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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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Monday, October 11, 2010

Where the gloomsters go wrong

Random Thoughts By Robert Downes You hear a lot of dire warnings about peak oil these days, and the
pickle we’ll be in once the last drop of crude is squeezed from the
earth.
Northern Michigan has hosted many prophets of peak oil’s impending
disaster, including James Kunstler, who wrote “The Long Emergency:
Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging
Catastrophes.” Recently, environmental consultant Nicole Foss was in
the region, sharing some views on what to do when our oil-based
economy goes up in smoke.
 
Monday, October 11, 2010

Street Fighter Virg Bernero aims for a knock-out with populist message

Features By Robert Downes Have you ever seen a Sicilian pit bull in action? Check out Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the “angriest mayor in America,” whose attack dog appearances on Fox News and MSNBC have offered jaw-dropping defenses of American workers, labor unions, and the hope for renewed manufacturing in Michigan.
 
 
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