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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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- March 26th, 2012  

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Express offends Catholics

Several weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a local restaurant. On the way out, I picked up a copy of Northern Express dated Feb. 20-26. I thought it would be entertaining to see what was going on in the area and see pictures of people I might know. However, much to my surprise, I was totally shocked and deeply offended.

Come on boys, this is America, not Nazi Germany. I know that we have freedom of speech and of the press, but we also have freedom of religion. Our religious freedoms are being challenged and your paper certainly doesn’t help matters.

For some of us that take our religion seriously, the cartoons in your paper both saddened and infuritated me. You couldn’t have hurt me more if you tried to stab me in the back. My faith guides my life and your paper viciously attacked my religion.

My children are all grown up now, but I certainly would not want my grandchildren to be exposed to this Howard Sterns like comedy. If I had a cat, it would line the bottom of its litter box. Your attempt at humor is graphic, disgusting and over the top.

It is much safer to make fun of the Catholics than Muslims because it appears that some in society feel it is safer that way.

I’m sure some of your loyal readers think these cartoons are hilarious. And on the other hand, I’m certain that some of your advertisers would be embarrassed to know what they are financially supporting. Believe it or not, Catholic people are their customers, so why would they want to offend them?

I hope you enjoy yourselves making a living by offending Catholic people. I for one (and I know you don’t care) will never be offended by your paper again because I don’t have a cat.

Mary Jo Parker • Petoskey

War on Women

On behalf of women who do not want to lose any of our hard-fought gains in freedom and control over our own bodies, I suggest to all, tell lawmakers: STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

First, the so-called “abortion” pill IS NOT an abortion pill at all. Don’t take my word for it. Doctor and Congressman Ron Paul stated so at the last GOP debates. As a doctor, Ron Paul felt compelled to educate viewers. He stated the morning-after pill works on the same principle as the birth control pill.

How dare Rep. Darryl Issa exclude female voices from a hearing on contraception? We do not need an American version of Taliban men dictating how we women will live our lives.

They cannot tell us whether contraception is okay or not. They cannot dictate how we behave. By the way, contraception prevents possibly millions of abortions. This is a good thing. Duh! One more thing, the “pill” is often taken for medical reasons other than contraception.

I’m sick and tired of seeing extremist/ Evangelical/Republican officials attempting to control women’s health. All matters pertaining to birth control and abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, period. The Taliban-like guys can just stay out of the picture.

We cannot return to a time when poor women, for lack of contraception, had little means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. By the way, we do have a global population crisis with dwindling resources to feed and water those already born.

The hypocrisy of Republicans is amazing. They want to bring “personhood” to zygotes, yet upon moment of birth, an infant is on his or her own, totally forsaken by Republicans.

These zygote-loving Republicans are against Head Start, W.I.C., food and cash assistance, Medicaid, quality-affordable educational opportunities, etc.

Ladies speak up and protect your rights!

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

 
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