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
City officials sit on splash pad report
City officials withheld a draft report on problems with their $360,000 splash pad from city commissioners and the public for more than a month.Continued ...
SOS seeks to redefine education
Genna Mang dreams of being a special education teacher. She’s 16, bright, soft-spoken and loves animals. She learns differently, though, than most other kids.Continued ...
Splash pad requires expensive repairs
A report shows the city’s one-year-old splash pad at Clinch Park is awash with design flaws, hazards to children, and operational deficiencies that may cost more to repair than the splash pad’s original $360,000 price tag.Continued ...
The wind kicked a hole in the Irish barn; a gaping chomp that welcomed the elements. No panic — there wasn’t much left inside, just old farm equipment and storage boxes.Continued ...
Editorial: Many questions remain on dam removal plans
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on plans to remove the Boardman and Sabin dams from the Boardman River sounds reassuring.Continued ...
Splash pad problems detailed
The following list identifies some of the problems associated with varying components of the city’s splash pad, and a high and low cost estimates to repair them, based on a draft report by Water Technologies Inc.Continued ...
Downtown Kalkaska construction to start in Aug.
Kalkaska will soon be under construction as the village redesigns two blocks of Cedar Street, the four-lane road where drivers on M-72, M-66 and U.S. 131 roll through downtown.Continued ...
Down home weddings
Barn weddings are all the rage. Throw “rustic” or “simplicity weddings” into a Google search and the monitor explodes with burlap party favors and Mason-jar cocktails.Continued ...
Grizzlies maul Beach Bums
Gateway scored two or more runs in five different innings in a 18-4 rout Saturday of Traverse City.Continued ...
Loraine Anderson: TC Film Festival rituals
July was only one week old and there I was, sitting at my dining room table engrossed in a now 10-year-old summer ritual.Continued ...
James Cook: Pistons will once again be interesting
Last year, I said the Pistons 2013-14 season would be “interesting.” Not necessarily good, just interesting. And indeed they were.Continued ...
Kalkaska streetlights repurposed
The existing downtown Kalkaska won’t be lost forever once machines roll in to update the commercial district.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/20/2014
Rename Presidents Day; Women have served.Continued ...
Fred Goldenberg: Longevity economy drives growth
Current rhetoric on Capitol Hill and in the media contends there are too many “old” people, that we are a financial drain on society and, unless there are massive cuts and changes to our so-called entitlement programs (i.e. Social Security and Medicare), we will drag the country into ruins.Continued ...
Little Free Libraries offer East Bay residents fresh approach to reading
Woods to play in and a book to read — kids can’t get too much of either, John McCombs said. Combining the two? Even better.Continued ...
Forum: Less talk, more action about climate change
I serve electric cooperative members on both sides of the climate change argument. Some days, I tire of the argument.Continued ...
Lifelines: Miles on the mower mark important anniversaries
July contains two big family anniversaries. The first one, I forget the actual day, marks the time I mowed over Great-Grandma’s flowers by accident.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 07/20/2014
Book signings; Ice Caves author.Continued ...
Candidates, millages on the ballot
The state’s Aug. 5 primary election offers northern Michigan voters a chance to select their favorite party candidate, and to weigh in on a number of ballot issues, ranging from a state-wide proposal to eliminate the personal property tax on business equipment to local fire and emergency services millages.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 07/20/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
Some Elk Rapids residents hope to recall board members
Elk Rapids Township resident and octogenarian James Braun worries about the time it could take an ambulance to reach his home — or his neighbors’ homes — in case of emergency.Continued ...
American Legion Baseball Standings: 07/20/2014
American Legion final standings:Continued ...
Forestry experts urge proper care of infected oaks
Sap-eating beetles can’t resist an open wound in an oak tree. They consume sap and sometimes carry fungal spores from tree to tree.Continued ...
Disc Golf Results: 07/20/2014
Northern Waters Series at Carly’s Playground at Mt. Holiday:Continued ...
- Sunday, July 13, 2014
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 ...
- City officials sit on splash pad report