Get rid of the rest
I just heard from a friend that her company has let go of several people and cut hours on many because Obamacare has mandated that employees who work 30 hours are full-time and must receive health benefits. I would like the companies to ask who voted for Obama and those should be the first laid off. They wanted it, give it to them. Keep those that believe in working for a living and get rid of the rest.
Docs, judges culpable
Abortion, as I see it: In January many Americans focus on the sacredness of the life of the unborn child. It breaks our hearts that over 55 million unborn children have fallen victim to the horrific brutality of clinical abortion while their mothers allowed their bodies to be violated in the most morally reprehensible way possible.
We also mourn the deaths of the hundreds of millions of newly conceived children who were unable to implant in their mothers' wombs due to the abortifacient effects of hormonal contraceptives or intrauterine devices.
Those who terminate the unborn, and in so doing, wantonly violate the bodies of their mothers, we honor with the title of "doctor." The judges, who have made this practice of mass extermination the law of the land, we address as "your honor." Yet, these men and women are, in my opinion, morally culpable of the ultimate in physical and sexual abuse of women and children.
Babies are a profound tribute to the culture of life in all its truth, beauty and goodness and a powerful antidote to the culture of death which promotes contraception, sterilization, abortion, euthanasia and sterile relationships of all kinds. Let us pray.
On a recent Saturday the Traverse City Coast Guard Station hosted an open house entitled "All Things Aviation." The event was sponsored by Aviation Explorers, a consortium of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Northwestern Michigan College, the Coast Guard and the Boy Scouts. More than 400 people were in attendance.
Our Coast Guard Station should be commended for an outstanding job. These service men and women continuously go above and beyond their incredible call of duty. Their impressive service to the community is so impressive and the open house was a great example of that.
Ban health care?
Should health care be banned? Article date, Aug. 9, 2004, "An average of 195,000 people in the U.S.A. died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, according to a new study of 37 million patient records, that was released today by HealthGrade, the health care quality company."
From Wikipedia: "Of the 30,470 firearm-related deaths in U.S. in 2010, 19,392 (63.6 percent) were suicide deaths, and 11,078 (36.4 percent) homicide deaths."
A clear prescription
The causes of our deficit provide a clear prescription for how to put our country back on a firm foundation.
Since the Bush-era tax cuts account for a fifth of the 2012 budget deficit, it would be appropriate to reduce this source of the deficit by raising taxes on millionaires.
Since war spending accounts for 15 percent of the 2012 deficits, ending the wars will help reduce our deficits. In addition, scale back our defense spending since we spend more on defense than the rest of the world.
Another source of our 2012 deficit is the Medicare Part B, which precludes the government, the largest buyer of drugs in the world, from negotiating prices. Allowing the government to negotiate drug prices could save a half trillion dollars over 10 years.
Lastly, the biggest source of the deficit can be reduced by putting our country back to work. Forty-eight percent of the entire deficit was a result of the under performance of the economy, which led to lower tax revenues and higher expenditures on unemployment insurance, food stamps and other social protection programs.
Ronald C. Marshall
Time to say 'enough'
As a retired elementary principal, since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary I have many times imagined, with horror, the scene on that terrible day. So many questions come to mind. What would I have done? Why did this happen? What can be done to prevent future tragedies such as this one? Why aren't we equally concerned about the number of children killed every day from violence in our cities?
While there are many and conflicting answers to these questions, I offer some thoughts from the perspective of my experience and belief.
First, I wholeheartedly support President Obama's proposed legislation and executive orders. While they will not solve all the problems of a complex issue, they are a good beginning.
I have a particular concern over suggestions that there should be an armed presence in elementary schools, whether staff or guards. What does this say to children? That our world has come to this? That we must arm our elementary schools? To me, the psychological damage this inflicts on millions of children as opposed to the possible danger to a tragic few is not a good exchange.
We must de-escalate this vicious ramping-up of arms. It's time to say, "Enough!"
What an idiot
Here are the reasons to not turn your lights on in bad weather and poor visibility.
They are only for use at night.
I might forget and have a dead battery.
I'm a kid and I don't know better.
I'm in "stealth mode" and cannot be seen.
I'm just going to the store and it doesn't look all that bad out.
When you neglect to make your vehicle seen by means of illumination during daylight occasions when visibility is diminished by either weather conditions or smoke from a fire, you are driving carelessly without regard to anyone else on the road. You are not only a danger to all of us who need to travel but also to yourself and all the passengers in your vehicle.
When I see a car during bad weather with no lights on, I think, "What an idiot!" And I'm not alone there. So just remember, if you drive with no lights on, everyone you pass is saying, 'What an idiot!"
Lends creative energy
The Artcenter would be a great use of the barns at the old State Hospital property. This unique historic structure would undoubtedly lend creative energy to artists working within.
Keith M. Nielson
Get rid of the rest
Downtown retail in high demand
Pleasanton Bakery owner Jonathan St. Hilaire recognizes the value of a downtown Traverse City retail outlet.Continued ...
Sled dog rescue team makes winter debut
Sarah Dobbrastine has three words for this winter: Keep it coming. That’s because Dobbrastine is spending her first season giving sled dog rides with her dream team.Continued ...
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 ...
Teams focus on ending season with titles
The girls will crown four state champions Saturday. The boys will be down to the Elite Eight in each class Wednesday night. March Madness is heading down the home stretch.Continued ...
Zoning question to delay decision
A decision whether to use a city-owned warehouse for an emergency homeless shelter likely will extend into summer as city planners devise a new zoning ordinance.Continued ...
Sports business nets new owners
Dave and Lin Harvey have seen a lot in their 32 years in the sporting goods business. The owners of Dave Harvey’s Athletic Supply, 901 S. Airport, witnessed hockey rinks in the Traverse City area come and go.Continued ...
Serendipity in poetry: Judy Hartley finds an outlet in language
Judy Hartley has written poems about almost everything under the sun. And she has stacks of composition books to prove it.Continued ...
Heroin floods court docket
Another day, another heroin case. Illegal drugs inundated Grand Traverse County’s court docket last week.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 ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: Crowdfunding reaches height of absurdity
It takes a village to raise a child — and, apparently, money for your wedding, your prom dress and even your next vacation.Continued ...
Fred Goldenberg: Putting the 'pot' in 'potholes' and other ideas
Michigan legislators are increasingly discussing the prospects of legalizing marijuana in the state for recreational purposes.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Now this was a 'real' winter
"When I was a kid, I walked three miles down a country road during the middle of winter to get to school. There were no sidewalks, we walked in the wagon ruts and the snow was higher than our heads!"Continued ...
Taxes paid, code violations still remain
A downstate bank paid Sugar Loaf Resort’s outstanding taxes, but whomever owns the property needs to address a slew of building code violations before any major changes can occur at the long-shuttered Leelanau County winter retreat.Continued ...
TC West JV wins state title
The Traverse City West junior varsity won a state powerlifting championship Saturday at Whitmore Lake.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 03/09/2014
Author signings; Poet workshop.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 03/09/2014
Weber receives scholarship; Bellaire’s Emery commits to Albion; Girls hoops travel tryouts March 16. (Plus more)Continued ...
Judge sides with township in Kasson gravel case
A local judge ruled against a landowner who challenged Kasson Township zoning rules because she wanted to mine gravel on her Leelanau County property.Continued ...
Low-income housing project lost
A development group lost control of 15 acres on the city’s west side, and along with it their proposal to develop 102 low-income, work-force housing apartments.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 03/09/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the country:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/09/2014
Grow Benzie dinner; Northwest MI Jazz Experience hosts concert; League of Women Voters Leelanau County screens documentary; and more.Continued ...
- Poll: Do you support the Sleeping Bear Dunes Act?
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
Editorial: Settling public comment suit hardly a conversion
The headline was promising: “Grand Traverse County settles open meetings lawsuit.” The rest of the story, however, brought on that all-too-familiar exasperation with the powers that be.Continued ...
Some Front Street businesses rise above it all
Corbin Design employees see their hard work pay off when they peer out their third-floor office windows in downtown Traverse City.Continued ...
TC West bows out
The lack of offensive production came back to bite the Traverse City West hockey team one last time on Saturday.Continued ...
- Downtown retail in high demand