First do no harm
U.S. Rep. Dr. Dan Benishek, R-1st Distict, has voted for horrible anti-environment laws, failed to pass the Farm Bill and said the people of northern Michigan don't want to work.
The worst insult is a bill he co-sponsored, H.R.374. It is such a broad anti-abortion bill it calls for no intervention in the case of a tubal pregnancy. That is murder, as 99.99 percent of ectopic pregnancies rupture and the woman hemorrhages to death without immediate surgery.
No Congress in it's right mind would pass such a bill. Or is that an oxymoron?
A physician vows to "do no harm."
Worked long and hard
I feel badly insulted by Mitt Romney. As part of the 47 percent, he does not care about, I live in subsidized senior housing and receive food stamps. I do not feel "victimized" or "entitled." I have always taken personal responsibility, worked long and hard, often seven days a week, and paid Social Security taxes.
I do feel grateful for the previous generations of Americans who cared enough to establish Social Security retirement benefits and the food stamp program.
Romney was correct in only one statement on that video. I will never vote for him.
Is this the guy we want?
Due to redistricting, Northern Michigan faces the most extreme anti-environmental Congressional candidate we've seen in years. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, Dan Benishek said climate change is "all baloney "¦ just some scheme." For a guy who calls himself a "scientist" with expertise in the field, it's odd he believes climate change is "unproven science stuff."
Is this the guy we want representing our Pure Michigan environment in Washington? Think long and hard when voting for someone who seems to care less about the pristine environment we call Northern Michigan. A vote for Dan Benishek is a vote against Pure Michigan.
A consummate pro
We are writing to endorse Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County.
Kirsten has proven herself as a consummate professional, not only in her ability to make solid legal decisions in her current capacity as Family Court Referee, but as shown by her continued commitment to our community.
Kirsten has served as president of the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club, volunteered at Third Level, the Women's Resource Center, Munson Healthcare, the Senior Center and United Way of Northwest Michigan.
Kirsten has shown that she truly cares for our community; please give her your vote.
Dan and Sandy Scott
Doesn't deserve votes
Debbie Stabenow has been a Senator for over 11 years, serving under both Bush and Obama. Over the past 11 years the U.S. debt has increased over $11 trillion. Debbie Stabenow has been on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee since 2009. Since 2009, the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget, which is a legal requirement. Because Debbie Stabenow has failed to do her job, our country is now $16 trillion in debt and every human in the country now owes over $50,000.She does not deserve to be re-elected.
Sensitivity and clarity
Probate Court is traditionally a court for families, handling adoptions, abused and neglected children, juveniles, guardianships, conservatorships and decedent's estates. Many people represent themselves and want their voices heard in how to care for the child, incapacitated family member or property of a deceased family member. The judgeship requires a person sensitive to these family issues and astute in the court's role in resolving the disputes.
I have worked with Melanie Stanton on several elder law cases. She handled the cases with a sensitivity and clarity worthy of the judgeship. Join me in voting for Melanie Stanton for Probate Judge.
Diane Kuhn Huff
Disgusting thing to say
Too many people watched Obama on national television and heard him say the American businessman was not responsible for his own success. I was shocked, and I must have had the same feeling as a businessman would have had, but was not surprised that it came out of Obama's mouth. Tell a student that someone else deserved credit for their As and Bs. Angry businessmen bought roadside billboard space deriding Obama's comment. It was a disgusting thing for our president to say. Interdependent or not, each person's success is of his own making.
Protect air and water
With all the attention on the presidential race, Traverse City residents might not yet be aware that we are now in the 1st Congressional District. This year we have a choice between Dan Benishek, who has said climate change is "baloney" and "just a scheme," and Gary McDowell, who believes more can be done in Washington to protect our water and air.
A vote for McDowell is a vote for a cleaner and safer environment.
Mitt Romney did missionary work and avoided the draft as a young man. Then he became a tax dodger. He advocated the bankruptcy of the American automotive industry, which would have plunged Michigan into a depression. The suffering would be unthinkable. But it would have created an opportunity for investment capitalists to purchase assets for a song and restart an auto company much smaller.
George Romney was a good governor, good for the auto industry and supported the U.S. He would be ashamed of his son. Are these American values? Is this the best the Grand Old Party can offer?
First do no harm
Editorial: Plan to power Northport with sun, wind worth try
It’s one thing to debate the merits of renewable energy like wind and solar power. But it’s rare to see the concept put to a real-world test like the one planned for Northport.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/11/2014
Allow us to be proud.Continued ...
Another View: Industry support of e-cigs deserves skepticism
The sellers of addictive substances will try to convince you otherwise, but they’re in the business of getting people hooked on their products.Continued ...
To child care providers across the region who have scrambled to take in children for the day when area school districts have closed because of bad winter weather.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/10/2014
Not a good example; Expect minimal help.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
Editorial: Years of effort, commitment created Sleeping Bear plan
Back in 2002 the National Park Service decided that about half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore needed additional protection against development, vehicle traffic and commercial activity.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/09/2014
Protect our minds; Recognize the effort.Continued ...
Forum: A better formula for school reform
Over the past generation, school reform has been predicated on the notion that accountability to student performance on standardized tests would drive improvement.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Why government doesn't work anymore
Want two glaring examples of why many liberals - as well as conservatives - think government doesn’t work anymore?Continued ...
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/08/2014
Assumptions improvable.Continued ...
Another View: Russia’s preferred isolation
Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula is part of a futile effort to reverse history.Continued ...
Another View: Tax reform proposal sounds good, but may lack support
If there’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans in Washington agree on, it’s that America needs a simpler tax code.Continued ...
Fact Check: Americans in 'deep poverty' hits record
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a study that critiqued the current mix of federal anti-poverty programs and suggested a new way forward.Continued ...
Fact Check: Hagel says Congress responsible for defense cuts
President Barack Obama (has) released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 ... One point of contention is that the budget he proposed will reduce the army to its smallest size since 1940.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Editorial: Beach testing grant exposes state's lack of commitment
The issue: GT Band to fund beach testing program for 2014. Our view: Grant points up state's failure to act.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/07/2014
Where was Snyder?; Time to fight back.Continued ...
Another View: 'Giant' ancient virus raises concerns
In the 1951 science fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” a spacecraft crashes in the arctic. A group of humans investigates and discovers an alien buried in ice. Once thawed, the alien poses a threat to the humans, who eventually destroy it.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
Editorial: County board must codify what counts as per diem
The issue: GT board can’t agree on per diem payments. Our view: It’s another case of a flawed policy.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/06/2014
Reasons to be happy.Continued ...
Forum: Return to local control
What happens within a prison population when prisoners convicted of violent crimes are mixed in with inmates incarcerated for non-violent crimes?Continued ...
Phil Power: Dingell's professionalism will be missed
Maybe the best way to understand how John Dingell survived and prospered over what will be a record-breaking 59 years in the U.S. House of Representatives is to go back to the summer of 2002.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/05/2014
Better than backroom; The goal is profit.Continued ...
Another View: Russia's invasion
Events in Ukraine are changing by the hour, but Russia’s invasion of Crimea begs the bigger question: How far will President Vladimir Putin go to reclaim Russia’s glorious past?Continued ...
Another View: BWL review first step in reputation fix
The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s internal review of its response to the Dec. 21 ice storm is 80 pages of worthwhile reading.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Editorial: Leaf pickup decision won't settle privatization debate
The issue: TC commissioners reject privatization idea. Our view: The debate is likely not over.Continued ...
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