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
Beach Bums rained out
Tonight's Traverse City Beach Bums vs. Evansville Otters Frontier League baseball game has been postponed due to rainy weather.Continued ...
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 ...
Traverse City steps up parking enforcement
Barb Meredith recently had an expensive downtown Traverse City breakfast, but not from anything on the restaurant’s menu.Continued ...
Book on Marion golfer a No. 1 seller on Amazon.com
From the first time he met Roy Vomastek on a golf course, Brian Mulvaney knew there was something uniquely special about the septuagenarian.Continued ...
Meeting set on delivery-by-sail venture based in Northport
Dragonfly Sail Transport is holding an informational meeting Sunday at Brew North. Dragonfly is a new initiative based in Northport that aims to work with local merchants to deliver products to outlying harbor towns by sail.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/22/2013
Rules violate the law; Send some to jail.Continued ...
Snyder, GOP lawmakers agree to budget targets
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and leaders of the GOP majority in the Legislature reached a budget agreement Tuesday for next fiscal year that doesn’t include an expansion of government health insurance for low income-adults and puts Michigan’s unexpected surplus toward funding roads and K-12 education.Continued ...
Fog cuts short Bums' win over Evansville
Not many people saw Taylor Wrenn’s two-run, two-out triple in the eighth that effectively ended Traverse City’s 10-0 Frontier League home opener win Tuesday over Evansville.Continued ...
Now it's Bums' Woodward's turn to deliver the hurt
Scott Woodward’s 2011 season was derailed by injuries and 2012 didn’t happen due to them. So far, 2013 looks like he’ll be hurting a lot of Frontier League teams.Continued ...
TCAPS contract talks continue
Traverse City Area Public Schools educators picketed outside the district’s main office building in a display of opposition to TCAPS administrators’ proposed collective bargaining contract.Continued ...
Panera Bread is on its way
A Panera Bread franchise likely will rise in Garfield Township despite what some planning officials consider a stale project design.Continued ...
Beach Bums continue to take their looks at plate
The Beach Bums picked up right where they left off last regular season, drawing tons of walks. Traverse City added nine to its season total of 26. River City came in Tuesday’s games with 30 to lead the league.Continued ...
Woman retraces father's steps to Indian marker trees
Dennis Downes traveled 200,000 miles over three decades, a journey to locate Indian trail tree markers around the Great Lakes, including two in Traverse City – one at the Civic Center and another at a Washington Street residence.Continued ...
Prep Sports Roundup: Titans, Vikings atop BNC
It comes down to this for the Traverse City West soccer team: Win at Gaylord on Thursday and likely share the Big North Conference title with Cadillac. (Plus more)Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 05/22/2013
Honor Roll scratch meeting Thursday; Cherry-Roubaix to double as state meet; Local swimmers compete in Indianapolis. (Plus more)Continued ...
Police looking into assault find 960 pot plants
Investigation into a domestic assault complaint led Antrim County authorities to a "sophisticated" marijuana grow operation and nearly 1,000 plants.Continued ...
Man gets prison for heroin possession
An Antrim County man found in possession of about 20 packets of heroin will spend at least 18 months in prison.Continued ...
Prep Softball Rankings: 05/22/2013
Michigan Softball Coaches Association Rankings:Continued ...
Community in Brief: 05/22/2013
NWS hosts author; Parkinson's support group; film and discussion; and more.Continued ...
- Poll: Should TC pair road and sewer work?
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Leelanau will pay to settle lawsuit
Leelanau County will pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from allegations county sheriff’s deputies illegally detained a man.Continued ...
NMC may hike tuition for some
Northwestern Michigan College board members took their first look at next year’s draft budget, which included a nearly 32 percent tuition hike for the nursing, automotive, and audio-tech programs.Continued ...
Editorial: TBAISD hoards money as schools struggle
The issue: TBAISD’s millions. Our view: Big changes needed.Continued ...
Home foreclosure could be 'windfall' for Benzie
Tax foreclosure on a lakefront home valued near $800,000 could be a “windfall” for Benzie County.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 05/15/2013
TEDx speaker match; Evaluation planning; Employment forecast. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Beach Bums rained out