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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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Letters 9/25/03

Various - September 25th, 2003
Are we better off now than at 9/11/01?

First I mark terrible loss of life on that day as all compassionate humans
do. Second I mark the terrible failure of American leadership that followed and
continues to this day.
Are we safer and more secure today, two years later?
1. Bush‘s go-it-alone club-waving foreign policy divided and weakened the
UN and turned important allies against us.
2. Now, with over 364 soldiers killed, Bush challenges, “Bring ‘em on!“
3. But turns to the UN he derided and asks for help.
4. Bush‘s Iraq adventure diverted funds from global anti-terrorist effort.
5. Bush‘s bungled post-war lack of planning caused hatred and caused chaos
and disorder.
6. Thanks to #5, Afghanistan‘s Taliban forces have grown and we are at war again there. Women are in their burquas; warlords range in the provinces.
7. Beating Saddam enhances the prospects for peace between Palestine and
Israel? The road to peace is GONE.
8. The other Bush-named axis of evil: North Korea? China now calls the Bush the
“main obstacle“ to peaceful settlement.
9. Bush‘s Homeland Security? Ports, chemical plants, emergency response
and bio-defense are waiting for attention and $$$.
10. Crying national security, Bush bullies aliens and wants to know what
you‘re reading at the library.
11. Bush‘s squandering of our $$$ on war costs have left the states,
(Michigan hurts) reeling and having to cut everywhere.
12. Since 2001, Bush stole jobs from 2.7 million would-be workers and the
average length of unemployment is now the highest it has been in TWENTY YEARS.
Real average wages, if you have a job, are dropping every day.
13. And now, God help us, he wants $87 billion more to send down the
rat hole he made.
We placed our trust in Bush to lead us after 9/11. He callously abused that
trust to mislead us into foolish wars and trampled on our liberties.
Shame on us all if we do not realize what Bush has led our beloved
country into and fail to oust Bush and take back our democracy.

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Thumbs down

Express is a great asset to this area of Michigan, but for the first time I‘ve seen a degrading ad and I feel compelled to tell you it may bring in big money but it repels the average reader. Playboy not only needs no advertising but the wording of the ad has many meanings -- none respectful. Our young adults do not need this type of advertising.

Lucille Harty

To your health

Re:your editorial on health insurance (Random Thoughts 9/18), have you checked out the Medical Savings Account? It was created by Congress for small business owners/self-employed & it seems pretty good. You earn interest on your payments & it‘s tax-deductible. I have it through Keith Wright in TC.
By the way, I never miss an issue of Northern Express, read it front to back. Thank God you are here to balance the R-E. You are always on the cutting edge.

Margaret Patchin • via email

The Next President

I really don‘t care if the next President is a man, women, black, white,
Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Islamic or follower of Ghandi. I want a
President that puts the interests of the common people before those of
any rich friends. I want a President that brings our troops out of
Afghanistan and Iraq and brings them home. I want a President that
declares an end to lying to support unprovoked attacks on smaller weaker
countries. I want a President that puts great effort in getting all
Americans good jobs, a great surplus, national health service, a secure
untouched Social Security, lower public school class size and one that
does not throw our money away on wars and then repairing countries he
ordered destroyed. I want a President that does not need his father‘s
friends to do his thinking.

Marshall Raftery • Brutus

Medical malpractice

In a speech to Congress, the President called medical malpractice lawsuits “junk“ lawsuits. He, of course, has the right to say what he pleases from his bully pulpit, callous though it may be. I, too, have the right to say what I must in response, using my bully pulpit, the press, to do so.
Unfortunately, the President latches onto a few pet phrases and seems to think that if he says them often enough they will have validity, even going so far as to make use of them in his State of the Union address. Simply repeating “weapons of mass destruction“ to the point of predicability did not make them appear. Making a mantra of “frivolous lawsuits“ does not change the fact that many serious lawsuits have been filed because the medical profession will not police its own ranks.
It is time for the President or perhaps someone on his staff to give some thought to the concept that life isn‘t one-dimensional, that language has power, thus mandating that words be chosen with care; that cause and effect is at work, resulting in valid lawsuits being filed when medical malpractice maims peoples‘ bodies, produces constant and debilitating pain, changes entirely the course of peoples‘ lives, and, far too often, causes death.

Jane Marshall • Clarksville, TN
 
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