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Letters 05-02-2016

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 1/2/03

Various - January 2nd, 2003
The pitchfork‘s point

There is consensus that the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was legally and morally wrong. However, we now witness our government committing another major assault on the same basic principle of human rights.
Estimates of 700 male immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria were arrested and detained during the week of December 15th in California when they showed up at local Immigration and Naturalization Service offices in compliance with the INS‘ new mandatory registration program. These men over the age of 16 who responded to the summons in good faith were summarily arrested and thrown together into crowded detention facilities. Many had only technical visa difficulties, some of which were the result of delays in paper-work processing by the INS.
By Wednesday, the jails in southern California were overflowing. Initially names were not being released, detainees were denied access to attorneys and phone calls; and mothers, wives and sisters were left without knowing what became of their male family members and/or when they would be released. By the end of Thursday, only due to mass protests in Los Angeles from the largest Iranian community in the country and the intervention by progressive legal groups, bonds were set for many of the detainees.
Rather than looking for “needles,“ it appears the United States government is just creating more “haystacks“ with its overbroad, ineffective and discriminatory policy of assuming that all Arabic males are potential “terrorists.“ Does the government really think that real terrorists are going to register at an INS office? In one respect laughable, it is yet absolutely crucial that such actions be met with immediate and broad resistance before the “pitchfork“ is aimed at the rest of us.

Marian Kromkowski • Suttons Bay
 
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