Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Letters 1/27/05

Various - January 27th, 2005
Bush: just a figurehead
It appears that many people have found a scapegoat for this country’s ills and his name is George W. Bush. Our current president my be callous, indifferent, and have sub-par intelligence, but I doubt very much that he is personally responsible for any policy decision this government makes (other than signing his name on the dotted line). W. can’t keep up with his tele-prompter, do you really think the G.O.P. will let him be responsible for legislation?
George W. Bush is a figurehead. He is only the face that Republicans put on their agenda. Bush has proven his figurehead status repeatedly through his actions. He sat in a Florida classroom reading “My Pet Goat” as the second tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. If W. was a man of responsibility, he would have sprang into action.
There was the infamous photo-op in which W. landed on an aircraft carrier in full fightgear, smiling broadly with a “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background. A man with vision would have turned down the stunt, knowing full well that winning one battle does not mean the end of a war. (Perhaps if Bush had been in Vietnam rather than Texas during that conflict, he would have a better understanding of war.)
There are the photographs showing the receiver in Bush’s back during the first debate. W. is not trusted by his own people to provide answers during a debate and, judging by the looks of disgust he made during that debate, they have ample reason for distrusting him. The excuses the G.O.P. came up with for that bulge show a lack of respect for the American people. The Administration claimed that the bulge was an unsightly fold caused by poor dry-cleaning. If you believe that, look up the pictures on the Internet and see for yourself. Obviously, this Administration does not believe that
you know how.
My point is that blame should not be focused on Bush. He isn’t coming up with these ideas on his own. The ideas come from the members of his cabinet and the corporations that they represent. This administration is unafraid to lie to the American public. They have taken the war on terror and created a separate war in Iraq out of it. Every member of the Bush administration got in front of the cameras after September llth and did their best to convince the American people that Saddam Hussein represented a serious threat to America. Sadly, many of our fellow Americans were scared enough to believe them. Now the administration sings a different tune, claiming that this is a war of freedom, that the goal of this war was to bring democracy to the Iraqi people.
America established its autonomy with the Revolutionary War. We would not have won that war without the help of the French, but we would not have won independence if the French had initiated that war.
I think what truly stirs the ire of “Bush haters” is that the lies told by this administration are impeachable offenses, at least they would be if President Clinton had told them. At the very least, the misuse of intelligence is worthy of some administrative heads rolling; after all, look at the scandal caused by Dan Rather’s investigative report into Bush’s service in the Texas National Guard. While Clinton and Rather were relentlessly pummeled by our media. Bush and his ilk have been treated with kid gloves, seemingly unscathed by such scandals as Enron (large contributors to the Bush campaign), memos condoning prisoner abuse, and withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol.
It is important to remember that getting rid of Bush won’t solve our problems, except perhaps, re-establishing legitimacy in the eyes of foreign countries. Four years from now a new representative of corporate interests will be nominated by the Republican political machine. The agenda will remain the same; protection of corporate interests at the expense of those whose labor comprises the backbone of America’s economy. We owe it to ourselves to fight this political machine any way we can. Future generations will thank us for it.

Jeff Karafa • Cedar

King George‘s values
Let’s see: record $7.5+ trillion deficits (up from a $250 billion surplus), ranked 37th in health care by the World Health Organization, 45+ million uninsured (the only industrialized country without universal health coverage), in international high school testing we ranked 24th in math, 18th in reading, 22nd in science (this is our future folks), an unnecessary, incompetently run war based on lies that has killed tens of thousands and is costing hundreds of billions, 16th in foreign aid as percent of GNP, the lowest world opinion of the United States in history, government sponsored torture and 36 million Americans living in poverty.
Now King George’s priorities are to put the “fix” on Social Security, make the tax cuts permanent, appoint a bunch of right-wing judges, and the ownership society. Instead of teaching children to read, Laura should be teaching George. Maybe then he could read the writing on the wall.

Craig Laurent • TC

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