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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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