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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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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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