Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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- January 17th, 2011
Mental illness & Arizona
Let’s stop being afraid of the subject matter of mental health.
Just because a mental disease can show itself in an overt, scary way –
as recently shown in Arizona – it does not mean we should run. It is
a disease. Like all of the hundreds of diseases that human beings
suffer, it has a biological, physical and emotional cause. We just
need to do a lot more work to really identity mental illnesses. It is
one of the major medical areas still not fully explored.
What can each of us do? First, if you or a family member seem to
be mentally suffering, just go to your doctor and talk. Keep asking
questions, read up on it as much as possible. Don’t be afraid, don’t
ignore the situation and don’t let it fester. Second, try very hard to
keep it in a balanced state. Balance is the key for diabetes,
hypertension, etc. Third, philanthropic people, gear up. City,
state and national telethons like Jerry Lewis’s MD drive are needed to
garner huge funding for mental health research - more activated brain
scans, post-autopsy brain pathology and sociological studies.
We all have suffered from disease. Mental disease sufferers have
suffered longer. Let’s put our American wherewithal into it.
Remember, truth will always give light to the darkness.

Jill Rahrig Bourdon • via email

Our brothers‘ protector
Cartoonist Walt Kelly first used the saying, “We have met the enemy
and he is us” in 1970 on a poster for Earth Day. I have come to
understand something like that in “we have met the terrorist and they
live among us.”
Time after time we are dumbfounded by the horrific actions of our
fellow man. Once again someone has chosen to become what can only be
described as a home grown terrorist.
In recent history here and throughout the world one person, or a
group, have planned and instituted such levels of indiscriminate
violence that their actions can only be seen as terrorism. Don’t fool
yourself; a harsh military response or the actions of a bully are
forms of terrorism.
As a nation we must come to grips with the fact that if someone is
willing to give up their life to harm you, then they will do so no
matter what level of security is in place. Our nation’s intelligence
community is tasked and challenged to protect us from terrorist
actions from outside our boarders. But it is the everyday citizen who
needs to be alert for the potential domestic terrorists who live and
move among us.
We must become observant within our own communities. We need to
meet our neighbors and try to become aware of how they feel about us,
others, and the community. We must be willing to question behavior
that falls outside the norm. We are not just our brother’s keeper but
our brother’s protector as well. To not question activity that is
clearly violent in thought, practice, and deed is to allow the fuse of
violence to burn inevitably toward an explosive situation.

Michael MacCready • via email

A website was incorrectly listed in a recent letter on family
farms. The correct website is www.MichiganFamilyFarms.com.

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