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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Letters 11/8/07

- November 8th, 2007
Football Fans
The NFL is far and away America’s most popular sport and the NFL Network covers football 24/7. But too many football fans like me have Comcast, Time Warner, Charter or Cablevision. We are facing another season when we won’t be able to see the great programming on NFL Network, including eight NFL games, or we will have to pay more for it compared to those fans lucky enough to have DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS or
AT&T U-Verse. The big cable companies have moved NFL Network to a “sports tier” or aren’t carrying it altogether – preventing fans from seeing the quality programming including 200 games annually presented on this network.
Despite the fact that cable rates have increased by more than 40% in the last few years, big cable companies are still looking to squeeze even more from NFL fans by refusing to carry NFL Network in their affordable packages. At the same time, they use a double standard and include channels they own, like Versus and the Golf Channel, in their basic lineups.
I urge other frustrated fans to join me in writing to our government officials and tell them the cable companies should add NFL Network to their lineup alongside the channels they own. For more information on this issue, you should visit www.IWantMyNFLNetwork.com.

Nick Zlojutro • Traverse City


Exercise Your Vote
Are there things we can do to help our city see the failures of our City Commission and the road they seem to be headed down? Yes, I feel there surely are; one of them is that we have a great opportunity to change how things are done.
All citizens, myself included, have the privilege of putting new people on the Commission who have new thoughts and ideas of how to make changes that will benefit Traverse City. Mike Estes has some great ideas and would implement them if we elect him.
Mr. Carruthers and Ms. Budros are also responsible people. Mr. Carruthers is at city meetings week after week making his thoughts known to the City Commission, and so often is ignored. Mike Estes has this community uppermost in his plans.
I have lived in Traverse City since 1951, and my husband was in business here for over 35 years. We’ve watched the “same old, same old” members rotate from one committee to another for years, and nothing changes. We really do need term limits. How does anyone gain experience if they never get a chance to show what things they would change and how?
The Brown Bridge Trust Fund should not be for things that general funds or budgets, if you will, are supposed to take care of. Our Commission seems to find money for “studies” for various things that sit in a file somewhere never to be used or implemented. We don’t seem to think we should live within our means- what good are studies?
We told the city they did not want a parking deck, period – how many times do we say “no” and it is believed? Brownfield millions should be earning interest in my book, for future use.
Mike Estes is listening. Mr. Carruthers is listening. Ms. Budros is listening. They want to know how you feel.
Do you care, citizens of T.C.? Will you exercise your privilege and vote? Please do.

Jean Gallup • TC

Violence of Foie Gras
I appreciate that Rick Coates gave actual facts about the gruesome production of foie gras; however, I hope that Mr. Coates will think further about how the food he is eating is made next time he feels the urge to order foie gras.
Cycling thousands of tons of grain through suffering animals in order to produce a tiny amount of snob-munch is a practice as archaic as any I can think of. As is usually the case with livestock, the grain could feed many times the amount of people if it were distributed evenly to begin with, instead of being pneumatically pumped into an innocent creature with the sole intention of inducing painful liver disease.
The inherent violence of foie gras production would alone justify its abolition. However, for most of these animals their ordeal is not limited to the brutality of force-feeding. Many are amputated of part of their beak, without anesthetic, by pliers or scissors.
It is natural for ducks to spend a large part of their life on the water. In these ‘farms,’ many birds are kept in sheds, then in cages where their feet are injured by the wire floor. The cages are so small that the birds cannot even turn around, much less stand up or flap their wings. Many of those who survive until slaughter have their bones broken during transport and handling, and then by being hung upside down to be electrocuted prior to having their throats cut. Female ducks are usually ground up alive or gassed shortly after hatching, because their livers have more veins than those of males.
California, Chicago, Austria (6 of 9 provinces), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Holland,
Israel, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have all banned this barbaric practice.

Michele Lonoconus
Thompsonville

Scared By Politics
The Halloween holiday when I was a kid was great – it was fun being scared by all the goblins and ghouls. But now, as an adult, I find myself still scared, not by the costumed kids, but by politicians that say we need more government to “solve” all these demons (wars, the economy, etc.).
One of the problems with more government is that it gives us less freedom and higher taxes. When I was a child in the 1950s, the family was under less stress, and only one parent worked to support the family’s needs. Taxes were much less, and people relied on themselves or neighbors. Churches supported hospitals and provided care to all. Our borders were considered secured and the dollar was worth something - remember penny candy?
What has changed? To quote Ronald Reagan, “Government is not the solution, it’s the problem.” The only person I see today with a clear view for our country is candidate Dr. Ron Paul. He talks like a statesman and not a politician. To learn more, Google “Ron Paul” or visit the website www.ronpaul2008.com. He has answers that give hope for America that aren’t scary.

James Anderson • Maple City

Political Mail: Yes or No?
For the past few weeks, almost every resident in Traverse City has been bombarded with political campaign material. In your mailbox, under your door, asking for your vote for mayor, commissioner, school board and millage, etc., etc.
We’re all tired of it as we are of nuisance telemarketing calls. Perhaps changes in the law, or a new law, could be legislated, prohibiting the volume of campaign material we receive.
Four years ago, and again this year, I campaigned for BATA, a service needed by thousands of passengers here in two counties. I was recently asked by a neighbor not to leave any more material at her door. I will comply, although I accomplished a lot of needed exercise in my delivery. Everyone can benefit by picking it up at their door, if only to discard it. Think of the good exercise in all that bending and stretching.
And remember, in the good old
U.S.A., you have a right to vote. In some countries you may never receive political email, but you also don’t have a right
to vote.
Jean Wilson • TC

Michael‘s Extra Mile
In support of Michael Estes for the position of mayor: I’ve known Michael Estes for several years as the chair of our church trustees and as a board member of the Ruffled Grouse Society.
As a church trustee, Michael successfully led the charge to balance our budget after years of deficit spending. Despite opposition, he succeeded in securing the required votes to freeze out-of-control spending. Employees who retired or otherwise left the church were not replaced, and operations were consolidated. Non-essential spending was eliminated. Additionally, he successfully re-negotiated bank loans that saved the church thousands of dollars.
As a board member of RGS,
Michael went the extra mile to ensure our raising of funds was successful and that members were always informed. He assisted in organizing a clear-up of state forest lands for the benefit of all who use public lands.

George Clayton • TC

Estes and BATA
I hope that everyone going to the polls on November 6 isn’t so sick of our city commissioners and mayor that they are just going to vote for any new person who happens to throw their hat into
the ring.
Four years ago when BATA was asking for a millage hike, one of their biggest opponents was Michael Estes. In fact, he was so openly opposed to BATA that he participated in an anti-BATA debate hosted at the library by the League of Women Voters. He went so far as to call BATA a waste of taxpayers‘ money and said they should be able to operate independently in and around town with a fleet of about a half a dozen vans! How many of you knew that? I was there and witnessed first-hand his BATA hatedness. I do not want an anti-BATA person for my mayor. I will not be voting for Michael Estes.

Christy Penrod • TC

Seasonal Carruthers
As a Michigan resident for the past 22 years, I’ve come to really appreciate all that the Traverse City area has to offer. I’ve enjoyed all seasons, from summer sailing to winter skiing, and fall colors to the spring cherry blossoms. I’ve seen how fragile the environment can be. One bad frost can ruin the cherry season, which has a huge economic impact on the community. Make a difference this November 6 – vote Carruthers! He understands the issues, and will work to restore balance between development and the environment. With integrity, he’ll improve economic viability during frosty times.

Rachel Forringer • Ann Arbor


 
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