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The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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Letters 1/8/04

Various - January 8th, 2004
Wonderland

Alice had it right: “…it keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.”
I’m writing in regard to the hopelessly flawed, outrageously expensive Hartman/Hammond cum bridge proposal.
Now, after damning condemnation by the DEQ, EPA and DNR, The Grand Traverse County Road Commission (“embedded” with MDOT) has desperately employed a public relations firm (at tax payer expense) to sway the exasperated, apathetic public to their ill-conceived cause.
One can’t escape the notion of professional pork-barrelers with hidden agendas and malleable allegiances. How transparent that the faux farmers (e.g., Bill Clous) and realtor/developers clothed in Carhartts as well as a prominent state political clan, just happen to have a vested interest in the asinine route as proposed.
The only mitigating compromise might be the establishment of a “greenbelt” whereby no new commercial development and only limited signage and access be allowed. The traffic would be served and true colors (dual sense) would then be displayed.

Thomas C. Hall • TC

George “Grinch“ Bush‘s Christmas Eve massacre

If a million old-growth trees fall in the Alaskan forest and no one is there to hear it, did they really fall? Like most Americans, I have never seen the Tongass National Forest in person, but I know it is real, I know it is beautiful, and I know it gives me a deep feeling of peace knowing there are some wild places that yet go untouched by the hand of mankind.
As Americans, we each “own“ part the largest remaining American rain forest. It is the day before Christmas, and I have other things to do than write a letter to the editor, but like the Grinch who stole Christmas, the George W. Bush administration is stuffing our Christmas trees up the chimney while we sleep, with the Chistmas Eve sanctioning of the building of roads and the killing of the ancient trees in this sacred place.
Merry Christmas everyone. After stealing our treasury and giving it to oil, drug, and weapons manufacturers, the irreplaceable national heritage of our last great forest is being handed to the timber industry. Your a mean one Mr. Grinch. As our children dream the dreams of innocence, you are stealing the lungs of their planet. Wake up parents... wake up America....

David Singelyn • via email

Israel‘s ‘relative calm‘

Misuse of words can make them meaningless and a
transparent propaganda tool. Israeli attacks in two days around
Christmas left 15 Palestinian civilians dead in the occupied areas but
was not described as terrorism (even though considered war crimes by
the 4th Geneva Convention). This was followed by the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine attacking Israeli soldiers at a bus stop.
Parroting Israeli officials, this act (sanctioned by international law)
was labeled a “terror“ attack and other media outlets spoke of breaking
the “relative calm.“ During the “relative calm“ over 117 Palestinians
were killed and hundreds injured.
Another example of word butchery is attacking those who
speak out against the atrocities committed by the Israeli occupation
forces by labeling them as “anti-Semitic“ (or a “self-hating Jew“ if
Jewish).
Perhaps the lack of such possible twisting of words explains why there was no report on the Israeli occupation forces use of live ammunition
on Friday to attack a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid wall
that is now imprisoning Palestinians in the ghettos/bantustans. But then
again, the press could have reported using the Israeli doublespeak of
“security fences“ and their explanation that only one bullet was fired
hitting Gil Na‘amani, an Israeli peace activist, twice and injuring
others (internationals and Palestinians)! Isn‘t it time to tell
the truth and stop this massacre of words that used to have meaning? I
believe in non-violence, but we all must understand that the violence
(killing three-to-five times more Palestinian civilians than Israeli civilians)
is a symptom of colonization and occupation. To end the violence, we
should stop funding it by withholding from Israel the billions of
dollars of our taxes ($5 billion just in 2003). And we should stop
misusing words.

Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, PhD • via email

Saddam‘s sick story

Capturing Saddam Hussein must have been a mistake. Now, if he‘s not assassinated, he will have the stage to tell his story. It will be very difficult for the US political/military/industrial complex to hear. Saddam was installed in power by our government. His methods of terrorism were known, but ignored by our government. Our government used him against Iran. Rumsfeld met with him many times. His weapons were purchased from US companies. The US lead sanctions killed over 1.2 million Iraqis and most of them were children.
I hope that Saddam is tried before a world court, by impartial judges, and that prosecutors and defense lawyers are allowed to present their case. I hope that his full story is released to We The People.
Only by following rules of law and order can we move the world into peace. I‘m a Vietnam infantry vet, and I‘ve seen first hand that invasions and death and destruction are not the answer.

Arnold Stieber • Grass Lake
 
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