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 1/2/03

Various - January 2nd, 2003
The pitchfork‘s point

There is consensus that the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was legally and morally wrong. However, we now witness our government committing another major assault on the same basic principle of human rights.
Estimates of 700 male immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria were arrested and detained during the week of December 15th in California when they showed up at local Immigration and Naturalization Service offices in compliance with the INS‘ new mandatory registration program. These men over the age of 16 who responded to the summons in good faith were summarily arrested and thrown together into crowded detention facilities. Many had only technical visa difficulties, some of which were the result of delays in paper-work processing by the INS.
By Wednesday, the jails in southern California were overflowing. Initially names were not being released, detainees were denied access to attorneys and phone calls; and mothers, wives and sisters were left without knowing what became of their male family members and/or when they would be released. By the end of Thursday, only due to mass protests in Los Angeles from the largest Iranian community in the country and the intervention by progressive legal groups, bonds were set for many of the detainees.
Rather than looking for “needles,“ it appears the United States government is just creating more “haystacks“ with its overbroad, ineffective and discriminatory policy of assuming that all Arabic males are potential “terrorists.“ Does the government really think that real terrorists are going to register at an INS office? In one respect laughable, it is yet absolutely crucial that such actions be met with immediate and broad resistance before the “pitchfork“ is aimed at the rest of us.

Marian Kromkowski • Suttons Bay
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