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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Holiday Inn West Bay/Sleeping Bear Weighs Options

- April 12th, 2007
The Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City is trying to stamp out a destructive rumor that has been whispered around town over the past year. In short, there’s no truth to the claim that the landmark hotel will be sold and turned into condos.
“These rumors could not be further from the truth. We have recently entered into an agreement to extend our Holiday Inn franchise until 2012,” said William Wolfe, president of the Castrop Wolfe Development Company, which manages the hotel. “The Holiday Inn West Bay is a long-standing Traverse City landmark. We are committed to being a Holiday Inn and maintaining a standard of excellence in serving the people and visitors of Traverse City, both now and in the future. The Holiday Inn West Bay is here to stay.”
Over the last couple of years, the company spent $600,000 on renovations on the Holiday Inn for items such as all new guestroom furniture, an updated telephone system and upgrades to Shimmers Nightclub.
The bayside hotel also has a new general manager, Deborah Brown, who brings a track record of success at major hotels in Ohio to her new post in Traverse City.

After being sharply criticized several years ago for proposing a wilderness plan without adequate public input, the staff at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are knocking themselves out to make sure that members of the public are kept in the loop.
In late March, the park mailed 2,400 copies of a 12-page glossy newsletter to interested parties. The General Management Plan/Wilderness Study newsletter offers updates on the park‘s future direction, along with reminders of upcoming public meetings.
Postage-paid comment cards have also been included to seek public input on the four courses of action proposed for the park. Those options range from taking no action to improve the park, to that of concentrating visitor usage in specific areas and encouraging more natural, primitive conditions throughout the rest of the park.
The preferred option for Sleeping Bear‘s future is expected to be selected by this fall, or the summer of 2008 at the latest, with implementation in the winter of 2008.
The park also has a new web forum to seek public input. Check out the latest plans and air your opinion at www.nps.gov/slbe.
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