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Letters 9/27/07

- September 27th, 2007
Keep Space For Peace
I’m writing this letter to make people aware that October 4-13, 2007 is the international Keep Space For Peace Week. We need to educate ourselves about a deadly program our government has been involved in ever since the Reagan years - namely, Star Wars. The Bush administration sells this Star Wars mission as “defensive.“ But this is only a way to get public support for the deployment of offensive systems in space. Our government is spending billions of dollars so they can attack anywhere on earth. These weapons in space will most likely be nuclear powered. NASA is planning for nuclear powered bases on the moon and sending nuclear powered rockets to Mars. It will only take one nuclear accident in space to contaminate the entire planet.
Peggy Fry • TC

A Fool And His...
Fool me once - shame on you. Fool me twice - shame on me. We were to believe Colin Powell and now we are to believe General Petraeus.
Never mind about the funny math. I can do the math myself and it doesn’t compute.
Margaret Forgione • TC

Where‘s Everyone Goin‘?
Two more neighbors announced they were leaving the state today. On the news is coverage of the UAW negotiations. In my Email inbox I find 2 more letters telling stories of the illegal immigrant problem in America.
These seemingly unrelated stories all speak to the same issue and I ask myself “What has become of this country?” There is no decent work for the soiled working class anymore.
The auto companies ask for concessions because sales of American cars are falling. Are they really surprised that no one can afford a car any longer? My father retired from Ford Motor after 30 years, he lived to see a thriving single provider family turn into a struggling 2 income home. Still the Auto companies want more concessions.
The theory is that, after they have gutted the working class, the working class needs to help keep them solvent. Who did they think was going to buy their cars after they took all the decent semi-skilled jobs overseas? I am all for developing markets overseas, but to do so means paying foreign workers enough so that they might become consumers of your product (refer to Henry Ford for originating this business model).
Migrant workers have helped build this country since its beginning; they have kept food costs down and done work that the more skilled American workers were not interested in doing. Now that all the decent jobs have left the country we are being told we need to clamp down on the immigration issue. After all, we need those jobs we used to give gladly to migrants. (See paragraph 3 for reasons there are no jobs.) The lack of labor jobs in this country was to be offset by new “higher value” work such as is available in the tech sector. These jobs unfortunately are also being sent overseas... Not that it matters, with a failing educational system, we can not muster the talent to do the jobs anyway.
So as I say goodbye to two more neighbors, joining countless others, who are leaving in hopes of greener pastures elsewhere (say...Alaska??) as I worry about the future prospects for my children.
As I consider the possibility of selling my home and moving elsewhere. As I watch stories of recalled Chinese toys. As I bristle at yet another attack on the powerless migrant workers. As I wonder if I will soon be forced into the fields with my family to pick this seasons crops.
I wonder if Henry Ford is turning over in his grave, and I ask myself,
What has become of this country?

James Grant • Mesick
The Wild Bunch
I‘m sorry that Mike Morey hasn‘t witnessed wildlife while kayaking beween the 8th and Cass St. Bridges; I guess you have to live here.
We own a condo on the north side and have seen (besides the mallards and their cousins) geese, gulls, swans, comorants, falcons, turtles, and muskrats in and along the river. On shore, we‘ve watched squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, possums, and a multitude of small birds (some rest here and others are on fly-through.) I‘ve smelled skunk, and two deer have wandered through; as a matter of fact, the only wildlife I have expected to see, but have not, is a fox.
But then, you should see us senior citizens. Now, there‘s a wild bunch!
Barbara Thompson • TC
Michigan Wine Is Fine
First and foremost, we would like to thank Mr. Coates for the kind and complimentary comments with regards to the Water Lily Restaurant in our luxurious Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. The Food and Beverage Department takes a great deal of pride, not only in our flagship restaurant of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, but in all aspects of guest service. My personal goal is to ensure that every encounter with my team will exceed the expectations of each and every guest and associate. As your publication is not readily distributed in our area, I will make sure to share this glowing review with all of the principles involved in making the Water Lily such a success.
Please also allow me this opportunity, however, to apologize for the erroneous information you seem to have been given by a member of our staff. Please note that I enthusiastically promote and enjoy Michigan Wines and I do not know where this staff person may have gotten the notion to express the contrary. We evaluate our wine lists based on how it meets our guests’ needs and wants as well as how well it pairs with the wide variety of menu items we have available. The list is an expression of the tastes of a team of individuals, both from the Culinary Team and the Front of the House Team and we are constantly tasting new products and looking for that ‘perfect’ mix of wines to reflect the diversity of our menus. To indicate any wine is or is not represented on the list as a result of one personal opinion is not accurate.
Michigan has a long and celebrated history of producing exquisite wines; we recognize the quality Michigan Vintners have to offer our community and appreciate the long list of fantastic Michigan wines available. Historically, Michigan wines have always been well represented on the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort wine lists in the Water Lily and the Siniikaung Steak and Chop House.
To that end, we currently are working with the talented Wine Makers of Chateau Grand Traverse and the Water Lily team for a Wine Makers Dinner in October to celebrate their Michigan wines and the exquisite cuisine of the Water Lily. It would be our pleasure to add anyone interested in experiencing this collaborative effort to the reservation list.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention in allowing me to provide correct information, as the quote in the article would lead a reader to believe information that is not accurate.

Marc Forrest, Food and Beverage Dept. Director of Soaring Eagle
Casino and Resort • Mt. Pleasant



Margaret Forgione • TC

 
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