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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 1/5/09

- January 5th, 2009
A 3,000-mile search
Local Elk Rapids builder Jay Merchant has seen his share of the pressures of the construction industry. But only since the housing markets have burst like a water balloon dropped from the roof has he been forced to travel such great distances to keep working.
Recently, necessity has prompted this local businessman to reach out a bit farther to try and keep the lights on. He has been obliged to travel all the way to the Rocky Mountain ski resort town of Snowmass, Colorado this December.
His 20-plus years of experience brought an opportunity from someone who worked for Jay as an intern, back in the day. By the grace of God, this has provided work at a time of trial and uncertainty. So, on a whim and a prayer he “loaded up the trucks,” said “Colorado is the place we need to be,” and set out across the country.
The task was daunting for Jay and crew. Driving for days, they were mesmerized by cornfields, cows, and tumbleweeds before a harrowing attempt at crossing the mountain passes. Then they set up a rental house on a shoestring budget with a few basic necessities. They worked in fluctuating conditions and temperatures six days a week, while trying to make a good impression on the locals. They also carried lunch items out each day to prevent the bears from showing up at the site and survived a rear-end fender-bender en route to work one morning.
All of these events threatened to dampen the crew’s spirit, but they pressed on and managed to complete most of what they set out to do. Not even the theft of some tools in a hotel parking lot on the return journey managed to rain on their parade. All was taken in stride and everyone was home for Christmas.
An interim jaunt may be necessary to deal with loose ends and minor changes. In a month or two, a return trip is on the agenda to complete the detailed finish work in the three mountainside condos the crew worked on.
These truly are tough times that we face. Yet difficult times can seem to bring out the best in us. These unsung hometown heroes are living proof and exemplify that; when asked to go the extra mile, go 3,000 miles instead.

John Larkins • Elk Rapids

Less is more
Thanks to Anne Stanton for a very uplifting article on Rick and Heather Shumaker for living small instead of large. They are to be greatly commended for leaving a small “footprint.” And I thought I was the only one to live like that! More should do the same.

Charlene Jackson • via email

Good times at Art‘s
Your article about Art’s Tavern was very personal to me as a long time resident who drank, smoked, played pool, danced to the juke-box and partied at Art’s in times prior to Tim Barr making it more food-friendly.
I remember Sunday afternoons where I was the only one in the bar for the whole day playing pool. And now to see it occupied on winter nights is wonderful. If the food, scenery, friendships, toasts, skiing, or whatever attracts you, Tim is always welcoming.
Nothing stays the same and the times I spent at Art‘s are gone, so I give a big Christmas wish to all to find themselves at Tim Barr’s friendly bar. I will only tell the edgy stories to those I know: just don’t peel out in front of the bar, or date one of the bartenders‘ girlfriends!

Brad Krull • Glen Arbor

Rein in Israel
Barack Obama, while in Israel this summer, opined: “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”
Why is it the U.S. never removes its Zionist-tinted glasses when talking about Israel and Palestine? How many newscasts this past week had only an Israeli interviewed to repeat their assertion that Gaza is a terrorist base? What are 1.5 million Palestinians’ in Gaza expected to do without sufficient food, water, fuel or medicine? Do our government spokespersons or newscasters even know that over 850 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since the Annapolis summit in late 2007? Who has real grounds to lose patience?
U.S. taxpayers send Israel $3 billion annually in military aid grants for weaponry. In short, Israel’s lethal attack on Gaza is made possible by the U.S.
So, what do we do? Everything. Letters to our representatives and demonstrations are fine, but a sustained movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end the occupation is necessary. Start by not buying anything made in Israel. Educate yourself, see www.endtheoccupation.org

Marian Kromkowski
• Suttons Bay

Outrage in Gaza
While the history of the war in Israel and Palestine is long and complex, the horrible injustice and desperate conditions inflicted on the people of Palestine, in Gaza, and the West Bank are cruel and inhumane.
The great separation wall touted as a “security” barrier by the Israeli government and costing billions of dollars, encroaches deep into recognized Palestinian land, surrounding towns and cutting deep into Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The wall separates the people of Palestine from their loved ones, their water and fields, from hospitals and access to food. The Palestinian people are being pushed into densely populated centers, separated from each other by checkpoints and walls.
For two years, Gaza, the most populated region in the world, has been under siege, blockaded by water, land and air, cut off from food and water supplies, hospitals and work. In occupied Palestine, homes are bulldozed, rockets explode and armed Israeli troops threaten families. Electricity and fuel are shut off and sewage overflows. The children are hungry and afraid. The Palestinian people are being collectively punished for the actions of Hamas -- actions over which they have no control.
The United States has long supported Israel. It is time to call for and facilitate a meaningful peace for all people who live in the ancient lands of Palestine and Israel. The violence must stop. It is time to end funding the human rights violations against the Palestinian people in Gaza, east Jerusalem, the West Bank and in Israel.

Jo Anne Beemon • Charlevoix

 
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