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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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Protesting the protestors of the Beijing Olympics

George Foster - April 21st, 2008
President Bush is right. It doesn’t make sense for him to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games being held in China later this year. He has pointed out that an opportunity would be lost to communicate with officials of our somewhat isolated rival.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in particular, is heavily criticizing the Bush Administration for refusing to make a protest statement at the Games. Barack Obama, too, has belatedly called for the President skip the opening ceremonies. The other major candidate, John McCain seems uncertain about what should be done and has stopped short of any support for a protest.
Primarily, Clinton wants Bush to protest because of the illegal invasion and occupation by China of the sovereign nation of Tibet. Sound familiar? Ironically, similar circumstances did not stop her and others of the Morality Police against China from supporting the U.S. government’s adventure into Iraq five years ago.
Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy is the very reason why it is absurd to make such political statements at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How many nations would have boycotted the games (not to mention the opening ceremonies) if a U.S. city had held the Olympics this year?
Rightly or wrongly, our standing in the rest of the world is at an all-time low. The number of countries protesting U.S. intervention in Iraq would have been considerable. Fourteen countries refused to participate in the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984 and who can even remember the trumped-up reasons that the offended nations gave at the time?
And who should decide what constitutes behavior bad enough to be sanctioned by the Olympics? Not Hillary Clinton, that is for sure.
China’s occupation of Tibet does violate any reasonable measure of human rights abuse. Hillary Clinton hasn’t figured it out yet, but the world has a system in place to make the decisions she is calling for. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the organization that holds the responsibility to determine the site of the games and who qualifies for participation.
The IOC certainly knew of China’s abuses of human rights long before the selection of Beijing as the site for 2008. Tibet’s ethnic minority and Buddhist monks have been brutalized by Chinese forces since 1950. Maybe the gutless protestors, who have taken pleasure in attacking innocent bearers of the Olympic flame, should be committing violent acts against the committee members, instead.
Reportedly, the death toll from Chinese crackdowns in Tibet is relatively low - maybe a couple of hundred over the last 58 years. If every country that supported a questionable policy resulting in the deaths of at least 200 innocent people were banned from the Olympics, its games would be very sparsely attended every four years - if not deserted. Even the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, has rejected the latest rioting by his countrymen in Tibet and supports the Beijing games.
Lest we soon forget, the original idea of the Olympiad in 776 B.C. was for warring Greek states to lay down their weapons in the spirit of common humanity, promoting peaceful competition to offset the frequent wars and brutal violence that swept ancient Greece.
It seems to me that the reasonable solution is to either hold the Olympics in the spirit of its Greek forbearers with no political considerations or eliminate the games in their entirety forever.
And in the meantime, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone...”
 
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