Lansing are driving the state into bankruptcy. From abandoned railroad cars sitting at a siding in Cadillac at a cost of $1.2 million per year to the unnecessary state-sponsored DRIC bridge and the now infamous Flint water fiasco, the current administration and legislature view the average citizen as its private piggy bank. The election process is a bought and paid for joke, now merely a game of term limited musical chairs...

Sanders’ Plan Is No Fantasy In Mr. Tuttle’s column “The Sanders Fantasy,” he stated his belief that the fantasy that Bernie Sanders and other Americans have for things such as affordable healthcare, higher education and basic security for all (achievements reached by other governments) cannot possibly be achieved because of the way Washington works...

 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ruler Of The Republic

BOB SUTHERLAND IS ALL ABOUT MICHIGAN

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Bob Sutherland, founder and CEO of Glen Arbor–based Cherry Republic, knows a thing or two about the great state of Michigan. He and his retail company have been selling cherry-related products for almost thirty years.

 
 
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