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Letters 10-03-2016

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...

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Letters 10-03-2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Letters 08-29-2016

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Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Letters 08-22-2016

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Historically Wrong In regard to Mary Keyes Rogers’ column about the downtown charter amendment, neither Samuel Adams nor Thomas Jefferson were at the Constitutional Convention...

The Film Possibilities I was surprised that none of the Traverse City Film Festival films addressed the most pressing and dangerous issue of the day: radical Islamic Jihad. Perhaps a storyline could have illustrated how the West brought this on themselves, or if we could only find jobs for those fellows! Perhaps put it down to global warming...

Helmets Save Lives The facts are in. Wearing a helmet is the most effective tool to save your brain in a motorcycle accident. The bonus? Helmets also save hearts. Nearly two yrs ago, on Aug. 26, 2014 our son lived...

 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

20 Fascinating People

Features Welcome to our third annual look at twenty of the most interesting people around. We’ve featured the likes of astronauts and ten-year-old prodigies, and this year we have a full-time Elvis, an arts legend, and one of the world’s best sailors. What all twenty all have in common? They call northern Michigan home.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Letters 08-15-2016

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Parking Column Exactly Wrong [Express columnist] Tom Kachadurian, a Peninsula Township resident, complains that he has to pay too much for parking in downtown TC so he simply parks in one of the neighborhoods and then walks from there to enjoy one of the free city parks. Last year the city’s taxpayers subsidized the parking system to the tune of about $120,000. Next year’s projected subsidy is over $500,000...

Sad Goodbye It is sad to hear that long-time 13th Circuit ADR Clerk and Deputy Court Administrator Julie Arends is resigning. She has done an outstanding job for Grand Traverse County...

Cherryland Solar Policy Bad News Cherryland Electric Cooperative (CEC) has established a new policy on the valuation of residential solar energy production that will effectively stop all new installations of solar within their service area. The policy becomes effective on November 1 and could be copied by other Michigan utilities, further preventing any additional solar projects by homeowners throughout the state...

Tuttle Was Right About Trump I agree with columnist Stephen Tuttle that “Donald Trump is the least informed, thinnest skinned and most temperamentally unsuited of any potential president in memory.”

Voter Verification Necessary The letter from a few issues back claiming that Republicans are trying to suppress the vote is so full of hyperbolic misrepresentation that I must respond. I have no idea what the writer is talking about when he says that the Supreme Court “knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act.” It did nothing of the sort, unless you like no controls or verification on voting. But wait, that’s exactly what Democrats want...

Three WRC Leaders I had the honor of serving on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse region for 11 years, first with executive director Mary Lee Lord, then with Jo Bullis. Juliette Schultz and I served together before my term expired...

No To Tuttle, Clinton [Columnist] Tuttle’s liberal bias is well known among Express readers. I have gone to fact check and noted it’s liberal bias, too. He week after week pounces on Trump and glosses over the escapades of Hillaryious Clinton. Let’s check the facts...

Cooperate With Solar I accept the reality of man-made climate change. I believe dramatic changes are necessary to avert serious damage to our planet, and feel compelled to do what I can to reduce my contribution to our dependence on fossil fuels. Due to these concerns, our household purchased a rooftop solar system. These systems are costly, and to its credit, our federal government recognizes the importance of solar by providing a tax credit to households that install rooftop systems...

Join The International (Fair) Solar Movement I am a resident of Leelanau County and Melbourne, Australia and a Cherryland customer. As a grandfather, I want my eight grandchildren to live on a planet with “normal” weather. As a responsible citizen, I want to do my part to alleviate climate change...

Good Samaritan Friends and family members drove to your beautiful “city on the bays” the first Saturday of July (as we’ve done for several years) to view the Blue Angels and the evening fireworks. Between these two events, we usually find a place to eat and sit down to enjoy a meal. This year we chose the Cracker Barrel and were not disappointed. As we stood in line to pay, we were behind a casually dressed, middle-aged gentleman in a t-shirt, shorts, and baseball cap...

 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Letters 08-08-2016

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Downtown Parking An Embarassment In his recent column “The Parking Windfall,” Thomas Kachadurian hit the proverbial nail squarely on the head. The only thing he missed was the process of using the new parking pay stations. I cannot imagine someone standing in the rain or in a blinding snowstorm waiting for their credit card to be authorized so they can input the meter number, a number probably forgotten by the time the card is approved, waiting for acceptance, and deciding if they wish to have a receipt, or not...

Threats To Education System In a few weeks, school will start. Another year of the P-20 (prenatal to age 20) system, and another year of Common Core. I am wondering how long it will take before parents do homework of their own and see how damaging this system is. Nobody voted on it. Nobody even knew it was coming. Written by test company employees and not state-led, many states signed on to the program before these “standards” were written, just to get the “Race To The Top” funding promised if they signed on...

More To Be Done On Gender A recent Detroit News editorial praised the recent advances of women in politics and business. Hillary Clinton’s victory “shattered the glass ceiling” of male domination of candidates for president, said the editorial, and constituted “an accomplishment American women in the 20th century could only dream of.” So far, so good...

Avoiding The Parking Empire Thomas Kachadurian deserves a standing ovation for shedding light on the monopoly the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority has over parking...

 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

An Ally for Special Ed Families

Features Those trying to navigate the ins and outs of special education have an ally: Nicole Miller and the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF). The statewide network offers expertise and fellowship, both of which are crucial for parents of children with disabilities.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Westwind Promise: “Build Momentum”

Sponsored “We provide a one-stop service for our clients,” said Peter Taghon-Oleszczuk, Greg’s son and vice president of operations for the company. “We work closely with architects and engineers, so there’s a high level of value we bring as a single source. We manage it all.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Letters 08-01-2016

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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Letters 07-25-2016

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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spotlight Shines On MSU at Traverse City Film Festival

Features As the main educational sponsor for TCFF, Michigan State University is ushering in the next generation of creative talent, partnering with the festival to offer a dazzling array of student-produced films, filmmaking classes, an interactive multimedia gallery, and a special Spartan Headquarters open to the public.
 
 
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