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 8/14/03

Various - August 14th, 2003
Saying yes to guns

Advocates of the right to keep and bear arms have modest reason to celebrate these days. The state of Alaska recently became the second state, after Vermont, to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms without a permit or any of the restrictive measures, such as fingerprinting or background checks, that often accompany the permit-application process.
And on July 15 the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 6-1 that “a citizen’s desire to exercise the right to keep and bear arms for purposes of security is at its apex when undertaken to secure one’s home or privately owned business.“ The decision came when the court heard the case of a Milwaukee store owner who was arrested for having a loaded gun in his pocket. The police were enforcing the state’s draconian concealed-carry law, which allows only “peace officers“ to carry concealed weapons.
The Wisconsin court ruled, however — on the basis of a 1998 amendment to the state’s constitution that states that “people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation, or any other lawful purpose“ — that protecting oneself while at home or one’s place of business is clearly consistent with that “other lawful purpose“ standard.
These two events mark small but significant victories for America’s gunowners and all supporters of individual freedom.
More and more Americans are rejecting the absurd, leftist, 20th-century invention of
a “collective right“ to own a gun (e.g., through a state agency such as the National Guard) in favor of an individualist interpretation of the Second Amendment more consistent with the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution. More important, a few state governments seem to be listening.
Ever since the 2000 presidential election, many pundits have been warning Democrats that gun control is a losing issue. Many believe that key Democratic states such as Tennessee and Arkansas, which should have been easy pickings for Al Gore, were nonetheless lost because of his anti-gun proposals.
In the same vein, these pro-gun victories in Alaska and Wisconsin suggest that a minor groundswell is taking place in our country. Even if most Americans are still (mistakenly) prepared to support “reasonable“ gun control at the federal level, such as background checks, they are also (wisely) signaling that such measures should not be used to erode the general right to own guns.
We may be a long way from abolishing all of our failed, immoral, and unconstitutional gun-control laws, but this year’s actions taken by the Alaska legislature and the Wisconsin Supreme Court indicate that, however slowly, the tide is finally moving in that direction.

Scott McPherson • via email

Where‘s the bridge?

Reply to your “editor‘s comments“ regarding rubber facts (Letters 7/31).
I feel somewhat compelled to once again set the facts straight for the public that reads your paper. With regard to the Hartman-Hammond bridge being located one half mile south of South Airport Road, as you insist, the fact is if all those folks walked a half mile and looked at that location, they were still on the YMCA property and were looking across the river at the city‘s dump. The bridge as planned would be located approximately 6,600 feet south of the center line of South Airport Rd. which is 1.25 miles. One half mile south would be a bad idea.
I didn‘t challenge the fact that the proposed bridge would be ten feet above the river, I challenged the statement indicating there would be one bridge and the rest of the valley would be filled.
The first item listed on the brochure put out by the Smart Roads Organization is “Retool portions of Grand Traverse County‘s South Airport Rd. to handle more traffic more efficiently.“ The brochure also states: “Connect Keystone and Hammond roads to route some east-west traffic around Traverse City.“ Well, a lot of east west traffic will come from or end up on Three Mile Road.

Gerry Harsch • Traverse City

My Prayer, March 18, 2003

  Today and in the days ahead, let me never forget the words of Martin Luther King, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.“
Help me remember negativity has within it the seeds of its own destruction.
Help me remember the power of light and love is infinite, and darkness is finite.
Help me remember the power of love will overtake fear and the belief that there is force in anger.
Help me remember that darkness is nothing more than absence of light and I am a being of light and love.
Help me remember that darkness needs to be seen not as a threat; it is an opportunity for me to love, and add more light to Truth.
“Love bears all things; Love endures all things.“
Love is the most gentle and strongest enduring force in the universe, and in the coming days we will have the wonderful opportunity to give love and compassion to all.
May you be love in these most challenging times.

Bernie Ware • via email

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