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 2/26/04

Various - February 26th, 2004
Year after year, the developmental boundaries grew; Crestview Plaza was erected. There was talk of the eyesore it had created on the lovely landscape outside of town. A few of the downtown stores became empty. Some were replaced with banks and offices. Some buildings were removed entirely.
Who could help but notice when a portion of Little Traverse Bay became obstructed by a new, taller medical building? That picture-postcard welcoming view had changed. Who notices that change now?
Familiar, family-run motels on our main corners are now ubiquitous chain drug stores. Our farmlands have become parking lots dotted with squares of commercial sameness. Can you recognize if you‘re in Petoskey, or Anywhere U.S.A.?
More downtown stores are gone. The empty storefronts represent the abandoned dreams of many people who once believed in our community. If you are distressed by the growth you have witnessed, you have the opportunity to promote the antidote to sprawl -- the infusion of life-giving commerce in our downtown.
If you long to restore what sets this community apart from so many carbon copy communities that do not have a viable downtown, please support the smart growth proposed for our downtown. The addition of housing, hotel, storefronts, service businesses, jobs and parking translates into new life blood for our downtown.
Walk the downtown streets. See how many businesses are gone or closed for the season. Talk to the business poeple that are still holding on, committed to maintaining our unique downtown character. We must have year-round visitors and our community‘s support of the downtown for it to continue to exist. Throughout our community, skylines have changed; the landscape has changed. We must work to promote and improve what sets Petoskey apart -- our downtown.

Mary Ellen Lapp • Petoskey

There‘s a difference

The President has accepted at least $6.5 million in funds bundled by
Washington influence peddlers last year alone, 10 times what Sen. Kerry
has accepted from lobbyists over 15 years.
The only way to eliminate special interest influence in the White House is to reform the presidential funding system, and move toward clean money elections.

MaryAlice Lynott • Kewadin

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