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Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Letters 3/20/03

Various - March 20th, 2003
Mean liberal readers

I would like to thank you for the “Best of 2003“ list
of restaurants, places to go, etc. What I found
especially amusing was your “Best Going Away Present
for John Engler“ and “Best New Job for Trent Lott“.
The “intelligence,“ “compassion“ and “tolerance“ of
your mostly liberal readership was certainly on
display here. Repeatedly making fun of the former
Governor‘s weight problem while wishing upon him such
things as “flaming bags of dog poop,“ “stomach bypass
surgery“ and “guillotines“ really put the genius of
the left in this country on display. As far as
Senator Lott is concerned, I agree that he made some
stupid and offensive statements, but lets not
forget that the only former member of the KKK in
the Senate happens to be the distinguished Robert
“Sheets“ Byrd, Democrat (WV), and I don‘t see any
Democrats asking for his resignation.
I also found it interesting that the comments made
about Governor Engler and Senator Lott were far more
hateful and disgusting than anything suggested in the
“Songs you‘d like to dedicate to Saddam Hussein“.
This just goes to prove time and time again that all
one has to do to be held in lower regard than Hussein,
and Hitler.. all of whom have murdered millions of
people... is to simply disagree with the modern
“American“ liberal.

Steve Yenshaw • Traverse City

Best commanders

I must respectfully disagree with some of your choices for the best/worst Commander-in-Chiefs, specifically John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman (Random Thoughts 3/6).
John F. Kennedy‘s handling of the Cuban missile crisis was indeed adroit, however most histories of the crisis gloss over (as the press did at the time) the fact that in order to get the Soviets to agree to remove missiles from Cuba, Kennedy agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey as well. This was a substantial strategic retreat for the U.S., although one could safely argue that it prevented a general war. In addition, America‘s involvement in Vietnam was easily as much Kennedy‘s fault as anyone else‘s. Despite popular fiction (Oliver Stone‘s JFK) there is no evidence that Kennedy‘s policy toward war in Vietnam would have been any different than Johnson‘s was. The CIDG program, which succeeded only in arming the Viet Cong, which heretofore had been unable to sustain any sort of intensive combat, began not under the Johnson administration but Kennedy‘s. Diem‘s assassination was also planned by the Kennedy administration.
The statement that the U.S. was poorly prepared for WW2 is not exactly accurate. The U.S. was certainly surprised at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines but even a cursory study of WW2 history will reveal that the U.S. began to mobilize industrially in the late 1930s and militarily in 1940. Virtually every major weapons system used by America began development, and some cases production, prior to America‘s entry into the war. This includes the Manhattan Project. In addition, Roosevelt, despite some missteps, managed to keep the war from developing into a Churchillian series of sideshows that did little or nothing to contribute to the final Axis defeat. He refused to allow huge numbers of American troops to be diverted to such theaters as Greece, China and Yugoslavia using them instead to liberate Western Europe and the Philippines. On the downside there is no question that he should have fired MacArthur after his defeat in the Philippines and he also allowed a divided command in the Pacific to linger.
Harry S. Truman is vilified unfairly for his decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan but again even a cursory examination of the facts will reveal the military soundness of his decision. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people depending upon whose figures one uses. By comparison, the battle for Okinawa resulted in about 200,000 deaths of whom approximately 85,000 (some sources claim as many 175,000) were civilians. The idea that U.S. invasion of Japan would not have produced truly incomprehensible casualties is ludicrous as is the claim that the Japanese were ready to surrender. The military in Japan had known for over a year, since the fall of Saipan and the attendant Battle of the Philippine Sea, that there was no way that Japan could win the war. This realization is what caused the fall of the Tojo government. Despite this the Japanese made no serious attempt to end the war because, in their greed, they were unable to countenance the loss of what they had so recently conquered. In addition, there would have no U.S. invasion of Hokkaido until the summer of 1946. During the winter between 3 and 6 million Japanese would have died of starvation and exposure (according to the W.H.O.). Only prompt action by Douglas MacArthur who was an able administrator if an indifferent tactician, prevented mass starvation as it was.
Truman is also blamed for heavy losses in the Korean War. The Korean War was hardly the U.S. military‘s shining hour, but Truman had little choice in committing the U.S. to the fighting particularly given the fact the U.N. Security Council mandated military action (one of only two occasions that it has done so). Truman also fired MacArthur preventing a full scale war with China.

Eric Smith • Petoskey


Oil vs. Democracy

I am against America until this life ends, until the Day of Judgment&My
hatred of America, if part of it was contained in the universe, it would
collapse&She is the root of all evils and wickedness on earth&Muslim
Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy, neither compassion&. Why
dont you wage jihad (against America and Israel)? Why dont you pillage
them?

Does the preceding quote sound chilling? It sounds worse when you
realize it was from by one of our ALLIES in the Middle East (Shaikh Saad
Al-Buraik from Saudi Arabia).

Great pains have been made to link Sadaam Hussein to Al Queda and Bin
Ladens terrorist network. If a plausible link were to be made Iraq
would conceivably be bombed beyond any recognizable standard of a
civilized society (as was attempted with considerable success in 1991).
Conversely, 15 of the 19 WTC terrorists were Saudi Arabian nationals.
Apparently that is not a plausible link to terrorism. We are not going
to bomb Saudi Arabia. While Saudi Arabia happens to be one of the
countries most grounded in religious fundamentalism that, like Sadaam
Hussein, believes in the use of terrorism there is one fundamental
difference. That difference lies in the access to oil profits.

In Colonial times Saudi Arabian oil profits went directly into the bank
accounts of Western oil companies. In the era of Neo-Colonialism the
profits are invested into an account with Chase Manhattan Bank, which
invests the money earning huge profits. Chase Manhattan also manages the
Saudi Industrial Development Fund and the Saudi Investment Bank. Morgan
Guaranty Trust (linked to Mobil and Texaco) also shares in the profits
having a representative on the Board of the Saudi Monetary Authority.
Why was it important to liberate Kuwait? Just ask Citicorp. They control
the majority of the Emir of Kuwaits $120 billion investment portfolio.
It seems charging you 19% interest on your credit cards isnt enough for
them. These companies also need blood money obtained by brutal U.S.
inspired puppet dictatorships deeply rooted in terrorism. And to anyone
who thinks that we liberated Kuwait for altruistic reasons. Take a
look at Kuwaits human rights record. Labeling Kuwait a democracy is a
travesty of the concept.

The conservative estimate of the amount of money the western investment
bankers have at their disposal is One Trillion dollars. A Trillion
dollars here, a Trillion dollars there. After awhile that starts to add
up to real money. A person will kill another person on the street for a
pair of shoes. They will kill another person in a convenience store for
$20. To say that money is not a motive when we are talking about the
amount of money oil revenues represent is the height of naivety. And
this to me is one of the most perverse justifications of any type of
violence. These are millionaires killing people to become billionaires,
and in some cases billionaires killing people to become multi-billionaires.

These are not issues brought up by the corporate controlled liberal
media. Their agenda rests on the control of foreign countries and their
resources. The countries that do not grant our huge MNCs access to
their oil profits read like a whos who of Americas alleged official
enemies list. Among them Iran, Iraq, Yamen, and Algeria. We will use any
excuse to extort, destabilize and attack these countries until they
realize the true meaning of the New World Order: That the chief
beneficiaries of a countrys resources are first and foremost US
corporations. Once these rogue countries submit to that simple idea
the world will be a safer place for democracy.

One may remember the push for the last four decades to elevate Cuba to
the status of the next great threat to western civilization. Not
everyone bought into that. One Mexican diplomat explained that Mexico
could not go along, because “If we publicly declare that Cuba is a
threat to our security, forty million Mexicans will die laughing. The
American media didnt laugh. They bought into it as they have now with
Iraq and are once again trying to sell the deception to the American people.

Will this letter change anything? No. Will anything stop us from going
into Iraq? Probably not. Im just one person who is tired of standing
by, saying nothing, and being a good German.

Michael Kindel
Petoskey

Democracy In Default

If in a democratic nation millions of citizens march to protest the actions
of their government and not even a hesitation is warranted by that
government, is it not their same commission as citizens to challenge the
validity of the very democracy to which they cling? Millions of people
across the globe took to the streets in support of a peace that seems to
balance on a razor‚s edge, but the imminence and tide of war seem too strong
to stop - even hesitate. The administrations of the UK and the US have
become so attached to securing a Œlasting‚ peace that they are willing to
sacrifice the fragile one that already exists.
Any peace, no matter how timid, must be harbored by democracies around the
world. If there is any alternative to war, it must be allowed full
maturation and its every facet fully expended. The loss of life must deter
us at every possible junction away from war. These things must occur,
because in a democracy peace is the greatest virtue. Peaceable, lawful
advancement is the foundation by which all democracies are allowed to
survive. War, though, is a great stumble, and its outcomes widely variable.
The U.S. claims to be the symbol of democracy throughout the world, a symbol
other countries use to navigate toward democracy. What then do other
countries do when their compass steers them from course? When their guide
becomes reckless and ignores their voices? The United Nations stands alone
as the greatest example of a world struggling toward egalitarianism, yet the
United States, a pillar of this international dialogue, withdraws from the
discussion when it cannot impose its will. It steps away from the table
when democracy is at its finest.
The U.S. is undeterred in its war preparations and appears uninterested in
global democracy. Is, then, the acclaimed symbol of democracy in default,
and will this default be but the first domino in a world of teetering
freedom?

Bryan Siddall • via email

The facts on the war

The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do
not even know they are dogmas. Good ole Doc Breen has a Rush Limbaugh / Bill
O‘Reilly dogma. (re: a response to Francis A. Breen, Jr., M.D., Letters 3/13).
I do have a few facts to support my opinion as printed in this paper a few
weeks ago.
Fact: Iraq presented its weapons declaration to the United Nations in
December 2002. There were 11,800 pages in the document. The United States
removed 8000 pages.
Fact: The missing pages implicated 24 U.S. based corporations and
the successive Reagan and Bush administrations in connection with the
illegal supplying of Saddam Hussein‘s Iraqi governments myriad weapons of
mass destruction.
Fact: Some of those same companies colloborated with the Nazi‘s in WWII.
Eastman Kodak, Dupont, Rockwell, Sperry, Hewlett-Packard and Bechtel were
among the American companies aiding the Iraqi weapons program leading up to
Iraqs 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Fact: The report also reiterated information previously documented by
Senator Robert C. Byrd (D. WV). These reports detailed how the U.S.
Government directly supplied weapons of mass destruction to Hussein -
weapons he then used against his own people while the United States
resupplied his arsenal. In addition to biological and chemical weapons
components such as three strains of anthrax, six strains of botulinum toxin,
three strains of gas gangrene bacteria, West Nile fever virus, and Dengue
fever virus. The Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of
Agriculture and the Livermore Los Alamos and Sandia nuclear weapons labs
also supplied Hussein‘s government with material for its nuclear weapons
program and training in how to use it.
Fact: After the 1991 Gulf War - Dick Cheney‘s Haliburton outfit received
the contract to rebuild Hussein‘s oilfields. It cost a lot of dead bodies
and a fat government subsidy.
Fact: It isn‘t any wonder that members of the U.N. Security Council are
balking and want to suppress what they know. Britain, France, Russia and
China are in fact still arming Iraq!
Fact: It was American peace activists - not gung-ho, pro war, flag
sticker-on-the SUV chicken hawks who first raised the warning about Iraq‘s
U.S. supported weapons program.
Fact: Because of the strength of the allegations of war crime indictments
against key Reagan and Bush,Sr. administration officials-such as former and
current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield for collaboration with Hussein on
the massacre of Iraqi Kurds-George Bush felt compelled to do something about
the embarrassing material. Bush simply ordered more than 8000 incriminating
pages of the report snipped and trashed. Who would know?
Fact: Iraq also gave copies to theInternational Atomic Energy Agency. Other
copies found their way to Andreas Zumach, a journalist with the Berlin
newspaper Die Tageszeitung. He broke the story on December 20, 2002. A story
you likely never read or were informed of in the United States The U.S.
origins of the very weapons we are rightfully condeming Iraq for having
possessed is still missing from the mainstream news coverage.
Fact: In 1986 Iraq was considered an ally. Then in 1994 an Orwellian
switcheroo took place when information into the U.S. origins of Iraqi
chemical and biological weapons became public during an investigation of
Gulf War Syndrome. We have had revisionist history since then. Few Americans
understand that the Iraqi dictator is just one more monster created by the
United States and his weapons of “mass destuction“ is simply an out of
control outgrowth of a shortsighted U.S. foreign policy.
Fact: This comedy of errors has lasted through two generations of Bushes
and has been kept alive by Bill Clinton. It needs to end now if our children
will ever have a hope to live free of fear. We need to stop the disease
being spread by Hussein and Osama bin Laden. We can‘t let hatred or short
term political goals dictate foreign policy.Hussein needs to join Idi Amin,
Manuel Noriega, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Alfredo Stroessner, Mengistuhaile
Mariam and other such despots!
Fact: This information came to me from Michael I. Niman - Professor of
Journalism in the Communications Department at the State University College
of New York at Buffalo. Check out his previous articles at
www.mediastudy.com

In friendship,

Rev. Robert Frost Donaldson • East Jordan
 
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