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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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