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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Stream Search Census

- October 6th, 2005
COUNT SOME CRITTERS as part of a Stream Search census of macroinvertebrates being conducted in October by the Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay.
Macroinvertebrates is a fancy way of saying “bugs,“ specifically, those that live in local streams. Each spring and fall, volunteers count creepy-crawlies in approximately nine streams leading into Grand Traverse Bay. The numbers help determine the health of the watershed.
This year‘s search will be held Saturday, Oct. 15. If you‘d like to get involved, call the Watershed Center at 935-1514, or check out www.gtbay.org

AMERICANS can quit losing sleep over the issue of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public classrooms.
Last week, the U.S. House voted 416-3 to adopt a resolution stating that, “the Pledge of Allegiance and similar expressions are not unconstitutional expressions of religious belief.“
Rep. Dave Camp reports the vote is a follow-up on a 99-0 Senate vote along much the same lines. The congressional hoo-ha is the result of a June, 2002 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which held that the Pledge has religious overtones that are unconstitutional to include in public school ceremonies. The phrase the court got sticky about was “under God.“

POWERED UP: The Michigan Energy Demonstration Center opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The Center will offer demonstrations and classes in energy-efficient technology, including solar, wind, bio-diesel and geothermal systems as part of Northwestern Michigan College‘s M-TEC center on Aero Park Drive in Traverse City. A highlight was the MSU football game on a TV powered by renewable energy.

HAPPY “Keep Space for Peace Week,“ Oct. 1-8. It‘s an international week of protest over the militarization of outer space.
Organizers note that the U.S. government is spending $10 billion per year on a “Star Wars“ missile defense system which is demonstrably ineffective. Weapons are also being considered for orbiting platforms in space. TCTV Channel 2 will host “Arsenal of Hypocrisy,“ a documentary on space and the military on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 9:30 p.m.
 
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