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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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- May 21st, 2012  

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No politics needed

President Obama took a huge political risk when he authorized the successful removal of Osama bin Laden from this earth. Most Republicans have been strangely quiet about this until recently, when they now complain that the administration is attempting to politicize the killing of bin Laden.

Journey with me now to a fantasy land where Republicans would successfully resist the temptation to fully politicize the bin Laden mission had it failed.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Festivals tread lightly

I have read the news concerning the cancellation of two festivals that occur in late summer, the Schooner Festival and I believe the Epicurian classic.

It seems to me recently that most of our festivals seem more and more geared to the wine and food industry. First we lost the City Zoo. Next, the miniature steam train is uprooted and taken out. Lots of attractions that are excellent ways for the young and young at heart to enjoy. We are all not “Foodies” and “Wine Gourmets.”

I realize that for the Schooner Festival, there is a conflict of interest in that there is a celebration on Lake Erie for the War of 1812. However, I would like to caution the people who organize that festival, if and when it returns, they may have lost any ground that they enjoyed the past previous years as far as participation and attendance are concerned.

I know I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a new Schooner Festival in a couple of years, I may even be dead by then. They should ask themselves, “Did the National Cherry Festival enjoy record crowds every year?” I think not. They should press on regardless.

I think maybe it’s time for all festival organizers and promoters to look how expensive it is these days for a family on limited incomes, and the economy the way it is to participate in them. I can make french fries like Gibby’s much cheaper, and enjoy them just the same and not have to deal with the line to get to them. Gee, being Traverse City, maybe festivals are only meant to be enjoyed by the wealthy, and keep the blue collar riffraff out of the festival perimeters.

Max R. Garno • TC

Heed Tutu's words

I just repeated the reading of *This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion*, by Norman G. Finkelstein, and *The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering*, and am just as sickened by the words as I was the first time.

I went back to these books out of my dismay that the Methodist conference could ignore the words of Bishop Tutu. What had I missed in the first reading? The answer was nothing.

Now the House (Cantor of course) wants to increase the spending of $8 million PER DAY to Israel along with sending them special classified arms so that they can invade Iran as a side project to the subjugation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

It is time that Americans do what the Methodists cringe from, divest and boycott all products from Israel and from companies that support Israel. It is time to accept responsibility that every Johnson and Johnson product, all HP, all Sara lee, etc. etc, leaves blood dripping from your pocket books.

Take a stand, pro-life for all people of all colors, of all faiths. Stop pretending to be a part of a nation with a conscience. Stop supporting ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Read the speech made by Bishop Tutu in the Tampa News.

Sarah Bernheim • Honor

CORRECTION

Last week's story said the Towne Plaza restaurant is located at the intersection of State and Union. It is actually located on the SE corner of State and Cass.

 
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