Letters

Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

Topic: republicans
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Letters 05-28-2013

Letters Head injuries & helmets Letter writer Matt Woodruff has not thought the helmet situation through in my opinion (re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13)...

Robbing the vote We’re all, regardless of party affiliation, small-d democrats, that is, staunch defenders of the Constitution and its democratic principles. Let’s look at the actual state of one principle, majority rule. In the 2012 Michigan election 352,000 MORE voters voted for Democrats (54%, actually) to be in our House than voted for Republicans. Because of Republican gerrymandering, though, Republicans control the state House. The minority rules...

Money talks in Congress Stephen Tuttle’s column bemoaning the lack of attention paid by elected officials to will of the people forgets one important point. I think it’s made clear in a line from the film, Charlie Wilson’s War: “The hell with the voters, all I care about are the donors”...

 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Letters 12-23-2013

Letters Obamacare’s good deal

It’s true that Obamacare led my daughter’s insurance company to decide to drop her plan. But guess what? Thanks to Obamacare, she will be getting better coverage from the same company at lower cost...

GOP’s desperate attacks

An irony in the monumental fight over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that most Democrats prefer a single-payer system (Medicare-For-All), demonstrably the most efficient and economical method of healthcare delivery...

Guns & screwdrivers

Recently, I bought a gun at a sporting good store that required a background check that took about 3 minutes. The next day I stood in line at Sears about 5 minutes to buy a screwdriver set that was on sale...

Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela is being acclaimed worldwide for his role in managing the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. Without Mandela, South Africa would have otherwise become a bloodbath...


 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Sanders Fantasy

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The Sanders campaign platform emphasizes four issues; break up and re-regulate big banks and Wall Street, rebuild the country’s infrastructure, create free public college for all and dramatically expand Medicare into a cradle-to-grave single-payer healthcare system.
 
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Letters 11-07-2016

Letters

Young Voters Are Important I hope young people will vote this fall, bearing in mind the consequences for their futures. The most important issue is global warming; Left unchecked, its consequences will be huge and terrible for them and their children...

New Team In 2010 Rick “the nerd” Snyder took over the Governorship of Michigan and vowed to work with the Republican legislature to solve all of Michigan’s problems. Snyder began with a billion-dollar cut in business taxes, much of it taken from the education budget. To help balance the budget the GOP legislature increased taxes on seniors and families with children...

Water Over Oil As a former enlisted man, I discovered how rigid the mindset is at the senior officer level. Generals think they should be “obeyed” and they get used to it. That is not a characteristic that serves someone in a deliberative body like Congress. I started a company in Petoskey 15 years ago to produce technology that allows us to treat human waste and protect our vital freshwater resources. General Bergman and his Republican party do not seem to get how important our freshwater is. They think pipelines should carry oil. Water is far more valuable than oil and Michigan sits on 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply...

Counting Votes Does your vote count, or will it even be counted? Forget the hoopla about rigging elections. We have plenty of potential for problems just by errors built into our system, and sadly they happen too frequently. For instance...

Did You Know? The GOP controls: 248 of 440 seats in the House, 54 of 100 seats in the Senate, 31 of 50 Governorships, and 70 of 99 state chambers. And they want you to believe Obama is ruining America...

There’s No Comparison Trump and Clinton had the same experience campaigning: Somebody jumped up on the stage. One candidate waddled off quickly with the Secret Service; the other stuck to her guns, despite the urging of the Secret Service and kept on talking...

Affordable Housing Is Good Business From our oldest area businesses we learn this to be true: no pickers, no product. Development with intentionally integrated affordable housing is not charity. It’s just good citizenship, good sense and good business...

It’s About Character I love Traverse City. In my lifetime TC has cleaned up the waterfront and opened Hull Park, the Tart Trail and other recreation areas; it has great culture and outstanding restaurants. All the changes show that TC can grow while still keeping its “small town character” and best qualities. That’s what attracts residents and visitors alike, all of which bolsters our economy...

Development At All Costs? Other cities have put limits on building heights because that is what their citizens wanted. Those cities are doing quite well as popular tourist destinations; Naples and Savannah are two good examples...

 
 
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