Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/03/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — A terrible loss

Another terrible loss of beautiful children, 20 lost in a school shooting, one lost in the Boston bombing, now the loss from the tornado. How sad. But where is the sadness over the loss of over 50 million lost to abortion? That loss is equal to the total population every man, woman and child in these United States: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Michigan.

And, every day nearly 4,000 more dead babies are added to that number. What a loss.

Rosalie Ehl



Plausible deniability

Four Americans dead at Benghazi because our government wouldn’t help them. IRS targets political opponents. JusticeDepartment assaults “Freedom of the Press.” IRS Director pleads the “Fifth.” Justice Department falsely charges reporter as “possible co-conspirator.” What do all of these outrages have in common? They are taking place under President Obama’s watch and all benefit his presidency. He said, “The buck stops here,” but the buck never gets close to him because he is protected by not being told what’s going on in his government. It’s called “plausible deniability,” folks, and is an old political trick to avoid responsibility. He might have been a good community organizer but as president he is a rank amateur.

Jack Sheets

Traverse City


In favor of peace

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2780 Commander Richard Thibeau describes Veterans for Peace as radical, liberal, criminal, non-patriotic. For the record, Mr. Thibeau doesn’t speak for me. I don’t like war. People die because of war. I’m a lifetime member of Post 2780 and a supporter of Veterans for Peace; in my opinion, there isn’t anything about war that’s good. Mr. Thibeau’s comments are hurtful and embarrassing.

Almost all wars are fought over issues involving economics or religion. Groups that profit most from war are the military/industrial complex and high-ranking military people who are promoted during periods of war.

The self-serving recruitment of the all-volunteer military is deceptive/dishonest. The poor are enticed by higher pay/benefits than offered in civilian life, yet most don’t stay and make military life a career. We as parents/grandparents are remiss if we encourage our children to enlist.

Remember, our sons and daughters and innocent civilians are damaged in areas of conflict. Few come back whole physically or mentally — if they come back at all.

I’m proud to be a veteran in favor of peace over war.

Donald F. Vreeland

Traverse City