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Letters 12-14-2014

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 1/112/09

- January 12th, 2009
Time to rebuild
It’s time to repower, rebuild, and refuel America! To revitalize our faltering economy we must transform the ways Michigan and the rest of the world produces and uses energy. We need to get our economy moving by building a clean energy future.
We must start cutting global warming pollution now. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have a reasonable chance of meeting this objective if developed countries as a whole cut emissions 25-40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050.
We call on members of Congress to support policies that:

• Move to 100 percent electricity from clean sources such as wind and solar. We need an aggressive national renewable electricity standard, national energy efficiency standard, strong building codes, and strong energy efficiency standards.
• Cut our dependence on oil. We need to significantly increase the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, create new incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, and adopt a federal low-carbon fuel standard that will bolster rural economies and cut global warming emissions.
• Create five million new clean energy jobs. We need to make major new investments in infrastructure and technology to jumpstart our economy and put Americans back to work.
• Reduce global warming pollution by at least 80 percent.
• Safeguard America’s wildlife and natural resources.
You can sign our petition at:
www.nwf.org/first100

Brenda Archambo • National Wildlife Federation • Cheboygan


Offensive to nurses
I have been reading the Northern Express since it first became available in the Petoskey area. I learn much about our area and its people through your reporting. I may not always agree with the subject matter being presented, but I am better informed as a result.
I am sure that you have the ability to censor the content of articles presented, as well as a letter to the editor in response to that content. What I am not understanding is your inability to censor the content of the advertising you accept.
I am referring to the ad on page 3 for Streeters in the December 29 edition. The depiction of a “bimbo nurse” is derogatory, degrading and stereotyping for all nurses - male and female.
We nurses have worked very hard to become the professionals we are. To see this type of ad in a well-respected newspaper in the 21st century makes me angry. I believe we nurses are owed an apology.

Susan Hoshield, RNC, MSN, CPNP • Petoskey

Holocaust parallel
The outrage in Gaza by the Israeli military has me wondering, where is the U.S. Jewish response? Do they care that hundreds of innocent civilians are being massacred by Israel? Or is it only when Jews are being killed that it’s an atrocity?
Having been to Palestine a number of times and getting to know many of them personally, I can say with certainty that the Palestinians will not go quietly to the gas chambers.

Randy Bond • Beulah


Worthy cause
A group of us are putting together a fund raiser for Jeff (a Britten Banners co-worker) and Missy Smith’s daughter, Bernie. If you’ve watched the news or read the paper I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Bernie and her multiple heart surgeries. She has spent most of her first year of life at hospitals in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.
Bernie has been home for the last couple of months getting acquainted with her three older sisters, Izzy, Lucy and Sadie.
A group of guys here at Britten Banners dabble in music (Rick Daigh and Mark Sanders) have decided to put on a show at the InsideOut Gallery to collect some funds for Ms. Bernie’s never-ending medical bills and the equipment she needs.
The Berniepalooza event is from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, with a donation of $10 adults and free for kids under 12. Everyone and anyone is invited - kids are welcome!
To learn more about Bernie and her struggles check out her web site: http://www.healthebern.com.

Karla Shiels • TC


 
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