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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Things to be Grateful for on this Thanksgiving

George Foster - November 29th, 2002
Saddam Hussein. Yes, we should be grateful for the Iraqi dictator. Though he has never attacked us, our obsession with Hussein has blinded us to the faltering economy, our failed Israel/Palestinian policies, spiraling budget deficits, Enron and other corporate scandals, the depressed stock market, and the suspension of many Constitutional rights in the name of security. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
Even though Osama bin Laden is alive and planning still more murderous attacks against us, we don‘t have much time for him anymore. To Americans, Hussein has become the most menacing person in history - more dangerous than bin Laden, Hitler, Charles Manson, and Attila the Hun combined. Saddam Hussein is the ultimate scapegoat.
My dogs. Star is always there to help when I fill the food bowls and Blue is an excellent watch dog if anything resembling a terrorist enters our domain. I am very fortunate to have the most loyal dogs in all of Northern Michigan.
Radio talk show hosts Bill O‘Reilly and Jim Bohannon. O‘Reilly and Jimbo are the only political talking heads whose opinions seem to cross party lines. You get the feeling that they say what they really feel in their guts - not what is entertaining or in support of partisan politics. Also, unlike most shows, their guests actually challenge the hosts, intellectually. If O‘Reilly and Bohannon are considered conservatives, they are unpredictable ones.
Popsicles. Nature‘s perfect food has no fat, is sweet and crunchy, comes in many different flavors, and is reasonably priced. The only downside to Popsicles is my inability to eat only one in a sitting. I shudder to think of a world without them.
Michael Moore. What other left-wing icon is unassuming enough to be welcomed into the homes of would-be enemies James Nichols and Charlton Heston with a video camera? Whatever you think of him, he is an original and his voice is desperately needed in a media environment dominated by conservative talk show filibustering. And besides, he is hilarious.
Halle Berry. What a pleasure it is to see films featuring this Oscar winning actress. The accolades she has received of late are long overdue. On the big screen, she seems to know all of her lines, moves really well, has a nice smile, and moves really well. And besides, she moves really well.
The Blues. No other musical genre combines passion and the genuine American experience so well. Though the legends will never die, the recent growth of the Blues in popularity has spawned a new generation of youthful musicians to belt out “Damn right, I‘ve got the blues.“
The Supreme Court. Kudos to Mssr. Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, et al. Thankfully, the highest court in the land refused to allow Florida to count all of the votes in the 2000 election and dragged George W. Bush into the White House. If 9/11 had happened on Al Gore‘s watch, can you imagine the firestorm of blame and anger that would have been directed Gore‘s way by opponents? Somehow the court knew the spineless Democrats would lay off a Republican administration and bring relative unity to our country.
Michael Jackson. If not for the antics of Moonwalkin‘ Jacko, we might sometimes think our own lives are very weird.
Snow. Few places can match Northern Michigan‘s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter recreation sports. And besides, without our frigid Michigan winters, there would be no accuse to go on Caribbean vacations.
Latinos. If not for the growth of the Hispanic population and culture in this country, I might not have been turned on to salsa (both the sauce and dance), Mexican food, and Santana. Mucho gracias, amigos.
Northern Express Weekly newspaper. The people I work with are awesome. And where else can you spend your day in a casual atmosphere, joke around, write outlandish opinions pieces, and get paid for it?




 
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