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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Thursday, September 2, 2004

Crank Radio has a New Meaning

Features Harley Sachs The Upper Peninsula got hit by an unseasonal gale last week: wind gusts to 50 miles an hour and waves on Lake Superior building to 15 feet. No surprise that a tree took down the power grid to remind us how dependent we have become on electricity. There we sat by candlelight, staring at a black TV screen. Fortunately, my son-in-law Charles had just given us a wind-up radio so we could tune in to the local generator-powered radio station for the latest reports.
What? A radio you wind up like an old alarm clock? Yes!
 
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Lay off My Yard Sign...

Other Opinions Harley Sachs At first I thought it unlikely that after so many months of campaigning, the voices of electioneers could get even more strident. Unfortunately, it’s getting even more nasty and personal. A woman wrote to our local paper complaining that three of her yard signs for George Bush were stolen, which is against the law. I was given a yard sign, too, by a local party activist, and now it, too, has disappeared. Let’s analyze that action.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2004

MIRT: Outlawed Device Offers Lethal Tampering with Stoplights

Features Harley Sachs Imagine this: you’re running behind schedule and stuck in traffic. If only you could control those traffic lights, turning them all green as you approach, you could roll forward without interruption. Well, you can, but you’d better not.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Eat your QUORN: Are You ready for Artificial Meat Made from Fungus?

Features Harley Sachs Marlow Foods Limited, the British makers, call it Quorn ?, a “Mycoprotein, a nutritious member of the fungi family,” that is low in fat, cholesterol-free and has high quality protein and dietary fiber. The detractors call it mold. Quorn is one of the latest instances of totally manufactured food to hit the US market.
 
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Polarized Thinking: Our brain‘s ‘either/or ‘ way of thinking can lead to fanaticism bordering on insanity

Features Harley Sachs The human species, though lacking the tooth and claw of predators, is the dominant critter on earth, but in spite of its intelligence has some fatal flaws. Humans cannot hear very low or very high frequency sounds as whales or dogs can. They cannot see distance as eagles or at night as cats. To humans, ultraviolet and x-ray wave lengths are invisible. Yet in spite of those limitations humans are so overloaded with sensory signals that as a defense mechanism they categorize and pigeonhole. People are categorized as black or white, politically left or right. Yet there are “rainbow” people of multiples races, and independent voters.
 
Thursday, July 1, 2004

Can You Hear Me Now?

Features Harley Sachs Everywhere you go now in the city you see people with one hand up to the side of their face like they have an ear ache, except they’re talking into their palm. I have seen people do this while driving their cars, even while driving their cars with stick shifts while going around a corner, which anyone who has ever driven a car with a five-speed manual transmission knows requires two feet on the pedals, a hand on the steering wheel, and a hand on the gear shift. This demands dexterity worthy of a Chinese juggler at the circus.
 
 
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