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 4/5/07

- April 5th, 2007
Lights, camera... cut!
After reading State Senator Jason Allen’s comment on the Michigan Film Incentive (3/29), I was left with a few questions:
1. If the state legislature supports a 20 percent refund of operating costs to an industry that provides mostly intermittent employment, why not a similar deal for employers willing to offer full-time employment with substantial benefits to Michigan residents, such as the beleaguered auto industry? If Michigan faces a fiscal crisis so terrible that the state is looking to again cut per-student funding to schools, wouldn’t our tax dollars be better spent on, oh, perhaps public education?
2. Why can’t the legislature provide such incentives for businesses and industries that address serious issues, like medical research, green energy, improved education or environmentally friendly transportation?
Admittedly I have liked Michigan’s notable films: “Roger and Me” (even if Moore left out a few key interviews), “Pets or Meat” (“Ah, Flint”) and “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” (Jeff Daniels’ script and performance were great). In fact, I like a lot of movies, but does our state government really need to play executive producer?
3. I thought Republicans were upset because the Hollywood elite and leftist artists are corrupting America. (I’m not saying they’re wrong; I worry every time Quentin Tarantino has a new release.) Isn’t that why Republicans oppose funding the National Endowment for the Arts?
What will Sen. Allen say if the dreaded Michael Moore produces a movie that qualifies for the Michigan Film Incentive?
During the Great Depression, Hollywood produced many uplifting movies like the Zeigfield Follies to improve the nation’s morale. Similarly the state legislature’s solution for troubled modern Michigan seems to be, “Let them eat popcorn.”

Kenneth Arbogast • Alden

An inconvenient truth
I was not surprised by recent revelations of Al Gore’s consumptive lifestyle. While I applaud his film and found it strong on science, I thought it was woefully weak on solutions. Spoken like a wealthy career politician, he tells us we can fix the problem and maintain our current lifestyle and strong economy by electing good leaders. Well, Lord help us if our salvation is dependent on politicians! The whole system is bought and paid for by corporate interests, so don’t look for a visionary to rise in its ranks.
The inconvenient truth is that things will change only when we assume individual responsibility, and that will require sacrifice! ...a word Americans loathe and no politician dares to utter. The truth is the earth is a living, breathing organism, she is sick, we are the disease, and warming is fever. We must honor and revere nature and learn to share and live in peace with all living creatures. We need to rethink every aspect of how we live... from the energy to power our travel and homes, to the food we eat, how we grow it, and how we deal with our waste.
Waiting for policies to change is gambling with our childrens‘ world. Actions we take today can affect change right now – live simply, ride a bike, grow food, plant trees, shop local, walk the walk . . . you too Al.

Richard Allen • Leland

Needs a Pepto
Thanks for leaving multiple copies of your paper in various places for us to pick up and peruse.
I picked up subject issue today at the Big Boy Restaurant and was scanning it while I waited for my breakfast. After reading Robert Downes’ “Fireman in the Well” piece and a couple political cartoons: Tom Tomorrow and “Stripwax”, I wanted to cancel my ham ‘n eggs breakfast and order a dose of Pepto-Bismol for my nausea.
It probably wouldn’t hurt you to be on a regimen of Pepto-Bismol also... it might help you with your EBS (Excessive Bile Secretion) problem.
I brought the paper home and put it to good use where it is getting the attention it deserves: in the bottom of our cockatiel’s cage. Although if he complains I will remove it and take it up to hunting camp and put it on a nail in the out-house.
Next time I need reading material waiting for breakfast, I’ll have brought along a copy of Ann Coulter’s latest column, trying to explain just where you folks got so screwed up.

Richard Diebold • via email

Focus on lost jobs
Remember the campaign slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid!”? It still is.
State Senator Michelle McManus says Michigan has a “budget crisis.” We can’t argue with that statement. But, neither raising, nor cutting taxes will solve this crisis. We can cut services until we become a “third world nation” with dirt roads, no public education system, no police protection, unaffordable healthcare, substandard housing, and two classes of people... rich and poor. Is that what we want? That’s where we’re headed!
A quote from Robert Downes‘ “Random Thoughts” in the March 22, issue of Northern Express Weekly states: “These days, we’ve got infinitely more problems in government with people who pledge allegiance to ideologies than those who have a secret agenda on behalf of a foreign government.”
Ponder that statement and you begin to wonder. If the United States government is working on our behalf, then why isn’t

money “trickling” down to us, instead of pouring out of this country?
Remember when Ross Perot talked about the “giant sucking sound” from the south? That’s the sound of millions of jobs leaving this country for not only Mexico, but India and Communist China... and that sound is now deafening! Is anyone looking out for US?
Our federal government needs to fix the unfair international free trade agreements (NAFTA, GATT, etc.) they have gotten us involved in; but apparently they refuse to do so without massive pressure from us. Does anyone care? If you do, then tell them! Write them. Phone them. Email them.
We need a new slogan. “It’s the lost jobs, stupid!”

Barbara Bernier • Manistee

Dangerous drug industry
In Michigan, and only in Michigan, victims of deadly prescription drugs are completely without recourse. High priced drug industry lobbyists have succeeded in demoting us to second class citizens, and placing the drug industry above the law.
According to Bush administration officials, 55,000 people have been killed and injured by Vioxx. Vioxx-maker Merck admits it made more than $11 billion dollars selling Vioxx, long after it knew of the danger.
Michigan taxpayers now pay the immense costs of injuries, illness, death and the aftermath from dangerous drugs like Vioxx, because the drug industry is immune from the law.
Michigan taxpayers deserve better than to be injured by deadly drugs, locked out of our courts, and stuck with the cost of cleaning up the mess.
Restore accountability, and make the drug industry play by the same rules as everyone else.

Dan O’Neil • TC

It‘s the berries
Your article, “Berry Interesting,” by Rick Coates in the March 1-8 issue was fabulous! As a cherry grower/processor from Leelanau County, I feel that it is THE most accurately written and succinct article that I have read so far about what we’re doing and how cherries fare in the big food world. And I have read numerous articles -- everything from the info put forth by Cherry Marketing Institute itself, to the local AP writer’s version. Good job, Northern Express!
I also am a member of the newly reorganized National Cherry Festival Board of Governors and plan to give a copy of the article to my colleagues and to Exec Dir Tom Menzel and staff. It will help in educating all of us about the cherry world, and I thank you.

Judy LaCross • Cedar

Blissful bed
What a great article you wrote about Migun, of Northern Michigan, in your March 8 issue. I have been using the infrared massage bed since last April. I suffered from lower back pain, and some days I had trouble walking. It hurt so bad. My lower back pain is gone, and I use the bed three to four times a week. If you are reading this and have not tried the “Bed of Bliss,” it’s not too late. Walk in and try it out. I highly recommend it.

Judy Sheffer • via email

That was Ron Hancock who won the award of “Best Bartender“ in Boyne City and not Ray, as reported incorrectly in last week‘s issue.
Also, the Express failed to note that our “Next Best Thing,“ Apple‘s iPhone, won‘t be available in Northern Michigan because its service provider, Cingular, is not available here.

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