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: 07/14/2014
Government not a business; This is not Dodge City.Continued ...
- Poll: Should the city continue to enforce its 'busking' ordinance?
To the Young Michigan Filmmakers Festival, which drew more than 90 entries that, after editing, provided a three-and-a-half-hour screening at the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.Continued ...
Editorial: Street performer ordinance arose on busy sidewalks
This is not government at its warmest and fuzziest — if there is such a thing. But sometimes looking like a bully is the price of doing business.Continued ...
Editorial: City, festival need to talk trash
When Traverse City and National Cherry Festival officials meet this fall to do a post-mortem on the festival and talk about its future, there absolutely must be some trash talk.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/13/2014
Verbal poison; Fireworks can traumatize.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Can Land reverse momentum in campaign polls?
When it comes to politics, things are never over till they are over, especially perhaps in Michigan.Continued ...
Forum: Vote 'yes' on Prop 1 on Aug. 5
The range and depth of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 statewide ballot is impressive.Continued ...
George Weeks: League of Conservation Voters acts on two fronts
The Michigan League of Conservation Voters, which in recent years has shown growing clout in politics, last week exercised it on two fronts, especially in northern Michigan, where it made two of its only three endorsements in legislative primaries.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 12, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 07/12/2014
The plight of bees; Yet another lawyer?Continued ...
Another View: Keep local gun boards in Michigan
It’s never been difficult to own firearms in Michigan, but you might think otherwise watching the majority of state lawmakers.Continued ...
Fact Check: Obama and amnesty for kids
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently emerged from observing Central American children being held at Lackland Air Force Base and declared related border crossings were surging because of a protective offer from President Barack Obama.Continued ...
Fact Check: Hobby Lobby unaware of what birth control previously offered
Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court victory over the federal government’s contraception rule set off a fast-breaking wave of punditry on national TV.Continued ...
- Poll: Should Light and Power sell the wind turbine on M-72?
- Friday, July 11, 2014
Editorial: Firm's offer to save turbine could be a winner for L&P
The price of anything, from a car to a carton of eggs, is only what someone is willing to pay for it. You can ask $50,000 for your used car until you turn blue, but you won’t get a dime unless you’re willing to face reality.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/11/2014
This is not 1954; In spite of Congress.Continued ...
Another View: Study suggests problem with shale gas wells
A recent study of leaks from shale gas wells raises more questions than it answers.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
Another View: Secret police have no place in Massachusetts
What if we told you that across Massachusetts there are law enforcement agencies serving as adjuncts to local police departments, armed with the most sophisticated and deadly weapons including armored vehicles and fully automatic firearms, trained in military-style tactics, conducting raids on private homes, making arrests and, if necessary, shooting and killing those they are attempting to detain?Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/10/2014
Making lives hopeful; Machines of war.Continued ...
Phil Power: Ah, those glorious cherries
We’ve survived the Fourth of July, and are now entering into cherry season, one of the great glories of summer in Michigan.Continued ...
Editorial: Shelter ordinance can't be a long-term solution
There’s just no ignoring the growing number of homeless living on the streets in Traverse City. It’s a problem with no easy solution.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 07/09/2014
No call on ‘do not call’; Unfair double tax; Noise and pollution.Continued ...
Another View: Another 'victory' for corporate personhood
There is nothing particularly conservative about (the July 2) Supreme Court ruling excusing closely held corporations from a federal mandate to provide female employees with insurance coverage for certain forms of contraception.Continued ...
Another View: Don't promise flood help unless it's real
Much publicity occurs about help being on the way, but flood victims need honest answers.Continued ...
- Poll: Should commission change way it does evaluations of city manager, attorney?
- Letters to the Editor: 07/14/2014