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Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Letters 05-05-2014

- May 5th, 2014  

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Accept The Mysteries of Faith

In the “Crossed” column, Mr. Singer presents a timeless subject matter. One could say he tasted the water of man’s being as to spirituality but not deep enough, so at present he is an atheist.

My comment is brief on the very deep subject, not intended to polarize the debate, but rather to review what the great 17th Century philosopher Blase Pascal had to say.

There are two kinds of argument for theism. Traditional, epistemic arguments hold that God exists. Modern, pragmatic arguments hold that, regardless of whether God exists, believing in God is good for us, or is the right thing to do, a bet on the safe side. Nonbelief is a bet on the very risky down side.

Not having the brainpower of the world’s great and famous philosophers through the ages, I find it helpful to accept the mysteries on faith, with lots of hope thrown in and that Mr. Singer can do the same, especially at the eleventh hour.

Thomas Hagan, Empire

Does Government Care About Pipeline?

I am very frustrated with our state and federal government and the elected officials including Gov. Snyder. I wrote a letter to the Governor and to eight other state and federal officials, conveying my serious concern about a failure of the 60 yearold pipeline that goes under the Straits of Mackinac and carries Canadian tar sands oil at high temperatures and pressure.

I enclosed recent articles in the Wall Street Journal (“Remote Sensors Fail to Spot Many Oil Leaks”) and Northern Express (“Water, West Virginia and Why We Should Take Note”). Enbridge has a very bad track record on oil pipeline leads and responses to them. Imagine what it would do to our Great Lakes if we had a blowout or event a steady, hard-todetect leak from this underwater pipeline.

I have not yet received a reply from anyone, except for two generic emails from a Governor’s aide. I even called Sen. Darwin Booher’s Lansing office and did not even get a return call. Does anybody in government care at all?

Donald Ramsdell, Northport

Ramps and a Rye Boule

On the narrow lane to our house, there’s a very old fence neatly defining a small green field and a cool leafy woods just beyond.

It’s very Robert Frost…well, no snow of course, it’s spring.

At the edge of the field, just inside the woods we have a small patch of wild leeks…“ramps” as they’re called around our small town. Mind you, these are not those cloddish things smuggled into food stores from Chile. These are small, delicate greens that pop up through last year’s damp brown leaves at the foot of the maples in our little woods.

We had a soft, early spring this year and there is a bumper crop of these extraordinary plants. With a few of the best leaves, and heaps of golden, fat laden, farm-fresh butter we made lots of leek butter; baked a rye boule; slathered the warm fresh bread with great gobs of that bright, subtle leek confection… And in the sunny late afternoon … in radiant contentment…we savored every last bite.

And at the end of the day…there isn’t a thing our meddlesome politicians and food police can do about it. And so it goes…5.2.14

Frank Liebert, Harbor Springs

 
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