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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Please come home, Marty Kardes

George Foster - January 18th, 2007
Please come home, Marty Kardes
Eleven days ago, on New Years Eve morning, Leonard (Marty) Kardes was last seen walking down Cedar Creek Road (near Fife Lake, Michigan) and hasn’t been seen since.
Finding Kardes very soon is critical since he uses medication for diabetes and has been disoriented and depressed lately. Kardes served as a Navy Seal in the military.
According to family members, his problems could be a result of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam many years ago.
Kardes’ family and friends have been frantically searching for Marty in the Fife Lake area. Since the local police called off their investigation recently, local military veterans have joined the search with family and friends.
If you see him or have any information on Mr. Kardes, call the police immediately. He is about 6’2”, 200 lbs. with blue eyes and white hair. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, jeans, hiking boots, and a red & white fleece pullover.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, Marty Kardes will have returned home.
Speaking of soldiers coming home, don’t let the “surge” talk fool you.
President Bush’s plan to send an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq is a dribble, not a surge. A 15% increase in overall troop strength cannot possibly bring a victory in Iraq.
Few military experts agree with the President’s plan. Some, such as Sen. John McCain, think 50,000 or 100,000 or even more troops are needed to improve the security situation there. Others, like Rep. John Murtha, feel the opposite and believe most U.S. troops need to exit Iraq immediately.
So, why is the President standing in the middle, virtually alone, promoting his new plan to send only 20,000 to Iraq in reinforcements? Ironically, Bush is increasing the number of soldiers to allow our military to leave Iraq in a big way before the end of this year. The President knows this meager boost cannot possibly turn the tide to end the sectarian violence but believes his scaled-down plan is the last chance to leave Iraq with some dignity before it becomes totally enflamed by retaliating militias and death-squads.
Look, our military troops crushed the Iraqis in 2003 during the original invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein was deposed and we helped install a democratic government. Since these successes, our troops have been asked to do something for which they have not been trained - peacekeeping. How do you secure a country where 25 million Iraqis of at least three major sects have been killing each other for 1,500 years? Maybe we should have asked Saddam.
Actually, their only diversion from hatred of each other seems to be lethal attacks on us (polls show 70% of Iraqis now support violence against American soldiers). Forcing our troops to patrol hostile neighborhoods in the middle of this civil war is idiotic; it turns our soldiers into sitting ducks. How does our military identify the enemy: Sunnis, Shiites, al Qaeda, or all of the above? It all boils down to the fact that we can’t determine Iraq’s fate anymore - only Iraqis can.
Aside from the futile political situation there, our troops have sacrificed beyond what even avid supporters of the Iraq invasion believe to be reasonable. The sobering statistics show over 3,000 Americans dead and tens of thousands seriously injured.
These numbers don’t include the hidden toll - the Marty Kardes’ of this war whose military service may result in physical and psychological disorders some time after their last tour of duty. Studies have shown that at least 10% of combat veterans eventually suffer from such war-related problems. Since more than a million U.S. military personnel have been rotated in and out of Iraq beginning in 2003... whew, the hidden toll might be the worst news of all.
Many of our soldiers have already served three and four tours in Iraq. They have answered the call to duty, and then some. It is time to come home.
 
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