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Letters 12/29/08

- December 29th, 2008
Buzz Wilson, hero
At the end of each year, Time Magazine n ominates a man or woman of the year.
As a housecleaner and an office assistant, I don’t have that kind of influence, but if I did, I would nominate Buzz Wilson, who passed away this last summer.
You might know of Buzz because of his generous contribution to the State Theater in Traverse City. He was the “angel” who gave a huge gift to renovate the theatre. He just didn’t write a check. He used his many contacts in the construction business to get the job done in record time, and then he (or I) showed up every day to make sure the job was done right.
I know Buzz because he hired me to clean his house in the summer of 2003. I felt immediately that my life had changed for the better. He brought out the best in me. Three years later, he offered me a job as his personal assistant. I told him I had no experience and turned down his job offer. He hired me anyway and told me I could learn the job. It took me a lot longer to believe in myself, but I finally did.
Buzz was my mentor, my inspiration, and my friend. He treated me like family rather than an employee. He helped my husband and myself through the process of buying our first home. Then he stood by my family’s side when we had what seemed—at the time—my husband’s insurmountable legal problems. He had hope and saw the right side of things. My husband never had a good father figure in his life, and Buzz was that person.
The memory of Buzz Wilson will live on in our family and the Traverse City downtown. For Buzz, everything was possible. No project was too small or too big to accomplish. Maybe he’s not “man of the year,” but I would say he’s the angel of my lifetime.

Audrey Roman • Suttons Bay

Bad business
Madam Governor, why have you tied your political future to the worst-run businesses in America? Do you know what happened to the first electric car that was crushed so the technology would remain secret?
The people at the Big Three have ignored the American public for so long that it has become a habit with them. They believed that they could dictate what the public wanted. Can you say Edsel?
I hope that you have other options open for yourself, because these guys deserve to fail. It is the American way in the open market. Someone is always right there, ready to pick up the pieces, and start over. All that they are doing is trying to remain in place so the big men in the Big Three can continue to make big money off us.

Michael H. MacCready • Manton

Say no to cow fart tax
In the 1970s, it was global cooling. Then came global warming. Now it’s just “climate change” for the Al Gore followers. If you haven’t gone outside lately, it’s been renamed clearly for political reasons.
“Man made” climate change is a hoax of the proportions well beyond the recent $50 billion Wall Street Ponzi scheme reported. One only need to look at Mr. Gore’s new mansion, yacht, jet, and millions of eco-friendly company-specific business options to know his motivations.
For what it’s worth, in Great Britain this crowd is now proposing to place a carbon tax on 12 million cows in the fields so as to reduce the herd and the country’s carbon inprint. Seems cows have a high propensity to pass gas. More so than chickens and pigs. This is laughable, if it were not so serious. Should the same thinking hit our own shores, I suggest a individual carbon tax on Mr. Al Gore himself and what he spews. In doing, we might save a good portion of our own herd from what Great Britain’s may be facing shortly. Your wallet is counting on you.

Brian Spencer • TC

John Lennon‘s message
How many readers know John Lennon’s song, “Happy Christmas”? If you do, then you’ll know the message that John’s family sings is the song‘s undercurrent: “War is over if you want it.”
This, in my opinion, is a relevant message for today, whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year. There are probably a lot of people out there who feel this current war has gone on too long and want it over, myself
included, but have not yet spoken up. This letter, which I wanted to write for a long time, goes out to all these
people. I ask, even urge you all to speak, write, or otherwise express this wish, so that the people in charge will hear, read, or otherwise know it: We want the war over!
Now all I have left to say is: happy holidays to all of you, near and dear, old and young, and a good happy new year without any fear!

Emily Baker • TC

Yes, we can
The time has come to direct our attention to the welfare of our home: Mother Earth. The time is now, to tell your representatives, including Congressman Bart Stupak, Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, that attention must be given to the health of Mother Earth, our only home.
Demand that they tighten regulations on industry to decrease the harmful runoff from agriculture and city streets that are spilling into our waters and contaminating our ground. Say no more building in fragile areas. No more drilling in protected areas. This is not the answer to our problems and will only create other worse problems. Whatever influence the U.S. can exert, we must stop the dangerous practice of burning the world’s rainforests and overfishing the world’s ocenas, as these systems play a major role in keeping our planet healthy.
Let me list some easy steps to start with: reduce your meat intake.
The billion cattle on this planet expel vast amounts of harmful methane gas into the atmosphere. Our country should be raising healthy vegetables for human consumption instead of millions of acres of corn to feed cows. It takes much fossil fuel to produce, and to transport both the corn and the finished animal products all around the country.
Replace your incandescent bulbs with those squiggly fluorescents; recycle, reuse and restore everything you can; drive less; replace gas hog SUVs with compact cars; buy locally grown produce as much as possible; use cloth bags for grocery shopping, keep your tires inflated, turn down your thermostat in the winter and turn lights off when not needed. We can all do these things right now, for our planet, our Mother Earth.
In addition we need to demand clean, save and renewable alternative energy NOW! Many areas in Northern Michigan are appropriate for wind energy due to the frequency and strength of the winds we receive. It’s clean and it’s renewable.
We must take action, all of us, right now. We truly do not have the luxury of ignoring the plight of our Mother Earth.
By working together, by facing up to this crisis YES WE CAN do this.

Karen & David Martin

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