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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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The Drug Testing Debate in Petoskey

George Foster - October 24th, 2002
Is drug testing the best way to deter substance abuse by our youth? Community forums discussing this issue were triggered recently when a Petoskey school board member suggested drug testing for schools. The reason: to help prevent students from becoming problem drug users.
Drug abuse has obviously been difficult to resolve nationwide, let alone in Petoskey. So, it shouldn‘t be surprising there was no consensus in favor or against testing among those attending the Petoskey meetings. I have always believed emphasis of personal responsibility for one‘s own actions is the best policy attacking drug abuse. Tough drug laws, TV ad campaigns, and presidential proclamations have all failed to make a dent into the problem.
Yet, since a friend of mine died of a drug overdose recently, I have had to rethink my position. Most of her friends seemed to be shocked that she must have had a serious drug problem. As I look back, maybe drug testing could have saved her life.
What if employers had random drug tests in place as a requirement for working? Also, is it asking too much for each student to undergo drug testing before being admitted to our educational systems?
My deceased friend had so much to live for: she was bright, attractive and had big plans for the future. Only in her mid-20‘s, she also had two beautiful children whom she loved deeply. This tragedy should not have happened. If the schools she attended and jobs she worked had all required her to be clean before coming on board maybe her life would have turned out differently.
Whatever they decide, I commend the Petoskey School Board for studying this serious problem.

Speaking of forums, will we ever have an independent commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks? In part because of pressure by family members of the victims, the Bush administration had finally given its okay to set up an independent commission. The intent was to create a group of impartial members who would perform a complete review of the causes of the tragedy. Such an investigation would be allowed to look at previous and current presidential administrations without the political considerations that a congressional review would tend to invite.
Yet, last week House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Porter Goss suddenly pulled the plug on creating such a commission. He referred to influences “above my pay grade“ as causing his reversal, according to sources cited by Newsweek magazine.
The same sources insist VP Dick Cheney was that “higher power“, placing a call to Chairman Goss that squashed the investigation. Cheney is on record as opposing any review of the administration‘s actions relating to 9/11.
The terrorist attacks of last year were the most cataclysmic event of this generation and the failure to appoint an independent commission would be a travesty. The victims‘ families deserve to know why it happened. You and I deserve to know why it happened. I refuse to believe our vice president doesn‘t care to know the same.
No one I know is blaming the tragedy on U.S. government officials. We need this investigation because no one wants 9/11 to ever happen, again. Is that too much to ask?



 
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