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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Letters 4-28-2014

- April 28th, 2014  

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Happy Belated Easter

Happy Easter to all of you! On this day of celebration, I will have no truck with cynicism or anger. Today will be about hope and resurrection and love will reign supreme. Once again we will attach our spirits to the banner of the Risen Lord, and bathe in the glory that is to come.

There will be little girls in pretty dresses and people that we don’t recognize in church. Preachers with dollar signs in their eyes will count the people in pews and allow themselves the illusion of self-importance once again. This only happens twice a year, you know. Smiles of relief will reside on the faces of all that winter is gone.

Back home, the ham is cooking, Dad’s face is stuck in the paper, and Johnny and Susan are playing their vampire video games. Mom will be at the kitchen sink, preparing the feast, with the dog at her feet waiting for something to fall off the counter.

Gosh, I just realized. When I only present one side of the coin, there really is nothing else to say at this time so my “sermon” will be short. Easter is a time to remember the joy and the victory. Too bad it only lasts for a day.

William E. Scott, Traverse City

Stealing from Education

Governor Snyder’s proposal to fix roads by converting the sales tax on gasoline at the pumps to a fuel tax at the wholesale level is a camouflaged raid on the school aid fund. The Michigan constitution and the Proposal A were combined to assure that the public school aid fund would receive 4 percent of each 6 percent sales tax collected. For every $500.000,000 of sales tax that is removed at the pump and converted to a tax at the wholesale level on fuels, Michigan public schools will lose $333,000,000 annually.

Our public schools cannot afford this assault and need your clamor to stop and desist the actions of Gov. Snyder, Rep. Schmidt, Rep. MacMaster, and Senator Walker. Following the guidance of his minion, John Dixon, the governor has proposed this sleight of hand to raid schools of their due support, to fix roads by shifting funds rather than facing the responsibility to underwrite this public need to repair our roads with tax support named for that purpose.

It is time that we require our leadership to stand up and meet their public responsibilities rather than spend their time finding ways to divert previously committed resources to their current passion. Anyone who tries to move funds away from K-12 education to the “for profit private sector” of education is playing directly into the hands of the DeVos family and the Mackinaw Center’s assault on public K-12 schools.

James McKimmy, Rapid City

Congrats to Students

Congratulations to all the area high schools who participated in the Academic WorldQuest program and contest. How we view ourselves in relationship to other countries and how they view us is paramount to understanding our world and our place in it. It is gratifying to know that our young people are willing to give their time and attention to these matters. A particular salute to the Traverse West Senior High for winning their trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the next level.

Lou Ann McKimmy, Kewadin

 
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