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Letters 08-29-2016

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...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Where the gloomsters go wrong

Random Thoughts By Robert Downes You hear a lot of dire warnings about peak oil these days, and the
pickle we’ll be in once the last drop of crude is squeezed from the
earth.
Northern Michigan has hosted many prophets of peak oil’s impending
disaster, including James Kunstler, who wrote “The Long Emergency:
Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging
Catastrophes.” Recently, environmental consultant Nicole Foss was in
the region, sharing some views on what to do when our oil-based
economy goes up in smoke.
 
Monday, October 11, 2010

Street Fighter Virg Bernero aims for a knock-out with populist message

Features By Robert Downes Have you ever seen a Sicilian pit bull in action? Check out Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the “angriest mayor in America,” whose attack dog appearances on Fox News and MSNBC have offered jaw-dropping defenses of American workers, labor unions, and the hope for renewed manufacturing in Michigan.
 
 
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