We paid for benefits
The Republicans who voted for the right to work law are not old enough to know what it was like. Back in the '30s there was a right to work. I was just a kid, but I remember if you had a job with starvation wages and poor working conditions, that is what brought on the unions and the country started to get better. This new law may bring in more jobs, but at a lower wage and no benefits. The only people this benefits is the wealthy.
Everybody will be working more and paid less. The only thing it does is to try to break the unions. We paid our dues for these benefits. Why should somebody have a free ride?
Jerry R. Cervenka
Duplicity and arrogance
Well now we see how closely our self-described "nerd" governor learned the lessons of duplicity and arrogance. For two years Rick Snyder told all who would listen that right to work laws and restrictions on women's reproductive rights were not part of his agenda and he had no interest in seeing legislation about them on his desk to sign.
We as a state voted down making collective bargaining rights part of the state constitution and presto, the lame-duck Legislature rams through a right-to-work bill. The governor says, "why I of course would sign it." Within 48 hours there are slickly produced ads on television speaking of "the freedom to work," exactly the same phrase used by Snyder.
Next on the agenda, the move against a woman's right to control her own biology. The tyrants of the past must be very proud of Snyder and his henchmen.
Stand up to leadership
Many things that people enjoy require some control. Putting speed limits and traffic signs on roads did not result in the death of the automobile industry. We still drive and it's quite safe. I am a wine maker. I drink alcohol and promote the sale of wine, but I do appreciate the need for controls.
For the National Rifle Association to consider any regulation on guns to be a "chink in the armor" is absurd. I believe that the fastest way to lose all rights is to resist any attempt at logical compromise. I want to believe that the vast majority of NRA members are logical, thinking individuals who realize that there is absolutely zero need for anyone to own an assault weapon of any kind. I've been told that it's "fun to shoot such a gun." I've also been told that it's fun to drive a car 150 mph, but we don't allow it as it is dangerous for the driver and those around them.
The same should be the case for semi-automatic weapons. Stop the madness. Please, all thoughtful NRA members, stand up to your leadership and encourage the banning of all semi- automatic assault weapons.
Find the courage
I understand that hunting is an important and profitable part of the culture of northern Michigan. But I would hope that even those seasonal hunters would agree that private citizens should not legally own assault weapons. If a hunter requires a semi-automatic rifle that fires a 30-round clip in the blink of an eye, that person is not a skilled hunter.
It is 2012, well into a new century. We have grocery stores. This blood sport is anachronistic now. I always thought that the hunted should be equally armed, just to make it a level playing field. Assault weapons were designed to be used in war, not for a young private citizen to use to slaughter 20 first-graders. I hope this latest tragedy prompts our representatives in Washington to climb out of the pockets of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun special interests and find the courage to do the right thing.
We paid for benefits
Forum: Boat launch editorial overly simplistic
The July 17 editorial portraying the dispute over a proposed boat launch in Old Mission as being about open access is overly simplistic and inaccurate.Continued ...
Another View: Macomb Township wrong to target political signs
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Letters to the Editor: 07/24/2014
Teach the truth; Ethical and honest.Continued ...
- Poll: Are sidewalk cafes in TC being properly controlled?
Another View: Sex offender case will force policy change
Evidence emerging from a federal case is showing Minnesota’s policy on sex offenders must change.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/23/2014
Earned, not given; A license to talk?Continued ...
Editorial: Sidewalk dining changes should take effect now
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- Monday, July 21, 2014
Another View: Taxpayers should be enraged over waste
Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers.Continued ...
Another View: Jail study essential to determine strategy
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Editorial: Suing for money inmates don't have is wasted effort
To hear Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley tell it, a Sheriff’s Department policy to sue to collect $20 daily housing fees from jail inmates isn’t an effort to “squeeze blood out of a turnip.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/22/2014
Wake them up; Mind our own business.Continued ...
- Poll: Should GT jail sue to collect daily inmate housing fees?
To the Grand Traverse Conservation District, which was to run guided kayak trips over the weekend on the Boardman River from Scheck’s State Campground to the Brown Bridge Quiet Area.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/21/2014
Political calls don’t count; Remembering Ranger Jim.Continued ...
- Poll: Has report resolved issues concerning removal of dams?
- Sunday, July 20, 2014
Editorial: Many questions remain on dam removal plans
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on plans to remove the Boardman and Sabin dams from the Boardman River sounds reassuring.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/20/2014
Rename Presidents Day; Women have served.Continued ...
Forum: Less talk, more action about climate change
I serve electric cooperative members on both sides of the climate change argument. Some days, I tire of the argument.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Weird world of Michigan congressional races
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George Weeks: Attack ads abound in state, federal races
With approach of the Aug. 5 primaries, attack ads are escalating in state and federal races across northern airways.Continued ...
- Friday, July 18, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 07/19/2014
Not a ‘disorder’; Homeless, cherries; Win the primary first.Continued ...
Fact Check: Rep. says '74 percent of Republicans support ACA'
From the day it was passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote, President Barack Obama’s health care law has polarized Americans by party affiliation: Most Democrats support it, most Republicans oppose it.Continued ...
Fact Check: Meet 'zombie stat' that won't die
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Another View: Cut federal strings on beach testing
Michigan is enjoying the rare satisfaction of telling the federal government to keep its money and the strings that go with it in refusing to bow to new rules on the testing of water quality at beaches.Continued ...
Another View: Proposal 1 a good idea for everyone
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