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
Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger
They’re back, and with the same, tired arguments that didn’t work more than three years ago — and likely won’t work again.Continued ...
'Perry Hannah's Gifts: Then and Now'
“Perry Hannah’s Gifts: Then and Now,” is expected to arrive in town this week, fresh from the printing press and just in time for the holidays.Continued ...
Federal Farm Bill frustration boiling over
Frank Lipinski farmed in northern Michigan land since 1952. Lipinski, 79, watched booms and busts blow through the region. He’s survived too little rain, too much rain and saw the nation’s agricultural landscape transform from one dominated by small family farms to big agri-business.Continued ...
Officials question tax-exempt status of property that houses CVB
A smoldering debate over what some locals dubbed “festival fatigue” prompted city officials to question the tax-exempt status of the downtown property that houses the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.Continued ...
Owen Walters is one of the lucky ones. “It was hard for me to do things,” he said, as his mom, Terra, reached over to squeeze his hand. “It’s really hard still.”Continued ...
Prep Sports Roundup: Early goals do in Trojans
Traverse City Central scored three of its four goals on the power play, but an explosive Houghton offense scored eight times in an 8-4 victory over the Trojans on Saturday at the Rick Miller Invitational. (Plus more)Continued ...
Dairy farmer goes against grain, succeeds
Dairy farmer Bob Plummer doesn’t trouble himself with the status of the Farm Bill in Washington these days. He doesn’t have to.Continued ...
Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill
There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.Continued ...
Two on the Town turns 30
John Rodge witnessed business competitors come and go over the last three decades.Continued ...
SCORE: Should you seek a patent?
Entrepreneurs commonly ask if they should seek a patent to help protect their business idea or invention. Patents can be an important asset for a business because they allow you to prevent others from making, using, or selling your invention.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2013
Stop fracking now; Disregard for women.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: Crafty Christmas helps mend broken heart
For years I’ve been on the receiving end of gifts lovingly made by hand — gifts like a picture frame decorated with beach stones I helped its creator collect, caramel and chocolate sauces for a favorite baked pear recipe, quilted wall hangings depicting my wedding and my beloved pets.Continued ...
Law will allow nursing homes to honor end-of-life wishes
A recent amendment to a Michigan law will allow nursing homes staff to honor the wishes of patients who signed “do not resuscitate” orders.Continued ...
Growing grapes, learning the biz
Sherman Atkinson is working toward a dream: his son Patrick’s dream.Continued ...
Forum: Contrasting care for mentally disabled
Recently the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Scooping the ashes
This fall we have been using our fireplace more than in years past. The season made its appearance and the first snow arrived before a final leaf raking.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 12/08/2013
Biz after hours; $5M offer for art.Continued ...
Business Memoranda: 12/08/2013
Fifth Third Bank welcomed three employees to the Traverse City banking team.Continued ...
$20 million can't move Rogers City power plant
A 10-year-old quarry three miles from Rogers City remains just that.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 12/08/2013
Illustrator visit; Author discussion.Continued ...
Scientists turn to math to analyze, predict weather
Think all ice is the same? That’s not the case on Michigan’s Great Lakes. And now scientists have found out how to detect the differences — with math.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 12/08/2013
Best-selling books in northern Michigan and across the country:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/08/2013
"Cabin Fever" artist talk; Bayside Travellers dance; Betsie Valley Library open house; and more.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
Santa's new digs
Marty Rhein takes his three children to downtown Traverse City every year to see the Christmas tree lighted and to visit Santa’s House.Continued ...
Native history ignored on trail
A path in Clinch Park that uses brick inscriptions to narrate aspects of the park’s history begins with the property’s initial use by a white man, a frame of reference that prompted some history buffs to ask city officials to take a more culturally diverse approach.Continued ...
- Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger