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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Marriage survival tips ( for husbands)

George Foster - January 12th, 2006
How did weddings suddenly become a high-end, growth industry?
In the 1960s and 1970s, most marriage ceremonies I attended consisted of  barefootin’ on the beach and other creative, casual affairs. The newlyweds gratefully received my standard gift of freshly baked, whole-grain bread along with candles, incense, and love beads from others. 
By 2005, though, more than two million weddings were performed in the U.S. with an average price tag of $25,000 each. Just try bringing a gift of homemade bread to one of these costly, highly choreographed events now. 
I, too, was recently engaged, married, honeymooned and settled into living happily ever. Married life is great, but I found little focus of weddings and the aftermath relates to the groom and his needs. If so, wedding ceremonies would last ten minutes and receptions would go into the wee hours of the morning at a nightclub, filled with billiard games, bratwursts, wild music, and sports on wide-screen TVs.
Even our newspaper has devoted this issue to the theme of brides, wives, and women in general  - what they want and how to get it. Yet, who thinks of the husband... until it is too late? It takes two to tango - grooms are human beings, too. 
As a newlywed and recent groom, no one will ever ask me for marriage advice. I’m going to give it anyway. The following is a post-wedding survival list... for husbands. I only wish someone had passed on these suggestions to me.
First, guys - learn to enjoy showering with cucumber-apricot body lotion or honey nectar oils and the like. Old-fashioned bars of soap apparently are not available to married couples. Just remember, there is nothing wrong with smelling like a coconut when leaving the house in the morning. Other married men are simultaneously marching around like one big salad, proudly emanating scents of the many varieties of fruits and vegetables.   
Also, now is the time to discover the joys of diversifying your wardrobe. My approach previously focused on an efficient lifestyle: wearing the same jeans and tee-shirts everyday until a little ripe or worn out. I found this simplified strategy saved on laundry and clothing costs, not to mention valuable time in decision-making. 
My wife’s gifts of clothing and strong suggestions gradually resulted in me seeing the light - I now change my clothes EVERY DAY. I also wear sweaters, clean underwear, and am thinking about learning to iron. My progress has advanced to the point of spending seconds each day coordinating the colors of my wardrobe ensemble. All bachelors out there should begin doing the same.
The satisfaction gained from doing domestic chores was another important lesson for me. Before marriage, I didn’t realize the benefits of scrubbing bathrooms and sweeping floors more than once a decade. Who would have guessed that making the bed each morning could be such a delight?  Despite a previous aversion to washing dishes after each meal, I now enjoy performing this task - almost as much as cleaning bathrooms and making the bed.
My most important suggestion for those being healed of bachelorhood is to find an excellent partner like I did. Despite the adjustments mentioned above, I married Northern Michigan’s sweetest, kindest woman. 
And she definitely deserves a purple heart for attempting to civilize me.


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