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 7/3/03

Various - July 3rd, 2003
Tax cut hazards

Re: the tax cut debate in a letter by Steven Yenshaw in the June 19 - 25 issue. I disagree, mostly with the last paragraph. More money in the hands
of taxpayers has not always worked, and many times it has been
detrimental. Kennedy‘s tax cut contributed to the increase in inflation
during the ‘70s and Reagan‘s tax cut increased the deficit, way out of
proportion because he didn‘t veto the spending bills. It also
contributed to the the stock market crash of 2000. There are many more
Too much money in the hands of the wrong people at the wrong time can
create problems in the future. Economically, the lower third of the population tend to cause CPI inflation;
the middle third, real estate inflation; and the top third, capital
The current tax cut will not improve the job situation because it
gives the money to the wrong people. Wealthy people don‘t spend extra
money, they invest it. Investment does not create demand. Put money in
the hands of the poor, they spend it, creating demand and then
eventually jobs.
Also, the tax cut increases the imbalance in who pays the taxes; the
wealthy pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes because many
taxes are not based on income or are capped, such as property taxes,
sales taxes, FICA, medicare, etc.
If you only look at part of the picture it will be distorted.

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City

Disliking Hillary

George Foster is convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton is disliked because
she is a woman (“Random Thoughts“, June 19). Millions of us dislike Hillary not because she is a woman, Mr. Foster, but rather because she is a socialist.
Her approach to life is to take hard-won money - by the force of government
-- from the producers, the creative, the motivated, the skilled, the educated, the risk-takers, and the investors to give it to those who, in her opinion, “need“ it more. This is not fair, just, or sonstitutional.
It is ironic that she is a woman, since -- if she had her way -- she would be
Big Brother.

Michael LeButt • Cheboygan

Women problems

“Hats off to Hillary and Martha“? Not a chance.
The problem(s) our culture has had and is having (from a male‘s perspective) with woman ascending into power is multi-faceted, but at the root psychological level, it is all about adults integrating and reconciling the effect of parental authority in their lives.
Who among you reading this letter regardless of age does not inwardly cringe and attempt to flee the moral battlefield when your mother, living or dead, begins to chastize you for one of your misdeeds?
Even if “her“ admonishments were justified, the resentment nevertheless still boils and steams steadily until the personal embarrassment has been molified. Complicate the “classic“ reruns of childhood memories of the seemingly omniscient and omnipresent mother spanking and/or scolding you with a failed marriage or two and a tyrannical and/or incompetent female boss and you have been poured a potent psychological drink with which not to spill as you navigate your way back through the crowded room to your table.
Consequently, George Foster; Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart are not disliked by men and women simply because they are women with considerable power. They are disliked because as symbols of womanhood and motherhood, their corruptioin and hypocrisy is seen as a betrayal. A betrayal that reaches into the deepest and tenderest parts of our hearts.

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey

Dictatorial powers

The President addressed Congress and citing Iraq‘s attempt to purchase nuclear material from an African nation, received funding for a war. The evidence cited was a forgery.
The Attorney General appears before a Congressional Committee to ask for revisions of the “Patriot Act.“ He testifies that because of police surveillances on public libraries and customers, Ted “Unabomber“ Kaczynski was captured. Oh? No, he was captured when his brother read the Unabomber‘s “Manifesto“ in a newspaper, realized who wrote it, and called the FBI.
My point is: What is trustable? The proposed revisions of the current Patriot Act will give the offices of the President and Attorney General near dictatorial powers that will almost nullify our Constitution, leaving the accused without due process protection or arrest notice to family or friend!
These types of powers are foreign to American democracy. Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.“
For over 225 years Americans of every ethnic background have selflessly shed their blood during wartime in order to protect the Constitution for themselves and succeeding generations. We need to let our government officials know that‘s still the American way!

Scott Zorc • Buford, Ga

Who got the concert dough

Thanks to the great coverage from the Northern Express the Northern Michigan Nurses Appreciation Night concert in Petoskey May 31 featuring Greg Brown and Robin Lee Berry was indeed a huge success.
Error, Error, Error!!!! though in stating that the proceeds went to support the striking nurses. This was not a fundraiser for the striking nurses.
The issues surrounding the nursing strike are more complicated than this request for correction can cover but the strike relief fund is being supplied by other sources and the striking nurses as a group chose NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY in presenting this concert.
The concert was the brainchild of David Trautman, an EMT from the Harbor Springs
area and it must be stated that ALL the proceeds beyond expenses went to
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity and to a Breast Cancer Support
Group in Petoskey called “Just For Us.“
The community was and is so divided about the details surrounding the strike and, though those of us who put together the concert fully support the decision to strike and praise the courage born of necessity required to maintain this strike, our effort was to bring a community into the same room for an evening to remember what if feels like to be with neighbors enjoying something together. We wanted to thank all nurses for choosing one of the most honorable and difficult careers known to
Thank you for otherwise great coverage on this issue.

Robin Lee Berry • Boyne City
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