Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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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