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May 26, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 05/26/2014

Let her go

What happened in Ms. Stapleton’s life is sad. She deserves both praise and sympathy in regard to her heroic efforts to deal with her severely disturbed child. What she does not deserve is to be enduring a court trial. She does not deserve jail. She is clearly no danger to society, none at all. What she decides to do or not do with her own life is her business.

Why expend law enforcement effort in trying to punish her for something for which she has already suffered far too much. What does society gain from making her life miserable? Nothing.

She was clearly at her wits end trying her best to deal with a child who could not be anything but a frustration — and danger — to herself, to her parents and to others (I understand that Ms. Stapleton’s daughter was often physically violent, for all practical purposes completely uncontrollable).

Just what was she supposed to do? She had tried everything that that she could think of – to no avail.

Let it go. Let her go. End this persecution of a person who just tried to do her best under impossible circumstances.

James Alstrom

Bear Lake

Are you really sure?

To climate change deniers, I hope you’re sure. Let’s not forget there’s a planet at stake, so you’d better be.

This doesn’t strike me as something we want to get wrong. As we digest the kinds of long-range, life-altering consequences the U.N. posits, erring on the side of caution at least merits fleeting consideration (even if it drops the Koch bro’s bottom line).

So let’s stop a minute and think. Are you really so sure? Are you? We’re not talking about the best way to provide healthcare here. It’s not even liberals vs. conservatives. We’re talking about the fate of life as we know it (you and your family included).

I’m sure you’ve heard the 97 percent figure before. Chew on it. Ninety-seven percent of people that study this thing think you’re wrong. Ninety-seven percent. This is what they do. They aren’t imperial, commercial radio show hosts.

I implore you. Step back. Squelch your ego. Turn down the radio. Examine the ramifications. Are you sure? Are you really?

Taylor Nash

Traverse City

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