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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Alternative Energy Tech Conference

Express Staff - October 14th, 2004
Conference Call
New ideas for restoring the earth and alternative energy are the focus of two conferences in Traverse City this week:
The Alternative Energy Technology Conference takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Great Lakes Campus of NMC. A forum on renewable energy is open to the public in the morning. The conference will discuss green building and energy efficiency for your home, and alternative energy entrepreneurship among other topics. For info, call 1-800-748-0566, ext. 1700.
The popular Third Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference has its most ambitious program yet at NMC, presenting visionary ideas for using nature to heal nature. The conference includes a live telecast from sessions of the national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, as well as many local programs and speakers.
Keynote speakers will include Josè Perez Vazquez, a representative of 30 communities of Tzotzil Mayan peoples in Chiapas, Mexico, who are seeking social justice; Lee Sprague, chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; and Grace Lee Boggs, an activist and writer who brings 60 years of involvement in U.S. social movements.
Numerous workshops will focus on such subjects as:
• Building Local Food Systems
• Greening the City: One Roof at a Time
• Home Energy Audits
• Fair-trade Coffee & Indigenous Rights
• Media as a Tool for Social Change
• Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine
• Women, Water and Poverty
• Protecting Waters of the Great Lakes
• Energy Independence
• Business Ethics
• Community Gardens
• Eco-Forestry for the Great Lakes
• Worm Composting
• Local Currency
• Indoor Air Quality
• Green Medicine Cabinet
• Yoga and meditation for all abilities
• Buddhist Economics
Other highlights for this year’s conference include a Thursday night banquet featuring fresh ingredients available in Northwest Michigan during October and a dance on Saturday with the Steppin‘ In It band at Mt. Holiday Ski Resort Lodge.
To take part, contact sponsors at the Neahtawanta Center or SEEDS at 1-800-220-1415, www.nrec.org/glbioneers, or register at the conference.

DIRTY UNDERWEAR? It sounds like a News of the Weird item, but Michigan‘s Republican Party claims it‘s serious about seeking criminal charges against rabble-rouser Michael Moore for bribing students to vote by offering them Haynes underwear and Ramen noodles.
Last week, Moore spoke at Michigan State University to a crowd of more than 3,500. As part of his tour, he tossed out packets of the low-priced instant noodles and 12-packs of Haynes briefs to students who promised that they would vote Nov. 2
The Michigan GOP reportedly sent letters to prosecutors in four counties, Antrim, Ingham, Isabella and Wayne, requesting criminal charges against Moore. It‘s a misdemeanor to offer or receive items in exchange for votes, punishable by a fine up to $500 or 90 days in jail.
Moore is currently on the Slacker Uprising Tour, speaking to huge crowds at 60 campuses across the country prior to the election.

DRAFT DEFEATED Republicans are crowing over the overwhelming rejection of a bill to revive the draft which was presented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel, Democrat of New York. Rangel‘s bill would have required all young persons in the United States to perform a period of military or civilian service for national defense and homeland security.
“This should put the rumors to rest once and for all,” said Congressman Dave Camp. “The draft is not coming back. Our all volunteer army is doing a superb job and new recruits and reenlistments are meeting our military needs.”
Rep. Rangel has noted on various talk shows, however, that he never expected his bill to pass; it‘s largely a symbolic measure to point out that the volunteer army is comprised to a large degree by young people from low income backgrounds with few job opportunities. Rangel claims that a draft involving children of middle class and wealthy parents would prompt more caution on America‘s war plans.
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