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
Editorial: Park project will wed Acme to bay
The issue: Acme Township park takes a big step. Our view: Township is finally embracing its bayside heritage.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/19/2013
Better than ‘fair or good’; Where did lessons go?Continued ...
Another View: Time to stop gridlock on farm bill
With a hopeful sound of gridlock cracking, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that he will vote for the House farm bill even though he has “concerns.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/18/2013
Known as hypocrisy; Ignorant, insulting; Linking is a disservice.Continued ...
Another View: Supreme Court rejects patents on human genes
We can all take comfort in knowing we still retain the rights to our own genetic material.Continued ...
Another View: State leads on early childhood education
Investment in early education is gaining favor nationwide, and we can be proud to live in a state that today is on the leading edge of that trend.Continued ...
- Monday, June 17, 2013
To U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella Jr., who stepped down as commander of the Coast Guard’s Traverse City Air Station after a two-year posting.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/17/2013
Change our habits; Multiplying enemies.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 16, 2013
Editorial: Medicaid expansion vote makes sense
The issue: State House approves Medicaid expansion. Our view: It’s a big step, but there’s more to do.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/16/2013
Appalled by remark; Gratuitously inhumane; A common bond.Continued ...
Forum: Waste of fossil fuels cannot continue
We often hear jokes about husbands forgetting their wedding anniversaries, but this month there is an anniversary we must not forget. I’m suggesting we commemorate it with action.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Freedom Tour will teach, inspire
Half a century ago, in the early years of the civil rights movement, a group of courageous, mostly young Americans climbed aboard buses for rides that threatened their lives.Continued ...
George Weeks: Sen. race highly competitive
Despite dropouts of potential candidates for both parties, a highly competitive 2014 race shapes up for replacing retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving senator.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 06/15/2013
Integrity the key word; Not in best interest.Continued ...
Another View: National Security Agency spy case begs review
The disclosure of widespread surveillance of Americans’ phone records and of Internet data on foreigners and some Americans has created strange bedfellows among critics and defenders.Continued ...
Another View: Shield law only masks real flaw
When it chose to secretly seize phone records and e-mails from more than a hundred journalists, the Justice Department was behaving in the way of some tinpot dictatorship.Continued ...
- Friday, June 14, 2013
Editorial: Battle over sign leaves a bad taste
The issue: Airport finally puts up sign for veterans. Our view: It didn’t happen until public got involved.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/14/2013
Teacher morale low; 2nd Amendment; Hurts many families. (Plus more)Continued ...
Another View: Holding disaster victims hostage
Sen. Tom Coburn has been consistent in his message. He says he won’t support any additional disaster relief funding without spending cuts elsewhere.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 13, 2013
Editorial: Good reasons to put off TC road bond
The issue: TC to delay road bond until 2015. Our view: There are good reasons to wait.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/13/2013
Tax carbon at source; All about the money.Continued ...
Forum: Help stop Great Lakes aquatic invasives
Governors and senior staff of the Great Lake states and the premiers of Quebec and Ontario recently met for the first time since 2005 to commit to strengthening the region’s economy and protecting the Great Lakes.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Forum: Remember why we chase big storms
The death of storm chaser Tim Samaras has shaken the meteorological community. He was recently killed in the middle of a chase in Oklahoma, but he will always be remembered as a scientist first and storm chaser second - helping improve our knowledge of storms in order to make our lives safer.Continued ...
Editorial: Past time to address shooting range issues
To hear state Department of Natural Resources officials talk about it, there’s no big hurry to resolve issues surrounding informal shooting ranges on state land off Hoosier Valley Road.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/12/2013
Logical, rational manner; That’s what lobbyists do.Continued ...
- Editorial: Park project will wed Acme to bay