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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Invading Iraq doesn‘t Add up

George Foster - October 10th, 2002
I keep hoping George W. Bush has top-secret, sensational information relating to Iraq that has not been revealed to us. Otherwise, invading Iraq at this time is a crazy idea, bordering on insanity.
I know, I know... it was impressive how political leaders, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative, lined up behind Bush last week. These congressmen and women were prepared to vote the president authority to attack Iraq whenever and however the commander-in-chief sees fit. The polls also show that most Americans are now convinced that forcing a regime change in Iraq should be the top priority for the Bush administration. Do they all know Bush‘s big secret, too?
Sorry, I still need convincing. Does flattening Iraq, again, seem more important than healing the sputtering U.S. economy? A higher priority than resolving the Israeli/Palestinian crises? Oh yeah, lest we soon forget - of greater importance than rooting out Osama bin Laden? I would argue a resounding, “No“ to all of the above.
What has Iraq done to provoke an attack at this time? No one seems to have a reasonable answer. Hussein is an evil dude who has been watched closely before 9/11 and will be after. It is telling that none of Iraq‘s enemies, who are potentially threatened by virtue of close proximity (such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), want anything to do with an invasion of Iraq at this time. Sometimes, containment can be the best strategy.
I say, to hell with Saddam Hussein. His military is even weaker than in 1991 when we crushed him in a matter of weeks. Iraq still doesn‘t have a missile with a range of over 400 miles. Hussein hasn‘t used chemical weapons since the 1980‘s and experts agree: Iraq has no nuclear capabilities in the foreseeable future. Bush vs. Hussein is laughable, on a par with an elephant attacking a flea. He will be massacred instantly if he attempts to make mischief against his neighbors. Bottom line: Iraq is of no military threat to the U.S. - ZERO.
On the other hand, what did happen to the pledge to bring in Osama bin Laden, dead or alive? Other than a one-day commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary and occasionally tossing Americans with middle-eastern ancestry in jail without formal charges, no one seems to talk much about finding bin Laden or the al Qaeda leadership still on the loose. In recent months our ever-present mantra is, “Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein.“ Enough!
My fellow Americans, I thought we were at war with those who attacked us a little over a year ago. Prove that Iraq had responsibility for the 9/11 attacks or is protecting significant al Qaeda operatives and I guarantee 99% of all Americans and many of our reluctant allies would be on the front lines, supporting the invasion recommended by the Bush administration. U.S. officials have half-heartedly suggested some intelligence reports of al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq but always drop these propositions when proof is requested.
Most middle-east experts believe bin Laden is still alive but we are not going to find him in Iraq. The al Qaeda fanatics hate Saddam Hussein and his henchmen in the Baath Party for their “atheist ways“. The charge that suicide hijacker Mohammad Atta met with an Iraqi official in Prague was false. Saddam Hussein is no choirboy but had nothing to do with September 11th.
Why are we not in the same kind of hurry to go into Iran, Syria, and Sudan where training camps of al Qaeda have been documented and may still exist? Why don‘t we invade the mountainous border region of Pakistan where bin Laden and his terrorist associates have been observed fleeing Afghanistan? Why haven‘t we tracked down the 9/11 masterminds, who murdered thousands of Americans and are planning more heinous terrorist acts against us in the near future?
I have my own secret to reveal to the Bush administration: the war we should be fighting is against the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden. And it is far from over.


 
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