Stop for sirens
Fellow Traverse City-ites, I was so disappointed with those at the corner of 14th Street and U.S. 31 on the afternoon of June 4. A police car with full sirens came up to the intersection followed by fire and ambulance. Yet no one moved out of the way and the cross traffic didn’t even slow.
These men and women risk their lives to protect us. One of them is my daughter. Please stop for sirens. It saves lives, and it’s the law.
Sue E. Sensenbaugh-Padgett
Work for peace, justice
Members of Veterans for Peace pledge to work to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. Recent events have made me prouder than ever to be a member. Last October a woman named Leah Bolger interrupted a public Congressional hearing to deliver a message from the 99 percent: End the war and tax the rich to fix the deficit. She was arrested, sentenced to 10 days in jail, suspended, nine months probation. Leah Bolger is a retired Naval Commander and National President of Veterans for Peace.
On May 3 a man named George Packard was arrested as he and other veterans in the Occupy Movement attempted to hold Veterans Memorial Plaza in New York City against police attempts to clear it. He faces a possible three months in jail. George Packard, a retired Episcopal bishop, a Vietnam battle veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace, asserts that “people in the church should leave their comfort zone” and protest against war and injustice. He deplores the “inaction and timidity” of church leaders and clergy.
We all should be playing some part in reclaiming our country, working for peace and justice, ending this inexcusable war, the tragic wounding and killing.
John E. Lewis
The writer is a member of Veterans for Peace Chapter 50 and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Stop for sirens
Letters to the Editor: 05/25/2013
Appearance enhanced; Must act together.Continued ...
Another View: Attack on press is attack against all
It’s hard to think of any justification for the Justice Department to have snatched up thousands of phone records from the Associated Press, but there had better be a forthright explanation coming.Continued ...
Fact Check: IRS officials misled Congress, public
IRS officials gave false or misleading information on numerous occasions regarding its now discredited practice of targeting conservative groups that sought nonprofit status.Continued ...
Editorial: Fairness in enforcement must apply to meters
The issue: TC increasing Saturday parking meter enforcement. Our view: This can’t be a sometimes proposition.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/24/2013
Not listening?; We have been duped.Continued ...
Forum: Time to act now on military sexual assaults
America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts are truly frightening.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
Editorial: Investing in roads, schools will help Mich. recovery
The issue: State surplus to go mainly to roads, schools. Our view: Both areas need major new investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/23/2013
Proud of veterans; Allow flexibility.Continued ...
Forum: Two numbers about climate change we ignore
At Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, scientists are charting the passage of a milestone that, if ignored, heralds a future for civilization both tragic and chaotic.Continued ...
Phil Power: A route to new road dollars
Finding money to fix our crumbling roads has been by far the biggest (ahem) roadblock in Lansing for many months.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Editorial: Sewer investment could pair with road repairs
The issue: TC is considering a road bond. Our view: Marrying road and sewer work may be best investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/22/2013
Rules violate the law; Send some to jail.Continued ...
Another View: Abusing authority inexcusable
When people talk about government posing a threat to citizens, a common topic these days is unmanned drones.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Editorial: Earnings-based tuition an artificial construction
The issue: Some NMC programs to see stiff tuition hikes. Our view: Don’t base tuition on artificial ‘earnings’ projections.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/21/2013
Who awarded contract?; Who could want more?Continued ...
Forum: State gets ‘F’ for hidden campaign money
Just how much money was spent independently of candidates on elections for Michigan state office last year?Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
To the late Bill Russell, a businessman who broke barriers all his life, including opening the region's first Indian-owned manufacturing plant in 1975.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/20/2013
In decline ever since; What I didn’t know.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
Editorial: Airport should give vets prominent recognition
The issue: Cherry Capital relegates veterans sign to luggage area. Our view: Either do it right or not at all.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/19/2013
Franz unresponsive; No Russian roulette.Continued ...
Forum: Clean energy, energy forums crucial
Developing a long-term energy plan and investing in clean energy is crucial to Michigan’s future. Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent energy forums are important first steps in developing such a plan.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Pleasing voters not a priority
Once upon a time, legislators felt they had to try to give voters the laws they wanted. True, once in a great while. some took stands on principle that risked angering their constituents.Continued ...
George Weeks: Camp, Levin address IRS scandal
As Washington deals with cascading scandals, Michigan lawmakers are among leaders seeking bipartisan solutions.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 05/18/2013
A positive revision; What a legislature.Continued ...
Another View: Work to bring region together
It seems state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, doesn’t understand the meaning of “regional cooperation.”Continued ...
- Letters to the Editor: 05/25/2013