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: City can't take chances with wastewater plant
The issue: TC’s wastewater treatment plant needs a nearly $1 million fix. Our view: Some tasks just can’t be put off.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/13/2013
Above the law?; Family destroyed.Continued ...
Another View: New state gaming rules miss target
With three casinos in Detroit and almost two dozen tribal casinos operating across the state, how is it that charity poker rooms are somehow suddenly a problem?Continued ...
Editorial: Farmers find old ways to bring food to market
Unlike a lot of other people who earn their living off the land, dairy farmer Bob Plummer doesn’t trouble himself with the status of the Farm Bill in Washington.Continued ...
Editorial: Relief petition starts at Frankfort
To the eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that petitioned the federal government Monday to require nine upwind states to cut down air pollution emissions, a word to the wise: Save your breath.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/12/2013
A waste of space; Caring people.Continued ...
Another View: Gift ban change seems unfair
There appears to be a crack in the restrictive legislation that bars Minnesota legislators from getting a free lunch in fears that a ballpoint pen may sway a vote.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/11/2013
From bad to worse; Never apologized.Continued ...
Another View: IRS seeks tougher rules for advocacy groups
Americans have a fundamental First Amendment right to espouse and advocate their political views. But do they have a right to expect others to subsidize those views?Continued ...
Another View: When Big Bad Wolf isn't a wolf at all
The story was untrue, fabricated and misleading — much like the fairy tale. Unfortunately, the Big Bad Wolf in this story isn’t a wolf at all.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Editorial: Ending must-revive mandate shows respect for living
The issue: Michigan lifts must-resuscitate mandate for nursing homes. Our view: Honoring end-of-life decisions a sign of respect.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/10/2013
Clean own house; Concern over ACA.Continued ...
Neal Ronquist: Fixing flaws, remembering what's important
The publishing world continually offers unique twists and turns, whether one produces a daily newspaper, a magazine or a church bulletin.Continued ...
- Monday, December 9, 2013
To the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for stepping forward to offer free open-heart surgery for Nguyen Duyen, a Vietnamese exchange student.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/09/2013
From three to four?; Should be thanked.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger
They’re back, and with the same, tired arguments that didn’t work more than three years ago — and likely won’t work again.Continued ...
Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill
There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2013
Stop fracking now; Disregard for women.Continued ...
Forum: Contrasting care for mentally disabled
Recently the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: What can we do with kids who kill?
So what can we do with kids who kill? Technically, in Michigan, it has been possible since 1997 to have a person of any age — even an infant — charged, tried and sentenced as an adult. It has also been legal to sentence minors who murder to life without the possibility of parole.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan ties of Nelson Mandela
Global icon Nelson Mandela, the 1994-97 South Africa president whose death last week had worldwide coverage seldom seen, had Michigan ties.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/07/2013
Where are the blowers?; Things will happen.Continued ...
Another View: State blows aid for monitoring water quality
Public dollars are hard to come by. These days, that’s a given.Continued ...
Fact Check: The 10 falsehood of the year finalists
PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year - the most significant falsehood of 2013, as chosen by our editors and reporters. Here are our 10 finalists.Continued ...
Fact Check: Jeb Bush says Obama closing embassy to Vatican
‘Tis the season to make claims about holy matters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is Catholic, tweeted on the day before Thanksgiving, “Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”Continued ...
- Editorial: City can't take chances with wastewater plant