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Letters 9/29/08

- September 29th, 2008
Supporting Sarah

Here we go – Wayne Erreca and Robert Downes prove Sarah Palin has something going for her and is vice presidential material. At first, reading their vicious attack, I was offended, then I had to chuckle as she really has the Democrats scrambling to cut her down. Way to go Sarah.

Donna Edgerton • Indian River

Republican Doubletalk

I am sick of one political party claiming the title “pro-life,” as if the rest of us are “anti-life.” What about “life” after birth?
What party lied to trick us into a war that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of God’s children?
What party is so protective of big business and the insurance industry that millions are left with poor coverage or none at all?
What party tells people: “Pull yourselves up by your bootstraps?,” “We’ll give you a hand up, not a hand out?,” then they create business incentives for companies to outsource American jobs to other countries?
What party justifies tax breaks to the wealthy, telling us it’ll create jobs…the money will “trickle down” to us? In reality, they invest in jobs overseas where labor is cheap!
Which party promises tax cuts, never reminding us about our huge debt and enormously expensive war? They don’t tell us they’ll pay for those by cutting social programs such as Social Security and Medicare? What about our crumbling infrastructure?
Which party claims “family values” while members of their party prove repeatedly that their morals are no different than anyone else’s?
Which party has created a climate of greed allowing millions of Americans to lose their homes?
Which party has denied the need for clean, renewable energy (benefiting not only the health of the environment, but human health), because of their connection to the oil industry?
My point is that all life counts! Our future depends on this election. We need to recognize all this kissing up to average, working class Americans for what it is… Republican desperation to get votes! Study the issues. Forget the emotion, gender, race and personalities. Vote on the issues that will impact us and our children’s lives for years to come.

Barbara Bernier • Manistee

Clear Vision

How encouraging to have a candidate for Leelanau County Commission, David Marshall, who regards economic growth and preserving the integrity of our natural resources as compatible goals. Too often commission decisions focus on short term costs rather than long term effects.
Representing Cleveland, Empire and Glen Arbor Townships, Marshall has a clear vision for the area, and the skills and temperament to work with all constituents. As a business owner and President of Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce, he demonstrates his ability to listen to diverse opinions, and to reach collaborative decisions.
We need David Marshall on the County Commission.

Dorothy Barker
Empire Twnshp

Issues not Lipstick
The U.S. economy is in a meltdown and all the Republicans want to talk about is lipstick on a pig. Dangerous times do not need reckless leaders, and McCain is reckless, as evidenced by his choice of Sarah Palin. It’s too dangerous to elect a man President who admits he knows nothing about economics and to elect a Vice President who should be kept in Alaska, not standing one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Timothy Smith
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Decided Decision

I want a representative who will be proactive and accessible, representing the voice of northern Michigan in the State House. Candidate Roman Grucz consistently impresses me with his passion, honesty, and direction. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents embrace Roman’s vision, and I hope you will too. I will vote for Roman Grucz, confident that he’s the one for us.

Erin Kennedy • Kalkaska

Promises Made

The Republicans have been in control for 20 of the last 28 years. In each election they have vowed to balance the budget, clean up corruption and cut the size of government.
Only once has the budget been balanced or had a surplus and that was under Clinton. Under Clinton, government, as a % of GDP was reduced (Gore streamlining effort). The past eight years the government size has risen and the debt exploded (more debt in eight years than in the past 100 years).
While John McCain is a good man and American hero, his policies remain the same. His VP choice is charming and dynamic, but her views seem to be from the radical anti-feminist far-right fringe (Creationism, global warming, etc.) and would harm the progress of equality for women.
The Republicans now seem to be caught in their own web of failed policies. As Pogo in the cartoon strip said “I’ve found the enemy and he is us.”
I’m extremely disappointed/disgusted that the Republicans have now resorted to a low form of attack ads (lies) that fail to address issues.The plans as expounded by Obama/Biden seem much more firm/realistic/hopeful. Our hope is in a change which we can believe.

Patrician Ann Haan • Honor

Push Pin Fan

Not sure what kind of “Debby Downer” pills Miss Sarah Atkinson is taking but her response to the Push Pin Man article was very mean spirited. Art is many things to many people and just because her parents did not see fit to allow her to play with a Light Bright as a child does not mean she should downplay this form of art. I would hate to think what she must think of “Photography” as an art form. She would likely say any child can push a button and take a picture. She has a right to her opinion but in this case I disagree. Vision, time, energy and heart are the most valuable tools in an artists bag. Paint, canvas, a camera and yes even push pins are just some of the options for expressing the artistic vision. Keep coming with these creative ideas Push Pin Man. I assure you there are more of us who appreciate something unique and different than those who critique for the simple reason of hearing themselves speak or in this case write. Hey Eric, you should do a Google search for these sorted pins she is talking about. That could actually save you some time - I’m just saying.

Dan Smith • via email

Change is Good

A Republican-led effort is underway to deny Michiganders their right to vote. The state GOP is trying to use foreclosure lists in their voter suppression plan. What will they think of next! Nothing like kicking someone when they’re already down. The Obama campaign joined Michigan residents and the Democratic National Committee in a lawsuit challenging the Republicans’ “lose your home, lose your vote” vote-suppression program.
There is a great test in this country that we are studying for and we need to get all the answers right. That is why I am voting for Barack Obama. My children and grandchildren need this “CHANGE”. We need to put our house in order so that we may continue to help others.
Sharon Cronk • Lake Leelanau

Many thanks
When Barack Obama’s acceptance speech was broadcast live at the State, our local democratic party came in and decorated the theater in a patriotic theme. When John McCain’s acceptance speech was broadcast live, Michael Moore paid for the decorations and they were put up by the State theater volunteers. I just want to say, Thank you Michael.

Dan Beaudoin • via email

Oil Independence

It sounds simple. We can gain oil independence simply by drilling for more oil. We must remember that we produce less than 25% of the 20 million barrels of oil we consume each day. That means we must find, drill, bring to the surface, and transport three times as much as we are currently producing in order to be oil independent. It took our oil industry more than fifty years to reach 9 million barrels a day of production, we would need 6 million additional barrels a day above that amount to reach oil independence. This is next to impossible.

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City

Value of Education

As a former early childhood educator and grandmother of three preschool children, I understand the importance of a quality education for young children. A quality preschool program nurtures young children and gives them the love of learning throughout their lifetime. Young families are educated as well when they have access to the principals of child development which is key to the growth of the whole child. Sounds simple but the “traditional values” which we try to instill in our children such as sharing, taking turns, and kindness towards others are reinforced by skilled teachers in a preschool setting. But is a quality preschool program cost-effective? Consider the amount of money it costs to maintain our prisons.
Dan Scripps believes in the value of education at the preschool level and beyond. Vote for Dan Scripps for State Representative.
Susan Wheadon • Cedar
Drill Now

Drill within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Upset natural balance. Disturb native peoples, caribou, wolves, bears, birds, and musk ox too.
Drill off America’s coasts. As an older American, I have already traveled to and enjoyed clean beaches of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts, so there is no need to preserve them for younger folk. If these beaches are ruined, I, as a wealthy person, can always travel to another cleaner beach where oil drilling is off limits.
Spill Now – Spill oil on our beaches and tundra. The Supreme Court has ruled that oil companies don’t have to pay for oil spill damage to fish, birds, livelihoods.
Volunteer environmentalists will always gather to clean up beaches, remove oil-sogged birds, and clear dead fish from the shores. Taxpayers can pay too.
Bigger pipeliines will be needed to suck excessive profits into pockets of oil magnates. Secret meetings will be needed between the president, vice president, and oil producers to increase profits. Never mind that the oil
profiteers already have leases on millions of acres which they are not drilling, finding it more convenient to drill off our shores and pristine artic wildlife preserves.
“From California to the New York islands, from the redwood forests
to the Gulfsteam waters...” You know the rest.

Max Old Bear • Traverse City

Fresh Look

Michigan’s 8.9% unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, energy prices are soaring, and we face difficult economic times. Michigan spends more on corrections than on education. What’s wrong with this picture?
We need to send people to Lansing who are looking to the future with fresh ideas and are eager to work together to get Michigan moving again. Dan Scripps is ready to roll up his sleeves and get Michigan working and moving towards a brighter future. To see his concrete ideas on tackling the challenges facing our state look at his website, www.danscripps.com. Vote for Dan Scripps on November 4.

Lee McAninch • Empire

Choose the Candidate Who Wants the Job

Let’s consider a man who had a job, didn’t want it anymore, applied for another job and was told by his superiors that he couldn’t have it and he’d better go back to where he’d been before.
Saying he’d do it for them – apparently not really what he wanted to do – he did go back.
This reluctant person is a politician, the one with the oversized signs along the Antrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, and Cheboygan roadways (put up earlier than is really considered legal, and he’s a lawyer and has run for office before and he should know that). There’s another hitch about this reluctant job seeker. He can’t get the job he didn’t want unless many people vote for him.
Given the circumstances, why would any responsible voter cast a ballot for him when a woman who is highly qualified, organized, bright, and responsible wants to serve as Representative for District #105 in the Michigan Legislature?
Connie Saltonstall is that woman. She has served as a Charlevoix County Commissioner, a Charlevoix School Board member, and is currently a board member on the Charlevoix Commission on Aging, Hospice of Northern
Michigan, and Northern Community Mediation. She is also a retired school teacher and former successful small business owner.
Her diverse background assures that she will bring to Michigan the know-how to foster better health care, bring about lower drug prices, and institute better educational opportunities. Most importantly, she will work to return new job opportunities to Michigan.
Connie Saltonstall will lead the way to rebuild the Michigan economy.

Patti Fox • Bellaire

Vote Caging

Michigan voters beware!!! A voter suppression technique called “Vote Caging” is being employed in Michigan. “The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County, Michigan,….is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.” (Michigan Messenger, Eartha Jane Melzer, Lose your house, lose your vote. 9/10/08)
It was reported on September 16, 2008 in Real Clear Politics that Barack Obama’s campaign, the DNC and several voters had filed an injunction to prohibit the GOP from challenging Michigan voters whose homes are on fore-
closure lists.
Vote caging is just one of the many voter suppression tricks in the Republican Party’s dirty tricks bag. To target this group of people, who are already victims, is especially venal. Many are still living in the foreclosed property trying to work out a deal with the bank and those who left are traumatized.
If you have lost your home through foreclosure or have moved since the last election, please note that Michigan law requires you to change the address on your driver’s license or personal ID as well as your voter registration card to match your current address. You can make these changes free of charge at a Secretary of State branch office. October 6th is the last day you can make these change and legally vote in the November election.
Pass the word on to your friends and don’t forget to vote on November 4th.

Cliff Cleland • Member DeKalb County Democrats Committee


CORRECTION

I wish to offer my apologies to several local performers who were incorrectly identified as performing at the September 20, 2008, Obama Rally at the Inside Out Gallery. The following performers were listed as part of this event, but were not involved and did not attend the rally: Miriam
Pico, Mike Moran, and Claudia
Schmidt. This information was published in error and does not necessarily constitute any implicit or tacit endorsement on their behalf.

Bill Dungjen • via email

 
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