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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 12-03-2012

- December 3rd, 2012  

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Agony in Gaza

With the last attack on Gaza, at first I was just thankful that my daughter was safe. After viewing just a part of the carnage where civilians were deliberately targeted, I felt sick and angry.

The horrific situation in Gaza is not an accident. It is fueled by the U.S. and paid for with U.S. tax dollars.

The U.S. taxpayer pays out more to the Israeli military than does any Israeli citizen, (ifamericansknew.org). The continued human rights violations, the ethnic cleansing and genocide, are policies of the Israeli government and funded and fully supported by the U.S government, taxpayers, and consumers. If you feel courageous, read Losing Omar (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ world-middle-east-20466027) Blaming terrorists is easy but fails to questions why terrorists exist.

Remember Columbine! People will react, especially the young, when they have reached a breaking point. When your land is stolen, your olive groves destroyed to build homes for Israelis, you have no means to make a living, when you have no health care, no education, and your children and families are murdered or beaten on a regular basis, with human rights violations that should result in war crimes trials, that breaking point is not far away.

People will listen to the voices of Hamas even though that voice doesn’t offer a real solution. Very few Americans would act with restraint under the same conditions.

It is time for Americans to stop blaming, “those Muslims” and look in the mirror. Stop buying products produced on stolen Palestinian land and labeled “product of Israel.” Join the BDS movement (boycott, divest, sanction). This is the only route to peace.

When Israel is crippled financially, they will stop perpetuating the holocaust in Palestine. The $8.2 million PER DAY sent to Israel with no questions asked has to stop. All of us can find a better place for that money in the U.S.

Barbara Young • Bear Lake

Respect other religions

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship at Grace Episcopal Church has reviewed the decision by the pastor of First Congregational Church to ban the Islamic prayer from the presentation of “The Armed Man - a Prayer for Peace.”

While attempting to be respectful of this decision, we are surprised, disappointed, and shocked. This decision did not convey Christian love and respect for others’ views.

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship holds an annual service to honor and commemorate Michigan soldiers who were killed in the past year. Members of different faiths, including Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, Christian, and Islam, present prayers for peace.

Including all people and faiths as we pray for a less violent world is one way to work for peace.

This work by Karl Jenkins is dedicated to the Kosovo war victims. It is an anti-war concert. In addition to portions of the Mass, it uses words from other sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, and the Mahabharata; and quotes from Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge, who survived Hiroshima.

The concert is an integrated professional work of art, the integrity of which is debased when portions are removed.

Betsy Davidson, Chair - Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Excuses, excuses...

We have been waiting way too long for Congressional action on the fiscal crisis.

Excuses: summer breaks, holiday breaks, campaign breaks, and now a “Lame Duck session.” Obstruction and delays are no longer acceptable.

Yesterday, I phoned Congressman Camp and Benishek’s offices to suggest my goals.

-- Simpson-Bowles as a bipartisan framework. Increased entitlement cuts ACROSS THE BOARD: Agricultural (even tobacco growers), energy sectors (oil companies too), -- Defense and all areas. Perhaps in 2103 a 2% cut, 5% cut next year, 8% next, etc.

-- Tighten the belt slowly framework.

Our re-elected President has addressed cooperative action and has been delayed and blocked.

A Benishek’s office staffer curtly advised that I needed to call Camp’s office as he represents our district until January! I thought in a democracy that our views were of interest even if not from the district. Not so according to ‘Federal Law’ she said.

There is a will, there must be a way to act.

Mary Hagan • Empire

Bad videos

Guys, While I applaud your goal of providing the “extra” content to Northern Express through the medium of video clips, all I can say is... you need help!

I realize you may not have much of a budget for this endeavor but at the same time, it shows! Sending someone out with a hand-held camera and talking to people from behind it just doesn’t cut it. Do you have any experience in video production?

I know this is a rather scathing review but you look bad, real bad. The “interview” with Russ Springsteen at Right Brain was not thought out, it was spur of the moment, and as far as I’m concerned was a disservice to his business. There was more footage of The Accidentals than there was of the new brewery. I could go on and on. I apologize for being so critical but c’mon, you can do a better job.

Tom Speers • via email

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