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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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End Affirmative Action Now

George Foster - January 30th, 2003
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.“ - Martin Luther King

It is time to end racial intolerance and preferences. Just ask conservatives Walter Williams and Armstrong Williams. Each of these respective commentators feels that affirmative action policies emphasize that minorities are victims above and beyond anything else. They believe the time has come when white, black, Hispanic... all American citizens must rise or fall based on their own merits in this country. Walter Williams and Armstrong Williams happen to be African-Americans.
I agree. Affirmative action was a needed response to a by-gone era of blacks not allowed to vote, “whites only“ signs in businesses, forced segregation of schools in the South, and much worse. Today, blacks and other minorities succeed in all areas of society. That doesn‘t mean racism has been eliminated, far from it. Yet, unquestionably, our country has made great progress in providing a more equitable society over the last 50 years.
To continue affirmative action indefinitely is to conclude that minority groups in this country are inferior to whites. The few Americans who still believe in such hogwash are beyond help, anyway. The rest of us can all agree that affirmative action has to eventually end - the question is when? There is a crescendo of voices from minority groups who say - end it now, this very moment. Martin Luther King‘s dream was for a color-blind society. That can‘t be achieved in an environment where race is the focus of government.
Presently, many federally funded organizations must comply with a host of so-called affirmative action programs. When President Bush spoke out against affirmative action in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan system of providing special preferences for minority student applicants, he was on the right track. Yet, the idea that whites who are not admitted to the college of their choice somehow equates to the discrimination that African-Americans have endured in this country is ludicrous. If white students were lynched for applying to a university, maybe some comparison could be made. In the meantime, if you can‘t qualify for U of M there are always hundreds of other universities blacks or whites can attend.
What we really need is a system that gives more preferences to need. Studies have shown that only 3% of students in the top colleges are from the poorest 25% of the U.S. population. Columnist Jonathan Alter points out that UCLA, USC, and the University of California all have done two or three times better than other top-rated colleges in enrolling poor students. The reason is that California eliminated all racial preferences allowing these universities to give more preferences for the economically disadvantaged.
The time has come for a big step toward a color-blind society in America. In my travels to Latin America, it was eye-opening to see people of all skin colors living and playing together. We are the greatest country in the world but can be greater. Eliminating affirmative action would help achieve that end.

“I have a dream that my four children little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.“ - Martin Luther King

 
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