Northern Express - Other Opinions http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-150-1-other-opinions.html <![CDATA[No Debate - ]]> <![CDATA[Prisoners of War in the Michigan Gulag - ]]> <![CDATA[Move Beyond Controversy And Embrace Public Art - ]]> Nearly eighteen years later, our community has a YMCA of which we can be proud and festival opportunities have quadrupled. But public art? Still lacking, and I think I know why. You might recall the controversy surrounding Dewey Blocksma’s “River Guardian” proposed public art piece in 1999. About 12-feet from its base, the figure’s shoulders are made of an aluminum canoe, the head created with a rounded piece of weathered wood, and eyes represented by seashells.

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<![CDATA[Fooling Mother Nature - ]]> 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).

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<![CDATA[High Rises, Piers and Dead Fawns - ]]> <![CDATA[Afghanistan’s Elusive Peace - ]]> <![CDATA[What Would You Do? - ]]> 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.”

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<![CDATA[The “Real Man’s” Traverse City - ]]> <![CDATA[Sublime to Ridiculous - ]]> 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.

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<![CDATA[We Get What They Pay For - ]]> <![CDATA[Will You Get Mad With Me? - ]]> <![CDATA[The Donald vs. The Bernie - ]]> <![CDATA[Of Potholes and Parking - ]]> <![CDATA[How Much For Defense? - ]]> <![CDATA[Pick a New Fight - ]]> <![CDATA[Words of Warning - ]]> <![CDATA[The Wrong Turn - ]]> We’ll see the horrifying videos of commercial airliners being flown into
the World Trade Towers. We will once again wonder why no one was able to
“connect the dots” and take preventative action. There will be memorial
services and candlelight vigils.
We’ll collectively wonder if we’ve learned anything at all. But as bad as
9/11 was, it’s the decisions we’ve made since that should concern us.
We knew almost immediately a group calling itself al Qaida was responsible
and that the Taliban, then returning Afghanistan to the 16th century they
so love, had aided and abetted them.]]>
<![CDATA[Attorney General Bill Schuette?s attack on the law violates voters - ]]> Medical Marijuana Act into line with what he believes the voters wanted is
a waste of taxpayer time and money.
As a reminder, in 2008 Schuette led the opposition to the ballot
initiative and confidently predicted that the proposal would fail.
Ultimately it passed in every Michigan county and legislative district and
was approved by 63% of all voters statewide. It is hard to understand how
someone who got it so wrong the first time can be so confident that he
knows the mind of the voters this time.]]>
<![CDATA[The fire under the Teapots - ]]> 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.
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<![CDATA[What I‘ll miss - ]]> By Brooke Whitten
As August arrives, I’m forced to pack my belongings into boxes and
suitcases for a third time. I’m getting ready to start my junior year at
Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. I’m only four semesters
away from graduating with a major in photojournalism and minor in outdoor
and environmental education.
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