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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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