We paid for benefits
The Republicans who voted for the right to work law are not old enough to know what it was like. Back in the '30s there was a right to work. I was just a kid, but I remember if you had a job with starvation wages and poor working conditions, that is what brought on the unions and the country started to get better. This new law may bring in more jobs, but at a lower wage and no benefits. The only people this benefits is the wealthy.
Everybody will be working more and paid less. The only thing it does is to try to break the unions. We paid our dues for these benefits. Why should somebody have a free ride?
Jerry R. Cervenka
Duplicity and arrogance
Well now we see how closely our self-described "nerd" governor learned the lessons of duplicity and arrogance. For two years Rick Snyder told all who would listen that right to work laws and restrictions on women's reproductive rights were not part of his agenda and he had no interest in seeing legislation about them on his desk to sign.
We as a state voted down making collective bargaining rights part of the state constitution and presto, the lame-duck Legislature rams through a right-to-work bill. The governor says, "why I of course would sign it." Within 48 hours there are slickly produced ads on television speaking of "the freedom to work," exactly the same phrase used by Snyder.
Next on the agenda, the move against a woman's right to control her own biology. The tyrants of the past must be very proud of Snyder and his henchmen.
Stand up to leadership
Many things that people enjoy require some control. Putting speed limits and traffic signs on roads did not result in the death of the automobile industry. We still drive and it's quite safe. I am a wine maker. I drink alcohol and promote the sale of wine, but I do appreciate the need for controls.
For the National Rifle Association to consider any regulation on guns to be a "chink in the armor" is absurd. I believe that the fastest way to lose all rights is to resist any attempt at logical compromise. I want to believe that the vast majority of NRA members are logical, thinking individuals who realize that there is absolutely zero need for anyone to own an assault weapon of any kind. I've been told that it's "fun to shoot such a gun." I've also been told that it's fun to drive a car 150 mph, but we don't allow it as it is dangerous for the driver and those around them.
The same should be the case for semi-automatic weapons. Stop the madness. Please, all thoughtful NRA members, stand up to your leadership and encourage the banning of all semi- automatic assault weapons.
Find the courage
I understand that hunting is an important and profitable part of the culture of northern Michigan. But I would hope that even those seasonal hunters would agree that private citizens should not legally own assault weapons. If a hunter requires a semi-automatic rifle that fires a 30-round clip in the blink of an eye, that person is not a skilled hunter.
It is 2012, well into a new century. We have grocery stores. This blood sport is anachronistic now. I always thought that the hunted should be equally armed, just to make it a level playing field. Assault weapons were designed to be used in war, not for a young private citizen to use to slaughter 20 first-graders. I hope this latest tragedy prompts our representatives in Washington to climb out of the pockets of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun special interests and find the courage to do the right thing.
We paid for benefits
GT County board rejects 2014 budget
Grand Traverse County remains without a 2014 budget.Continued ...
Employment on the rebound
Kalkaska County’s unemployment rate for October fell to 8.8 percent, a stark improvement from just a few years ago.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/04/2013
Litter is not OK; U.N. has an agenda.Continued ...
Chemics overpower Trojans
Traverse City Central’s girls basketball season tipped off Tuesday with a 69-32 loss to Midland.Continued ...
Man charged in 1996 slaying of Kalkaska woman
Jason Anthony Ryan lived as a free man for 17 years after a heinous Kalkaska County crime. Ryan’s days of freedom ended Monday after authorities said new DNA tests link him with the 1996 murder of Geraldine Montgomery, 68, who died of asphyxiation after at least one attacker raped her, stuffed her into the trunk of her car and left the vehicle running.Continued ...
Estes sentenced to 18 months probation
Michael Estes’ drunken driving case ended with a judge handing down a sentence crafted to help Traverse City’s mayor “better” his life through 18 months of probation and alcohol treatment programs.Continued ...
Reports: Tigers close to signing Texas reliever Joe Nathan
Finding a closer was a top concern for the Detroit Tigers this off-season.Continued ...
Wettest fall on record gives way to abnormal cold
Rain, snow and clouds were more than seemingly endless during the three fall months in northwest Michigan — they also were record setting.Continued ...
TC Central AD to leave for MHSAA
Cody Inglis called it "an opportunity of a lifetime."Continued ...
Board picks new Benzie County administrator
Beulah resident Karl Sparks hadn’t adjusted well to retirement’s relative inaction.Continued ...
Girls Basketball Roundup: Frankfort tops Elk Rapids
Frankfort outscored Elk Rapids by 10 in the third quarter to overcome a 29-28 halftime deficit and go on to a 57-40 victory. (Plus more)Continued ...
Thrift shop invites kids to shop for family members
Kids are invited to shop for their family at an upcoming Secret Santa Shopping Day at the Women’s Resource Center Thrift Shop.Continued ...
Bats considered for endangered listing
Michigan is one of four states east of the Dakotas free of white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that targets a nocturnal, flying mammal.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 12/04/2013
Peace Corps get-together; GARSP group meets; visit with Santa in Kingsley; and more.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Flights taking off despite snow
Snow is blanketing the Grand Traverse area this morning but Cherry Capital Airport officials expect most flights will continue throughout the day.Continued ...
- Poll: Should county borrow to cover unfunded pension liability?
New businesses set up in TC
A tax firm and a restoration business each will expand services into the Traverse City area.Continued ...
Snowy walkways prompt concern
Two city residents tired of snowy downtown sidewalks have had enough. Ann Rogers and Grace Joppich asked the city commission to improve snow removal downtown.Continued ...
Editorial: Pension proposal deserves no-strings vote
The issue: Some GT Commissioners say their votes can be had on pension plan. Our view: This issue is too important to be decided by horse trading.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 11/27/2013
Consider another option; Pay close attention.Continued ...
Shoppers, retailers gear up for big deals
Matt Smith goes where the ads and sales take him on Black Friday. “I’ve got six kids, so I’ve got to get everything cheap when it’s on sale,” said Smith while he perused laptops at Best Buy on U.S. 31.Continued ...
Forum: Structuring collaborative partnerships
In this world of constant change, requirements for dealing with the contradictions that arise from today’s environment should encourage leadership in the public sector to think differently when structuring collaborative partnerships.Continued ...
GT Co. to reexamine field fees
Confusion over the American Legion baseball fees prompted the Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Commission to reexamine its baseball field fee structure.Continued ...
Man accused of drunken driving
A Cedar man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk with his 14-year-old son in the vehicle.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 11/27/2013
Thanksgiving meal; authors support indie book store; senior food drive; and more.Continued ...
- GT County board rejects 2014 budget