Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 28, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/28/2013

In plain view

The CIA’s framing of John Kiriakou, former CIA member whistleblower, is typical of government agencies. With now two full length documentary movies, widely disseminated articles and photos, delving into the use of torture by executive decree it can hardly be hidden any longer. Wikileaks and other sources along with Mr. Kiriakou’s disclosures provide ample proof of this travesty despite attempts to obfuscate and threaten. Did this really happen by American design? Yes, unequivocally. Torture was prevalent and it came from the top down.

Any who dare to provide this information are, like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and now John Kiriakou, singled out for extreme harassment. The president will not willingly intervene despite campaign promises later scoffed at. Evidence now reveals that he likes being the big dog of the pack he once criticized. Only the American public and the media can convince the political forces to protect whistleblowers from prosecution. Authorities are getting away with these criminal acts in plain view. The CIA and affiliated agencies are lawless but public opinion can induce executive power intervention which will not happen otherwise.

Mitchell Jon MacKay

East Jordan

Science, not emotions

This is in response to the editorial concerning the Scientific Wildlife Management package of bills recently introduced in the Michigan House and Senate.

Decisions about wildlife management need to be made by sound science, not emotions. While they had some volunteers, the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected group gathered their signatures by paying collectors up to $6 per signature. Outside the Traverse City Sport Show, they were harassing people so much that police were called. They used false information like the wolf hunt would lead to “aerial gunning from helicopters.” They knew no one would sign their petitions if they used actual facts.

Wildlife decisions should be based on the recommendations of trained biologists, as we already voted for with Proposal G of 1996, not by 30-second ads.

These bills are much bigger than a referendum. It ensures that all of Michigan’s fish and game species are managed using sound science by allowing the NRC to make that decision. The NRC is not just a bunch of “un-elected bureaucrats.” They are the only ones required to use sound science in their natural resources decisions. That’s why everyone should support SB 288 and HB 4552.

Jane Finnerty

Cadillac

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