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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 1/20/05

Various - January 20th, 2005
One-sided view
Defenders of militant Zionism like Joel Weberman (letter, 12/23/04) draw from a quiver full of arrows to smite anyone who dares support the rights of Palestinians to a free and independent nation of their own. One arrow in the quiver charges that critics of Israeli state policies are anti-Semitic (forgetting that Palestinians themselves are also Semites). Another argues that those who support Palestinian self-determination fail to acknowledge the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust (ignoring the fact that Palestinians shouldn’t be made to suffer for what Europeans did to Europeans.). A third arrow -- directed at Jews who criticize Israeli/U.S. policies and actions against Palestinians (see jewishvoiceforpeace.com, among many Jewish peace and solidarity organizations) -- castigates Jews for being “self hating.” A fourth arrow -- the one that Weberman slings at letter-writer Mary Heffron -- is the “you need a history lesson, dearie” response.
Unleashing these arrows stifles honest and open-minded efforts to understand and support the rights of Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. Forget about reading, studying, discussing; the answers are clear and unassailable. Weberman evidently received his history lessons on tablets of stone. Thus, he’s absolutely certain that what most of the rest of the world sees as an Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people is no such thing. There’s no hope of convincing him otherwise... and it’s not worth trying.
Northern Express readers who wish to learn more about how “history” has been employed to drive political agendas such as Weberman’s are encouraged to read “Lies My Teacher Told Me,“ by James Loewen (New Press, 1995), and “History Lessons: How Textbooks from around the World Portray U.S. History“ by Dana Lindaman and Kyle War (New Press, 2004). Check the website of MidEast: Just Peace for other resources and local educational events: www.mideastjustpeace.org.

Tom Fenton • Cedar

Charade of a Parade
What could be more divorced from reality than events unfolding in Washington, D.C. on January 20 as George Bush takes the oath of office? Although we do not have $40 million or four days to spend on a “party” like the crew in D.C., a “Theater of the Absurd” and the “Charade of a Parade” will take place in Traverse City. Participants will meet at the parking structure on Park Street between Front and State at 11:30 a.m. and proceed to the Post Office for a swearing in ceremony at 12 noon. You are welcome to bring your own signs and musical instruments. All are welcome.
Billionaires for Bush, Mother Earth, Chief Justice, the Opposition Chorus and, of course, the Emperor himself will be in attendance at the local inaugural event. Although the Emperor usually wears no clothes, in consideration of the youngsters who may be in attendance, he will be dressed so as to avoid further scandals. The Down Home Security Department will be on hand to assure all citizens of protection. For more information and a flyer see www.traversepeacealerts.org

Marian Kromkowski •Suttons Bay

Imagine this
Imagine a nation where state funded “abstinence only” programs give medically inaccurate, biased information, putting teenagers at risk for unintended pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.
Imagine a nation where a woman can be turned away at her local pharmacy when trying to refill her prescription for birth control pills simply because the pharmacist does not believe in contraception.
Imagine a country where a woman faces harassment, humiliation, and sometimes even violence for choosing to end a pregnancy that is unintended, the result of rape or incest, or that she is unable to cope with for any number of other real life reasons.
You needn’t imagine any further. Thirty-two years after the landmark legal decision, Roe v. Wade, women are still struggling to have full access to reproductive health care and accurate reproductive information here in the United States. Legislators and anti-choice zealots have steadily chipped away at reproductive rights, and access to reproductive health services is increasingly at risk, especially in non-urban areas like our own.
It’s time that women, our partners, and all citizens take a stand to make it known that we support a woman‘s right to make decisions about childbearing, birth control, and to obtain accurate and comprehensive sexuality education.
I encourage you to contact your legislators and tell them that you support these basic rights. In the meantime, support the women in your life who are no doubt making decisions about their bodies and about their future with too few options and not enough information.

Holly Wren Spaulding • Cedar



Correction:

Last week‘s bridal section incorrectly stated that Castle Farms in Charlevoix was hosting a bridal expo in February. The actual date is Oct. 1.

 
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