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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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