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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Dam dood idea

- February 3rd, 2005

DAM GOOD IDEA? The Boardman River may be rippling a little closer to its natural state with the decommissioning of three hydroelectric dams.
Traverse City Light and Power plans to pull the plug on the outdated dams, clearing the way for their possible removal by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. One downside of their removal, however, would be the loss of Keystone Pond and Sabin Pond south of Traverse City. The ponds provide habitat for nesting swans, geese and other waterfowl in addition to providing a pleasant setting for a trail along the waterway.

SKI BUMMER: Due to budget cuts, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reportedly discontinued plowing the trailheads of ungroomed cross country ski trails in the Grand Traverse region. Unless the lots are plowed by local citizens, the action virtually spells the end of skiing at trails such as Lake Ann or Lake Dubonnet for lack of a place to park. The rationale by Michigan‘s Legislature is that if user fees don‘t pay the way, the parking lots won’t get plowed. In short, cross country skiers are screwed, but snowmobilers get their parking lots plowed.

RAFFLE THIS: Speaking of skiing, tickets are on sale for the 2005 TART Trails Grooming Raffle. TART Trails provides grooming services on 69 kilometers of trails on both the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail.
Raffle tickets are $100 each and the grand prize is $8,000 (if all 200 tickets are sold). The annual raffle was created to offset the cost of trail grooming, purchase new grooming equipment, and to repair and maintain existing equipment.
To purchase tickets, call the TART Trails office at (231) 941-4300 or visit Brick Wheels on 8th Street in TC. The winner will be drawn at the Vasa race awards party on
February 12.

CALLING ALL (FEMALE) ARTISTS: Creative ladies are invited to lend their talents to the 3rd Annual “From Women‘s Hands“ exhibition and sale this May 6-8 at the new Hagarty Center in TC. Last year, more than 100 female authors, visual artists and musicians contributed their works to the event, which drew a crowd of 900 in support of local women‘s cancer funds.
Application forms are availabe by calling Jennifer Hutchinson at 231-218-0096, or email jennifer@fromwomenshands.com.

ARTFUL BENEFIT: Artist Dominick Famiano is doing his bit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan by offering four original art photography prints to benefit the organization at Instant Framer, The Copy Shop, Higher Self Book Store, Espresso Bay & Juice Island in TC during the month of February.
Each print featured in the “Art For Kids Sake” series depicts abstract images of driftwood found along the beaches of Lake Michigan. Check it out at the participating locations, or online at www.signatureantiques.com.

WONDERING how progress is going on Boyne‘s new Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay? You can keep an eye on the progress of Michigan‘s largest indoor waterpark on a live webcam at www.avalanchebay.com. The indoor waterpark plans to open at Boyne Mountain this Memorial Day.

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