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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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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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