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 3/24/05

Various - March 24th, 2005
The Golden Cat
Re: “Track of the Cat,“ 3/10/05:
On 07/21/90 - en route to be married the following day in Houghton Michigan - I was driving my beloved and I westbound on M-28. Our 1990 Honda CRX - a two seater - was approximately 15 minutes west of Seney. The northern border of Seney National Wildlife Refuge was on the left.
From the right, a golden cat lept from the underbrush beyond the emergency lane, landing on the yellow paint dividing the highway. After recoiling, the cat leapt again, landing beyond the emergency lane for eastbound, into the brush. This all occurred in the span of perhaps three seconds. The cat, when it landed, was six feet in front of the CRX.
My wife-to-be and I looked in a knowing way.

Geoffery Von Lau • Eastport

The rich gain & kids suffer
Although not surprised, I daily become more disheartened as I watch Bush and Republican politicians hand over our nation to corporations and the wealthy.
As a registered nurse who has worked in long term care (in administration), I know first hand how Medicaid cuts affect the quality of life for the elderly. The proposed budget cuts in health care and education that the President and his cronies plan on sneaking through Congress are unconscionable. The debt burden for our children and the tax breaks for the rich from this budget is simply abhorrent.
I haven’t language strong enough to relay how opposed I am to what is happening to my country. The subjects mentioned are just a few of the deplorable items involved in this budget proposal. Folks, please wake up, it is almost too late.

Cathleen Sixbey • TC

Irresponsible budget
Republicans are pushing through the budget this week before critics and the media can point out huge program cuts and corporate giveaways.
As the budget explodes the deficit to over $400 billion, the Republican budget slashes education funding, especially funds for middle class and low-income Americans. The budget gives the wealthiest Americans permanent tax breaks, while cutting programs for the middle class and poor.
“Get a job!” you tell us. Well I know plenty of middle class teenagers and adults working two jobs and they’re the ones scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The education programs should be the first on our list as Americans to build income, not slash it. Education is what leads us to do great things in the future. If it’s cut down, we will never grow.

Joshua K. Lentz • Interlochen

Material world
This letter is in response to comments made about Lisa Franseen‘s article on environmental despair (Letters, 3/10).
Some people, more than others, are in touch with the value of our natural world. Some reasons why some peole are not, I suspect, has to do with the development our our materialistic societies in conjunction with our ever-growing population, resulting in the never-ending need for resources and jobs.
But understanding and witnessing the negative consequences of environmental degradation (including the loss of human life) should be enough to jolt anyone to develop a concern for it. Our desire for excess material does make us selfish. But how much material do we need to survive? How much material can we obtain without profoundly sacrificing the natural world?
We do we humans think that we are so much more important than any other animal speices we share this planet with? Why do we think that we are more important than trees or plants?
Whatever happened to advocacy for human population control? If we decrease our population then maybe we could learn to get our priorities straight.
Educating people to value the environment and take care of their planet seems like a positive direction to go in. I don‘t believe reality is set in stone.

E. Kalakowski • Grawn

Support women‘s choice
Do you know how stupid all this “discussion“ on abortion is? The government can‘t legislate women‘s reproductive destinies. A woman is the only one who can decide.
There is a diaphram, birth control pills, IUDs, the morning after pill, and if you don‘t like all of those options there is the “just say no“ and take a cold shower.
I don‘t like to throw up, so when I got sick and tired of that, I quit getting pregnant. It gets right down to you run your life of someone else will.

Marilyn Oslund • Mackinaw City

Terrible insult
I have been told you learn something new each day, and according to your Jan. 13 story, “From the Ukraine to the U.S.,“ are you are telling us our neighbor to the north is the Canada and to the southwest is the Mexico? So this is the America? I don‘t think that is correct. I have never heard of the Germany or the France. Who was your geography teacher?
A region is the East, the West, never a country. It‘s a terrible insult to us Ukrainians and it hurts and that‘s not right. Please correct this error.

Dol Giles • TC

TV trash
There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about how one activist organization, the Parents Television Council, is trying to dictate television standards for the rest of the country by encouraging its members to file complaints with the FCC. It seems that the press believes that the hundreds of thousands of complaints filed by outraged citizens over the rampant raunch on television somehow don’t count simply because the complainant belongs to an organized group.
If the networks put an FCC complaint form on their websites or if they flashed the FCC’s phone number across the screen between shows there would be a flood of complaints. Parentstv.org is currently the only website that provides this useful tool.
But the number of complaints filed, and where they’re coming from shouldn’t matter. Whether we’re talking about one complaint or one million, it all boils down to one issue: Are networks breaking the law by
showing indecent content and will the FCC do its job to enforce the indecency laws?

Shanna M. Roney • Ypsilanti

“The excessive tax cuts for the rich, combined with a total lack of discipline on spending by the Bush team and its Republican-run Congress, have helped China become the second-largest holder of U.S. debt, with a little under $200 billion worth (of U.S. Treasury bills).
What China might do with all its U.S. T-bills in the event of a clash over Taiwan is a total wild card that we have put in Beijing’s hands.”

Thomas L. Friedman
-- New York Times

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