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 6/26/03

Various - June 26th, 2003
Our soiled flag in Charlevoix

Who knows why, but Charlevoix, an otherwise pleasantly laid-back waterside village has lately bloomed into a belligerently nationalistic town, its main street bristling with American flags. Moreover, lest there be any doubt of the village‘s seething chauvinism, nearly all businesses are festooned with one and often two additional flags, their hems embroidered with the slogan, “Proud to be American.“
But wait! There‘s more! The local market features bags of potatoes featuring Old Glory and advising patriotic customers that therein are potatoes, GROWN IN AMERICA, by golly! Never mind that our country‘s flag is being soiled by sacks full of potato dust and dirt.
Yessiree! When the spirit of chauvinism gripped this villlage, the tidal wave of excessive and unreasonable patriotism washed away any respect for the living soul of our county, our stars and bars. In one supermarket, they even stacked layers of paper American flags among the flotsam of the check-out counters. So help me, I saw a beer-bellied citizen in the same market sporting a t-shirt with our country‘s flag on the front, the white stripes that symbolize purity, now sticking out soiled on his distended gut.
God Bless America?

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Casting the first stone

Your column regarding the stoning of Amina Lawal mentioned some repressive Michigan Statutes. Here‘s a little known statute that remains Michigan Law. MCL 750.32 states:
“COHABITATION BY DIVORCED PARTIES -- If any persons after being divorced from the bonds of matrimony for any cause whatever, shall cohabit together, they shall be liable to all the penalties provided by law against adultery.“
That is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. So is the crime of abortion.

Bruce Laidlaw • via email

‘Appalled‘ by gay people

On June 12th, the California Assembly passed a Father‘s Day pro-homosexual resolution by a vote of 42-24. Twenty-four Republicans voted against this resolution. It praised fatherhood, but also supported “families headed by two fathers.“ The resolution was offered by lesbian San Diego Assemblywoman Christine Kehoe.
This resolution is clearly designed to promote the homosexual agenda -- and to be used by homosexual activists as a way of redefining the family. A family in both law and history consists of a mother, father, and children (either by birth or adoption). This resolution is wrong and must be condemned.
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, head of Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) and TVC lobbyist Ben Lopez have sent out a press release protesting this blatant misuse of Father‘s Day to promote the normalization of homosexuality in California. In the release, Rev. Sheldon said, “I am appalled that these
Democrats in the legislature claim that their actions are not part of a concerted homosexual agenda.“ Lopez correctly observed: “Californians need to realize that anything proposed by any of the openly-homosexual members of the Assembly, like Kehoe, is part of a larger agenda to equate their sexual lifestyle with that of marriage and to redefine the very term family.“
This is a shameful action on the part of Democrats in the Assembly and should be condemned by their constituents.

Scott A. Labash • Bear Lake

The statistics of murder

I am responding to a letter that appeared in your paper in the May 29 issue entitled “Liberate our citizens“ by Todd M Jordan. He stated that there were “15,517 citizens murdered in the year 2000, compared to 9,110 in the ‘60s. That is an increase in crime my friend.“
My first reaction when I read that was that it might even be a decrease in the percentage of murders. We‘re talking a period of time of 30-40 years from the ‘60s to the year 2000, and the population today is much greater.
The July 1 census for 1960 was 180,671,158 and the July 1, 1999 census was 272,690,813, an increase of a little over 92 million people! So, of course you‘re going to see a greater number of murders in 2000 than in the ‘60s.
Since the letter said there were 9,110 murders in the ‘60s, I assume it meant that approximately 9,000+ people were murdered every year. I rounded all the numbers off to make it easier. I calculated that one in every 21,555 people were murdered in 1965 compared to one in 18,133 murdered in 1999. I thought Mr. Jordan and Express readers would like to know.
P. Cassidy • Petoskey

Last week‘s article about singer/songwriter Don Swan had the wrong phone number. The correct number is 933-5206.

An article about summer theater in the Super Summer Guide had a problem with improperly juxtaposed copy. The play “Footloose“ will be performed at the Milliken Auditorium, ph. 231-995-1553. “Anton in Show Business“ will be performed at Interlochen.
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