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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Letters 2/25/08

- February 25th, 2008
Cry for Help
I commend the Northern Express for its article and interview regarding the tragic death of Craig Carlson.
Craig was someone to many people. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. On Nov. 10, a Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s sniper decided that Craig’s life would end. I find it appalling that up to 60 officers were involved with this tragedy, which lasted approximately 12 hours, and nobody was successful in assisting Craig with his cry for help!
Twelve hours to talk him down... to find someone that Craig loved and trusted to help... to find a trained professional to assist.
It’s unacceptable that Craig had to die this way. With all of the sketchy details surrounding Craig’s shooting, many questions are being raised that need to be answered. We, as a society, should not “accept” the fact that it is okay for law enforcement to shoot and kill a suicidal person.
I am hopeful that justice will be served for Craig, his family and his friends.

Christie Niesen • Bear Lake

License to kill
Police actions in Craig Carlson’s case give them a license to kill at will without being held accountable. All they need to say is that he was a threat, or lie to have things in the cops‘ favor.
This is why I would never call a cop for any reason, for they always make a bad situation even worse with their lies, bullying, stealing, torture, and now even murder.
You may think I just have a few bad mishaps with police or that there are just a few bad apples, but I am qualified to say that I have experienced all these abuses personally, and some more than once. I never have any need for police for any reason and consider them far worse than any criminal.
I once was trustful enough to give cops money as charity, support their mission, and believe the constant propaganda on TV.
I now know better than to ever ask for any assistance, protection, or help, for I will be the one going to jail, paying a fine, or getting harassed for asking. This has happened more than once. Even going to the police to ‘police‘ themselves brought about no action in my favor -- instead it brought more harm my way. Yes, they have ruined my life, my faith in American justice, and any reason to trust in this fascist illegal government.

Brad Hargett • via email

Online Obama
I am writing to let you know that there is a new web site available: Elk Rapids 4 Obama (http://elkrapids4obama.spaces.live.com).
Initially I got so frustrated by having to respond frequently to the statement, “Obama is a Muslim,” that I launched the site. After debunking all the urban legends I know about Obama, I now post articles, photos, sound clips, videos as well as my own commentaries.
I’m intrigued with the man, his movement and his innovative grassroots campaign that uses the latest Internet technology.
We are the change that we seek!

Terry Miller • Elk Rapids

Iraq Contraption
Conducting a war that began with faulty intelligence, and lack of real intelligence, is similar to rebuilding an engine with improper specification manuals, and no actual mechanical knowledge.
Your wife knows you got no business pouring your household funds into the nightmare in the garage, and everybody else thinks you’re nuts. Your kids will eventually pay for the damn thing with the lack of attention you’ve given to their lives, and won’t be able to even drive it when they’re old enough. Because by the time you get it running, they’ll already have their own wars. I mean cars.

Sam Zachary • TC


Iraq & the Economy
I am curious when I see that most Americans consider the economy to be the top concern. I wonder why people are not seeing the connection of the money we are sending to Iraq every day to the current state of our economy?
Can it be that simple, that our economy would be doing good if we would end this war? I hope we think about this as we select our next president.

Barbara McIntyre • TC
 
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