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Biomass not the answer
I find somewhat amusing the position the TCL&P (Traverse City Light & Power) Board has taken. Having attended two of the meetings about biomass with over 100 people present and a few TCL&P Board meetings, I will have to agree with Mike Coco that the meetings were open to the public and the public had input at them.
The rate-payers, residents, and citizens overwhelmingly turned down the idea of biomass for Traverse City at both meetings. The only thing that was transparent at the end of each meeting was that the TCL&P Board didn’t care what the people wanted, but that they were going to move ahead with biomass and do it their way. The TCL&P Board needs to be dissolved, Ed Rice needs to retire, and Mike Coco needs to take a hike.
One can only wonder how reliable the report is about removing the dams on the Boardman River. If TCL&P wants clean and renewable energy, we already have a system in place. It may cost a few million dollars to upgrade them, but it IS going to cost millions to build biomass plants or to remove the dams.
Larry Domine • TC
Fracking letter offbase
I feel disappointed in the Northern Express for publishing LuAnne Kozma’s letter with the title Exposing Duplicity in the November 28 issue.
Does the Northern Express have an obligation to investigate allegations of duplicitous conduct against a person in a letter to the editor? Does the Northern Express have any duty to contact the cochairs of Don’t Frack Michigan to verify those accusations before making a judgment and joining in the allegations with a headline of Duplicity Exposed.
It seems to me that the Northern Express has a professional duty to verify facts of a letter before accusing someone with duplicity. Perhaps it did; but if not, then the title should read Duplicity Alleged?
Ms. Kozma’s letter to the editor, and its headline, accuses Jo Anne Beemon of working on behalf of the gas companies, writing their legislative bills. Is Jo Anne Beemon working on the side of the gas companies?
I know Jo Anne Beemon and what she stands for. On Fridays, for over ten years now, Jo Anne and I, and other Women In Black, have occupied the corner of East Park in downtown Charlevoix to stand against War.
Jo Anne Beemon faces the world with an open, smiling face, not a duplicitous two face. Was I mistaken in my impression that the Northern Express is a professional news journal rather than a tabloid?
Even if you have to publish whatever wild accusations some disgruntled person may make against another, you do not have to join in the hatchet job by highlighting the accusation in the letter headline. You were not fair to Jo Anne Beemon or your readers. By publishing Ms. Kozma’s letter; you have contributed to a divisive, personal agenda, destructive to the credibility of the organizations working to stop fracking in Michigan.
Meriwether McClorey • Boyne City
Editor's Note: For more on the fracking controversy, see our story on page 10.
Where our money goes
There was once a frequent public service announcement on the radio, asking parents, “Do you know where your children are?” With cell phones, that is far less of a concern now. It’s time to change the announcement to “Do you know where your money, personal and taxes, has gone?” Walking away from a cashier, we don’t think twice about our spending and the consequences.
Your taxes buy death as do many of your purchases. Your taxes buy inhumanity to others, degradation, starvation, and worse.
Isn’t it time to say no to your pocketbook and the government? No more funds to support the worst that humankind can do; no more funds to pay for land theft and destruction of livelihoods. No more funds to promote ethnic cleansing.
Please join me in reviewing how you spend your money. Where that money goes whether through corporate support of policies that promote human rights violations or funding through taxes to assassinate individuals without trial, the blood is on our own hands for not saying no.
A list of companies to avoid is easily found on endtheoccupation.org. Look up “boycott corporations” to find those that support child labor and death in other countries. Who died or is suffering for your new possession?
Barbara Young • Bear Lake
Funding for prosecution
My wife and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Traverse City and had occasion to read the Northern Express Weekly.
I was pleased to see and read Stephen Tuttle’s article, “Something Isn’t Right,” which was very timely and appropriate in light of the Penn State fiasco. We were also aware of the Clark case, as we know the attorney who successfully prosecuted the case.
I think it is important that you are made aware that the funding for Clark’s prosecution, and similar types of cases, was derived from a grant from the federal government, administered through the Michigan Attorney General’s office, and handled through the prosecuting attorneys’ offices of the several counties that were jointly involved with the grant.
This meager funding was efficiently utilized for professional fees to prosecute these cases with the overhead of the office space etc. already in place and covered by the prosecutors’ offices.
The initial funding established by the federal government was to sundown this year with the hoped-for belief that the results of this grant would be self-evident, and therefore the funding would be replaced by the respective counties receiving these services.
With the present economy, this tragically has not happened, with again the real potential for people such as Clark to slip through the system.
I am hopeful that you will do further investigative journalism and ascertain the number and types of cases that were handled and successfully prosecuted.
By bringing this information to light, it is possible that it will generate enough interest to allow this program to be appropriately funded by the respective counties whose citizens have benefited from this program. I truly believe that almost 100% of the people are in agreement with the aggressive prosecution of the despicable perpetrators of these crimes.
Pete Carmody • L Anse
The date given for the Frozen Foot Race sponsored by Running Fit and the Traverse City Track Club in the Winter Fun Guide last week was incorrect. The correct date for the race is Jan. 21.