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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Hope For America

Robert Downes - November 3rd, 2008
A generation ago, there was another man who brought hope to America in a time of crisis.
John F. Kennedy‘s greatest gift was bringing inspiration and a ringing challenge to young people who were hungry for hope at a time when we lived under the shadow of mushroom clouds and the Cold War.
Today, we face a new crisis: the threat of world-wide economic collapse.
And, as was the case in 1960, we need a leader who can inspire hope, especially in the hearts of young people. It‘s the young who need to be uplifted with an optimistic vision of their place in America‘s future, rather than a creeping sense of despair.
So, although John McCain is an honorable man, and a true American hero, this is not his moment in history. This is not the time for an old man, recycling the failed ideas of the past eight years. This is the time for Barack Obama.
Never in our lifetime have we needed a leader of Obama‘s intellect, wisdom and steady hand more than in the crisis we face today: A crisis brought on by the calamity of the Bush administration and its “me first“ ideology, which has made a near wreck of America. The national debt alone totals the equivalent of a $460,000 obligation for every household in America.
Last week, the Consumer Confidence Index (which is based on a survey of 5,000 families) plunged to an all-time low, driven in large part by the fact that America lost 760,000 jobs this year.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that things can only get better. We may face a period of austerity for a time and return to the values of our parents to be more frugal and less wasteful, but in the long run, we will be the better for it.
For starters, it seems safe to assume that the political party that engineered our current disaster will be swept out of office this week -- possibly for a generation.
• The politics of greed and self-interest are out.
• The policies of deregulation -- which allowed corporate thieves to run wild -- are out.
• The “borrow and spend” policies of borrowing billions from the Chinese and the Saudis to pay for our wars and their oil are out.
• Providing tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs is out.
So, what’s in? A new attitude and a president who inspires us to reclaim our country.
• “Pay as you go” is back in as a government policy. That fiscally responsible policy resulted in the best economy in America’s history under President Clinton.
• Putting domestic issues first is back in. Our new president has an ultimatum from voters to get our country back on track, rather than squandering ourselves in countries packed with fanatics who’d love nothing more than to bleed us for the next 1,000 years.
• Rebuilding America is back in. Our moribund industries will be revamped to produce electric cars, wind farms, trains, nuclear power plants, clean coal plants and solar power projects. New jobs will surely follow.
• America itself will be back “in“ as a leader in the world, rather than a pariah.
So, take heart, Joe Sixpack, and stop cryin’ in your beer if your guy lost this election. The party that plays you like a sap every election with non-issues like gay marriage and phony threats to take away your shotgun -- and then stabs you in the back by outsourcing your job and unleashing lenders to snatch your home -- is toast this Tuesday.
Things are going to get better.

Tootin’ my horn...
For those of you who enjoyed reading my columns from the other side of the world last year, I’m happy to report that my new book, Planet Backpacker, will begin arriving in bookstores across the region this week.
The book started out as a travel blog, written in 100 of the grungiest internet cafès on the planet in places like Cairo, Bombay and Budapest. I can only promise that it packs a laugh or two, along with lots of oddball characters, strange places and thoughts on the rambling life. It’s sure to unleash your inner travel beast, and I hope, some pleasant dreams.
 
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