I read the paper the other day and noticed two letters about Clinch Park Zoo. One for the zoo to stay open, and one to shut it down.
We live in a selfish, greedy world, where people must be entertained, even at the cost, of the life of other sentient beings. Some of the animals at the zoo, may be injured. Who knows how they were injured. But Clinch Park is no place for injured or noninjured animals.
Some of your readers think that a zoo is the only chance to see a wild animal. And I say to that “get over it.“ All people think of is themselves. See it through the animals‘ eyes for once because they‘re the ones who have to put up with the noise, pollution, and gawking noisy people. And the worst part is there is no way out.
I remember when the circus came to town a couple years ago, and videotaping the elephants shackled to the truck. And there was a little boy standing next to me . And I‘ll never forget what he said. “But why are they all chained up?“ His mom didn‘t give him a good answer back. But I looked down, and could see he felt sorry for them. He knew it was wrong, just like Clinch Park Zoo is wrong.
We need to come together as a community (schools, colleges, human rights, animal rights, green party, peace groups etc.) and force the city commission to listen to the majority of us who want this place shut down for good. There are some good-hearted people working on a plan for the better. This is an urgent message. Get involved. Make a difference.
Julie Patterson TC
We agree, teaching abstinence to teens is important. Teens need to understand that abstaining from sex is the only foolproof way to protect themselves from an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. It is also true that many youth in our communities need additional medically accurate sexuality information to protect them during their teen years. Current Michigan sex education laws require schools that teach sexuality courses include abstinence information. These laws appear to be working, Michigans teen pregnancy rates have been dropping and the number of students remaining abstinent throughout high school has risen. Why is it then that our state legislators are currently pushing new sex education bills through that will undermine the good that has been done?
Two bills are currently being pushed through the Michigan Legislature, Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478. This proposed legislation will take control away from local school districts partially because there are 13 additional requirements being proposed. Local school boards will no longer be able to decide what curriculum best meets the needs of all their students. The time and resources required of schools through this proposed legislation is unreasonable. While sexuality education is important, it is less than 2% of students overall education. Some districts may decide to stop teaching this important health topic if the burden becomes too great and then our youth will really suffer. Parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children but the majority still look to the schools for assistance.
Please, contact your State Senator and Representative to tell them that Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478 are unnecessary. Tell them you support medically accurate, age appropriate sexuality education that will meet the needs of all students in our districts.
Lori ONeill, Asst. Education Director
Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan
An article appeared in the Detroit News, March 19, which said...“Cancer research pioneer fired by Bush team...“ Elizabeth Blackburn, a leading cancer scientist advocating therapeutic stem cell research, was dismissed from the President‘s Council on Bioethics. Note that the article appears to label anyone in a nanotechnology relating to research on the human body as “left leaning.“
It seems President Bush prefers to continue down the medical path of “cut, burn and poison“ for cancer therapy, which has been tried with only a moderate degree of success for the past 75 years. (And on over 400 neurological diseases for which there are only palliative treatments and a few cures.)
If a loved-one, a relative or friend has cancer or died of cancer, how could anyone with an ounce of wit possibly justify voting for President Bush? He is a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.“
Harold D. Adams West Bloomfield