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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Letters 12-07-2015

Letters Defining Art Appreciation to Delbert Michel for so succinctly stating what art is, should, and can be and also for calling out area arts groups, galleries, and media outlets for not promoting it. You missed one though, Delbert, that being the Northern Express, who seems to go out of it’s way to seek out the dullest of the dull, the beigest of the beige...

Don’t Tie Muslims To Barbarians I am totally appalled by the column about “how to tell the difference between ISIS and a Muslim. “ I am an area representative for a foreign exchange organization and have hosted ten students as well. I hosted a young lady from Pakistan; she was an angel and we still communicate to this day. She and her family left Pakistan because they fear for their life...

Climate Thoughts As the Paris climate talks get underway, we learn the response to falling gas prices in the U.S. to be (drum roll) record sales of SUVs and trucks for the month of November, of course! While this behavior might seem irrational in the face of what increased carbon emissions mean for our future and the future of our children, it is predictable given the short-term perspective that is pervasive in our culture of immediate, insatiable consumerism. It is our right as long as we have the cash to pay for it..

I Love Socialism Let me rephrase that. I love Democratic Socialism. I like the idea of boarding an airliner that’s regulated, health care for all, my Social Security, Medicare, driving on good roads (Michigan being the exception), public schools, national and state parks, and yes, our county parks, the Eisenhower Interstate highway system, national cross country hiking trails, and our own socialist Leelanau trail...

This Is America Thomas Kachadurian’s recent assessment of Islam is timely and accurate. Early waves of European immigrants blended in to American life. There seems to be a different attitude with Muslim immigrants, that America should assimilate to them, rather than they assimilate to the U.S. In Dearborn, public schools have had to change to halal meats in their cafeterias (more costly), and now have to break for Ramadan in addition to Christmas, due to Muslim demands...

Reject The Fringe On Friday, Nov. 27, Robert Lewis Dear attacked a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three innocents, including a University of Colorado police officer. Dear was heard yelling, “baby parts” during the attack. The continued willingness of these “fetal fetishers” to kill postnatals in their misguided attempt to save prenatals suggests that the label “Right To Life” should be narrowed to “Right To Fetal Life” in order to more accurately label those fringe persons so violently motivated by the inflammatory rhetoric of mainstream “Right To Life” members against Planned Parenthood...

Visual Arts Solutions Redux In his guest column, Delbert Michel (Nov. 30) is correct in suggesting that the success of any work of art depends on more than its subject matter. He is helpful in alluding to the formal elements (shape, value, color, and texture) that comprise the compositional basis of the art of painting. It is feasible for him to assert that all visual art is abstract...

References For TC In reference to the “Nine Stories” feature in the Nov. 23 Northern Express, anyone interested in helping design TC’s future should consider watching the YouTube videos “The Value of Downtown” and “Joe Minicozzi in Traverse City”...

Rural Fire Extinguished Green Lake Township will be withdrawing from the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department now that Long Lake has dealt the fatal blow to its continued existence. That is the only logical decision because the remainder of Rural Fire is now on the far side of the county...

Act Intelligently About Vaccines Sarah Stagray’s letter in the Nov. 20 issue hit it right on the head. Yes, far too many unnecessary, untested, potentially dangerous vaccines are being pushed on children and the general public, and parental rights are being stripped away by mandates. Medical schools do in fact teach how to strong-arm hesitant parents to conform...

 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter 2015/16 Race Calendar

Features SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 The Vineyard Race - 3.2M fat bike race Forty-Five North, Lake Leelanau http://www.shortsbrewingfatbikeseries.com/forty-five-northvineyard-race/.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Letters 11-30-2015

Letters

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Letters 11-23-2015

Letters

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The New Nutcracker

All-new director, sets, choreography meet tradition at Interlochen this holiday

Features You’ve seen it before, the legendary, 123-year-old story about the nutcracker doll that comes to life for a little girl. But you’ve never seen it like this.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nutcracker Notes

Features “The Nutcracker” ballet marked the first use of the celesta in an orchestral score. The celesta produces sounds much like bells. It was a new instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris. He wanted it for the character of the sugar plum fairy to characterize her “heavenly sweet sound.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Meet Joseph Morrissey

Features Joseph Morrissey came to Interlochen in August, having recently served as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre..
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Letters 11-16-2015

Letters

A Constitutional Mess Stephen Tuttle, in his Nov 2nd column, shows again that he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Article 3, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution says absolutely nothing about power of constitutional review. Neither does any other part of Article 3, which deals with the judiciary...

Applause For All First Ladies Great article and well-deserved attention in a recent cover story about Sandra Carden and her contributions to yoga in our community since the 1970s. However, there are several other talented and generous women yoga instructors who have brought yoga to our area for as long, and deserve such attention...

 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Letters 11-09-2015

Letters

Sensibility From Hardy Scott Hardy writes sensibly about growth in Traverse City in your October 26th issue. Stephen Tuttle describes the lunacy and non-responsiveness of city commission members around the paint-laden joke that Traverse City roads are becoming under their supervision...

Dredging a River Mouth In A National Lakeshore For most of the past 45+ years the DNR and the National Park Service have been dredging the mouth of the Platte River to make it easier for small boats to access Lake Michigan. They usually dredge in September for Salmon season...

Celebrating Scott Traverse City is going to lose one of its most amazing residents in a few days and it shouldn’t be ignored. Scott Fallick is a devoted husband, caring father, model employee, champion of gin, a master of storytelling, a steward of wine, a promoter of humor, a bringer of happiness, a lover of animals, a huge fan of great music, a Cubs die-hard...

 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saluting Veterans

Features Welcome to our own demonstration of appreciation and support for U.S. veterans! Northern Express readers purchased the stars on these pages to honor active military and veterans in our lives. All star sales proceeds will go to Goodwill of Northern Michigan’s veterans services.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Letters 11-02-2015

Letters

Show Us The Pipeline Data I really want to believe Enbridge engineer Tom Prew. His newspaper ads says Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Straits crossing is the most monitored “segment” of its entire system. Despite being a decade beyond its anticipated life, all is supposedly fine: “As engineers, we can clearly see from the data...”

My Climate Heroes Thank you Express for the story on local climate change activism. And thank you for featuring everyday folks instead of celebrities or politicians. I’m OK with “prominent” people touting their green agenda. It certainly doesn’t hurt, and it might motivate some. But you know who motivates me? The person right here, in my neighborhood, the one I see beside me at work, school, or on my favorite trail...

Other Pipeline Possibilities Everyone seems to be focused on Line 5 pipeline’s safety and probability of corrosion or other failures devastating the Great Lakes. Let’s not focus only on the failure of the line itself, but on other types of line breaches that could cause the same results. In my memory there have been two incidences of ships dropping anchor in the Straits and hooking electric lines. One was a U.S. Navy ship that took out the power to Mackinac Island; the other was, to my memory, a freighter that snagged an unused line between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas..

Rent Too High The rent is too damn high in and around Traverse City. I will be on my way out of the region in pursuit of a more affordable living situation congruent with affordability...

Drugs Mean More This letter is directed to those folks who use recreational drugs. I would like you to realize that when you are buying recreational drugs that come from or through Mexico, you are financing organizations that are just as guilty of horrendous, depraved atrocities that are being committed by ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq)...

 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Potential Indicators of Trafficking Victims

Features 1. Not free to leave or come and go as he/ she pleases 2. Works excessively long hours, paid through tips 3. Owes large debt and is unable to pay it off 4. Recruited through false pretenses concerning the nature and condition of work 5. High security exists including opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, security cameras 6.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Letters 10-26-2015

Letters

Send The America Haters Away ISIS continues to recruit an increasing number of our American youth. The message they send through social media is “come or kill.” In other words, kill Americans here or go to the Middle East and engage in atrocities there...

Real Facts About Guns And Shooters  Gun lovers across the country are quick to say that mass killings keep happening because the U.S. is full of “gun-free zones.” Did you know that there is absolutely no evidence to support this assertion? Most killings occur at the killer’s past or present workplace, and in all but one of the recent school shootings, the killer had a personal tie to the school he struck...

Ike Was Right In one of his recent columns (“Ike Warned Us,” 10/5/15), Jack Segal structured an argument against unnecessary and excessive defense spending around President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address in early 1961 in which he famously stated that we “must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Guns And Law-Abiding Citizens It is unfortunate that (letter writer) Lee Trucks of Manistee had the misfortune of knowing four murderers, thereby changing his perception of law-abiding citizens who carry a firearm for the protection of themselves and their families...

 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letters 10-19-2015

Letters
True Activists Must Act I take strong exception to the letter writer who said that activists are self-motivated. My social activism and that of many others is driven by genuine concern for others, especially the working class. The fact that there are many in this country who greedily put the screws to others to better themselves disgusts me!

115th Year of Remembrance There are two northern Michigan historical myths that keep being perpetuated through rural legend, rumor, and gossip. The first one is that the Good Hart Robison family murders of 1968 were never solved. The second is that somehow, the burnout of the Cheboiganing Band’s Indian Village at Burt Lake in 1900 was legal...

Cuckoo Vs. Grandfather Clock? In David Newhouse’s delightful Letter to the Editor, he entertained us with wit and humor likening the Republican presidential candidates to crazy, out of touch citizens who have missed the obvious truth only the left can recognize. This comparison suggests that perhaps the “grandfather clock” represents the other side...

Keep Dollars In The City The Oct. 5 “Spectator” by Stephen Tuttle was right on in its entirety. The most compelling question Mr. Tuttle posed to the next Traverse City Commission is: “Why is Hickory Hills, completely outside the city limits, the responsibility of the city, and the Civic Center, completely within the city limits, the responsibility of the county?”

Demand Pipeline Transparency 

After 62 years of corrosion and stress, Enbridge pipeline 5 is a toxic oil disaster waiting to happen, not just for the Great Lakes, but for almost the entire length of Michigan — all the rivers, lakes and wetlands near it. Pipelines are safer than trucks, trains and barges. But this begs the question of our desperate need to transition to non-carbon sources of energy...

Your Guns, My Safety People do not realize that when they carry a weapon for their own protection, they reduce my perception and reality of safety...

We Need Activism I would like to respond to the letter in the Oct. 12th issue by RD Johnson titled “Know the Root of activism.” Really RD, activism is simply action by those who are self-serving? I assume that you believe the comments by Rabbi Kushner since you used them as reference. I might ask that you do a little research...

Northport Sewer Deficit Fact Check The Northport sewer deficit is $2.7 million and growing. Under law, the sewer was to be affordable and not a burden. a Northport financial expert predicted the deficit before construction began. Northport government was warned of the deficit in October 2010 and advised to implement cost changes then. They did nothing and the public was not made aware...

 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Letters 10-12-2015

Letters

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

 
 
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