Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
As a liberal I must congratulate him on his public admission of his problem and his attempt, hopefully successful, to seek rehabilitation. I would like to presume that his pursuit was a result of medical advice, not legal advice.
As a realist and a believer in our constitutional mandate of equal justice, I also would expect our criminal justice system to treat Rush the same as any other person with the same facts. If the reported purchases were accurate, any other person would be presumed to be a dealer.
Every convicted drug dealer sitting in prison, and his or her friends and family, are following this. The local authorities, and indeed Attorney General Ashcroft, must recognize this.
Rush, this is to you. Stand up like a man and accept responsibility for your actions.
Scotty Dawkins Leland
Why are we there?
It is a no-brainer to say we need to finish the job we started in Iraq (re: Random Thoughts, 10/23). Leaving the country without setting up a valid/operational government would
be tantamount to inviting another Saddam or a Taliban type regime to take
control. What a waste of American lives and money that would be.
That said, we (the people of United States) cannot forget or forgive a
President that lied repeatedly to justify his invasion of this nation. It is
a political issue that we must address here in the U.S. come next election
day. Obviously, a move to impeach George Bush stands little chance of
success in the Republican Congress, so election time is when our voices
should be heard.
Unfortunately, our invasion of Iraq has taken away from the real goal of
dealing with Afghanistan and setting up a functional government structure
there. There is no doubt about the necessity of dealing with a terrorist
supporting network in that country. As well, we should perhaps be looking
at Saudi Arabia in an effort to quell the continued birth of more radical
Islamist from that nation. After all, the majority of the 9-11 members came
No, we cannot abandon Iraq now that we‘ve started the process, but we must
remember who got us there in the first place and why!
Richard M. Gielow Traverse City
Get it together
Elected officials have one primary responsibility. Every township trustee, city council member and county commissioner is first and foremost responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of their respective township, city, or county.
There can be no question that the unpasse at Northern Michigan Hospital has had an adverse impact upon the greater Peloskey community. The health, safety, and welfare of Emmet County residents is at issue.
Any elected body within this county that does not publicly demand that the hospital and the nurses restart negotiations immediately, is shirking its primary responsibility.
This may not be immediately clear to all elected officials. lf one is not acquainted with or living with a striking or working nurse or an NMH board member, the issue may seem distant. This distance from the issue should not, however, keep an elected body from taking action to alleviate the problem that exists within the community. It is not unlike the dust control programs that many townships have developed that benefit only certain portions of the community. None ofthe elected officials may be affected by the dust, but the problem is addressed because it is an issue of health, safety and welfare.
After 11 months of silence, it is time for local units of government to pass resolutions demanding that Northern Michigan Hospital and the registered nurses restart negotiations immediately and bargain in good faith until an agreement is reached. Both parties have a perfect light to bargain and a perfect right to expect a reasonable solution gained through honest bargaining.
Dale S. Scott Harbor Springs
Move the zoo
I agree that the zoo is too small and people are dismayed and disappointed with it (re: Letters 10/16). Once I heard a woman say the State Hospital grounds would be a great place for a zoo. Could this be done? Sounds good to me. There‘s a lot of room for it there.
Sylvia Bettley via email
When doves cry
Here are 10 reasons why the cinzens of Michigan should oppose HB 5029 (Mourning
Dove Hunting and the Repeal of Legislative Authority).
1. Dove hunting has never been a tradition in Michigan. These songbirds have been
protected since l905.
2. Hunters only want to indulge in live target-practice. Doves control pest weeds, they
are not overpopulated and they do not harm other species, crops or humans.
3. They are not a viable food source -- only 20 oz. (or less) of “meat.“
4. Michigan hunters have more than enough other species available to hunt.
5. Mourning doves are significantly declining in the U.S., but stable in Michigan
because we don‘t allow them to be shot.
6. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on feeding song birds in Michigan.
Bird watchers outnumber and outspend ALL forms of hunting combined.
7. The dove is the only known species hunted during part of its nesting season.
8. Lead shot contaminates our environment (five-to-eight shots for each kill is the average).
9. Doves often perch on utility lines (power and phone) and hunters often use the lines
as favorite shooting sites, resulting in repair costs, safety problems, loss of service and
10. There is no valid need or credible reason to transfer or repeal legislative authority
from the legislature to an appointed committee (Natural Resources Commission - NRC) which
often acts as an extension of special interest groups who presume “first rights“ over the
“use“ of wildlife -- which means shooting them, of course.
In the mid-1980s the Michigan Humane Society was forced to sue the Michigan DNR/NRC because they illegally established a mourning dove hunting season. The court (in 1985) issued a permanent injunction stating that the DNR/NRC cannot promote the hunting of mourning doves in Michigan. But the DNR/NRC has since violated this injunction several times. To give them the power to determine which animal can be shot is indeed putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse.
Please write to your state senator, state representative and Governor Granholm now (before it‘s too late) to prevent us from losing our rights to have input on these matters through our elected legislators and to stop, once again, the DNR/NRC‘s attempt to shoot everything that moves.
E. J. Sullivan Rapid City