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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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