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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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