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
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Letters to the Editor: 07/31/2014
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Editorial: In 10 years, Film Fest has sparked revitalization
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Food in Brief: 07/31/2014
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UPDATE: Mikko resigns as president of soccer referee assocation
A youth soccer referee who lost a job and a law license because he possessed nude images of teenage girls resigned as president of the Grand Traverse Area Soccer Officials Association, but whether Dennis Mikko will continue to referee soccer games remains unclear.Continued ...
Clearing the Record: 07/31/2014
Because of incorrect information provided to the Record-Eagle, an article on the Aug. 10 Traverse City Antique Postcard & Rare Paper Show should have stated that there will be 10 dealers at 40 tables.Continued ...
Film Festival Schedule: 07/31/2014
What's happening Thursday at the Traverse City Film Festival:Continued ...
Step in line for 'just great movies'
The numbers sound daunting — 65,000 tickets sold — but there still are plenty of opportunities to see some of this year's best screenings at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
UPDATE: Prosecutor clears Beach Bums of wrongdoing
A prosecutor found Traverse City Beach Bums jersey auctions didn't run afoul of the law, but instead struck out before they raised money promised to a local veterans group.Continued ...
New candidate hopes young voters weigh in
The youngest candidate in the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners primary contest hopes youthful voters will turn out to support his campaign. But that hope could be a long shot, if Ryan Walsh's own voting record is any indication.Continued ...
Two candidates hope experience offers edge in House race
Two candidates for the 104th state House seat already served Grand Traverse County as county commissioners. Now Republicans Robert Hentshel and Larry Inman are both vying to represent the county in Lansing.Continued ...
June retail strong
The jars of fruit preserves that left the front doors of American Spoon Foods’ downtown store added up to great June sales numbers for the local food producer.Continued ...
The film panel goes political
Things heated up at the Traverse City Film Festival’s first panel discussion, as politics took the center stage.Continued ...
Cheers erupt. Hands clap. Whoops sound. Three seconds of the movie is in the can — only three more minutes to go.Continued ...
Film Festival Outtakes: 07/31/2014
Clay artist Phil Wilson cut away peel from the fruit on a giant (by claymation standards) banana that accidentally had been crushed in production. “The giant banana needs tentacles.”Continued ...
Elmwood Township man arraigned on child pornography charges
An Elmwood Township man remains behind bars on accusations he sent child pornography over a computer file-sharing network.Continued ...
Mikko resigns as Grand Traverse soccer group president
The president of the Grand Traverse Area Soccer Officials Association will resign after he lost his license to practice law because he possessed nude images of teenage girls.Continued ...
Burritt's helps with Kids Fest hot dog crisis
It's a problem of foot-long proportions, a missing link just a week before the Film Festival.Continued ...
Whitewater fire cause undetermined
Investigators still haven't found what kindled a fire that destroyed a vacant Whitewater Township farmhouse.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Crudités à la Française
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Beach Bums cleared of withholding fundraiser money
Authorities cleared the Traverse City Beach Bums baseball organization of allegations that the team illegally failed to distribute fundraiser money meant to be donated to the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition.Continued ...
Food for the film-weary
There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to kickoff the day, especially if you're waiting in line for an early screening at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Ruthkoski leads by five strokes at TofC
Andy Ruthkoski plans to keep playing the Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort exactly the same way he has played it to this point in the 23rd Tournament of Champions.Continued ...
Bums slump continues
There’s never a good time to endure an offensive slump. The worst time is when a pitcher is doing everything he needs to do to keep a team in a game.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: Renowned instructor holding clinic at Resort
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is offering a special tennis clinic with internationally renowned tennis player and instructor Emilio Sánchez Vicario, founder of the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain, the top-ranked tennis academy in Europe. (Plus more)Continued ...