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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 9/8/08

- September 8th, 2008
A dangerous choice
In the midst of all the hype and make-believe over Sarah Palin, the idea of John McCain as decision maker shows with great clarity. His radical choice of VP has seriously dangerous possibilities. If she were to be required to step up to the task of president, the outcome would be horrendous at best.
This woman is under investigation and has ties with an anti-American group in Alaska. Who in their right mind would choose her as a running mate? Nobody.
I am sorry, but I can’t vote for a man solely because he was a war hero. He is no more so than any of the thousands of others who served in Vietnam many of whom gave much more than he did.
The Republicans have a long history of twisting and ignoring the truth without regard for the future of our country.America can’t stand four more years of Bush’s failed policies. Because I love America, I will vote against McCain.

Darrell Carlisle • TC

The pitbull in lipstick
If elected, John McCain and his VP “pitbull” in lipstick will swing our nation so far to the right, it’ll make Bush’s administration appear liberal in comparison.
A few journalist say: “He intends to deliver a new Republican Party to the people.” New? They’ll still be about the rich getting richer, making war against others for the good of Wall Street, robbing women of their rights, refusing proper healthcare for the under-privileged, securing a dominant foot-hold in the Middle East, and whatever ragged relationship we still have with Russia will be reduced to a block of ice. Voters should look beneath the skin and not be easily influenced by cleverly scripted campaign speeches delivered to McCain’s hand by one of Bush’s writers.

Wayne Erreca • TC

A feel-good moment
I was in Denver last week, in the stadium with 70,000 people, wearing my tri-colored hat, waving my flag, chanting “Yes we can,” clapping rhythmically, sharing hopes for the future.
Well, I wasn’t really there, but I was in the Antrim delegation (complete with tall signs designating our space) in the jam-packed State Theatre in Traverse City, watching the historic activity on the enormous screen, and it sure seemed that we were in Denver.
At first we hesitated about applauding people who couldn’t hear us or leaping up with our Obama signs, which only our audience in the theater could see. That hesitation was short-lived.
Michael Moore repeated that the State Theatre belongs to the community – for the viewing of the Metropolitan Opera, for high school football tournaments, for events like the final night of the 2008 Democratic Convention, and the final night of the Republican Convention.
On the way home, our carload of delegates identified our favorite moments. We all agreed that the Teamster from Detroit, the brow-striking woman from Ohio, the bubbly teacher from New Mexico, and the rest of that group of people just like us finished up on one giant high note of the evening. The plaid-shirted, life-long Republican Barney Smith from Indiana brought down both houses with his stern-faced comment: “I want a government that pays attention to Barney Smith, not Smith-Barney.”

Patti Fox • Bellaire

 
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