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
First do no harm
Letters to the Editor: 04/16/2014
Willful ignorance?; Do the people matter?Continued ...
Another View: Don’t abandon bigger push to fix state's roads
It’s heartening to see some Michigan lawmakers taking a stab at a long-term solution for the state’s road funding shortfall.Continued ...
Another View: Reaching a hand across pays dividends
Have you ever needed $20 to help you get by until payday, a ride to work when your car wouldn’t start or someone responsible to watch your children for a few hours?Continued ...
Editorial: Board's email gyrations can't keep public out
The issue: GT Road Commission buys ipads, sets up own email addresses. Our view: Communications about official business are public, no matter the address.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/15/2014
More voices needed.Continued ...
Another View: Tough situation over electrical services
While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services —water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO?region with its own electrical company.Continued ...
- Monday, April 14, 2014
To Traverse City Central and Traverse City West high schools for ranking among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on the Washington Post’s annual rankings.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/14/2014
Gains nothing; Negate Citizens United; Install sidewalks.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
Editorial: Public must have major say in coal dock's future
Now that the decision of what’s going to happen to the old coal dock property on West Bay is with the Traverse City commission, it’s time for the city, the public and local advocacy groups to talk about how best to keep the property in public hands and accessible to the maximum number of people.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/13/2014
Hope for rubels; Why like the old plan.Continued ...
Forum: Public-access TV just grows stronger
By now, Charter cable television customers are well aware of the company’s recent switch to an all-digital platform.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Roster almost set for both sides
Remarkably, seven months before the November elections, both Michigan Democrats and Republicans have the main candidates on their statewide tickets virtually all in place.Continued ...
George Weeks: Stirrings in statewide, congressional races
There were interesting stirrings last week in Michigan’s gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and northern congressional races:Continued ...
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/12/2014
Happier, healthier; Better than gridlock.Continued ...
Another View: Unions don’t belong in collegiate athletics
College basketball fans are currently hanging on the results and emotions of March Madness. But that phrase is only a slight exaggeration of the recent ruling from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board which, if upheld, will launch Big Labor into a new arena: college sports.Continued ...
Another View: Protections needed with dangers lurking
Hardly a week goes by without multiple stories ... detailing the arrests, court proceedings, convictions or sentencings of individuals involved in sex crimes against children or young teens.Continued ...
Fact Check: Eric Cantor, the fry cook and the whopper
Did you hear the story about President Obama and the fry cook? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did, but he got it wrong.Continued ...
Obama: More young adults covered
President Barack Obama touted the success of the Affordable Care Act after 7 million people enrolled in coverage on the marketplaces by the March 31 deadline. "Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 milliContinued ...
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Editorial: Recent BATA changes put accountability first
The Bay Area Transportation Authority is undergoing some needed accountability changes that should improve service to some while rewarding others for playing by the rules.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/11/2014
Enabling the homeless.Continued ...
Forum: TC can't get bed tax, visitors centers can
I am writing to comment on the March 29 Another View: “Local tax a local windfall” about Franklin County in New York state seeking state approval to impose a bed tax on hotels and motels in that county, and your Online Poll question asking readers whether such a tax is a good idea.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/10/2014
Makes problem worse; Let tourists join in; A positive influence.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/09/2014
No need to name school; Much ado about nothing.Continued ...
Another View: Expedite appeals on same-sex marriage issue
If there’s anything Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the advocacy groups pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in the state can agree on, it’s that the judicial system should make a decision on this emotional and divisive issue quickly.Continued ...
Another View: Financial failings in education create concerns
We think it’s safe to say that taxpayers have high expectations of public school systems.Continued ...
- Letters to the Editor: 04/16/2014