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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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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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