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 2/2/09

- February 2nd, 2009
More on the Volt
Here is some additional information to “Recharging Michigan” (Editorial, 1/19):The Volt also contains a gasoline engine assist, which generates electricity for the electric motor on longer trips. This extends the driving range to hundreds of miles.
The Volt is considered an electric car, rather than a hybrid, because the car is always being propelled by the electric motor: On short trips, batteries provide electricity to the motor. On long trips, the gasoline engine provides electricity to the motor.
A commuter driving fewer than 40 miles per day will use battery power only, and will not burn a drop of gasoline. If he or she decides to take a long trip, the gas engine assist turns on after 40 miles and generates the electricity.

Ted LeButt • TC

Not a fan
I find it puzzling and offensive that your publication would give space for Texas broadcaster Roy Henderson to suggest that he is a supporter of Traverse City. (re: “WLDR” 1/19)
He even had the nerve to imply that he’s a bigger supporter than Ross Biederman. Because of Ross Biederman, our communities have benefited from the Biederman Cancer Treatment Center and the Emergency Room at Munson Hospital. Ross and his radio stations give their time and resources to support area non-profits. There’s even a Biederman Foundation that contributes large sums of money to area non-profits.
Let’s recall what Roy Henderson has done for this community: Large eye-sore in downtown Traverse City. Sued the city leaders. I’m totally unaware of anything he has done positive for our community.
I think you show incredible blindness to this community when you choose to showcase an individual who has done nothing to deserve it. Why not showcase the real pioneers of this community who actually live here and care about this community, and who show it through “actions,” not a lot of “talk”.

W. Larson • TC

A Near-Miss Experience
Thank you and thanks to Mr. Nelson, owner of the Cash Plus in TC (re: “Nice Guys Finish Last,” 1/19). There can’t be enough warnings about these rip-offs. They are more prolific than we know.
We had a near-miss when we advertised a boat for sale. We were getting emails from a buyer in Nigeria. His story was that a friend over here was going to pick up the boat and ship it. He sent a bank draft [via FedEx] for way over the price of the boat and wanted us to send him the difference by Western Union. The credit union did not look twice at the check and only when we expressed concern, they checked it out somehow and said it was a fake. We had deposited it into our account but luckily had not yet written our own check. The State Police wanted only the emails, not the fake check. I doubt they ever were able to bring charges. Our money is made so that counterfeit is detectable. Why are not bank checks and money orders made that way? Does anyone ever recover their money?

Marian Johnson • Manistee
(sent via email)

Responsibility of the Artist
A recent letter soliciting government support for the arts (re: Letters 1/26) deserves a balanced response: The economic condition of our country and our state is poor, and reliable forecasters predict that the worst is still to come. Businesses are failing, individuals are losing their jobs, and families are losing their homes. Art is the crowning glory of civilization, but it does not take precedence over basic human needs, and it will not confer its glory on those who are being shorn of their dignity and independence by the current economy. Those of us who share a commitment and a devotion to art also share a responsibility to apply our ambition, our creativity, and our labor to help ensure its irrepressible endurance. Understanding that government funds are derived from its citizens, it is shameful to perpetuate a tax burden on all Americans to alleviate the noble obligation that lies with me and my peers and colleagues in the arts.

Harvey Gordon • Glen Arbor
(sent via email)

Co-equal Suffering?
(Re:Letters 1/19) A writer expressed dismay that someone would question whether Jews regard Israeli lives as worth more than Palestinian lives. With polls showing that 82 percent of Israelis think the Israeli military did not go “too far” in its recent assault on Gaza, it appears that way, no? Consider: In the last eight years (eight years!) 20 people in Israel have died from attacks launched by militants in Gaza. Yet, in just three weeks, some 1,300 Palestinians were killed and 4,000 were wounded.
A 20:1, 300 death ratio is not going “too far”?
“U.S.-based Jewish organizations” decry the suffering of Palestinians and Israelis “co-equally,” the writer claims. But if 20 versus 1,300 is “co-equal,” then one wonders how many more Palestinians would have to die before these organizations would denounce the pretense of such “even-handed” scorekeeping as obscene.
Moreover, for three years Israel has been choking Gaza’s 1.4 million people with a blockade that has prevented food, fuel, and medical supplies from reaching the area. Where is the outrage over this one-sided suffering? Is it only when rockets fly into Israel that suffering becomes real and worth denouncing?
For another Jewish opinion, watch UK Minister Gerald Kaufman’s address to the Houses of Parliament on YouTube. Far from pretending the suffering of Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza is co-equal, Kaufman – a man with impeccable credentials as an Orthodox Jew and early Zionist – boldly denounces Israel’s onslaught in Gaza as criminal, accusing Israel of acting like Nazis. “The present Israeli government,” Kaufman declares, “ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt among Gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians. The implication,” he concludes, “is that the lives of Jews are precious, but the lives of Palestinians don’t count.”

Tom Fenton • Cedar

Yes We Can!
It’s a couple of days after the inauguration and the medias’ professional conservatives have weighed in. Though none could find substantive fault with the inaugural speech, all heard “chinks and weaknesses”.
One couldn’t grasp the return to science bit.
Today, we accept the world as round and hardly the center of the universe, but lately folks were seriously insisting on introducing creationism into school curriculums. I’m pretty sure that’s what the President meant talking about science in schools. We are the nation that put a man on the moon! That was pure science folks, not intelligent design.
Another, equated better and more affordable health care with a handout mentality and essentially blamed high tech for today’s expensive services. You might first check with the insurance “industry” about those costs.
There was even something about subdued rhetoric. This President, unlike his predecessor, understands he is president of all Americans, not just his supporters and cronies.
Finally, one writer talked about Obama’s hope as if it were false, sighting, by example, of all presidents, Republican Herbert Hoover. Hoover presided over the Great Depression. Bush pushed privatizing Social Security.
To those whose ears were really open, the message was obvious. Yes we can!

Bill Brown • Maple City
(sent via email)

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