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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Oryanna Natural Foods

- September 29th, 2005
Oryana Natural Foods Market is on the grow in Traverse City. On Sept. 14 the co-op broke ground on a building expansion and renovation project that will more than double the store‘s existing retail space from 4,500 to 10,000 square foot.
The need for expansion has come from robust growth. Sales at the natural products retail store have tripled since 1996. Over the same period, membership in the consumer-owned cooperative has risen from approximately 2,000 to over 4,000.
The co-op plans to triple the amount of floor space available for produce, including additional fruits and vegetables from area farms. Oryana will also significantly expand its selection of natural and organic deli/prepared foods. It‘s also expanding its seating for those dining at the market.
The new building will take advantage of eco-friendly building practices. One of the overall goals of the project is to double the size of the store without increasing the consumption of energy.
Some of the design and construction criteria by which Oryana intends to make this project an example of “green building” are:

• Extensive use of reused materials - windows in the new addition will come from the Old Mission School, ceiling materials in the deli area will come from the school’s bleachers.
• Recaptured heat for climate control - state of the art refrigeration will generate heat for
the building during cooler months; water is currently heated at Oryana using solar power.
• Abundant natural light - clerestory windows, solar light tubes, and skylights will reduce the need for electric lighting.
• Living roof - plantings on the roof will provide insulation while retaining biomass.
• Straw-clay construction - the structure will include wall building blocks made with little expended energy and low environmental impact.
• Rain water irrigation - water from the roof will be reused on site for irrigation.

The architects for the Oryana expansion are Ken Richmond and Rick Skendzel of Traverse City. The general contractor is Harmony Home Contruction, also of Traverse City.

Party for Goodwill
The ripples of Hurricane Katrina are sending homeless refugees all over the country, including Northern Michigan, where the assistance of help organizations such as Goodwill Industries is expected to come in handy.
Yet Goodwill itself needs a boost to keep up with its own local programs, including a food pantry and homeless shelter. To that end, members of Goodwill Industry Volunteer Services (GIVS) are hosting their second annual fundraiser, The Party, this Saturday, Oct. 1 from 7-11 p.m.
“The Party isn‘t just to help out at the Goodwill Inn, it‘s also intended to help people who come to Goodwill for clothing, food and other types of human services,“ says GIVS co-chair Mary Stanton. “We know that hurricane victims are going to need services when they move to this area, and Goodwill will be there to help fill their ongoing needs.“
The Party will be held at Floor Covering Brokers Warehouse outlet center at the corner of Barlow and S. Airport roads in Traverse City. The $25 donation includes butler-served hors d‘oeurves from Grandview Catering and dancing to the sounds of the Due North Band. There will also be an auction of dozens of prizes ranging from tall ship cruises to furniture, sailing & kayak lessons, pilates classes, Lake Leelanau cocktail cruise, home decor, diner and lunch packages, donated art and many more.
“The idea is to benefit Goodwill‘s shelter and ongoing needs,“ Stanton says. “Right now, our pantry is down to passing out cans of green beans. Goodwill really needs our help and this is a fun way to lend a hand.“
Tickets are available in TC at the Goodwill store on S. Airport, the Instant Framer, Pure Essence Salon and Floor Covering Brokers, as well as at the Silver Tree Deli in Suttons Bay.
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