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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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Still another turning point in Iraq

George Foster - June 22nd, 2006
Still another turning point in Iraq
It is about time.
For three years, thousands of Iraqi and U.S. military agents have chased the murderous terrorist, Abu Mousab al-Zaqawi, in a country not much larger than the state of Michigan. When the elusive leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq was recently killed in a farmhouse by two 500 pound bombs launched by F-16 fighter jets, many including President Bush tempered their response as to its significance.
Actually, there can be little doubt al-Zaqawi’s “termination” is a very important moment relating to the violence that has been spewing out of control in Iraq – for better or worse. While it may be true that al-Zaqawi’s band number only a few hundred of the 25,000 to 50,000 insurgents thought to be fighting in Iraq, his death is symbolic as the new government struggles to bring security to the country. The momentum gained from “terminating” the world’s most ruthless jihadist gives renewed hope to Iraqis struggling to bring their bickering factions together. Any major success also gives Americans encouragement that our soldiers might come home sometime soon.
On the other hand, heightened pressure has now been laid on the U.S. military and Iraqi security forces to bring the chaos under control. If there is no visible reduction in violence as a result of eliminating al-Zaqawi, the American public will grow even more impatient with the prospect of our troops standing in the crossfire of increased sectarian violence in the most populous areas of Iraq.
Which way will the conflict go? The next three or four months should give us the answer.

Speaking of terrorists, you may have heard that the conservative author and TV political attack-dog, Ann Coulter, angrily referred to certain 9/11 widows as witches and concluded that no one is allowed to debate their views because of their status as victims.
Coulter stated, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.” She added, “And by the way, how do we know their husbands weren’t planning to divorce these harpies?” Whew - Coulter has given the word “cruel” new meaning.
Even beyond civility, Ann Coulter cannot comprehend family members of the deceased pressing to find out why the attacks occurred. If not for these widows and other relatives of the victims, there would have been no independent 9/11 commission. For months, the Bush administration refused to authorize such a review until family members pressured them into doing the obvious – setting up a group of experts to study the most deadly terrorist attacks in history.
By this act alone, these widows did a great service for all Americans. Though not expecting praise, who could have guessed these women could be ripped for doing what any caring, grieving spouse would do?
No one should be surprised, though, because this is the same compassionate Ann Coulter who once said, “There should be a poll tax and literacy test for people to vote.” She must long for the good old days of the Jim Crow South, if not a return to slavery.
She also referred to founding father Alexander Hamilton as a former President of the U.S. during a cable news debate. When attorney Alan Dershowitz gently corrected her that Hamilton had never been president, it was a precious moment in which Ann Coulter had nothing to say.
As Dershowitz knows, Ann Coulter can spout any absurd notion that supports her political point of view, while the rest of us struggle to respond without lowering ourselves to her undignified level.
 
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