Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Patrick Sullivan - September 5th, 2011
A 50-year-old man who told police he was stabbed by robbers actually stabbed himself to cover up gambling losses.
The man first reported that he’d been stabbed and his wallet robbed as he walked on Eighth Street in TC at around 2:15 a.m. Sept. 2.
Police later learned the man stabbed himself in the abdomen because he didn’t want to tell his family he’d just lost over $1,000 at a casino, TC Police Capt. Brian Heffner said.

A semi and a passenger collided on US 131, killing an elderly woman.
Emmet County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the accident, which happened Sept. 1 at around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Intertown Road in Bear Creek Township.
Agnes Failey, 86, of Indianapolis and Harbor Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sheriff Pete Wallin said.

Police are looking for a man who demanded money and cigarettes from a gas station clerk.
The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department is investigating the Sept.1 robbery at the Shell gas station at Hammond and Three Mile roads, Sheriff Thomas Bensley said.
A man entered the station at around 5:05 a.m. and told the clerk, “Give me all your cash and Newports.”
The suspect escaped with money and 23 packs of cigarettes. He never showed or implied he had a weapon, Bensley said.
Police are looking for a black man in his 30s, about five feet nine inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information should call police at (231) 995-5000.

A 69-year-old Romulus woman was injured in an accidental shooting.
Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident, which happened Sept. 2 at around 3:30 a.m.
Police and an ambulance were called to the EZ Mart in Interlochen where they learned the shooting happened at the Dubonnet Campground, where the woman was camping with her 61-year-old brother.

A motorcyclist was injured and a dog killed when the dog ran into the biker’s path.
Charlevoix County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Aug. 31 crash at around 6:45 p.m. in Marion Township, according to a press release.
Steven Curtis, 51, of Charlevoix, was headed west when a black lab ran across the road. Curtis struck and killed the dog and laid his motorcycle down, causing him to fall and slide about 50 feet.

Two men face robbery charges after a man said they held and punched him while an unidentified man took his watch, cellphone and cash.
TC Police officers on patrol on the 100 block of South Union Street were approached by a bleeding man Aug. 27 at 1:45 a.m.
The 28-year-old TC man told police he’d been walking near the Union Street Dam when he was jumped and beaten. He said cash and other items were stolen from him during the assault, Capt. Steve Morgan said.
The officers checked the area and found two suspects who then fled. One of them was arrested and items belonging to the victim were recovered.
Gregory Sawmick, 30, from Suttons Bay, was jailed on charges of strong-armed robbery. Police later arrested Dakota George Stevens, 30, of Suttons Bay, who faces the same charge. The victim said a third man took his stuff while he was beaten, but that man has not been identified.

A woman accused of attempting to steal over $1,000 worth of video games from Sears has five previous convictions for shoplifting.
Haley Elisha Robertson, 34, of Traverse City, faces a charge of felony retail fraud.
An assistant manager at the Garfield Township Sears store told police he saw Robertson leave Aug. 23 with items she had not paid for worth $1,038, according to the charges. The items were video games and video game accessories, Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chris Clark said.
Robertson was arraigned on the charge on Aug. 26 and ordered not to enter any retail establishments if she is released on bond.
According to court records, Robertson has convictions for retail fraud on five previous occasions, dating back to 1996.

Know someone who inexplicably acquired three flat-screen TVs and a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix? Police would like to hear from you.
Tuscarora Township Police are investigating a burglary at the Indian River VFW Post Aug. 30 where theives made off with a flat-screen TV, a printer, a laptop and money. Anyone who has any information about the break-in should call the township police at (231) 238-9481.
In Cheboygan, thieves struck the Moose Lodge on Huron Street the same night. Plunderers opened cabinets and a safe and made off with cash, a flat-screen computer monitor, and a flat-screen TV, according to the Cheboygan Department of Public Safety.
A day earlier, a break-in was reported at the Cheboygan Life Support Systems garage. Two employees were asleep in the building when the theft occurred and someone stole a flat-screen TV, an employee’s wallet, and an employee’s car, a 2007 black Pontiac Grand Prix, police said.
Anyone with information about the break-ins in the city of Cheboygan is asked to call police at (231) 627-4321.

A homeless man is in jail accused of assaulting a woman and then threatening to kill her.
Grand Traverse Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Jeffrey Sandberg Aug. 24. Sandberg, who is unemployed, is alternately listed as homeless and having an address in Romulus in court records.
Sandberg, 33, is accused of assaulting the woman at a residencee on W. Silver Lake Road by pushing her to the ground and then punching and kicking her in the head, face and torso. He also is reported to have told a deputy, upon arrest, that he would kill the woman once released, according to the charges.
Sandberg was held on a $50,000 cash bond.
Sandberg faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and being a three-time habitual offender. His previous convictions include one for assault with intent to murder in 1997. Sandberg was discharged from prison in 2009.

A man who entered someone else’s house faces felony charges after he was arrested in Emmet County’s Littlefield Township.
Emmet County Sheriff’s deputies responded Aug. 28 at approximately 5:40 p.m. after a man was reported to have entered a residence on Haines Road and caused an altercation, Sheriff Peter Wallin said in a press release.
Michael Van Allsburg, 22, of Petoskey, faces charges of home invasion, a 20-year felony, and aggravated stalking, a 5-year felony.
Van Allsburg remained in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond, Wallin said.

A man died after he capsized in a rowboat while fishing.
Two men in a row boat on Shell Lake in Leelanau County wound up in the water after one of them stood up in the boat at around 9:20 p.m. Aug. 31.
Charles Herweh, 71, and George Houdek, 77, were able to right the boat and they attempted to swim to shore while clinging its side, police said.

Houdek became unresponsive during the swim and was pulled to shore by Herweh, who got to a nearby residence and called for help. Houdek was taken to Munson Medical Center but he died.
Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf said it appeared Houdek died of a medical issue and did not drown, but a final determination will be made by the county medical examiner.

A motorcyclist was injured after a pickup pulled out in front of him.
State police were called to the crash at 6:25 a.m. Aug. 30 on North Mitchell Street in Haring Township near Cadillac.
Anthony Price, 34, of Manton, was listed in serious condition at Munson Medical Center.
A 1986 Chevy pickup driven by Kevin Schaaf, 54, of Lake City, exited the parking lot of Kountry Kitchen into the path of Price’s motorcycle, according to a press release from the Cadillac Post of the Michigan State Police.

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