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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Letters 12/30/04

Various - December 30th, 2004
Man of the Year
As President Bush presides over 60 new Iraqi war dead and 22 Americans, Time Magazine makes him man of the year.
Who is Bush, really? He’s the man who, by setting his sights on Iran, leaves no doubt he desires total war against the Muslim world. Muslims will respond in kind, allowing Bush to hem in civil rights, allowing him to stand aside and smirk while this proud nation marches towards a police state with their hands over their hearts. Bush is more than man of the year. He’ll be remembered as the sneak who brought down history’s most noble democracy by a series of bald-faced lies.

Mark Yokum • via email

Chief concern
Never let it be said that Democrats don’t have a sense of humor. The U.S. election analysis in two sentences:
The Democrats’ mistake was thinking that a disastrous war and national bankruptcy would be of concern to the electorate.
The Republicans saw, correctly, that the chief concern of the electorate was to keep gay couples from having abortions.

Peggy Kohler • via email

A damn lie
Some lawmakers and elected officials would have us believe that Social Security is a broken system that needs to be fixed – or “privatized.” That’s a distortion of reality. Or, to be blunt, it’s beyond misleading... it’s a damn lie!
Privatizing Social Security will put at risk the program’s very security while requiring massive costs, long term debt and cuts in benefits. A stock market crash usually wipes out the wealthy. If Social Security is privatized in the stock market, even a minor crash would wipe out the middle and poor classes. The elderly would have to return to a labor market that no longer existed.
The truth is the so-called crisis surrounding Social Security’s solvency is largely invented. Radical changes – that would require borrowing trillions of dollars we don’t have – aren’t necessary. Even if we don’t change a thing, Social Security can pay benefits through 2052. Minor adjustments can ensure that today’s Social Security is preserved for many generations to come. Especially if politicians and Wall Street keep their greedy fingers out of it.
Social Security is one of America’s great success stories, providing rock-solid, inflation-proof, guaranteed benefits that last a lifetime.Social Security hasn’t missed a paycheck for 70 years. Its benefits span generations, covering Americans of all ages. Today, Social Security is more financially sound than it has been throughout most of its history and is in no danger of going broke.
No other government program stabilizes our economy as well as Social Security. It is the gyroscope that keeps our economic ship of state on an even keel. Don’t let America’s financial elite rock our boat. In this context, “privatize” is another way to say, “steal.”

William F. Brabenec • Attica

A poem
a facade, a mirage, this war
wash our hands in the blood of soldiers,
men as mechanical and wildeyed as
cloned sheep.
starving for sleep
unable to breathe
full speed ahead,
to be forfeited.
gave my life for a country,
the unknown soldier.
a token of appreciation,
a homeless vet with cobblestone legs.
he remembers the children
strapped to the schrapnel
and dreams of metal cages
where they tortured the terrorists.
curled in a fetal position
he fears the government.
he hides from the God
they have created
out of fear and foreboding.
he joined
to save up for a new truck,
now he just wants his legs back.
not everyone will remember george bush as a beautiful crusader,
he seems to foreshadow death wherever
he goes.
Chantelle • via email

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