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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 6/24/04

Various - June 24th, 2004
Our country hijacked
Theodore Roosevelt said: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
America has always been a proud nation of patriotic, determined people and we’ve enjoyed the admiration and respect of the vast majority of people around the world. It is so sad and dangerous that in such a short period of time this has changed due to the arrogance and the “go it alone” style of the Bush administation. Our country and what we stand for has been hijacked by the current administration and they have used a false sense of patriotism to further a self serving agenda. Their policies are not making us safer or healthier and have brought down our standing in the eyes of many other nations. The lies and deception about this war, dropping out of the Kyoto Accords at a time when we need to be showing leadership on global warming, and the dismantling of our policies to protect the environment are just a few of the offenses that threaten our freedom, safety and the quality of life for all.
We hope that all the people of this county regardless of party affiliation will take a deep look at the direction we are going and decide if we want, or can afford four more years of this administration.

Ben Bowmaster
& Paula Wisniewski • Cedar

Our wonderful
‘No Child‘ program
The 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education was May 17. This historic decision gave every student in America a seat in the classroom, and the No Child Left Behind Act guarantees each of those students an education.
We celebrate these together because a bipartisan majority in Congress -- under President Bush’s leadership -- passed the No Child Left Behind Act recognizing that equality of opportunity alone does not guarantee a quality education.
No Child Left Behind is less than two years old and already we are seeing positive results -- higher test scores, closing of the achievement gap, increased funding but more local control. But some critics don’t like it. They advocate lowering the standards in our public schools.
That would reverse the gains we’re seeing and negate the Brown decision that means so much--the value of the seat in the classroom is only as good as the education one gets while sitting there.
Scott Sokolowski • TC

Angered & disgusted
I am a proud and patriotic American.
I was born and raised in the United States of America.
I am fiercely proud of the land of my birth and upbringing.
I have great respect and admiration for the American people.
I hold great respect and admiration for the Constitution of the United States of America.
I will defend her honor to my last breath.
I am neither Democrat nor Republican.
I am neither liberal nor conservative.
I am angered, disgusted, and outraged by the manner in which the good name of America and the dignity and integrity of her people have been dragged through the mud by our current administration.
Like many other Americans who find themselves in the same situation as myself, I will express that anger, disgust, and outrage by NOT voting for Bush this November.
I am critical of the actions and policies of the Bush administration BECAUSE I love this country and all that she stands for. My reasonable expression of that criticism is my right as a proud American as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. I am also aware of the unquestionable fact that NO presidential administration or political party is more important than the nation, the people, and the Constitution that our elected officials are sworn to serve and protect.

Karl Kitchen • Suttons Bay

Reagan revisited
I’m not shedding a single tear for Reagan.
- Reagan was the man who kept Saddam Hussein in office during the first years after his coup d’état. He approved the sale of anthrax, West Nile and other chemical and biological warfare niceties to Hussein’s Iraq, laying the base of Hussein’s WMD and helping to kill thousands of Iraqis and tens of thousands of Iranians.
- Reagan was the man who brought military instructors into Afghanistan to train the militia of the warlords and Islamic extremists; the name of one of the early blue-eyed boys was Osama Bin Laden.
- Reagan was the man who covered Central America with proxy wars lead by death squads that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians with weapons they got from Washington for free. 200,000 were killed in Guatemala alone, a country of less than 7 million inhabitants in those times.
- Reagan was the man who trashed much of the Social Security system of the U.S. He slashed civil rights protections, especially for colored people.
- Reagan’s criminal Iran-Contra scam helped flood the American ghettos with cheap drugs from Central America.
- Reagan was the man who tried to establish ketchup as a vegetable in schools to save money, to name just one of his absolutely crazy ideas of how to take advantage of the poor.
- Reagan had delusions that were downright ridiculous, such as the SDI, aka Star Wars Project, now revived by another wacky president. He related stories about himself having freed the Auschwitz concentration camp and other stories that showed to everybody that he couldn’t tell truth from mere fantasy.
- During his presidency the number of prisoners in the U.S. rose from 300,000 (by far the highest figure per capita worldwide) to 800,000, and he was proud of that. Meanwhile, under Bush, the figure has exceeded 2 million, which means that 50 % of all prisoners worldwide can be found in the U.S. (50 % of all practicing lawyers too, by the way).
I guess the worst thing was the fact that it was Reagan who brought the Bush clan into the core circle of American power.
Actually the list of Reagan’s malefaction could fill volumes. The only “good” thing was that during his presidency US citizens began to again feel like they were the greatest race on earth, after the humiliating experience of the Watergate scandal and the pretty weak years under Jimmy Carter.
And he sure didn’t end the Cold War. It was Mikhail Gorbatchev who did that. Without Reagan it might have taken a year or two longer, but that wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Americans tend to make their former presidents heroes when they die. Quite right. Some presidents like to make themselves heroes already before they die. Reagan liberated Auschwitz, and Bush liberated Afghanistan and Iraq. Ha ha.

Hans Joerg Rothenberger • via email

 
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