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By Stephen Tuttle | Dec. 30, 2017

As always, so many questions to start the year.

* "Absolutely free” shouldn't involve a “separate handling fee,” should it? 

* Did you know the Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, is now more than 13 billion miles from earth and still functioning?

* Are you shocked that has cataloged more than 1600 Donald Trump lies  during his campaign and presidency?

* Did you know the federal government has already paid for the relocation inland of 7 coastal villages due to rising sea levels?

* Now will Californians get serious about removing combustible brush from around their homes?

* Are you pleased that state and federal governments spent nearly $38 billion last year on the war on drugs? 

* Did you forget the last president to openly attack the FBI was Richard Nixon? 

* Is there a real village government in Kalkaska?

* Would you be surprised to learn the average smart-phone user checks that phone about every six minutes or about 150 times a day? What do they think they're going to miss?

* Are there any foods left someone doesn't claim are bad for us?

* Why do we get to tell North Korea what kinds of weapons they can have?

* On the other hand, are there any world leaders out there making loonier statements than Kim Jong-un?

* Did you know inflation in Venezuela ripped along at about 1000 percent last year?

* Or that there is an ongoing famine in Somalia and the risk of famines in Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen?

* How can it be that every car insurance company promises lower rates than every other car insurance company?

* Has an extra three stories on some downtown buildings been worth the hassle for the Traverse City City Commission? Why didn't they just change downtown zoning to reflect Proposition 3 and avoid the headaches?

* Are you ready for both the remaking of 8th Street and the repairing of a chunk of South Airport this summer?

* Did you know there is a little jelly fish that might be immortal?  (Google “immortal jelly fish”)

* Are you surprised the United States consumes nearly 90 percent of the prescription opioids in the world?

* And why do prescription drugs here cost more than any in any other country? Shouldn't we be getting a volume discount?

* Doesn't it feel like the evidence is piling up that full-contact football is simply too dangerous for children?

* Did you know that in some countries Santa Claus is tall, skinny and wears green?

* Have you noticed the astonishing engineering and programming skills on display at high school robotics competitions?

* Shouldn't the president be at least a little concerned the Russians meddled in our election, regardless of who they helped?

* Aren't we lucky to have honest judges and cops in the region?

* Isn't it sort of dumbfounding that nearly half of lottery winners are broke or bankrupt just five years after winning?  What are they thinking?

* Wouldn't it be nice if the folks leading county government tried to get along?

* Do you think the Lions will ever win another play-off game? Or even make the play-offs again?

* Do you really think all 16 women now accusing Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior are lying? All of them? 

* Have you been following the ever expanding Wolverine World Wide toxic waste dumping disaster — now more than 75 sites are being investigated — north of Rockford, Michigan?

* Did you know there is a company that can now create every component needed to build a house using a 3-D printer?

* Did you read that scientists captured a Greenland shark they believe is 512 years old? 

* Do you think higher parking rates will discourage people from driving downtown or just make those who do angrier? 

* How many members of Congress do you think actually read the hundreds of pages of the tax reform bill? Or the dozens of amendments added by lobbyists?  

* Will men finally get the message you can't say that and you absolutely can't do that? 

* Remember when there was a music genre called rock and roll?

* Isn't it time for a breakthrough in the war on cancer? 

* Does starving the people of North Korea actually further any of our strategic goals?

* What the hell was the weird shaped asteroid (400 meters long, only 10 meters wide) thing that zoomed past us a few weeks ago?

* Doesn't almost any baby mammal make you smile? 

* Were you one of the tens of millions who watched a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie this year? 

* Remember when we had a president who served meals to the homeless at a shelter on Christmas Day?

* Are you hoping for a kinder, gentler 2018? 
































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