Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Letter 12/16/04

Various - December 16th, 2004
Supplements & savings
As one of the many Americans who uses dietary supplements to benefit my health, I am dismayed when I see good news about these products minimized or ignored in the news media.
That‘s why I‘m calling your attention to a new study that links dietary supplements to improved health and health care savings.
The study, which was conducted by the Lewin Group, shows that daily use of calcium would prevent 734,000 hip fractures and save $13.9 billion in health care costs over the next five years. Daily use of folic acid by women would prevent 600 cases of neural tube birth defects yearly, saving $1.3 billion in lifetime medical costs over five years. That’s a total savings of over $15 billion if these simple healthy tips can be implemented.
You can read more about these supplements, and the other three that were studied -- omega-3 fatty acids, Glucosamine and saw palmetto -- at www.supplementinfo.org.
For a number of reasons, there‘s a health care crisis in this country today that needs a solution. I urge you not to ignore information like this study that shows how dietary supplements can play a big role in solving that crisis.

Wade L. Kelso • Harbor Springs

Counting Ukraine & Ohio
Problematic elections have been all over the news lately. What I find strange is that the most problematic election, our own, has been ignored.
I want to know what is going on with the recount efforts in various states: Why are there grounds for recounts? Who is initiating them? Why isn’t the leadership of the Democratic Party getting more involved?
We seem to be at a critical moment in American history. You have the opportunity to document that moment, to inform the rest of us about what is happening, and to educate us about what it means. I urge you to take up that challenge and turn the critical eye so recently aimed at the Ukraine toward the national elections held in THIS country.

Steven Martin • Higgins Lake

Movement to censor TV
There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about how one activist organization, the Parents Television Council, is trying to dictate television standards for the rest of the country by encouraging its members to file complaints with the FCC. It seems that the press believes that the hundreds of thousands of complaints filed by outraged citizens over the rampant raunch on television somehow don’t count simply because the complainant belongs to an organized group.
If the networks put an FCC complaint form on their websites or if they flashed the FCC’s phone number across the screen between shows, there would be a flood of complaints. Parentstv.org is currently the only website that provides this useful tool.
But the number of complaints filed, and where they’re coming from shouldn’t matter. Whether we’re talking about one complaint or one million, it all boils down to one issue: Are networks breaking the law by showing indecent content and will the FCC do its job to enforce the indecency laws?

Timothy G. Coe • Grayling

Give poles a chance
In November, the children at Traverse Heights Elementary School dedicated their outdoor Peace Pole in memory of a special staff person, Maryellen Brown.
Reni Dengel, a TH teacher, talked to the children gathered in the gym about the history of Nov. 11 and about citizen actions for peace throughout the world. He also cited examples of peace poles placed throughout the world as well. Then each class presented a song, artwork and skits about peace on earth.
Many schools in the Traverse City region have peer mediators who help prevent and mediate conflicts during school hours. These efforts are also celebrated at the yearly rally.
Kudos to these beautiful kids who are inheriting this world. Let us encourage their work for peace in all the area schools.
How about a peace pole for all the schools, and while we’re at it, all their homes as well, and then the churches?

Carol Still • TC

You might be a patriot...
Are there any real American patriots left in America? Let’s find out...
If you are aware of the undeniable fact that the well-being and integrity of America, her people, and her Constitution are now and always will be far more important than Bush or whomever else might be sitting in the Oval Office at any given time, you just might be a real American patriot.
If you believe that being an American is now and always will be far more important than being a Republican or a Democrat or a conservative or a liberal, then you just might be a real American patriot.
If you recognize the clear and present difference that exists between partisanship and patriotism, then you might just be a real American patriot.
If you believe that part of being an elected official in America is to be able to handle criticism from the people who voted for you, then you might be a real American patriot.
If you believe that it is your duty, responsibility, and obligation as a citizen to ask tough questions of ANY elected official, then you might just be a real American patriot.
If you believe that America should lead by being a shining example of representative democracy rather than by obscene displays of brute force, you just might be a real American patriot.
Are YOU a real American patriot?
I am not a liberal. I am not a conservative. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat.

-- Karl Kitchen • via email

Nursing home outrage
Thousands of patients in America’s nursing homes are killed by malnutrition and dehydration every year, victims of a silent and largely preventable epidemic.
Nationwide, malnutrition and dehydration killed at least 13,890 nursing home patients - including more than 800 in Michigan -- between 1999 and 2002, federal health records show.
Many die because caregivers are too busy or inexperienced to give them the help they need. In thousands of nursing homes, this inattention has caused patients who cannot feed themselves to go without enough food and water or allowed obvious, life-threatening problems to be overlooked.
Yet authorities seldom investigate the deaths of people too sick or mentally infirm to speak up for themselves.
This is an outrage. The response is also an outrage. The perpetrators of unconscionable failure of care were not arrested, charged, indicted, tried in court, and sentenced to prison.Why not? This is, after all, America, where millions of voters flocked to the polls to elect a president because they claim to support moral values.
There is a question that begs for an answer. Who cares about residents who suffer and die painful deaths, too often before their time, in far too many nursing homes in this country?

Jane Marshall • Clarksville, TN
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