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Letters 11-28-2016

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.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

County Woes And City Votes

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Its leaders continue the sad journey of trying to solve its budget woes on the backs of current employees. The latest indignity will increase employees’ share of their health insurance costs by more than 300 percent in January. That’s a pretty significant economic hit for deficits they had no part in creating.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Least Candidate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle When Stephanopolis pointed out that Putin had, in fact, already gone into Ukraine and occupied the Crimean Peninsula, Trump made a dazzlingly fast pivot. He said it was weak leadership, NATO and President Obama who were to blame for the action he just said would never happen.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Saddest Conventioneer

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It gave us some interesting television. Now it gives us an hour or so of prime time boredom and nothing more entertaining than plagiarism. We don’t even get coverage of the arcane business of creating a party platform, a process akin to sausage making. Of course, the platform will be largely ignored before being forgotten entirely.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Most Obvious Fact

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle According to the Department of Justice, minorities are arrested more often than whites for similar offenses, are more likely than whites to be denied bail for similar offenses, are less likely than whites to receive favorable plea bargains for...
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Tale Of Ten Stories

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We arrived at this seeming obsession with the need for 10-story structures in two ways: First, a two-decade old master plan calls for buildings up to 95 feet in certain areas with a special use permit.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Closing Doors

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The European Union is 28 mostly European countries that have come together to create a single economic and political entity. It has its own elected government, enacts rules member nations must obey, levies taxes, regulates trade and has its own judiciary.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blue Angels Blues

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our local Veterans for Peace organization, comprised of honorable men and women who served in the military, is leading a small but vocal group insisting that the Blue Angels fly on by us and go someplace else. (Full disclosure: They were nice enough to ask me to speak to their group some years ago.)
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Doing Something

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We’re very good at the post-massacre activity: The spontaneous memorial to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub tragedy, featuring the requisite teddy bears, flowers and candles, grew within hours. The candlelight march/vigils and the non-denominational memorial services followed.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lizard Brain

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The judge, of course, is not Mexican. He was born in Indiana. The “biased” and “unbelievable” rulings? They unsealed documents exposing the sham that was Trump University; legal experts confirm the rulings were perfectly appropriate. (It does make one wonder just whom President Trump would appoint to the federal bench.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Alternative

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle There is an alternative for the anybody-but- Trump and not-another-Clinton crowds, however. That perfect political philosophy for which we search, the one in which some candidate agrees with us 100 percent, will remain elusive, but there is an eclectic alternative.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Water Woes

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Go back to 2001 and 2002, when the DEQ helped decide it would be a swell idea to let Nestle, a Swiss-based conglomerate and the largest seller of bottled water in the world, suck groundwater out of Mecosta County and sell it as Ice Mountain. Lots of water; a whopping 400 gallons every minute.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

The One

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. By any metric, it just is. More people watch it on television (more than 3.2 billion people tuned in to watch at least some part of the 2014 World Cup finals), more people watch it in person, there are more leagues in more countries, more professional and amateur players, more everything.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Checking Up On Trump

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our choices are being whittled down to the two oldest, least liked presidential candidates in history. One has a history of misogyny, bankruptcy and xenophobia while being accused of fraud in civil court. The other might be indicted on criminal charges during the campaign.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

With Friends Like These...

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our relationship with them began long before our supposed alliance following 9/11. They had lots of sweet crude oil that required minimal refining and we needed some of it. As long as that need existed we were happy to play the role of oil serf to their monarchy.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stop It

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Gum wrappers, drink cups, cigarette packages, beer cans, plastic bags; anything that should have been thrown in a garbage can is tossed on the ground by unthinking dunderheads. And if not on the ground then in the water. The Boardman River has yielded furniture, appliances and plenty of tires.
 
 
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