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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 7/8/04

Various - July 8th, 2004
Lesson on the job
Thanks for your good article, “The lesson of 2004” from the June 17 issue.
Concerning your question, “Will a college degree actually do the grads of 2004 any good...?” The answer unfortunately is “no,” if President Bush‘s new immigration plan is adopted.
It provides for matching a “willing worker” with a “willing employer.” In other words, if one gets a good education (and runs up a big debt in the process thereof) and gets a good job, someone can come into the country and underbid the position. The result will be a world labor market, the wages in which will be low indeed. And benefits too.

John Tanton • Petoskey

Petoskey‘s labyrinth peril
I have begun to take actions to “not allow” the membership of “The Labyrinth Project of Northern Michigan” to donate a labyrinth to the City of Petoskey and locate it on the property of the new public library.
My research into the origins of the labyrinth turned up some profoundly disturbing information. Labyrinths are said to have been used for over 3000-3500 years. We are told by those who promote their use that labyrinths are ancient and have been part of the sacred landscape through human history. Those who use the labyrinth describe them as patterns with power and purpose. They are called “divine imprints” that symbolize an archetype of wholeness.
One of the “primary functions” of a labyrinth is to create an altered “state of consciousness” whereby a labyrinth visitor will be better able to make contact with the deeper regions of his or her soul. Here is one woman’s account of what that contact with the deeper regions of her soul felt like as she reached the spiritual climax of the “labyrinth walking ritual”:
“Upon walking to the centre of the circle, she immediately sensed a dark spiritual vortex sucking her down.” (Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada article.)
Does this sound like an activity you would like your children or grandchildren to experience when they visit the Petoskey Public Library?
Apparently once a “pilgrim” has entered the labyrinth, their mind becomes confused as the design manipulates it into an altered state, whereby at some point in the process it is believed as the labyrinth walker‘s psyche is shifting, a contact with a “celestial being” for enlightenment will occur.
I think I have supplied you with enough information to understand why under no circumstances should the City of Petoskey be allowed to accept this “Trojan Horse” from the friends of the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
I also wish to admonish the elected and appointed members of city government for not diligently investigating the “true” intentions of the labyrinth gift givers before they said to themselves as they rubber stamped the project, “I bet this will make us a cool city!”

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey

 
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