Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Why Hillary should not be president

George Foster - November 1st, 2007
Don’t get me wrong.
I am not a Neanderthal who detests women asserting themselves in public or the work place. Nothing is more attractive than an independent-minded woman who speaks her peace - I married one. Whoa mama, don’t ever change.
Hillary Clinton has never been accused of being a shrinking violet, either. She is also smart and an accomplished Senator of New York. Yet, I don’t believe she should be president.
First of all, electing Hillary would perpetuate a Clinton family dynasty. You may have already forgotten how experts believed Clinton-fatigue was a factor in kicking out the Democrats, thus George W. Bush sweeping to the presidency in 2000. Now we want to bring back a Clinton because of Bush-fatigue? If Hillary Clinton is elected in 2008 and serves two terms, Clintons and Bushes would have monopolized the White House for (gulp) 28 consecutive years. Just end it, people, END IT.
During my lifetime, it is an understatement to say that the United States of America is in a rut. From 1952 to 2004 a Nixon, Bush, or Dole has run on the presidential ticket in every election except 1964. That makes over fifty years of the same recycled mush. In a country of hundreds of millions of potential candidates, can’t we find anyone new? And I don’t mean Jeb Bush.
Also, America is not ready for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. There, I said it. I expect to be sleeping on the couch for a while if my wife reads this.
Few are discussing the fact that if Ms. Clinton is even nominated for president, it will be a momentous event in American history - a first. For you youngsters, it seems unbelievable that women were prohibited from even voting for president in this country until about 80 years ago, let alone running for the top office.
The woman who breaks this ground will need to be confident and accomplished in ways that are not obvious. When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball over 60 years ago, he was vastly more advanced than a typical rookie. Robinson was a college graduate, an elite athlete in at least three sports, a military veteran, and had already played baseball against future Hall of Famers in the Negro Leagues. Because of the depth of his varied resume, Robinson was also mentally and physically tougher than everyone else. While white players and fans verbally attacked him unmercifully, he somehow kept his cool with dignity in his first season in order to ensure that the change in baseball’s policy would work.
Jackie Robinson earned the right to become the African-American to destroy Major League Baseball’s taboo on minorities. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton should not be granted the historic honor of being the first Ms. President.
Let’s face it; we would not be considering her for the top office except for her famous husband. Americans should first be considering Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, and other such qualified women who have worked their way to prominent political positions and have served in leadership roles at national government posts for many years.
What about time spent as First Lady, you ask? Don’t go there - it doesn’t count. It may actually be a negative experience for purposes of seeking the presidency. First Ladyship does of course have value in each administration, but every woman in that role has had to support her husband’s policies whether she agreed or not.
Please do your patriotic duty and vote for your favorite candidates in the upcoming elections... as long their names aren’t Clinton or Bush.
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