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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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