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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- 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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