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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George Foster - June 19th, 2003
Hats off to Hillary and Martha
Did you ever wonder why Hillary Rodham Clinton is hated so much? With the possible exception of her husband, only Hillary could write a book that has the capacity to be savaged before it even hits the bookstores.
Many Americans will not accept that her book might be successful. People who will never read a word of it are charging that the book is a pack of lies. Right wing pundits are even accusing her publisher, Simon & Schuster, of intentionally misstating high sales figures in order to attract more buyers.
This kind of rabid criticism often comes from the same people who believe the Clintons killed Vince Foster and assorted others during an alleged Clinton murder spree over the years. Ironically, these unwitting critics may have helped spur sales for a book that has been reviewed by experts as relatively mundane.
Why is Ms. Clinton hated so much? On the surface, she should command respect for her immense talents and achievements. Highly educated, on the staff of the Senate Watergate Committee in her 20‘s, author of several best-selling books, and a successful attorney, the current Senator from New York is infinitely more accomplished than any other former first lady - and she ain‘t done yet.
The answer is obvious: Hillary Rodham Clinton is disliked because she is a woman. First Ladies have rarely had the background to advise the President on national policy issues. Most are neither smart nor ambitious enough for professional careers of their own. And of course, women are never, never to aspire to the presidency.

The public‘s reaction to Hillary Clinton might give some insight into why Martha Stewart is despised so much.
The CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is about to face significant jail if the 7-year sentence and millions charged in fines received by her friend and financial associate Sam Waksal are any indication. Stewart is charged with violation of insider trading rules when she earned $47,000 by selling stock from Waksal‘s company Imclone.
The public seems riveted with fascination at Stewart‘s freefall in worth and image. Many are downright gleeful that billions of dollars in her stock holdings of Martha Stewart Living have become a mere fraction of the original value after charges were filed.
Why do we fixate on Martha when criminal CEO‘s of World Com, Enron and other corporations are still walking free among us after bilking stockholders and pensioners out of billions? Somehow, we can‘t bring ourselves to hate them. After all, guys who play high stake financial games at the expense of others for a shot at immeasurable wealth are as American as the robber barons and Kennedys.
A woman in the same position, on the other hand, is not the same thing. Oh no. While being stridently blunt on issues is considered a refreshing quality in someone like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the outspokenness of Hillary Clinton on national affairs makes her seem like a bitch. The high-roller activities of Donald Trump is admirable as healthy ambition, the same quality in Martha Stewart makes her greedy. Let‘s face it, on some level we still want all women quietly subservient to men - if they are allowed to leave the home at all.
While it is unimaginable to see myself voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton as president or ever viewing Martha Stewart‘s TV show, I can‘t help but respect their moxie. Both women have stood up to their critics and refused to blink. As such, Clinton and Stewart have helped blaze the trail to allow women to compete equally in professions traditionally dominated by men.
Don‘t you think it is about time we all joined the 21st century and got used to it?

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