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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 12/30/04

Various - December 30th, 2004
Man of the Year
As President Bush presides over 60 new Iraqi war dead and 22 Americans, Time Magazine makes him man of the year.
Who is Bush, really? He’s the man who, by setting his sights on Iran, leaves no doubt he desires total war against the Muslim world. Muslims will respond in kind, allowing Bush to hem in civil rights, allowing him to stand aside and smirk while this proud nation marches towards a police state with their hands over their hearts. Bush is more than man of the year. He’ll be remembered as the sneak who brought down history’s most noble democracy by a series of bald-faced lies.

Mark Yokum • via email

Chief concern
Never let it be said that Democrats don’t have a sense of humor. The U.S. election analysis in two sentences:
The Democrats’ mistake was thinking that a disastrous war and national bankruptcy would be of concern to the electorate.
The Republicans saw, correctly, that the chief concern of the electorate was to keep gay couples from having abortions.

Peggy Kohler • via email

A damn lie
Some lawmakers and elected officials would have us believe that Social Security is a broken system that needs to be fixed – or “privatized.” That’s a distortion of reality. Or, to be blunt, it’s beyond misleading... it’s a damn lie!
Privatizing Social Security will put at risk the program’s very security while requiring massive costs, long term debt and cuts in benefits. A stock market crash usually wipes out the wealthy. If Social Security is privatized in the stock market, even a minor crash would wipe out the middle and poor classes. The elderly would have to return to a labor market that no longer existed.
The truth is the so-called crisis surrounding Social Security’s solvency is largely invented. Radical changes – that would require borrowing trillions of dollars we don’t have – aren’t necessary. Even if we don’t change a thing, Social Security can pay benefits through 2052. Minor adjustments can ensure that today’s Social Security is preserved for many generations to come. Especially if politicians and Wall Street keep their greedy fingers out of it.
Social Security is one of America’s great success stories, providing rock-solid, inflation-proof, guaranteed benefits that last a lifetime.Social Security hasn’t missed a paycheck for 70 years. Its benefits span generations, covering Americans of all ages. Today, Social Security is more financially sound than it has been throughout most of its history and is in no danger of going broke.
No other government program stabilizes our economy as well as Social Security. It is the gyroscope that keeps our economic ship of state on an even keel. Don’t let America’s financial elite rock our boat. In this context, “privatize” is another way to say, “steal.”

William F. Brabenec • Attica

A poem
a facade, a mirage, this war
wash our hands in the blood of soldiers,
men as mechanical and wildeyed as
cloned sheep.
starving for sleep
unable to breathe
full speed ahead,
to be forfeited.
gave my life for a country,
the unknown soldier.
a token of appreciation,
a homeless vet with cobblestone legs.
he remembers the children
strapped to the schrapnel
and dreams of metal cages
where they tortured the terrorists.
curled in a fetal position
he fears the government.
he hides from the God
they have created
out of fear and foreboding.
he joined
to save up for a new truck,
now he just wants his legs back.
not everyone will remember george bush as a beautiful crusader,
he seems to foreshadow death wherever
he goes.
Chantelle • via email


 
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