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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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The Peace President

George Foster - April 25th, 2002
Brace yourself. George W. Bush is about to perform the deed that will allow him to go down as one of the greatest American presidents ever.
It doesn‘t have anything to do with military responses to the 9/11 attacks. Osama bin Laden is still apparently at large and our War on Terrorism is far from being determined a success by any measure. The verdict on terrorists vs. America will be judged during future U.S. administrations.
With the failure of Secretary of State Powell‘s April trip to the Middle East, the moment is here for the leader of the world‘s most powerful nation to force Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Please, no more public ultimatums to the warring parties, Mr. President. It is time to end any inclination to speak loudly and carry a small stick.
Bush junior will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents in American history. Just think - Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt, and Bush on Mount Rushmore. Airports, monuments, streets, and mountains named Bush. Proprietors bragging, “George W. Bush, the peace president, slept here.“
Most everyone believes (including most Israelis) in principal that a Palestinian state must be created near historical Palestine. It is also obvious (even to a majority of Arabs) that Israel should be allowed to exist as a nation within reasonable, secure borders. There you go - I think we have the makings of a final peace agreement. That wasn‘t so bad, was it?
Of course, the Middle East crisis is a little more complicated - but not much. Yet, no other U.S. president has been able to help provide a final solution to the Israeli/Palestinian problem because of the details required in any such agreement. Will the Syrians allow a road around the Sea of Galilee for Israeli use? Can a Palestinian corridor be used to connect the Gaza Strip and West Bank? Who will control the Temple Mount in Jerusalem? One or two of these finer points always seem to prevent a final solution.
Still, the primary groundwork for a peace settlement has been laid in past negotiations. Just imagine the effects of peace: the war-mongering Israeli troops will be able to come home and throw down their arms. Arabs who encourage teenaged girls to strap on suicide bombs can return to legitimate activities. Best of all: the carnage will finally end. Most Middle East experts feel that all we need is the proper timing and environment for Palestinians and Israelis to sign a treaty allowing each faction to live side by side in peace.
The time is now, my friends. Most civilians on both sides are tired of war. Saudi Arabia has presented a reasonable peace plan for the region, similar to U.S. sponsored proposals of the past. The U.N. Secretary-General last week called for an international force in the territories occupied by Israel. Even PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon favor the creation of a new state of Palestine to co-exist near Israel.
Of course, at the moment, peace between Israelis and Palestinians seems about as remote as it was in the days of David and Goliath. That is where you come, Mr. President. It is the bottom of the ninth and you are being grooved a fat one over the plate. It is time to hit the grand slam of all peace agreements. And I predict you will come through.


 
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