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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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George Foster - October 23rd, 2003
Coming Together on Iraq
When it comes to Iraq, we all can agree on one thing: our troops crushed that butcher Saddam Hussein and we must now help Iraqis rebuild their country. Right?
The challenge in post-Saddam Iraq is daunting - and we cannot afford to fail. Middle East columnist Thomas Friedman said it best when he compares Iraq to a walnut. Since we cracked it open, it belongs to us. It is time to put all the pieces back together again.
The possibilities of a democratic government there, featuring representation by Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and other factions that have hated each other for centuries, seems remote for now. Yet, we must make Iraq work.
The only alternative is to pack up and go home. Other than Pat Buchanan and a minority of Iraqis, I haven‘t heard any sane person say that the U.S. should pull out their troops and leave Iraq immediately.
I almost forgot, the French have insinuated that we should leave Iraq in 30 days. Don‘t be absurd, Jacque. It should be crystal clear: 25 million innocent Iraqis would be caught in the crossfire of a cruel civil war if the U.S. military returned home any time soon. Besides, if we left before security was instituted in that country, American standing in the world and our ability to find supportive allies in the future would end up in a heap of ashes.
So why am I even discussing the obvious... because our government officials spend a disproportionate amount of time dwelling on the peripheral issues attached to our presence in Iraq. It is the same endless query that resolves nothing:
“Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction hidden somewhere?“ Probably.
“Is there a connection between Saddam Hussein and 9/11? Our president says there is no such evidence, the VP says yes.
“Will we find Saddam?“ Of course, we will.
“Should we have invaded Iraq or not?“ I wasn‘t in favor - but who knows for sure?
Now that I‘ve answered these questions for you, let‘s move ahead. History will definitively resolve the above issues for us. It is now critical that a unified, successful U.S. peacekeeping policy kicks in for Iraq. Here is what needs to happen:
(1) Democrat legislators need to keep their big traps shut about Iraq. The same bunch of sissies who lined up behind a popular President Bush when the resolution to invade Iraq was declared, are now blasting his post-war policy after things didn‘t go as well as hoped. Did Gephardt, Kerry, and Edwards really think it would be a cakewalk to rebuild Iraq in the best-case scenario? Democrats, who encouraged the invasion, don‘t seem to have any better ideas for rebuilding, only stinging criticism.
(2) President Bush needs to stop making excuses for invading Iraq. Transparent attempts by the administration to dwell on flimsy evidence of WMD, linkage of Saddam to Osama, or the positive developments occurring daily in Iraq only lead to more skepticism of his policies. U.S. troops stationed in Iraq might be safer if Bush, Chaney, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al spent half of their energy on strategies for rebuilding Iraq that is now used for defensive spin on the administration‘s declining polls results.
(3) We need help. More support from the U.N. should be the top priority. As the world‘s only superpower, we should be immune to hard feelings from the pre-war rhetoric. It is in our best interests to hold no grudges against France, Germany, Russia, and the others who disagreed with our invasion. The sooner we humbly find other nations to provide peacekeeping troops, money, and other assistance for rebuilding Iraq, the sooner our troops will avoid being picked off like ducks at a shooting gallery and come home.
There is only one way can rebuild Iraq, keep our troops safer, and not fall into a black hole of spiraling debt - by realizing that we are all in this together.
 
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