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 1/6/05

Various - January 6th, 2005
Cat Stevens is no terrorist
Re: your quote in the 12/30 issue: “‘Wild For You‘ covers pop gems by the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and noted terrorist Cat Stevens.“
I suppose Ross Boissoneau considered that referring to Cat Stevens as a noted peace activist wouldn’t have the same effect of grabbing the readers attention. Well, it worked! You got my attention Ross! Unfortunately, what you may not have considered is that you might get the attention of Stevens’ legal counsel as well. Because, even if the comment was written in jest, I think Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam (not Youssouf Islam as was the spelling of the name on the no-fly list that prompted Homeland Security to remove the former pop-star from the Washington-bound flight in the first place), might consider it libelous. At least two British papers (The Sun and The Sunday Times) have printed apologies and retractions for reports alleging that Islam was involved with and/or supported terrorist activities.
For the record, on the Larry King show, when asked about the possibility that funds from his charity may have gotten into the hands of terrorist organizations, Islam said: “We’re looking for support. So those kind of things we’re very careful about. What happens sometimes -- even the Red Cross, UNICEF, the World Bank, must have been party to something illicit, but it never knew about it. It’s impossible for certain things, I suppose, not to happen, but that’s when you’re in the business of giving charity you can’t let that be a hindrance to making sure -- trying to make sure that the people who do need it get it.” (quote taken from the official Larry King Live CNN.com transcript Oct 7, 2004)
Islam was awarded the Man for Peace Award by the Gorbachev Foundation in November for his “dedication to promoting peace and condemning terrorism” and for the work of his charity “Small Kindness” which provides emergency aid and humanitarian relief in countries including Bosnia, Kosova, Albania and Iraq that have been or continue to be affected by war, poverty and natural disasters.
Need I mention he donated the royalties of his four CD boxed set release to the 9/11 Fund? His efforts to educate Muslim children, especially girls? That he opened a medical centre in Johannesburg, South Africa for AIDS patients? Or that the royalties from his current release in the UK (a cover of his ‘70s song “Father and Son,“ recorded by Ronan Keating and featuring Islam) are going to charity as well.
Noted terrorist? You may want to prepare a retraction.

S. Boyd • Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Adjust your attitude
Wow, what a letter (re: Dear President Bush, political ad, 12/23). The first thought that came to mind was that a very sore loser must have written this letter; I just shook my head in disbelief.
Who are these self-appointed guardians from northern Michigan who will be “watching” the president? This “watching” appears to be nothing but a threat, a threat from people who supposedly are caring individuals concerned about important issues. It is time to put away the condescending attitude of self-righteousness and come together to address these important issues.

James Press • via email

How You Can Help
Donations are desperately needed for the millions of people affected by last week’s tsunami in Asia. Following are a few reputable relief agencies. For a more complete list, check out the USAID site at www.usaid.gov.

(Salvation Army World Service Office)
South Asia Relief Fund
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA, 22313

Oxfam America
Asian Earthquake Fund
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN

US Fund for UNICEF
General Emergency Fund
333 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

World Vision
P.O. Box 70288
Tacoma, WA

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