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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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Shut up already

Robert Downes - August 22nd, 2011

Those of us who live here were thrilled that ABC’s Good Morning America
show cited the Sleeping Bear Dunes as being the most beautiful place in
the country last week. I myself put a link to the news clip on my
Facebook page to brag about my hometown to friends living overseas.
On the other hand, if you look at other “beautiful” places around the
country -- Carmel, Cape Cod, Bar Harbor, Hilton Head, Jackson’s Hole,
etc. -- it’s pretty clear what happens when you start waving the
figurative red cape in the bull ring of the national media.
You get run over by the bulldozers of development.
This summer, Bicycling magazine touted Northern Michigan as one of the
top regions in the country for cycling. That’s just one item in a long
list of kudos from Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Midwest
Living, Backpacking Magazine, AARP Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Parade,
MotorHome Magazine, the New York Times and perhaps dozens of
newspapers.
Northern Michigan has been credited as being a top destination for
fishing, camping, retirement, biking, foodies, RVing, beaches, outdoor
recreation... We haven’t gotten an award for being the best place to
get a bikini wax yet, but that day is surely coming because when the
media loves a place, it tends to love it to death.
Okay, we‘re “guilty as charged“ at Northern Express for sharing the
love about our region too, but it makes you wonder: Where is this all
this ‘good news‘ taking us?
It’s nice that chef Mario Batali is proud of his new home and went on
at length about what life is like in the “paradise” of Northern
Michigan on Good Morning America.
But Joni Mitchell told us more than 40 years ago what happens to Eden
once the word gets out: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Many in the tourist industry wouldn’t agree with a “mum’s the word”
strategy (futile at best, anyway), even if it means wrecking the
blissful lifestyle we enjoy here with more traffic, crime and chain
stores.
But these could be the same folks who’d consider cutting all the trees
to put ‘em in a tree museum if it meant more tourists. “Charge all the
people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.”

SHARK WEEK
Here’s an ominous bit of historical symmetry. Does anyone remember
what the big news story was in the summer of 2001, just before 9/11?
Shark attacks. There’s actually a page in Wikipedia on the “Summer of
the Shark” in 2001, which describes the media circus that year in which
shark attacks weighed in as the third biggest news story behind the
western forest fires and the disappearance of Chandra Levi.
Cut to 2011 and sharks are back in a big way in the news: Shark
attacks in the Seychelles, North Carolina, Florida and California.
Meanwhile, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is only three weeks away. It
signifies nothing, but seems an odd coincidence.
Beware the tiger muskie, my friends -- it‘s out there... lurking in the
dim shadows of your favorite lake.

LOSING STREAK
If Republicans are trying to wreck the economy just to keep President
Obama from being re-elected, they seem to be doing a very good job of
it.
• The recent stock market crash came courtesy of the bogus debt ceiling
crisis engineered by the tea party. This 1,000-point drop in the Dow
has been a disaster for retirees who depend on their investments.
• The downgrade of America‘s AAA credit rating was a direct result of
the hostage situation created by Republicans, which suggested that our
nation would blow off paying its bills. This is expected to add to the
country‘s debt, rather than decreasing it.
• Republican have hamstrung government efforts to create jobs, despite
the consensus of economists around the world that a federal stimulus is
a wise course of action.
• Here‘s the kicker: 95% of Republicans in Congress have made a pledge
to an anti-tax activist named Grover Norquist that they will not raise
taxes or close loopholes on multinational corporations or the super
rich under any circumstances, no matter how grave the emergency. As in
the one we‘re in at present.
Doesn‘t a pledge to uphold the Constitution and serve their
constituents trump a pledge to some nerd named Grover? Apparently not.
Rush Limbaugh gave away the GOP‘s game plan four years ago when he
decreed that his party should do whatever it takes to wreck Obama‘s
presidency. That strategy seems to be working very well, at the
expense and suffering of the American people.

 
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