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Letters 07-28-14

Worry About Legals

I can’t figure out what perplexes me more, the misinformation everywhere in the media or those who believe it to be true. Take the Hobby Lobby case; as a company that is primarily owned by a religious family, they felt their First Amendment rights were infringed upon by the “Affordable” Care Act...

Stop Labeling and Enjoy

I have been struggling to find a simple way of understanding for myself the concepts of conservative, liberal, and moderation as it relates to our social interactions with each other...

Proposal One & The Public Good

Are you kidding me? Another corporate giveaway with loopholes for large corporations who rule us? Hasn’t our corrupt and worthless governor done enough to raise taxes, provide corporate welfare, unjustly tax pensions, and shut down elected officials with his emergency manager racket...

The Truth About Road Workers

Apparently Mr. Kachadurian did not catch on to the fact that the MDOT Employee Memorial in Clare is a tribute to highway workers who lost their lives building our transportation systems. It was paid for by current and former MDOT employees who likely knew some of these people personally...

Idiotic and Misguided

As a seasonal resident, I always look forward to reading your paper, if only because of the idiotic letters to the editor and off the wall columns...


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- July 26th, 2010
Not censorship
Your article entitled “X’ed Out” recalls a controversy that surfaced
several years ago regarding the National Endowment for the Arts and
its attempt to withhold funds from some grant applicants.
Near the crux of both controversies is the definition of censorship.
That word refers to the prohibition of the direct and open expression
of ideas and information. To the best of my knowledge, no new
prohibitions have been installed here, and the films that were denied
public support in Michigan and elsewhere may still be made in those
same places, privately, with alternative funding, and without public
impediment.
Simply witholding support, which is the right of any funding entity,
does not constitute censorship.
The author of the article is welcome to express his disapproval of the
state’s film funding process and its result, but his reference to “the
stink of censorship” is both innacurate and inflammatory. The
applicants who were denied public support were not censored by the
state. It merely refused to offer them financial benefits.

Harvey Gordon • Glen Arbor

Time on their side
So readers can better understand why we cannot win a war in
Afghanistan, let’s turn the coin to another side. If the USA were a
Christian nation (which it is not) we would have the problem of which
Christianity ruled? Evangelicals? Catholics? One of the over 100
church groups here in the Copper Country? And if they were militant,
would we have a situation like Northern Ireland where one Christian
group murders the other? Now take it another step:
This hypothetical Christian nation is attacked by Moslems who believe
that our alcoholic, depraved, pornographic, immoral culture must be
reformed from the outside along with imposing Orthodox Sharia law.
Even if the invaders had superior arms and killer drones, Americans
would fight by whatever means to throw the invaders out. We would
never surrender to that foreign culture.
So why would the Taliban? Taliban means “students of the Qhoran” who
happen to use violence and coercion to enforce their concept of
Shariah law. In Saudi Arabia they have the religious police, stoning
and beheading of adulterers. In Israel the Haredi, the so-called
“black hat” Jews refused to let their girls go to school with
Ashkenazis or Sephardics because those are not “Jewish” enough.
Religious intolerance comes in all stripes and colors.
Add to the Afghan definition the tradition and culture of revenge.
Kill a civilian and you recruit a dozen avengers who will do anything
in their power to settle the score against the invader. Would we do
the same in their circumstance? As the Taliban say, “The Americans
have the watches, but we have the time.” As soon as we leave, they
will be back.
As long as a $10 IED can destroy a $1 million armored vehicle, the
economics are on their side.

Harley Sachs • Houghton

Scare tactics
A response to Jim Carruthers’ comment in the July 12 article, “Natural
Gas.” Mr. Carruthers stated in reference to the local fight against
biomass, “A handful of environmentalists are leading our community
astray with misinformation, which is most damaging.”
It’s too easy to spit out such minimizing and fear-breeding blanket
terminology, i.e. “handful” “environmentalists,” “astray,”
“misinformation” and “damaging” without any facts or specifics. Again
Mr. Carruthers, I challenge you to specify to whom you are referring,
state what misinformation and the exact damage it has caused. These
scare tactics are getting tiresome and negate the intelligence of our
community. This is why Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) falls short.
I don’t know who these “environmentalists” are; I’m just a local TC
citizen who read the current scientific studies (those which have no
financial or political ties to biomass) and decided against it. I made
an informed decision all by myself. Many other “Average Joes” did the
same thing and formed a group specifically to stop biomass in our
area, our state, and nationally (MCE3 or Michigan Citizens for
Energy, the Economy, and Environment).
Other non-environmentalists, such as our local physicians, have
organized against biomass. Lastly, let’s mention the 1,000-plus TC
residents (whom I’m pretty sure are not “environmentalists”) who
endorsed both biomass petitions and want to rally against the issue in
November. What do you have against environmentalists anyway?
The biomass fight is far from over. It goes beyond TCLP’s boundaries.
It includes not only the burning of trees, but tires, garbage and all
things that fall under the biomass umbrella. So, don’t get too
comfortable.
For more “damaging misinformation” visit MCE3.org and
www.energyjustice.net/biomass/.

Valorie Gibbs • TC

(TCLP voted to abandon pursuing biomass at last week’s board meeting,
citing public disapproval of the proposed plant. - ed.)

Correction
An article in last week’s Express erroneously stated that Frankfort
policemen entered the home of Elaine Vanderberg without a search
warrant. It was, in fact, a different law enforcement agency.

 
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