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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 2/19/04

Various - February 19th, 2004
Who‘s the bigger boob?
FCC Chairman Michael Powell has been a very busy man lately. Janet Jackson‘s breast was clearly more than he could handle. He immediately launched an FCC investigation to discover how a breast found itself bouncing around his airwaves, which are usually reserved for gratuitous acts of violence, and the corporate reconstruction of our reality. How many millions of our tax dollars is Mr. Powell going to squander on his hunt for the cause behind the outing of one of Janet‘s top agents? Maybe he could hire Kenneth Starr to sniff around Janet‘s drawers for oh, lets say $50 million or so...
Does Powell really imagine that Americans are depraved enough to see the glimpse of a mammary gland as more dangerous to the welfare of the United States than Powell‘s own recent efforts to dismantle our First Amendment rights? The damage done to the people by his weakening of the already insufficient limits on media monopolies is far more pernicious than Janet‘s televised anatomy lesson could ever be. How strange that a human breast can turn Powell into such a raging moralistic tiger, and yet the selling of our airwaves into the hands of a few monster corporations leaves him purring like an overstuffed pussycat.
Mr Powell, we don‘t want our only windows on the world controlled by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Clear Channel. You and your FCC have blatantly betrayed America‘s trust in appointing Fox as guardian of the henhouse of America‘s information. Yes, Janet showed her baby bottle. But it is you who has disgracefully exposed himself by shamelessly unzipping your corporate fly and relieving yourself all over our First Amendment. Mr Powell, you are the one who should be investigated - for corruption in using your FCC post to help foster mega-media monopolies, and helping destroy the laws ensuring the people‘s right to an unabridged free press and free airwaves.

David Singelyn • Harbor Springs

Reproductive rights
Thanks to Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) for introducing the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) on the 31st anniversary of the monumental 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
This landmark piece of legislation is designed to protect women‘s civil liberties and prohibit the government from interfering in the exercise of reproductive rights.
The bill would prevent the government from discriminating against a woman on the basis of her reproductive decisions -- about using birth control, having a child, or terminating a pregnancy. FOCA would also forbid government interference in a woman‘s right to make her own family planning and reproductive health decisions. The legislation would invalidate current restrictions on access to abortion and family planning health care services such as mandated delays and targeted and medically unnecessary regulations.
I applaud these lawmakers for introducing federal legislation that would guarantee and protect a woman‘s basic human right to make her own childbearing decisions. A woman‘s right to make her own childbearing and reproductive health choices has been systematically eroded by anti-choice hardliners and this bill is designed to restore and protect this fundamental human right.
l urge Michigan‘s Senators Levin and Stabenow and Representative Camp to co-sponsor this important bill.
In Northern Michigan, activists are planning many events building up to the March for Women‘s Lives in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2004, when women from all over the country and the world will raise their voices in support of reproductive rights for women everywhere.
Further information on the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is available at www.plannedparenthood.org. For more information about the March for Women‘s Lives, go to www.miplannedparenthood.org/march.

Nancy W. Doughty • TC

Who controls the agenda?
Over many decades I chaired a number of committees, each with various goals and philosophies. Early on I found that if I also assumed the duties of physically compiling the committee agenda, I could control the meeting with little challenge or deviation. If the topic wasn‘t on the agenda, it didn‘t get discussed. Period. That was the trick I used to steer the committees in the direction I wanted them to go, regardless of sponsors‘ intentions or those of other members on the committee.
After witnessing the mainstream press ridicule and ignore Dean, Kucinich, Sharpton, Lieberman and Braun in Iowa and New Hampshire and their previous belittling treatment, I realized that my prior experience on committees had a direct correlation to what is going on in Corporate America today.
The power elite control the American public‘s agenda through their subsidiary, the Corporate Media –- which consists of most of our major newspapers, magazines, cable and network TV and radio stations. Over 90% of the media in this country is controlled by just a half dozen individuals behind the conglomerates -- who control America’s agenda. And if the topic isn‘t on the agenda, it doesn‘t get discussed in their media.
What we hear or read is chosen for us along with its spin. When one considers that the decisions we make are based exclusively on the knowledge we have of a subject, then it‘s no wonder we act and vote the way they want us to. The topics on our daily agenda -- and their political spin -- are chosen by Corporate America, not us.
More and more liberal observers are recognizing that “the mainstream media in the current era is the enemy, and must be treated that way.” While we stand and aim our progressive arrows at the Corporate Huns out in the field, their first line assassins in the media who are directly in front of us are cutting open our bellies.

William F. Brabenec • Attica, MI

Correction
last week‘s article on the nursing strike in Petoskey contained an error in spelling which may have altered perception of the story. A patient was treated for a staph infection at Northern Michigan Hospital, rather than a staff infection as stated in the article.
 
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