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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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George Foster - November 6th, 2003
The 10 Bravest American Women
As someone who believes that women are of a more courageous species than men, any manageable list of this sort is difficult to compress. Historically, high probabilities of being objects of discrimination and abuse tend to make women mentally tougher than men. At least that‘s my theory.
Here are the ten bravest women that our country has produced (inverse order).
(10) During the War of 1812, lovable Dolly Madison salvaged a priceless portrait of George Washington and important papers from the White House while Washington, D.C. was being torched by the British. Most first ladies would have run like hell. Which begs the question, where was her nerd of a husband while Dolly was risking life and limb for the White House antiquities?
(9) When mild-mannered Rosa Parks parked herself in the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, she sparked a Civil Rights movement that continues today.
(8) In an era when women weren‘t even allowed to vote, Mary Baker Eddy founded a major religion (Christian Science in 1876) and a major newspaper (Christian Science Monitor in 1908). No woman has ever done either, let alone both.
(7) Sojourner Truth was born a slave and never learned to read or write. At the ripe age of 46, “voices“ told Truth to become a traveling evangelist. Her amazing oratorical skills enlightened northerners on the evils of slavery as she rose in the ranks of abolitionists. Often threatened, she was beaten severely in Kansas for having the audacity to speak in public as an illiterate black woman. Later, she became a voice for all women‘s rights.
(6) As a nurse in New York during the early 1900‘s, Margaret Sanger saw many poor women injured and die from attempting to end unwanted pregnancies. After becoming an activist for contraception, Sanger was continually arrested and imprisoned for giving out information on birth control.
(5) In 1608 Pocahontas saved John Smith from execution by her father - Algonquin chief Powhatan. It seems the Native American teenager put her own body in front of Captain Smith as the chief‘s henchmen began to club him. Later, her efforts saved Jamestown from starvation - and inspired a movie.
(4) Deborah Samson could not take “no“ for an answer after initial attempts to fight for her country in the Revolutionary War. In 1782 she dressed as a man and enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment as “Robert Shurtliff“. She was wounded in the thigh and head during battle but refused treatment for fear of discovery. After passing out from her injuries, though, the examining physician concluded she was not a man...duh. She was given an honorably discharge and later, Paul Revere convinced the government to award Samson a pension of $4 per month.
(3) Carrie Nation was one tough old bird. In her obsession to close saloons beginning in 1899, the hulking Ms. Nation had the habit of charging into the toughest bars, while smashing bottles with her hatchet and screaming at the drunks in her way. Could it be because no one ever asked Carrie to dance? Was she actually upset because women were compelled to wear pious hoods and multi-layers of petticoats in public? Carrie Nation got her wish when Prohibition was passed several years later.
(2) As the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Amelia Earhardt was fearless. At 40, she disappeared over the Pacific during a death-defying attempt at an around-the-world flight record. The mystery of her apparent crash and adventuring spirit still captures our imagination and inspires women to smash down barriers.
(1) Harriet Tubman may be the bravest American ever, male or female. She led over 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad during 19 daring trips back and forth after 1849. Those, who attempted to impede her expeditions, were dissuaded after looking down the barrel of her loaded revolver. During the Civil War, Tubman worked as a laundress, nurse, and spy. In “retirement“, she worked tirelessly to help needy African-Americans.
 
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