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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Join the War Corps: It‘s Time for Conscription of the Willing

Bill Smith - August 12th, 2004
Over 40 years ago President Kennedy introduced the Peace Corps, a voluntary initiative to support the Kennedy vision of the U.S. role in helping to make the world a better place.
I propose that President Bush introduce the War Corps, again a voluntary initiative to support the Bush vision of the U.S. role in helping to make the world a better place.
The War Corps provides a serious ‘action plan’ for believers in the Bush Doctrine of “preemptive invasion.”

The War Corps will be bipartisan. Its centerpiece plan offers a renewed draft called the “Conscription of the Willing.” Here is how it would work:

President Bush delivers a major speech debunking the myth that mostly not-so-privileged Americans are dying overseas in order to benefit mostly privileged Americans back home. The President will call on anyone supporting the Bush Doctrine to step up and offer the names of all eligible family members for a special “conscription of the willing” draft to be held in the near future.
President Bush gets the ball rolling by submitting the names of his own twin daughters, who flank him on both sides with smiles and waves, along with the sons and daughters of cabinet members and close advisors.
Top appointed and elected officials (i.e. Congress) who have voted for and supported the Iraqi War, or high-profile private citizens in support of the Bush Doctrine (i.e. talk show hosts, corporate executives) will be invited to classify themselves or their own children (or grandchildren, etc.) as “1-AA.” All 1-AA children, unless impoverished or medically unable, will serve combat duty after training.
All other private citizens (i.e. you and me) who support the Bush Doctrine will be invited to sign up their eligible dependents for the “1-A” category, to be drafted until 50% are conscripted. 1-A families will receive pins, bumper stickers, and plaques to proudly display their voluntary 1-A status in support of the Bush Doctrine. The first 1,000 1-A families who enlist before conscription will also receive commemorative flight goggles – replicas of the ones the President wore when he declared victory on the aircraft carrier.
Some conscripted individuals will be given the opportunity to learn the languages of Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Korea – useful for incursions into countries known to have been far greater threats and/or conduits of terrorism than Iraq.
All top corporate executives who wish to support the War Corps, but who have no eligible dependents, will be invited to slash their total compensation to $911,000 per year, with the remainder donated to veterans programs, or to start up costs of a new 24/7 Bush Doctrine cable channel which alternately broadcasts Presidential rally speeches and John Wayne movies.
All conscripted children of 1-AA and 1-A families may choose to serve in non-combatant roles by helping families of civilian victims of invasion (now numbering in Iraq four times the number of U.S. civilian 9/11 victims – picture four sets of twin towers leveled by American bombs).
All citizens will always be encouraged to enlist without waiting for conscription.

Huge bipartisan rallies of 1-AA and 1-A extended families will be held in major urban shopping malls. Drawings will be held to distribute newly legalized automatic weapons to the lucky winners. Names of the Willing will be published in local newspapers, with pictures of them shown in combat zones.
And what about those 1-AA and 1-A families who choose not to serve, who choose not to put their own children in harm’s way? It’s a free country – and I am sure you will find them with the rest of us waving their flags proudly at the next Fourth of July parade.

Bill Smith is a resident of Suttons Bay.

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• My Child Joined the War Corps!
• In Bush We Trust
• Soccer Moms For War
• Containment is for Wimps
• Terrorism: Evil Without a Cause
• Preemptive War:
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