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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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Is the President too Liberal?

George Foster - March 9th, 2006
George W. Bush is a flaming liberal. L-I-B-E-R-A-L. And I am not the only one saying it. More and more respected voices of the conservative establishment are labeling the President with the king of all slurs in their circles – the “L” word.
Fiscal responsibility, toughness on security issues, and strong leadership are at the core of a platform that has twice elected the Bush administration - and the mantra for conservatives everywhere. In recent years, any sign of weakness on these matters earns the deviant an automatic badge: liberal.
Fiscal responsibility. Former Reagan economist, Bruce Bartlett, scorches Bush in his new book, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. Bartlett even states that the conservatives’ archenemy Bill Clinton employed more conservative principles than the current administration. After all, the Clinton years did come closer to balancing the budget than his immediate predecessors.
If it is a liberal trait not to spend within your means, this administration is somewhere to the political left of Marx and Lenin. The overall national debt of the United States is now $8 trillion and growing. Fiscal year 2006 and years throughout the end of this decade are expected to add at least another $600 billion to the national debt – each year.
Continually blaming the September 11th attacks and the War Against Terrorism for mushrooming deficits cannot be used into perpetuity. More and more conservatives are not agreeable to spending ourselves into oblivion before we even have time to round up a fraction of potential terrorists.
There is no end in sight to spiraling spending deficits, in part, because this President has never vetoed any legislation – not once. The administration approves of all spending increases and tax cuts, no matter how they wreck our economy. In 1881 James Garfield was the last president to avoid vetoing a single Congressional bill. He had a pretty good excuse - Garfield was assassinated after only six months in office. In eight years of office, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan each vetoed 78 bills. Even Bush Senior stopped 44 bills dead in their tracks while president. George W. Bush’s score is zero for five years and counting.
Toughness on security issues. If any one issue defeated John Kerry in the 2004 election, it was this one. All of the polls showed more Americans felt safer with George W. Bush than John Kerry.
The swagger and image of toughness suddenly evaporated, though, when the President confounded his own Republican supporters by insisting our country hire a United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned company to control six major sea ports on the U.S. coastline. Though our ports have been judged to be highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks by experts, the President has threatened to veto any attempted legislation to block the UAE from running these facilities.
Wait a minute, the President finally gets charged up enough to dust off his veto pen and the occasion is to put a suspicious Arab country in charge of our ports?
In case you have forgotten, two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the UAE. Also, a recent U.S. Coast Guard report stated that it could not determine, “…whether a United Arab Emirates-based company seeking a stake in some U.S. port operations might support terrorist operations.”
The few in Congress who support this deal with the UAE say overturning it would be bad for the economy. Hmmm.
Strong leader-ship. The investigation of the Hurricane Katrina disaster will prove to be just one more example of liberals gone amok, right? There is plenty of blame to go around but no other way to spin the President’s performance: he would be hard-pressed to have been a weaker leader.
Prior to the hurricane’s arrival, FEMA officials held a videoconference for Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. This briefing is scathing evidence that the administration ignored warnings on the catastrophe that would result if levee breaks in New Orleans occurred.
Later, according to Bush supporter and TV pundit Joe Scarborough, the President’s staff felt the need to show the vacationing Bush a prepared DVD of TV news coverage of the hurricane disaster. Apparently, the president still wasn’t up to speed on what the rest of America knew – New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast population was underwater and dying.
My idea of strong leadership is closer to the example of Rudy Giuliani, marching around at ground zero shortly after the September 11 attacks, helping where he could. The New York mayor held a press conference each day after the crisis for weeks to reassure the public. Giuliani had little need to be briefed, he did the briefing.
There you have it. Is President Bush too liberal to be running our country? You be the judge.



 
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