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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 1/23/03

Various - January 23rd, 2003
Bomb Iraq

This song (was) performed live, by a surprise musical guest at Saturday‘s peace demonstration in Petoskey.

Michele Burian • via email

If You‘re Happy And You Know It Bomb Iraq -- By John Robbins

If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi,
And your alibi is shoddy,
And your tastes remain quite gaudy,
Bomb Iraq.

If you never were elected, bomb Iraq.
If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq.
If you think that SUVs,
Are the best thing since sliced cheese,
And your father you must please,
Bomb Iraq.

If the globe is quickly warming, bomb Iraq.
If the poor will soon be storming, bomb Iraq.
We assert that might makes right,
Burning oil is a delight,
For the empire we will fight,
Bomb Iraq.

If we have no allies with us, bomb Iraq.
If we think that someone‘s dissed us, bomb Iraq.
So to hell with the inspections,
Let‘s look tough for the elections,
Close your mind and take directions,
Bomb Iraq.

If corporate fraud is growin‘, bomb Iraq.
If your ties to it are showin‘, bomb Iraq.
If your politics are sleazy,
And hiding that ain‘t easy,
And your manhood‘s getting queasy,
Bomb Iraq.

Fall in line and follow orders, bomb Iraq.
For our might now knows no borders, bomb Iraq.
Disagree? We‘ll call it treason,
It‘s the make war not love season,
Even if we have no reason,
Bomb Iraq.

America, then & now

What don‘t I understand? Three years ago we were paying down the national debt; today we are increasing the national debt by a billion and a half dollars every month. Three years ago we were not at war and there was no Axis of Evil; today we are at war (even though only Congress can declare war and hasn‘t) and half the world‘s population hates our guts.
Three years ago unemployment was a little over 3%; today it is double that and growing. Three years ago there was no 9/11 (although there was the Oklahoma City bombing perpetuated by white American males, one a veteran); today, we are a country of paranoids willing to give up our citizen rights out of fear.
Okay, maybe I do get it! Wave your flag and let the government do anything they want to in order to get you the gas you need for your SUVs. Believe that Muslims are all bad guys (remember that in the past that Germany, Japanese, Jews, Indians and even the English were bad guys); send our sons and daughters off to get shot at... and sit in front of your TV and count the body bags. Yes, I do get it... it makes you feel good... it makes you PROUD AMERICANS.
I was born an American. I will die an American. I‘m ashamed of my country and am against the use of American forces anywhere in the world unless and until there is an attack on American interests. Such force should only be used against those countries or groups that are responsible for American loss.

Micheal M. Cromley • Afton

Our punishing ways

Re: Dean Robb’s “Say yes to treatment instead of punishment” (Letters 1/9).
Dean, I’m surprised by you. Surely by now you know that our society is into creating criminals. If they were to be treated or rehabilitated, they would no longer be criminals. In fact society does everything possible to produce criminals, and then make them as evil as possible. Here’s a few examples:

Prisoners who have contact with family and friends on the outside “are 1/6th as likely to be back in prison a year later.” So... limit that contact!
a. House them far from home. (Especially Effective with Poor People =EEPP)
b. Make expensive collect calls difficult.
i. May take up to 6 months to get a number on an inmates phone list and visitors list. Will cost about 50 cents a minute (EEPP).
ii. Even then limit the amount that can be charged. Make them pay in advance regardless of credit.
iii. ½ day labor is required to purchase one stamp. (EECP)

Limit job training and educational opportunities to almost non-existent levels. Make college and university training difficult.
a. Approval of correspondence classes - lengthy and difficult, and require multilevel approval.
b. Eliminate all sources of educational funding for these classes.
c. Limit the vocational opportunities to a select few. Lengthy waiting lists and then just as they are about to be accepted, transfer them to another prison to begin the process all over (same for dental care, etc. but that’s another story).
d. Eliminate or offer only token job training at all prisons.

Extend the sentences as much as possible. Make a 1 ½ to 20 year sentence into a 20 year sentence.
a Allows more time for criminal training and more detachment from family and friends that might help him re-enter society.
b. Provides more opportunities to network with other criminals both inside and outside.
c. Promotes a mood of despair and that unfairness is OK.

As a society, we seem to feel a need to beat people down as much as possible. Perhaps, we think that our own evil will be overlooked if we can show greater evil in others. We attempt to increase our stature by knocking people down, and then standing upon them. So perhaps the counseling should go first to the “get tough on crime” judges and the MDOC. It might lessen the need to feed their egos by hurting others. So... now your guy is off to Crime University and soon after he “graduates,” the judge will be able to pat himself on the back and say, “See I told you he was no good.”

Dave Forbush • Frederic
 
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