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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Acme‘s Village

Staff Reports - April 1st, 2004
Acme’s Village goes back to drawing board

A proposed “big box”-style shopping center masquerading as a downtown was scuttled in Circuit Court last week by Judge Thomas Power in a decision hailed by opponents of the project.
As planned, the 182-acre Village at Grand Traverse would encompass close to 1 million square feet of new construction along M-72 near Lautner Road. The proposed Village would include a blend of big box stores and smaller retailers, government offices, a hotel, and up to 300 residential units.
The town center project won the conditional approval of the Acme Township Board in November.
But opponents of the project, the Concerned Citizens of Acme Township, said the project violated the spirit of the township’s original plan to establish a bona fide downtown similar to nearby Elk Rapids.
Judge Power reversed the township’s approval of the site because the ordinance relating to the project doesn’t allow the consideration of other viable sites in the area.
This may not be the end of The Village at Grand Traverse, however, since the township board can amend its ordinance, or developers can appeal the ruling. The next meeting of the township board is April 6.

The Bottom Line

If you‘ve been to Meijer‘s in TC lately, you can‘t help but have noticed hundreds of “Low Carb“ signs scattered around the store, designating protein-rich products. (Although “High Carb“ signs are conspiciously absent on Meijer‘s pyramids of cookies and snacks.)
What constitutes low carb, however? That‘s something the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to determine, owing to the glut of food manufacturers making claims which may be false. Some labels fudge the definition with creative distortions of what they consider “net” carbs. Then too, foods like low-carb ice cream contain as much fat and calories as the real thing.
The Grocery Manufacturers of America would like the FDA to define low-carb as 9 grams of carbohydrates in a typical serving. A consumer advocacy group would like that standard driven lower, to 6 carbs per serving.

Radio Waves:

Liberal talk radio kicks off on March 31 when Air America Radio debuts in four major markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Stars of the 24-hour-talk network will be comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo. Franken, bestselling author of “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,“ plans to call his show “The O‘Franken Factor,“ to irritate his Fox News nemesis Bill O‘Reilly.
O‘Relly and Fox News sued Franken last year for using the slogan “Fair and Balanced“ on the cover of the comedians book. The publicity helped make it a bestseller.
No word yet as to when Air America Radio will be available nationwide for airing in Northern Michigan, but you will be able to check out the shows on web radio stations from the launch cities.
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