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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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Letters 5/12/08

- May 12th, 2008
Double standard
Quite interesting, the North Carolina Republican Party is airing attack ads on two Democrats who are running for office because they support Barack Obama, who went to Reverend Wright‘s church. Apparently, Wright‘s sermons saying that God condemns America for its acts and punished America in the 9/11 attacks are very radical.
Does anyone recall the same outrage when Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, talked about 9/11? He stated: “Americans have allowed rampant secularism, the occult, permitted abortions, and legislated prayer out of our schools. So God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.“ The acceptance of homosexuality, Robertson says, could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist’s bombs, and possibly a meteor striking the earth.
Please remind me if the Republican Party made a similar outcry about Jerry Falwell. “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians, ... the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this [terrorist attack] happen.‘“
Jerry Falwell also said that AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.
In fairness to the above preachers, they based their points of view on an early prophetic worldview which explains suffering as punishment for sin. Since all three are using same prophetic world view, why is only Rev. Wright being attacked by the Republicans? Why hasn’t the media gone after Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell like it has about Reverend Wright?
Of course, we can explain the attack ads by the North Carolina Republican Party by the mastermind of wedge issues, Karl Rove, an agnostic, who has successfully used divisive issue to motivate the Christian conservatives to vote for their candidate. Perhaps the Republican Party uses a double standard!

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

McCain is out of touch
What you should know about the “Straight Talk Express.” Senator McCain is more hawkish than President Bush on Iraq. McCain reflects the neo-conservative program of spreading democracy by force. McCain declared in 2000: “I’d institute a policy that I call ‘rogue state rollback.‘”
His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but he voted against a bill to ban waterboarding.
Fellow Republican senators say he’s reckless, erratic, hotheaded, and loses his temper, and that is a concern if McCain is commander in chief.
McCain considers himself to be pro-environment, but scored zero from the League of Conservation Voters.
McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his manager and top advisers are lobbyists. The watchdog group Public Citizen says that he has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign.
McCain’s attitude toward those families caught in the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations. As one of the richest people in the Senate, and the owner of at least eight homes (Associated Press), we should not expect any relief from McCain on issues facing middle America.
The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children: he voted against the childrens‘ health care bill.
Senator McCain advocates that the United States expel Russia for the G8 group of industrial nations, and continue to exclude China from the councils of power. His age reflects his “Cold War” policies.
Republicans, Democrats, and independents should consider the stakes if we continue with the same old Bush policies in Washington D.C.

Ronald D. Dykstra • Beulah

Built-in solutions
Random Thoughts, “The Two Child Solution,” was one of the most sinister articles I have ever read.
Its obvious that the sanctity of life is nowhere to be found in this article.
Also, haven’t you heard, global warming is a deception you’ve fallen for. Search out the evidence, it‘s there.
The earth has built-in solutions to provide for its inhabitants. Greed, that‘s what gets in our way.
Regarding the statement, “In medieval times, it made great sense to pump out more Catholics to have more believers to fill church coffers or pump-up the ranks of armies. More people meant more power.”
What did that statement do to add intelligent information to the article? To me it revealed the ignorance of the writer about the Catholic Church and added nothing of value to the article.
I would love to go paragraph by paragraph and counter your pronouncements, but space is limited.
Your information is deceptive and is not backed up with fact.

Donna Burket • Gaylord

Justice for all?
Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian Donnelly has an extreme, scorched-earth style of charging citizens with crimes. However, his mean justice applies to everyone except law enforcement personnel and their families.
Recently, a criminal conspiracy was discovered in the sheriff‘s department involving three law enforcement personnel and one‘s son. The crimes included destruction of evidence and conspiracy to destroy evidence, misconduct in office and conspiracy to do the same -- all serious felonies. Donnelly didn‘t refer this matter to another prosecutor; he simply exonerated them all.
This, coming soon after Donnelly‘s exoneration of the police sniper who killed the innocent Craig Carlson, who called 9-11 seeking help. Donnelly is thumbing his nose at all law-abiding citizens who are naive enough to expect honesty and integrity in law officers.
What can we do? Report him to the attorney general? No, he‘s another prosecutor. As a practical matter, you should avoid Kalkaska and do not call 9-11.

Robert J. Carey • Kalkaska

 
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