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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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George Foster - June 19th, 2003
Hats off to Hillary and Martha
Did you ever wonder why Hillary Rodham Clinton is hated so much? With the possible exception of her husband, only Hillary could write a book that has the capacity to be savaged before it even hits the bookstores.
Many Americans will not accept that her book might be successful. People who will never read a word of it are charging that the book is a pack of lies. Right wing pundits are even accusing her publisher, Simon & Schuster, of intentionally misstating high sales figures in order to attract more buyers.
This kind of rabid criticism often comes from the same people who believe the Clintons killed Vince Foster and assorted others during an alleged Clinton murder spree over the years. Ironically, these unwitting critics may have helped spur sales for a book that has been reviewed by experts as relatively mundane.
Why is Ms. Clinton hated so much? On the surface, she should command respect for her immense talents and achievements. Highly educated, on the staff of the Senate Watergate Committee in her 20‘s, author of several best-selling books, and a successful attorney, the current Senator from New York is infinitely more accomplished than any other former first lady - and she ain‘t done yet.
The answer is obvious: Hillary Rodham Clinton is disliked because she is a woman. First Ladies have rarely had the background to advise the President on national policy issues. Most are neither smart nor ambitious enough for professional careers of their own. And of course, women are never, never to aspire to the presidency.

The public‘s reaction to Hillary Clinton might give some insight into why Martha Stewart is despised so much.
The CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is about to face significant jail if the 7-year sentence and millions charged in fines received by her friend and financial associate Sam Waksal are any indication. Stewart is charged with violation of insider trading rules when she earned $47,000 by selling stock from Waksal‘s company Imclone.
The public seems riveted with fascination at Stewart‘s freefall in worth and image. Many are downright gleeful that billions of dollars in her stock holdings of Martha Stewart Living have become a mere fraction of the original value after charges were filed.
Why do we fixate on Martha when criminal CEO‘s of World Com, Enron and other corporations are still walking free among us after bilking stockholders and pensioners out of billions? Somehow, we can‘t bring ourselves to hate them. After all, guys who play high stake financial games at the expense of others for a shot at immeasurable wealth are as American as the robber barons and Kennedys.
A woman in the same position, on the other hand, is not the same thing. Oh no. While being stridently blunt on issues is considered a refreshing quality in someone like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the outspokenness of Hillary Clinton on national affairs makes her seem like a bitch. The high-roller activities of Donald Trump is admirable as healthy ambition, the same quality in Martha Stewart makes her greedy. Let‘s face it, on some level we still want all women quietly subservient to men - if they are allowed to leave the home at all.
While it is unimaginable to see myself voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton as president or ever viewing Martha Stewart‘s TV show, I can‘t help but respect their moxie. Both women have stood up to their critics and refused to blink. As such, Clinton and Stewart have helped blaze the trail to allow women to compete equally in professions traditionally dominated by men.
Don‘t you think it is about time we all joined the 21st century and got used to it?




 
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