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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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Letters 02-11-2013

- February 11th, 2013  
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Catholic priorities

Reading in the Feb. 3rd Detroit Free Press of retired Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony’s efforts to “shield priests from prosecution and keep parishioners in the dark about sex crimes against minors” leads me to fervently wish that the Catholic Church would demonstrate the same level of care and attention for post-natals that it does for pre-natals.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Wants to drive 55

Does anyone remember why a national 55 MPH speed limit was imposed by a law signed by President Nixon back in early 1974? This speed limit was in response to 1973’s oil price increases on oil shortages. Limiting vehicular speed was intended to reduce consumption of oil. Some thought increased safety would be a secondary benefit of reduced vehicular speed, but mandatory seat belt laws are a better example of laws designed to increase safety. The 55 MPH speed limit had minimal compliance by drivers, so the best estimates were that it reduced fuel consumption by half what was expected.

Scientists are as unanimous as they ever get about the negative effect our burning fossil fuels is having on our climate. Above a vehicle’s most efficient speed (for most vehicles somewhere between 35 and 55 MPH, depending on vehicle, weather, terrain, and traffic), increasing speed reduces efficiency. Why would we insist on burning more fossil fuel by raising our speed limits?

The oil needed to fuel our cars is increasingly more difficult to extract from our planet, resulting in more and more environmental damage (pipeline failures, Deepwater Horizon, our coming disasters in the Arctic, nuclear disaster-like effect of extracting oil from “tar sands”). Wouldn’t it be smarter if we looked for ways to reduce our fuel consumption instead?

Daniel Robbins • Mackinaw City

Pay attention, voters

As if the lame duck actions of the Michigan legislature weren’t enough, the GOP is now working on a new law to change the way our electoral votes are counted. State Rep. Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, is sponsoring the bill that would tie our votes to the congressional districts instead of the number of electoral votes assigned to each state based on population. Jack Lessenberry wrote a detailed column in the Jan. 27, 2013 Traverse City Record-Eagle that explains the issues clearly. Although the electoral college method may seem antiquated and complex, this is not the way to improve it.

I urge you to write Governor Snyder and your legislators and voice your opposition to this legislation.

Marilyn Cobb • Kewadin

Assaults weapons unnecessary

Do people really think they need assault weapons that fire 100 bullets without reloading to protect themselves? Do we really think that the federal government will confiscate our guns? If that is our fear, it seems to be a bit unrealistic when the federal government has drones and other sophisticated weapons which could be used far more effectively than gun power. Where does this intense fear come from? And how many individuals must be sacrificed to salve this fear? Certainly, other methods of lessening violence are needed, but if banning assault weapons and large magazine clips saves one child’s life, I’m in favor.

Our Michigan senator, Howard Walker states: “I will oppose any efforts at the state level to implement an assault weapons ban.” He may get an A from the NRA, but he gets an F from those of us concerned about the level of violence in our state and nation.

Lou Ann McKimmy • Rapid City

 
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