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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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SICKO goes to CUBA

George Foster - May 31st, 2007
Talk about a story that has it all.
Hot-button issues such as Fidel, Cuba, 9/11 attacks, Hollywood-type liberals, life and death drama - all instigated by who else: Michael Moore.
Moore says his new movie SICKO is supposed to unite conservatives and liberals on the increasingly painful issue of health care. Yet, when Moore’s production crew traveled to Cuba with 9/11 victims (firefighters, and other first responders to the attacks) for better health care, the other Great Uniter, George Bush, decided to question the legality of the trip.
Michael Moore must be doing cartwheels with glee over his good fortune. While investigating Moore’s reverse-flotilla back to Cuba, the U.S. Treasury Department is unwittingly providing SICKO millions of dollars worth of free publicity just before the movie is scheduled to debut.
What does our government think Moore did wrong? They believe he may have traded with our sleepy enemy, Cuba, sitting only 90 miles from Florida. If Michael Moore criminally spent even one peso at a market in Havana, he could potentially be fined $250,000 and spend 10 years in a Federal prison.
Assuming for a moment that Moore violated our laws by traveling to Cuba, should he be classified as a traitor? Or do you think he is a terrorist; after all - his detractors never tire of accusing him of supporting our enemies due to his well-publicized anti-Bush sentiments?
At worst, Moore is no different than the 25,000 estimated Americans who travel to Cuba in violation of the embargo each year. Apparently, our government doesn’t think their activities are monstrous. Instead of a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Prison, the U.S. Treasury gives a handful of these travelers a slap on the wrist ($1,000 to $5,000 in fines) every year.
Even under the current restrictive U.S. law, Michael Moore should receive rubber-stamped approved by the U.S. for travel to Cuba. Section 515.563 of the U.S. Treasury Code states clearly that journalistic activities in Cuba by persons regularly employed as such are authorized to visit that country.
I have perfunctorily been granted permission as a journalist and traveled to Cuba twice. As the author of numerous books and documentaries, Michael Moore unquestionably meets the criterion to visit Cuba. Unless, of course, he is secretly checking out a new safe-haven for Osama bin Laden or worst yet, planning to expose another My Pet Goat scene in SICKO.
The bottom line is Michael Moore has the right to do his job without threats or censorship from federal officials. Our government’s misspent time and expense thwarting Moore is ironic when considering that Texas officials recently freed one of the most notorious terrorist suspects of the last 30 years, Cuban-exile Luis Posada Carriles. Arrested for entering the U.S. illegally in 2005, Posada is wanted in several Caribbean countries for acts of terrorism.
Posada has been implicated in a series of bombings in Cuba but is most notorious for his alleged role in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner over Barbados. That explosion was the worst terrorist attack in Caribbean history, killing 73 people, including the entire Cuban fencing team and 11 Guyanese medical students. And oh yes, despite a busy schedule of wreaking havoc, Posada found time to spend several years as a CIA operative in Central America.
What does it say about our War on Terrorism when the U.S. releases a likely mass- murderer without addressing his heinous acts, but investigates Michael Moore? Unfortunately, it may seem to the rest of the world that America believes there is justification to kill innocent people if the murderer happens to also hate Fidel Castro.
But don’t even think about disagreeing with our government’s policies because there will be hell to pay.




 
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