Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Letters 3/24/05

Various - March 24th, 2005
The Golden Cat
Re: “Track of the Cat,“ 3/10/05:
On 07/21/90 - en route to be married the following day in Houghton Michigan - I was driving my beloved and I westbound on M-28. Our 1990 Honda CRX - a two seater - was approximately 15 minutes west of Seney. The northern border of Seney National Wildlife Refuge was on the left.
From the right, a golden cat lept from the underbrush beyond the emergency lane, landing on the yellow paint dividing the highway. After recoiling, the cat leapt again, landing beyond the emergency lane for eastbound, into the brush. This all occurred in the span of perhaps three seconds. The cat, when it landed, was six feet in front of the CRX.
My wife-to-be and I looked in a knowing way.

Geoffery Von Lau • Eastport

The rich gain & kids suffer
Although not surprised, I daily become more disheartened as I watch Bush and Republican politicians hand over our nation to corporations and the wealthy.
As a registered nurse who has worked in long term care (in administration), I know first hand how Medicaid cuts affect the quality of life for the elderly. The proposed budget cuts in health care and education that the President and his cronies plan on sneaking through Congress are unconscionable. The debt burden for our children and the tax breaks for the rich from this budget is simply abhorrent.
I haven’t language strong enough to relay how opposed I am to what is happening to my country. The subjects mentioned are just a few of the deplorable items involved in this budget proposal. Folks, please wake up, it is almost too late.

Cathleen Sixbey • TC

Irresponsible budget
Republicans are pushing through the budget this week before critics and the media can point out huge program cuts and corporate giveaways.
As the budget explodes the deficit to over $400 billion, the Republican budget slashes education funding, especially funds for middle class and low-income Americans. The budget gives the wealthiest Americans permanent tax breaks, while cutting programs for the middle class and poor.
“Get a job!” you tell us. Well I know plenty of middle class teenagers and adults working two jobs and they’re the ones scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The education programs should be the first on our list as Americans to build income, not slash it. Education is what leads us to do great things in the future. If it’s cut down, we will never grow.

Joshua K. Lentz • Interlochen

Material world
This letter is in response to comments made about Lisa Franseen‘s article on environmental despair (Letters, 3/10).
Some people, more than others, are in touch with the value of our natural world. Some reasons why some peole are not, I suspect, has to do with the development our our materialistic societies in conjunction with our ever-growing population, resulting in the never-ending need for resources and jobs.
But understanding and witnessing the negative consequences of environmental degradation (including the loss of human life) should be enough to jolt anyone to develop a concern for it. Our desire for excess material does make us selfish. But how much material do we need to survive? How much material can we obtain without profoundly sacrificing the natural world?
We do we humans think that we are so much more important than any other animal speices we share this planet with? Why do we think that we are more important than trees or plants?
Whatever happened to advocacy for human population control? If we decrease our population then maybe we could learn to get our priorities straight.
Educating people to value the environment and take care of their planet seems like a positive direction to go in. I don‘t believe reality is set in stone.

E. Kalakowski • Grawn

Support women‘s choice
Do you know how stupid all this “discussion“ on abortion is? The government can‘t legislate women‘s reproductive destinies. A woman is the only one who can decide.
There is a diaphram, birth control pills, IUDs, the morning after pill, and if you don‘t like all of those options there is the “just say no“ and take a cold shower.
I don‘t like to throw up, so when I got sick and tired of that, I quit getting pregnant. It gets right down to you run your life of someone else will.

Marilyn Oslund • Mackinaw City

Terrible insult
I have been told you learn something new each day, and according to your Jan. 13 story, “From the Ukraine to the U.S.,“ are you are telling us our neighbor to the north is the Canada and to the southwest is the Mexico? So this is the America? I don‘t think that is correct. I have never heard of the Germany or the France. Who was your geography teacher?
A region is the East, the West, never a country. It‘s a terrible insult to us Ukrainians and it hurts and that‘s not right. Please correct this error.

Dol Giles • TC

TV trash
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?

Shanna M. Roney • Ypsilanti

“The excessive tax cuts for the rich, combined with a total lack of discipline on spending by the Bush team and its Republican-run Congress, have helped China become the second-largest holder of U.S. debt, with a little under $200 billion worth (of U.S. Treasury bills).
What China might do with all its U.S. T-bills in the event of a clash over Taiwan is a total wild card that we have put in Beijing’s hands.”

Thomas L. Friedman
-- New York Times

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