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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Letters 3-17-14

Letters

LITTER LESSONS

We are fortunate to live in America. We are required to act responsibly. Contribute to the SOLUTION...

REAL JOBS IN INDIAN RIVER

The past president of Monster Beverage Company has stated publicly on several occasions that he wants to build a racetrack on Griswold Mountain in order to “give back” to Indian River...

RISE OF INEQUALITY

Since the 1970s the income earned by the top fifth of Americans has risen from 40 percent to 47 percent of total income. It is difficult to say that this level of inequality is a bad thing; many of the reasons are clear...


 
Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Best of Northern Michigan

Features “We carefully curate quality pieces that our customers will love forever, not just for a season,” said Ella’s Breanne Russell. “Sharing our passion is not only fulfilling but rewarding – thank you to Express readers for keeping us in business and appreciating what we do!”.
 
Monday, March 10, 2014

Letters 3-10-2014

Letters Proposed Airwalk Project, Kasson Township

We recently were made aware of the proposed “Air Walk Project” for Kasson county several months ago. Although we have only lived in this area since Nov., 2012, the main reason we moved here and established residence was that it was an area of natural beauty where one could enjoy the best of Michigan’s outdoor living...

Why Increase War Funding?

By the end of this year, the U.S. will have fewer than 10,000 troops left in Afghanistan. The U.S. won’t technically be at war with any country. So why does President Obama want to increase the amount of money our country allocates to war funding?


 
Monday, March 3, 2014

Letters 3-03-2014

Letters

Mental Health Cuts a Tragedy

Governor Snyder’s upbeat message on the 2015 budget left out an important fact: in a time of a state surplus, $180 million in general funds is being removed from community mental health programs. The reason for this is simple...

Minimum Wage Hike Deserves Second Thought

Should the minimum wage be raised? There are good reasons for conservatives who worry about budget deficits to support an increase. Let’s do the math: The current minimum wage in Michigan is $7.40 per hour...

Lots to Lose, Little to Gain in Land Swap

When rumors started that St. Mary’s Cement wanted to make a new entrance to Fisherman’s Island State Park and close Bells Bay Road, it seemed too outrageous to be taken seriously. But St. Mary’s has lobbied government for two years and has proposed a “land swap” to obtain 190 acres of Fisherman’s Island State Park and the county road...


 
Monday, February 24, 2014

Letters 2-24-2014

Letters Manistee Belonged in Story

In Patrick Sullivan’s article there was no mention of the county that would have put the cherry on top his premise on the divide between rich and poor...

More crony captalism

I really enjoyed Stephen Tuttle’s recent article titled “A line in the tar sands. Mr. Tuttle has a way of making you think on both sides of an issue...

Tax Junk Food or Ban Boxing?

So, if you break it down to its simple basics, Bill Bustance likes oatmeal and thinks it shouldn’t be taxed. He doesn’t like Cheerios and thinks they should be taxed and the revenue should be used for roads (Huh?!)...


 
Monday, February 17, 2014

Letters 2-17-2014

Letters Tar Sands, Pipeline Opposition

Stephen Tuttle’s column titled "No Line in the Tar Sand" missed some key points. In describing the First Nation peoples of Canada as "appalled" by the tar sands mining understates their situation. Few of us would be simply "appalled" if our communities were deemed sacrifice zones...

Look Who is Behind the Attack Ads

Do you wonder who’s behind the negative ads aimed at the Democrats and Gary Peters, in particular? The DeVos family hides behind the following groups to peddle their bull… Action Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Americans for Prosperity, Council for National Policy, Federalist Society, Focus on the Family, Freedom Works Foundation, Heritage Foundation, Mackinaw Center for Public Policy, and the National Organization for Marriage...

No to Proposed Air Walk in Kasson Township

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “irresponsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The proposed ecotourism park by developer Mark Evans designed with an air walk and observation areas that will scale the ridgeline of an 83-acre parcel of property on residential Fritz Road is a fancy packaging scheme to line Mr. Evans’ pockets with millions of dollars...

Consumer Alert

What a wonderful movie the "The Dallas Buyers Club" is, sure to win awards for acting. It may have brought to light some of the failures of our Food and Drug Administration as well. And we now learn that the chemical, azodicarbonamide, used in yoga mats and shoe soles, was approved by the FDA for use in breads and cereal flours to enhance freshness...

We Need a Carbon Tax

Stephen Tuttle’s recent piece “No Line in the Tar Sands” describes some of the valid arguments for and against the Keystone XL pipeline. He then concludes with what he calls the two most salient facts...


 
Monday, February 10, 2014

Letters 2-10-2014

Letters Close the Locks

I applaud Mr. Estes’ article on keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, his solution is too simple, too cost efficient and can be accomplished too quickly. Why do something now when you can drag it out for 25 years at a cost of billions of dollars. Even if some action were taken several years from now, it would be too late anyway...

Who Stole Traverse City?

Downtown Traverse City is becoming a living abortion to common sense. Who came up with the brilliant concept of filling every square foot of space with tall brick buildings that are built within ten feet of the street? The Traverse City I remember was full of laughing people and children playing. We parked our cars along the streets. Now, the parking meters in front of these buildings are dedicated to the rich few who work in these mausoleums...


 
Monday, February 3, 2014

Letters 2-03-14

Letters Coffia connects the dots

I applaud Betsy Coffia for her informative Jan 20 Northern View article. She connects the dots between the water crisis in West Virginia, caused by a leaking chemical container, and the potential for disaster here in Michigan if the sixty-year-old oil pipeline under the Mackinac straits were to rupture...

Many Issues cause need

“Back atcha” in response to the letter “Take Responsibility” dated 1/13/14. Pointing a finger at the down and out people as irresponsible losers who deserve no assistance because they caused their own plight is extremely short sighted and shallow...

Tolerance came lately

Most people believe that toleration arrived in North America with English colonists who were seeking religious freedom, but this is not the case. Moreover, religious toleration was not considered a virtue at the time...

Leelanau: Still worth the trip

Born and raised in Traverse City and with great grandparents who homesteaded in Kasson Township, it was a natural for our family to treat out-of-town visitors with a scenic drive out to Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear dunes in our oversized Buick sedan...


 
Monday, January 27, 2014

Letters 1-27-14

Letters Concerns about “AirWalk” near Glen Lake

Before my husband and I permanently moved to Glen Lake eighteen years ago we lived in three different communities in Ohio and Indiana. All three are classic examples as to why zoning and the maintaining of the zoning are so very important...

Sidewalk Solutions

I’d like to weigh in my 2 cents on all things snow removal for Traverse City’s sidewalks. Especially the stretch of sidewalk that remains COMPLETELY covered with snow on and around Garfield Road south of S. Airport in Garfield Township...

Pay Your Taxes, NFL

No matter which problem is being discussed or argued, it always comes down to say one thing, support the opposite with dollars. Detroit need money, Michigan needs money, but the football obsessed still watch their games, buy the trinkets, etc and never question that the thing they support doesn’t support them...

 
Monday, January 20, 2014

Letters 1-20-14

Letters Choices for the Traverse City Community

The History Center is in trouble and lacks enough funds to ensure its continued presence in our community. Meanwhile, our City Council is embarked on a path to figure out what went wrong with the splash pad, how to apportion blame and what it will take to fix it...

Support Native American Role

Thank you, Derek, for your well-written and informative article. May the TC Commission open their minds and hearts to honor the first national people in a beautiful, artful way at the Clinch Park area...

Addiction Here, Too

Thank you to Mike Morey for his article in the January 6 issue depicting sad scenes from inside an alcohol and drug detox unit. I hope more and more people begin to realize that addiction is rampant in our area, it’s not just relegated to “big cities” any more...

Energy Policy Should Ban Fracking

The insanity of fracking hit me one night while vacationing in Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At night the sky lights up with thousands of flares from fracking wells. Fracking there is done for oil because it is more valuable than gas...


 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Letters 1-13-14

Letters Thank you

Thank you so much for the wonderful article (in the Jan 6 edition) on the alcohol and drug detox unit. The article made a wonderful point on the struggles of people who are addicted (regardless of addiction type)...

An Unholy Marriage

Endless wars. Poverty. Racism. Climate Change. Pollution of water and air. Fear propaganda. Unfettered capitalism...

Opposing Motocross Track

I’m writing in response to the hearing for rezoning Griswold Mountain property for proposed construction of a motocross track. Our family cottage is located approximately one mile from Griswold Mountain and I vehemently OPPOSE this proposed rezoning and development...

Safe Home Thanks

Thank you to area schools, businesses, organizations, service and faith-based groups and individual community members for your outpouring of support during the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive...

Take Responsibility

Another Christmas season where liberals whined about poverty and income inequality. Communism produces income equality but doesn’t work because it’s human nature not to collectivize one’s earnings...

 
Monday, January 6, 2014

Letters

Letters Indian River concerns

As a long-time resident of Indian River, I must express my concern for the proposed racetrack at Griswold Mountain. I have lived here full-time since 1992. I have cherished the serenity and beauty that Indian River and the surrounding woodlands have provided me and my many neighbors...

Women under the gun

Dear women of Michigan: Our legislature, in its wisdom, just presented us with a gift, and just in time for Christmas. There is truly a second class citizenship for women in our great state...

Litter & the Bible

 
“In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth”. NOTE: Private property owned by any person was originally owned by God. He works through His people. One of them is me...

It’s Old Mission

I have read several times in your paper writers referring to Old Mission as “Mission” as in “the Mission Peninsula.” Most recently this reference appeared in Bob Downes’ farewell letter (so long, good work, see ya around)...

Wrong party...

Regarding Stephen Tuttle’s column in the December 23 issue, Bob Filner, mayor of San Diego, was and is a Democrat.

 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Letters 12-30-2013

Letters

Say no to the racetrack

As the “baby” cousin of the fabulous, extended Willman family, I am expressing our collective, resounding NO to the prospect of a racetrack facility on Griswold Mountain in Indian River...

Destructive plan

About 80 years ago my grandfather built a cottage near Indian River that he named North Haven. He, my grandmother, and their five daughters spent every summer with the woods and waters. Those daughters in turn faithfully brought their nine children back to the cottage for long visits...

Creepy condition

I read with amusement the Detroit Free Press article on “The Elf On The Shelf” named Michael who watched children’s every move before heading to the North Pole each evening to report directly to Santa on each child’s misadventures...

Special interest scandal

I’d like to thank Michigan law enforcement for putting the brakes on the Republicans' attempt to make AT&T more profitable at the expense of constituents by discontinuing land line service...

A taxing subject

In Michigan we have huge income from various sin taxes. We have a tax on alcohol, on nicotine addiction (tobacco), and income from gambling on the lottery and video poker machines. When marijuana is legalized here, as it is in the state of Washington, we will have a tax on that. What we don’t have is a tax on sex...

 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Letters 12-23-2013

Letters Obamacare’s good deal

It’s true that Obamacare led my daughter’s insurance company to decide to drop her plan. But guess what? Thanks to Obamacare, she will be getting better coverage from the same company at lower cost...

GOP’s desperate attacks

An irony in the monumental fight over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that most Democrats prefer a single-payer system (Medicare-For-All), demonstrably the most efficient and economical method of healthcare delivery...

Guns & screwdrivers

Recently, I bought a gun at a sporting good store that required a background check that took about 3 minutes. The next day I stood in line at Sears about 5 minutes to buy a screwdriver set that was on sale...

Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela is being acclaimed worldwide for his role in managing the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. Without Mandela, South Africa would have otherwise become a bloodbath...


 
Monday, December 16, 2013

Letters 12-13-13

Letters Michigan's kleptocracy

As one of his first official acts, Governor Snyder picked the pockets of Michigan retirees by taxing their pensions and retirement savings. He then lined the pockets of his corporate backers by reducing business taxes...

Food stamp cuts

Yes, that would be the real “Hunger Games” (I’ll credit the movie for my title to avoid a Rand Paul plagiarism charge)...

Racetrack woes

The Indian River Racetrack issue has unfortunately very much divided our community, literally pitting neighbor against neighbor...

 
 
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