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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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Free Martha Stewart

George Foster - July 4th, 2002
Lord have mercy, what a woman. I am in love with Martha Stewart.
None of the divas that most guys gush over can hold a candle to her. Pamela Anderson may strut around in the underbelly of the rock music scene but wouldn‘t know what to say to a corporate CEO. Cameron Dias obviously cannot cook a lick because she is just skin and bones. Britney Spears is just a girl - way, way too young. Martha Stewart, on the other hand, is ALL woman.
The feeding frenzy that has erupted in the media recently over possible charges against Stewart by federal authorities for violations of insider trading laws seems silly. Since the accusations began flying, though, I must admit I have changed my opinion of her - I am endeared to my Martha more than ever.
Why, you ask? Martha Stewart has stolen my heart because she is a bitch - at least that‘s the label many have given her. Unfortunately, becoming a self-made, successful woman in the male-dominated sectors of America is often synonymous with being called a bitch.
Jackie Kennedy was considered the ideal first lady because stood in the background gazing at the president adoringly, while somehow finding time to give tours of the White House for distinguished guests. Hillary Clinton was thought to be a bitch because she was an accomplished attorney, wrote best-seller books, had strong opinions of her own and possessed enough political savvy to eventually win a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In the past, women could usually escape the B-word label if they were accomplished in the kitchen in particular and on the domestic front in general. Martha Stewart drives us crazy, though, because she is just as comfortable giving millions of TV viewers her tips on baking chocolate chip cookies as she is negotiating in the corporate board rooms of her billion dollar enterprise. Martha Stewart may be more dangerous than Nat Turner. What if she leads a rebellion of other women off the plantation?
Give me a bitch anytime. There is nothing sexier than a strong, independent woman. Martha Stewart stands toe to toe with her detractors, mano y mujer, and continues to thrive. As with most successful businesswomen, she has had to be twice as smart, three times as ambitious, and ten times more hard working than her male counterparts - and she is.
Do you think Stewart‘s alleged stock-trading improprieties would have gotten the same attention if Martha had been born Mark? Even if the accused was a rich celebrity like Donald Trump or Michael Jordan - no way would the public care about such dealings among men. Investors benefit from insider trading every day but we rarely hear about it.
Yet, Stewart is now under intense media scrutiny similar to murder cases involving the Smart family and Robert Blake because she may have netted $43,000 on an investment transaction that involved a tip from a friend in the business. Come on, this is a pittance compared to the millions earned by high rollers on Wall Street in shady transactions.
I guarantee you, even if charges are brought against her for these infractions, she will be ruled innocent. However, Martha Stewart is guilty of an offense that will be difficult for many American men to ever accept: the crime of being a highly successful and independent woman.








 
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