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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 10/17/02

Various - October 17th, 2002
Democrats on Iraq

Since you have had several letters on our posture re. Iraq, I would
like to send along a resolution passed in August at the Michigan
Democratic State Convention. This represents the unanimous opinion of
the 3,000 delegates present who applauded the reading in its entirety.
The resolution was submitted by the Counties of Leelanau and Calhoun.

REGARDING IRAQ:
“Whereas, we condemn Saddam Hussein‘s violation of the human rights
of the people of Iraq and deplore his development of weapons of mass
destruction;
Whereas the United States has undertaken and maintained a policy
toward Iraq which features imposition of economic sanctions, to the
detriment of the health and safety of children and non-combatant Iraqi
citizens:
Whereas, the United States and Iraq appear to be in preparation for war:
Whereas, no evidence of imminent threat to the United States has
been demonstrated by the US Government;
Whereas, a UN coalition currently is working to contain the Iraqi
government, and,
Whereas, Iraq continues to negotiate the issue of weapons of mass
destruction with the UN,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the United States modify its
policy of imposition of economic sanctions against Iraq, changing such
sanctions so that the health and safety of children and non-combatant
Iraqis are not harmed;
Be it further resolved that the commencement of military action
against Iraq being considered by this President and his Administration
is currently unjustified; that the strategy of a pre-emptive war is
contrary to the Constitution of the United States; and therefore any
such action should be opposed by the Democratic Party and all Members of
Congress; and
Be it further resolved that the United States seek to resolve its
differences with Iraq through peaceful means if possible, including a
policy of containment.“

Robert E. Marshall • Lake Leelanau

Thumbs up for Petoskey Theatre Festival

After reading your article on the Petoskey Theatre Festival, “Petoskey‘s Theater Rebels,“ I took a drive north to see the play “God‘s Country“, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Joe Bertucci, and was utterly amazed. The cast of performers were awesome, especially when dealing with such heavy and controversial topics as the white supremacy movement. By the end of the first act the audience was in complete awe and didn‘t know whether to clap, cry or just melt into their seats.
This powerful docu-drama ties several story lines together around the murder of Alan Berg, a controversial Denver radio talk show host and keeps your head filled with interest and angst. This show is a must see and gives a wonderfully fast moving time-line of the white power movement.
I‘m just sorry I have not made the drive earlier to see more of this team‘s amazing productions. I left the theater saying to myself, you just don‘t see theater like this in Northern Michigan. It reminded me of living back east and going to Off Broadway theater in NYC back in the ‘80s. What an amazing thing for our area. I highly recommend visiting Petoskey and taking in a PTF production, as you can‘t see anything like it in the north. Bravo to PTF!

Jim Carruthers • TC

‘Picked on the right guy‘

What a lucky girl you are Karen (re: “Standing up to racism,“ 10/3). You attacked a man in a Spartan store for saying what he thinks or thinks he thinks and didn‘t get your tongue pulled out by the roots. You violated his right to freedom of speech and expression.
It‘s a good thing for you that the man is a gentleman who probably learned in a conservative Christian family that it‘s not nice to be violent with women. The man is wrong in his attitudes, but has a right to speak his piece, even if you don‘t like it.
It is the American law to call action a crime, not thought. If you had attacked a man of color or a homosexual and he had struck you for it, you would be charged with a hate crime and the law would side with him. You would go to jail.
Yes Karen, you are lucky you picked on the right guy. He probably thinks he‘s being “cool“ and is not really a bad person. He does have a right to (do business) at Spartan stores even if you and the manager think otherwise. If Spartan didn‘t serve inconsiderate people, you couldn‘t shop there.

John J. Smith • Kalkaska
 
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