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Letters 12-22-2014

Affordable Housing Alternatives In Scott Hardy’s opinion piece in the December 15 edition, he offered six concrete ideas to address the ongoing community discussion about increasing affordable in-town housing in Traverse City.

Powerful Homeless Event Homelessness is far more complex than we thought. “Everyone Has a Story—Sit and Share Our Bench” was a wondrous performance Sunday, December 7, that opened my eyes to a wide range of experiences with homelessness, bridging the gap between “us and them.”

Long-Lasting Effects of Measles I understand several cases of measles have occurred in Traverse City. I also became aware that in Michigan, persons are three times less likely to be immunized.

Changing The Electoral College Republicans are thinking about changing how Michigan allocates Electoral College votes. Michigan, like all but two states, gives all of its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote.

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Letters 6/13/02

Various - June 13th, 2002
Give dogs a break
It was a relief when the “Powers that Be“ finally banned dogs from Alpenfest held in Gaylord in July. The weather is hot, large crowds mill around the exhibits, and little children are usually eating or trying to pet or touch the animals. This is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Jim Carruthers letter to the editor was concerned that the poster for the Cherry Festival
featured a dog in a cherry lug, but banned the dogs from the Open Space. There is a big
difference between a picture of a dog and the real thing. This would be abundantly clear
if he ever stepped in a pile of dog “poo.“
He also said that “dogs have rights too.“ Give me a break! A dog deserves a safe, clean place to live/sleep, food and water, and veterinary care when necessary... but it does not have any rights. I am a animal lover also but I can separate what is appropriate for an animal or a human.
If Mr. Carruthers cannot be separated from his dog(s), perhaps he should just stay home. The rest of us will all be relieved.

Mae Engel • Gaylord

Bush and Cuban-American terrorists
As I sat watching the major news stations, my faith in the Bush regime and their competency and dedication to fighting the War on Terrorism was crushed. I turned on the television to witness our current president addressing the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) in Miami. As he performed one of the most impassioned speeches that I have ever seen him give, something didn‘t seem right. As I watched him speak in front of the CANF members, my stomach knotted. Perhaps it was the fact that my president, who is supposedly committed to eradicating terrorism worldwide, was giving a speech of solidarity to a group that is known to engage in terrorism within the United States as well as throughout Latin America, the Cuban American National Foundation
Not only has the CANF managed to buy their way into Jeb and George‘s pocket, but they are known to have sponsored terrorist acts throughout the United States as well as Central and South America. And the guest list for President Bush‘s speech looks like a terrorist allstar team. The Cuban American Luis Posadas Carriles has openly admitted in a New York Times article that he has participated in terrorist acts against Cuban tourism sites with funding from the CANF.
The man who is Assistant Secretary of State for Hemisphere affairs for the Bush administration, Otto Reich, a radical right-wing Cuban American, assisted Cuban “exile“ and terrorist Orlando Bosch attain an American visa after Bosch participated in the bombing of a Cuban airliner in which 73 innocent people were killed. Orlando Bosch also was convicted and sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to damage and destroy ships bound for Cuba after firing a bazooka at a Polish freighter docked in Miami.
It has been conveniently ignored by the media that this convicted terrorist was released from prison as a result of the direct lobbying of President Bush senior in 1990 by his son Jeb Bush, not yet governor in 1990, but well connected with Cuban American businessmen. What is even more disturbing is that U.S. Justice Dept. wanted to deport Bosch because he had “repeatedly expressed and demonstrated a willingness to cause indescriminate injury and death.“
Not only did Orlando Bosch join our president at the meeting, but Bush also had the pleasure of dining with convicted Cuban American terrorists Suarez Esquivel and Alberto Hernandez, who spent time in prison for the murder of Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and his American assistant Ronnie Moffit in Washington DC! These two Bush supporters were released from prison last year thanks to an executive order, perhaps as a gift to the CANF for their help in the Florida election debacle.
It seems unfeasible that our president could, in these dangerous times, sit down to dinner with known terrorists in order that they contribute to Jeb Bush‘s campaign for governor. I can‘t understand why it is that terrorists who donate money to the Bush family are “OK“ while we fight an international war to rid the planet of these type of people.
Perhaps the Bush administration is sending the signal that terrorists who donate large sums of money to the democratic process can operate with impunity, while those that do not are “evil.“ The only thing that seems clear in this mess is that terrorism is in the eye of the beholder (or the pocket of the billfold), and our current administration is not to be trusted when it comes to fighting a war against terrorism. It is often said that politics make strange bedfellows, but when that “fellow“ has a bomb, it‘s time to wake up and get out of bed!

Benjamin Osborne • Ann Arbor

Lost opportunity
To your news article about a congressional bill to bring back the military draft must be added two related federal dangers to young American males.
First are the new yellow draft registration cards with their draconian threats. Second are the published complaints of military officers about not having enough manpower.
All three of those combined federal forces form the same situation as at the beginning of the Vietnam War.
Back in about 1965, President Johnson ordered the unnecessary military drafting of over two million young men. He did that in order to be able to secretly start an unnecessary American war in Vietnam. And his so-called justification was the since-proven-false claim of American national security.
In the similar situation now, the Washington politicians have initially faced no effective peace opposition either.
Why? Because my military warning manuscript from the Vietnam War era was never published.
Consequently, American parents, teachers and peace workers have never had a factual proof source for use to knowingly defend peace. They and the American people have never been told about the lasting hidden civilian damage caused by the Vietnam War.
If the important history lessons in my manuscript had been united with a peace voting drive, there could have been created enough thoughtful support for a national debate about going to war.
Since this is supposed to be a democracy, it should at least try to look like one.

Louis Burford • Petoskey

Reservation plan
for Palestine
The Israel/Palestinian situation seems insoluble. Both sides claim the same territory. The Zionists claim that God gave them the land, as described in the Bible. The Palestinians claim the post-World War II incursion of Jews who have fled from Christian oppression is all newcomers with no claim on the territory. Can two states exist on the same land at the same time? We have precedent here in the USA.
In case anyone forgot, the Seminole Indians are still technically at war with the United States, having never negotiated a peace treaty. In the United States after a white genocide on the indigenous peoples, many have established Indian nations with their own borders, police and in some cases even their own internationally recognized passports. What those nations do not have is armies.
That‘s the fear of the Israelis: that a Palestinian state will buy tanks and jet fighters and bombers to use in their never altered intention of destroying Israel and driving the Jews into the Mediterranean.
Palestinians want the right to return from places they fled or were driven out of in Israel. No Arab country is offering reparations and resettlement for Jews who were driven out of Arab lands after 1948 and lost all their property, their homes, and businesses.
Now there‘s a new wave of immigration to Israel because of anti-semitism in Catholic Argentina. Just as Arabs teach their children to hate the Jews and are willing to put bombs on their kids to blow up Israeli marketplaces, Christians who follow the 700 Club doctrine continue to press for Jews to make Alyah, to move to Israel. This is not for the sake of the Jews or for peace: it‘s to bring about Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.
It‘s difficult to decide who is more insane. Maybe Israel should establish a reservation for Palestinians. They can build casinos and take their revenge through the pocketbooks of gullible gamblers.
 
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