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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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