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Letters 11/10/08

- November 10th, 2008
Racism in TC
I was saddened and dismayed to read about the feelings and actions of the employees of Hampel‘s Key and Lockshop. I was, however, happy to see that the news was recognized as important enough to be reported by the Record-Eagle.
We need to know who our neighbors are. It made me sick to my stomach to know that people with that kind of proud hatred are living in the same community with me.
I can only hope that people with such ignorant racist attitudes are still cognitively able to learn the errors of their thinking. I will place my hope and my heart in the idea that someday, Hampel‘s and their loyal customers will be given the capacity for increased knowledge, understanding, and respect.

Robin Tilwick • TC
Angry veterans
Just a comment and rebuttal to the decision of Hampel‘s gun and and key shop to fly the flag inverted last week. A coworker came in Friday telling me of his father‘s total disgust with the decision of flying the flag this way. He is a WW II vet and fought for peoples‘ rights, but not this blatant disrespect.
I too am a vet and so are my two brothers and my Dad. We served to protect the rights of people like this, but this isn’t a right that Hampel‘s has as stated in the code for the flying the flag.
It usually used as a distress signal or call for help. In this case, the owner is probably not pleased with the current state of affairs: the war, the economy, whatever.
The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons.
If the employee of Hampel‘s would like to be considered a traitor to America, he can continue his actions, but otherwise stop and respect our flag. Your opinion is allowed, but don’t bring our great flag into this. Many men have died to keep that flag flying in the right manner.

Joe Deater • via email

Disrespect to the flag
(My email to Hampel‘s gun shop in TC:)
I am a 28-year U.S.Marine as well as a FORMER customer of yours. Why you may ask? You shouldn‘t! I am a hunter, a gun collector, and someone who loves his Right to Bear Arms. Your views, ethics, and morals as a company are very ignorant and uneducated.
It‘s one thing to make racial remarks, but to fly the same American flag that 10% of my tank company gave their lives to protect upside down is just plain UNAMERICAN!

Josh Kennard • via email

A bad mix...
We see many campaign lawn signs this time of year which is a great expression of democracy. However, seeing these (Vote no on Proposal 2) signs in front of the Traverse City Catholic churches and their two schools is another story.
Since churches are listed as 501C organizations with the IRS, by law they are not to able to participate in politics, nor officially protest.
I agreed with them on Prop 2 and understand that they feel strongly on this issue, however, they legally cannot claim a tax exemption and be politically active. As they say, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
Anahata Balance • TC

Absurd comparison
Regarding Rick Coates, I thoroughly enjoy his articles on various foods and beverages to be found in the Grand Traverse area.
However, his article addressing the current state of politics in the 10/20 issue of the Northern Express was absurd in suggesting that Rush Limbaugh and his vitriolic diatribes are in some manner related to Steven Colbert’s political satire. Mr. Colbert engages in the time-honored practice of satire, while Limbaugh engages in the not-so-honorable practices of deceit, manipulation and fear mongering.
The article left me wondering if the cup Coates was holding in the picture accompanying the article was holding something other than water or if he managed to score a few samples while researching the medical marijuana issue. Rick, do us all a favor and stick to the food and beverages gig.

Bruce Fisher • via email

A new outlook
I’m a white guy--of undisclosed age--who’s been around long enough to vote in a few elections, and until now hasn’t really cared.
This time was different -- I was excited to vote.
Obama represents to me a move in a positive direction for a country that is seeing the effects of money-chasing and war-mongering haters. This country to me is not about accumulating possessions and cash, It’s about a good life of freedom, happiness and knowing what that can be. He can symbolize this, and he can also show young people they aren’t victims, so quit that and pursue your dreams. Now I know we’re all brothers and sisters on the planet, and I look at people differently. Change is slow, but it comes, and the new president and his family represent this.

Mike Morey • TC

Hope for America
Bob Downes’ column “Hope For America” was brilliant. Never in my life have I held so much hope for the future, and never before have the stakes been this high. I believe the biggest thing to underscore here, though, is our participation in the new government under Obama. We the people have been sedentary and silent for much too long, allowing our constitution, our economy and our international reputation to all suffer greatly while on our watch.
Thank God a change appears to be imminent, but it is still our watch; to be part of the change is to be part of the process. Let’s not forget that after we open the curtain and exit the polls this year.
The job of rebuilding our America is just beginning. Let’s all pay attention this time and lend a hand.
We’ve seen what not doing so can do.

Peter Kehoe • Petoskey

 
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