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
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