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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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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