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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, September 19, 2015

Bibles and Billionaires

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Kim Davis, America’s most famous county clerk, was out of jail and back at work last week, once again sounding like a weiner commercial talking about answering to a higher authority. And abdicating her legal responsibility to issue marriage licenses..
 
Friday, September 11, 2015

Michael A. Cathcart

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Monday, September 21 is the 30th annual International Day of Peace. World leaders will pay lip service and nothing more.

In Traverse City, the festivities will take place on the more convenient Saturday before, starting at the Clinch Park beach at 8am. There will be a march, there will be signs, there will be speeches. Hope for elusive peace will be the theme (and if previous years experience is a guide, there will also be people protesting those asking for peace. You would have to ask them why).

 
Friday, September 4, 2015

The New Orleans Folly

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We’ve congratulated them on their recovery and bemoaned the fact that so many are still displaced; New Orleans’ population is about 40 percent smaller than it was immediately before Katrina, and tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain unoccupied and uninhabitable.
 
Friday, August 28, 2015

Buses and Buildings and Babies

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Next week the yellow buses will once again be among us.

More than 70 percent of northern Michigan school children will be riding those buses. Their safety will be in the hands of the courageous men and women who drive them (yes, courageous. You try driving up to 70 children twice a day, five days a week and then tell me that doesn’t require courage) and the motorists who interact with them.

 
Saturday, August 22, 2015

No Debate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It’s less than a month until the next Republican presidential debate extravaganza but you still have time to make plans. And the organizers of these things still have time to create something meaningful instead of the ten-ring circus we saw last time..
 
Friday, August 14, 2015

Fooling Mother Nature

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Food activists have zeroed in on their next target: Genetically modified organisms (GMO; it’s plural). They must be labeled, we’re told, because we don’t know if they’re safe.

It must be true because Neil Young has written a song about it and Gwynyth Paltrow has declared it to be so (Ms. Paltrow also believes the molecular structure of water changes depending on whether you’re nice or mean to it. Seriously).

 
Saturday, August 8, 2015

High Rises, Piers and Dead Fawns

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle One would think TC would have some kind of height ordinance for its downtown area so these debates would be easily resolved. Oh wait, there is exactly such an ordinance that restricts building height to 60 feet, five or six stories depending on how the thing is constructed.
 
Friday, July 31, 2015

What Would You Do?

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Apparently the deal hammered out to slow down Iran’s nuclear weapons program was a terrible mistake for which Barack Obama is to blame. In a none-too-shocking development, all 16 Republican presidential candidates have roundly criticized the agreement as feckless, reckless and a death knell for Israel. Mike Huckabee, low single-digits in the polls and desperate for attention, went so far as to declare Obama was leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sublime to Ridiculous

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

The 11th Traverse City Film Festival is upon us. This is a good thing. It’s an especially good thing if you enjoy movies you would not otherwise have a chance to see. And if you enjoy talking movies with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.

 
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Donald vs. The Bernie

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Donald Trump “loves the Mexicans” despite claiming their government is “sending us” rapists and murderers. He claims we currently have no border and he will build an “impenetrable wall” and make Mexico pay for it. Yes we do, no you won’t, no they won’t.
 
Friday, July 10, 2015

Of Potholes and Parking

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We’re sorry about the streets. Our local road commissions do what they can with the budgets they have and the short window of opportunity the weather presents to repair or rebuild streets. The crews work pretty hard trying to keep pace with overwhelming need.
 
Monday, July 6, 2015

Pick a New Fight

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That was quite a reaction from the Republican presidential candidates to recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t go their way. They shouldn’t have been surprised by either. In the decision that affirmed another key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even Chief Justice John Roberts became a sixth vote with the majority.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

The fire under the Teapots

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The Twin Towers of tea partydom, Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul, have
won the Iowa straw poll. If only it actually meant something.
To be fair, tea party supporters and their feckless leaders in Congress
are on a nice roll. Their presidential aspirants keep percolating
toward the top of various polls and they control the U.S. House by
their unwillingness to agree on anything even one degree outside of
their narrow demands. Even better, their official White Knight, Texas
Governor Rick Perry, has nearly completed his I-Am-Not-A-Mormon tour
and will now start campaigning in earnest.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Poor standards

Music Stephen Tuttle So, now we’ve been “downgraded” by the estimable Standard and Poor’s
(S&P). We’ve fallen from a top-of-the-line AAA rating to AA+. No one is
certain exactly how far the ripples from this will extend. The giant
mortgage houses known as Freddie Mac (Federal Home Mortgage Association)
and Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) have already been
similarly downgraded.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Do little, take a break

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Do Little, Take a Break
Our collective play date in Washington has taken a break. The sandbox is
empty, the toys gone. Some of the children pretending to be our elected
representatives did not play well with others.
As John McEnroe was fond of bellowing, “You cannot be serious!”
The Great Budget Near-Disaster of 2011 has concluded round one. After
months of wrangling that was frequently surreal, Congress has agreed to a
deal that raises the debt ceiling, thereby at least forestalling a default
on obligations by the United States government for the first time in our
history. It also reduces spending by an amount that’s about the same as
the amount of increase in the debt ceiling.
 
 
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