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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Bill Clinton Meets Michael Moore

George Foster - June 24th, 2004
Brace yourself. This week‘s news will be saturated with analysis of Bill Clinton‘s memoirs and Michael Moore‘s new movie.
It is disturbing (but not surprising) that boycotts and censorship movements have begun before Clinton and Moore‘s projects have even been released to the public. The reason: of those powerbrokers whose politics are left of center, Clinton and Moore are possibly the two most divisive Americans of this generation. What are the chances of each publishing his most definitive work within a week of each other? The only question now is who will get top billing?
Admit it. Whether you love him or hate him, we all miss Bill Clinton. While in office, no one has ever commanded the attention (often in a negative light) of the media as our 42nd president did. Since leaving office almost 4 years ago, Clinton has kept a relatively low profile... until now.
His admirers yearn for the 1990‘s when the economy was roaring and the rest of the world saw us as a benevolent superpower. On the other hand, Clinton‘s critics still rail against him for everything from the recent recession to the 9/11 attacks. Some NRA meetings have been know to show footage of the burning World Trade Center buildings, titled “The Clinton Legacy.“
As with every former president, Bill Clinton‘s memoirs were surely written in part to influence his place in history. Some say Clinton is obsessed with his legacy as president. 965 pages of “My Life“ ought to be enough reading to get his side of the story out there.
This autobiography is one of the most anxiously awaited books ever written - I know I plan to read it. Having received $10 million advance on the rights to this book and with millions of copies already ordered, Clinton‘s biography had better be good. If not, don‘t bother complaining to us about his memoirs unless you have read every last page.
Viewing Michael Moore‘s movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11“, should be much easier to accomplish. A humorous view of some very serious political topics is Moore‘s forte.
Whether you agree or not with his outlook, viewers rarely leave the theater without having expressed some level of outrage or having been challenged to think.
Expect a deafening cry to censor this movie from those who would prefer to undo the First Amendment rather than allow criticism of our government‘s policies. Ironically, thanks to the free publicity generated by his opponents over the last month, the movie will easily earn back the millions of dollars that Moore received in advance for publishing rights. My advise: don‘t miss this movie.
It is interesting that, as Michael Moore has become more and more notorious, he is now being held up as the Rush Limbaugh of the left. Both have strong, highly publicized political views but that is where the comparison ends.
While Rush backs Republican Party policies 99.99 % of the time, Moore routinely blasts liberals almost as much as conservatives. Moore‘s strident campaigning for Ralph Nader and criticism of Al Gore in 2000, may have given the edge to George W. Bush in the presidential election. His early support for a military man, General Clark, in the 2004 presidential primaries surprised many political pundits.
I have known of Michael Moore since his early activist years in Flint. The only thing predictable about him in the last thirty years is that no matter famous and successful he has become, no one else does a better job of voicing the concerns of the unemployed, the poor, the disenfranchised - in short, the little guys.
How can we censor someone like that? If anything, we should all be required to listen.







 
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