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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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Blessings on this Thanksgiving

George Foster - November 25th, 2004
We have just survived an ugly presidential campaign, U.S. troops are dying increasingly in Iraq, the economy is sluggish, and it seems to rain almost every day. So why even get out of bed in the morning, you may be asking?
Of course, there is also much we each have to be thankful for during this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday - it encourages us to see the good everywhere. The following is a list of things to be grateful for that you may have overlooked.
Our pets. If I feel like going for a walk in the middle of the night, my dogs are at the door. After snowshoeing all morning in three feet of snow, Star and Blue are ready to go again in the afternoon. On our hikes in the woods, I feel like a stray cow as the object of Blue’s dutiful surveillance. And yet, Star’s playfulness forces Blue and I to take things less seriously. In a world of many loyal dogs, mine lead the pack.
The Internet. I’m particularly thankful for Google. Its search-engine is okay, but the Google news page has no peer. Dozens of continually breaking stories from hundreds of news sources around world are listed and updated every few minutes. This site is a must for all news junkies.
Joe Dumars. The Pistons’ general manager put together a championship basketball team that reflects how he played the game. Unlike the selfish, overpaid superstar-studded teams that were heavily favored over Detroit last year, the Pistons conquered the NBA with a collection of relatively unknown players. His squad worked harder than their opponents and played as a team. Also, in case we had forgotten, Joe Dumars proved that good-guys can be successful in professional sports.
Popsicles. These colorful little sticks of frozen juice or pop are nature’s perfect food. They are as sweet as any desert (even the sugar-free option) and contain no fat. I find it hard to eat just one (box). It is only due to the magic of popsicles that I don’t weigh 400 pounds.
The Founding Fathers. Our ancestors in the powdered wigs sure knew what they were doing when they created the United States of America. As religious devotion seems to be increasing worldwide, it is comforting to know that this government cannot prohibit or influence the practice of any denomination - by law. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams left enough checks and balances in our government to ensure the eventual dismissal of anything that threatens our constitutional rights.
Bubble baths. What can be more soothing than soaking in a tub filled with hot water and soapy ringlets? Besides, that way I don’t have to scrub so hard or focus on my repulsive body. Aromatherapy scented bubble baths are a plus.
Paul Theroux. This best-selling author has saved me thousands of dollars in travel expenses by reading his books of journeys to third-world countries far from the paths of tourists. This year I have adventured throughout Africa and South America vicariously with Theroux via trains, cattle-cars, buses, and dugout canoes - from the comfort of my couch.
Our jobs. Those of us fortunate enough to have employment that hasn’t been outsourced or eliminated should all be grateful. In my case, I have the additional pleasure of working at Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. Where else can you have fun, work with your best friends, and get paid for it? After more than 13 years, I still can’t wait to arrive at work each morning.
Most of all, we can be thankful for our loved ones. This year I am especially thankful for you, Suzi. My life changed for the better - forever - when three years ago we bumped into each other on Thanksgiving Day.



 
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