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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

No Free Lunch

Random Thoughts George Foster Code Red. Code Red. Take cover, the U.S. Treasury just launched its own terrorist attack on America in the form of $500 billion in federal deficits for next year.
I thought Republicans were the party of fiscal restraint, personal responsibility, and ANTI-big government. This federal deficit is the largest in U.S. history and don‘t give me the pat excuse that our overspending is an anomaly - the result of being at war.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

History‘s Investigations of Presidents

Random Thoughts George Foster The independent 9/11 Commission report was finally completed last week to mixed reviews.
More and more, it seems each president spends as much time dealing with ongoing investigations of his respective administration as he does governing the country.
 
Thursday, July 8, 2004

Don‘t Show Me our Dead Soldiers

Random Thoughts George Foster Recently, when a mother invited the media to film and broadcast the remains of a U.S. soldier arriving in the United States, her son‘s casket became the first of almost 900 American troops killed in the Iraq conflict to be made public.
 
Thursday, June 24, 2004

Bill Clinton Meets Michael Moore

Random Thoughts George Foster Brace yourself. This week‘s news will be saturated with analysis of Bill Clinton‘s memoirs and Michael Moore‘s new movie.
 
Thursday, June 10, 2004

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Random Thoughts George Foster Can the Pistons beat the mighty Lakers?
Goliath‘s laughs raining down on David. The irresistible force versus the immovable object. Beauty and the Beast. Almost any image you can dream up of two diametrically opposed antagonists applies to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.
 
Thursday, May 27, 2004

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Random Thoughts George Foster Who do we blame for high gas prices?

Yikes. $2.19 per gallon of regular and rising.
How high can it go: $2.50? $3.00? $5.00? Unfortunately, there is no ceiling in sight. We should be outraged, yet whom do we blame?
 
Thursday, May 13, 2004

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Random Thoughts George Foster The stain on America

There is no way to sugarcoat it.
The film footage of U.S. military personnel mistreating Iraqi prisoners is indefensible, the worst and most ill-timed black eye against our country in history. Without weapons of mass destruction and connections to al Qaeda to justify our venture into Iraq, the “high, moral ground” was all we had left.
 
Thursday, April 15, 2004

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Random Thoughts George Foster Pray For Our Troops
Have you ever noticed how John Kerry and other Americans who oppose the U.S. occupation of Iraq often begin discussions, “I support our troops, but...“
Who are they trying to kid? It is impossible to disagree with a military mission and still be an advocate of its soldiers - you can‘t have it both ways. Peaceniks preface most anti-Bush tirades with support of our military personnel because they are afraid of being perceived as unpatriotic.
 
Thursday, March 25, 2004

Driving my Hummer

Random Thoughts George Foster I don’t know when I first fell in love with the Hummer.
It could have been during intense scenes of Black Hawk Down or at one of the Terminator flicks. The sight of enemy shells blasting off the chassis of those glorious Humvees, while the good guys are hunkered down inside, making their getaway, is enough to start me salivating.
 
Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Random Thoughts George Foster The Largest Group of Second-Class Citizens in History
When George W. Bush calls marriage between a man and woman “the most fundamental institution of civilization“, he might be correct. It may also be the most fundamentally dysfunctional institution in this country.
 
Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Freefall of College Sports

Random Thoughts George Foster Pity poor University of Colorado. The Buffalos have become the scapegoat for criminal athletes everywhere. When two former female athletes from the Boulder campus alleged being raped by male athletes, the saga of what really happens in many big-time college sports programs has reared its ugly head once more.
 
Thursday, February 5, 2004

Unwelcome guest (workers)

Random Thoughts George Foster In an administration that is the first since Hoover’s to lose more jobs than gained, George W. Bush’s proposal to let millions of illegal workers become “legal“ seems to be a cruel joke at first glance.
 
Thursday, December 11, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster Winter Sports Update

Hockey. Booo. Fedorov sucks. Go home to Siberia, you bum.
We don‘t really mean it, Sergei. The howling of boos from Detroit hockey fans that rained down on the former Red Wings superstar recently was an expression of disappointment, not hate. Many Detroit fans believe the loss of Fedorov to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks via free agency severely diminishes the Red Wings‘ chances for a Stanley Cup this season.
 
Thursday, November 20, 2003

The Battle to Keep 9/11 a Secret

Random Thoughts George Foster It seems we may finally get the truth about what happened on September 11, 2001 from the independent commission investigating the attacks. Or will we?
 
Thursday, November 6, 2003

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Random Thoughts George Foster The 10 Bravest American Women
As someone who believes that women are of a more courageous species than men, any manageable list of this sort is difficult to compress. Historically, high probabilities of being objects of discrimination and abuse tend to make women mentally tougher than men. At least that‘s my theory.
 
 
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