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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Peace breaks out in Petoskey

- December 21st, 2006
Northern Michigan People for Peace, the Little Traverse League for Peace & Freedom, Blissfest Music Organization, and Tara’s Meadow of Beaver Island will present the first annual “Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, in Petoskey.
“Our intention is to celebrate the ‘family of humankind’ — to uplift, to educate and entertain during this season of light returning to our hemisphere,” said NMP4P member Jim Norgaard.
Friday’s activities will feature a concert headlined by Earthwork musicians Seth Bernard, Daisy May, and “Breathe Owl Breathe.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Ross Stoakes Theatre, 461 E. Mitchell St. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (231) 348-7074 for advance tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Grain Train Natural Food Co-op (220 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey) and at the door. Proceeds from the concert will support NMP4P and the Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom.
Saturday’s program will include workshops, films, music and an alternative holiday gifts sale. The free program runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Center, 451 E. Mitchell St.
Workshops and their presenters include:

• “Citizen Diplomacy: Establishing U.S. Middle East Relations;” documentary filmmaker Rebecca Glotfelty
• “Native American Quill Work;” Yvonne Walker-Keshick, nationally known Odawa quillwork artist
• “Bringing Local Organic Food to Northern Michigan;” Michael Sullivan, Grain Train Food Co-op
• “Mothers Acting Up: Peace
Talks;” Harbor Springs resident Copeland
• “Establishing a Cabinet Level Department of Peace;” Molly Tate, the Peace
• “Emotional and Social Consequences of War;” David Wassenaar, veterans’
• “Against the War: Transforming our Institutions for Peace;” Michael Merriweather, Green Party, Students for a Democratic Society
• “’Twas the Night Before Warfare;” Neo Cause & the War Sleigh.

Local musicians Roger Lilac, Ellis Boal, Mark Mantel and others will perform throughout the event. Refreshments will be served.
For more info about the Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace, call (231) 348.5499 or (231) 347.7957.

TV focus: energy & small farms
Five films from this year‘s Michigan Energy Fair and two films from the region‘s Small Farms Conference will be shown on TCTV 2 (public access channel 2) on Charter Cable TV beginning this month. The films offer insights on energy issues, peak oil, organic and sustainable farming, permaculture, genetically modified crops affordable housing, transportation, and economic issues.
For more info, see www.tctv2.org.

Michigan Energy Fair:

Thursday 12/7 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/14 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/28 at 9:00 pm

Friday 12/8 at 10 pm
Friday 12/15 at 9 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 10 pm
Friday 12/29 at 8 pm

Saturday 12/9 at 8 pm
Friday 12/15 at 6 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 6 pm
Friday 12/29 at 9 pm

Saturday 12/9 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 12/14 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 1/4 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 1/11 8:30 p.m

Wednesday 12/20 8:30 pm
Thursday 12/28 10:00 pm
Friday 1/5 8:00 pm
Thursday 1/11 9:30 pm

Small Farms:

Friday Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 23rd at 7 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 30th at 6 p.m.

Tuesday 1/2 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1/9 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1/16 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 1/25 9:30 p.m
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