Stop for sirens
Fellow Traverse City-ites, I was so disappointed with those at the corner of 14th Street and U.S. 31 on the afternoon of June 4. A police car with full sirens came up to the intersection followed by fire and ambulance. Yet no one moved out of the way and the cross traffic didn’t even slow.
These men and women risk their lives to protect us. One of them is my daughter. Please stop for sirens. It saves lives, and it’s the law.
Sue E. Sensenbaugh-Padgett
Work for peace, justice
Members of Veterans for Peace pledge to work to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. Recent events have made me prouder than ever to be a member. Last October a woman named Leah Bolger interrupted a public Congressional hearing to deliver a message from the 99 percent: End the war and tax the rich to fix the deficit. She was arrested, sentenced to 10 days in jail, suspended, nine months probation. Leah Bolger is a retired Naval Commander and National President of Veterans for Peace.
On May 3 a man named George Packard was arrested as he and other veterans in the Occupy Movement attempted to hold Veterans Memorial Plaza in New York City against police attempts to clear it. He faces a possible three months in jail. George Packard, a retired Episcopal bishop, a Vietnam battle veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace, asserts that “people in the church should leave their comfort zone” and protest against war and injustice. He deplores the “inaction and timidity” of church leaders and clergy.
We all should be playing some part in reclaiming our country, working for peace and justice, ending this inexcusable war, the tragic wounding and killing.
John E. Lewis
The writer is a member of Veterans for Peace Chapter 50 and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Stop for sirens
Editorial: TC obligated to recognize Indian villages at Clinch
The issue: Historic markers at Clinch ignore Anishinaabek people. Our view: Get it right.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/06/2013
Doesn’t make sense; Victims were helpless.Continued ...
Another View: Legislators play it safe with amendment
Adding an amendment to a 25-year-old law that prohibits firearms that could evade a metal detector should not become a national debate.Continued ...
Editorial: Rich helped TCAPS reach needed goals
The issue: Marjorie Rich leaving TCAPS board. Our view: She and others have given the district needed leadership.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/05/2013
Substandard policy; Improper use of Vasa.Continued ...
Phil Power: Clean up state's dark money mess
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Another View: Filibuster block strategy has benefits
The recent Senate vote to limit the ability of the minority to block presidential appointments was a welcome move, not least because it enhances accountability.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/04/2013
Litter is not OK; U.N. has an agenda.Continued ...
Another View: Dislike freeloaders? Change state law
No one likes a freeloader. Count Michigan teachers among that number.Continued ...
Another View: Bumpy roads surely ahead for Mich.
No one should have been surprised when Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to get $1.2 billion in new road funds fell flat in the Legislature in 2013.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Editorial: Big Rock’s nuke waste site got a pass
The issue: Critics assail Canadian nuke waste plan. Our view: Little has been said about how Big Rock’s waste is stored.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/03/2013
Competition beneficial; Bill the owner.Continued ...
Another View: We share blame with Washington
‘We the people’ must share the blame for the nation’s political mess.Continued ...
- Monday, December 2, 2013
Cheers & Jeers: 12/02/2013
To Solar Up North Alliance program, a partnership between Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City Light and Power which allows customers to lease a solar panel for $470 with a $75 rebate, for winning the “Exemplary Project” award from the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/02/2013
Keeping downtown vibrant; Prevention is best.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
Editorial: TBAISD can't defend bulging fund balance
To hear Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District superintendent Mike Hill tell it, his board members understand the plight of cash-strapped area school districts that want the ISD to share some of its wealth, but worry that the ISD has its own financial house to look after first.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/01/2013
Sky isn’t falling; Plan could backfire.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Auto bailout massive success
By the time the ball comes down in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, a big change will have taken place at General Motors.Continued ...
George Weeks: Wages, Obamacare loom in campaigns
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On Thanksgivukkah, give thanks for religious freedom
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- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Did Obama team announce Iran deal to distract?
By PolitiFact.com Within hours of the United States announcing an initial nuclear deal with Iran on Nov. 23, 2013, a few critics of President Barack Obama began to muse publicly about whether the announcement was timed to distract the American publicContinued ...
Letters to the Editor: 11/30/2013
Best salute possible; Global action needed.Continued ...
- Friday, November 29, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 11/29/2013
We can do both; The taxpayer paysContinued ...
Another View: Compromise on charitable gambling
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Editorial: Address snow on downtown sidewalks
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