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 9/6/2007

- September 6th, 2007
Where‘s the Beach?
A good question posed by residents and visitors alike in the small, picturesque Village of Lake Ann is “where’s the beach?” The answer is not so good. There is no public beach in the Village of Lake Ann. If the self-appointed “Concerned Citizens,” AKA “concerned lakefront property owners” have their way, there will NEVER be a public beach anywhere in Lake Ann.
According to a statement issued by the “Concerned Citizen,” property owners with direct frontage on Lake Ann pay a significant premium for that privilege. This (the beachfront park) would allow anyone access to Lake Ann “without regard to best interest.” In this case, “anyone” means the general public. This statement is elitism, no, it is more like discrimination. Whose best interest is this “Concerned Citizens” group concerned about?
Oh, this “Concerned” group says it is all for a public beach, but not at a location in the Village of Lake Ann - NIMBY (not in my back yard.) These “Concerned” want the public to just go away, say, across the lake to the state boat launch. What a fine mix this is: children vying for space with boats with motors, cars backing into the water to either launch or take out a boat.
There are folks who have lived their entire lives in Lake Ann and hve not been able or privileged to enjoy the view of Lake Ann from the shoreline. Folks who do not own property on Lake Ann have only their backyard and a garden hose.
The Village Council is attempting to provide an “Open Space” for the public. This “Open Space” is smack dab in the center of the village at 19511 Maple! This property, without question, is the best location on Lake Ann for this “Open Space Beach.” There will be no boat launch or boat dock. The park will be completely handicapped accessible.
The “Concerned citizens” tout the DNR boat launch across the lake as a beach site. This is just another way to say NIMBY. The “Concerned Citizens” want NO PUBLIC BEACH. The DNR has stated publically that a beach will not be considered. There is no Plan B. Michigan law states that it is unlawful to swim at a boat launch. In contrast, the village beach site is lawful and is only a couple of blocks from anywhere in the village, including the new senior housing center proposed by the Lake Ann United Methodist Church.
A balanced poll of only Lake Ann Village residents indicated 60% support for the village beach. A September 11, 2007 election will impact the future of Lake Ann. Voters will not be voting on a beach site. There is NO millage on the ballot. The issue is simply raw politics. The “Concerned Citizens” have a slate of candidates hoping to oust the current non-partisan elected officials of Lake Ann and kill the beach project.
It is the position of the Lake Ann Village Council that every person regardless of
station in life has the basic right to have access to THEIR public lands and to THEIR
public waters.

Daniel F. “Dutch” Herringa
Lake Ann

One Bag at a Time
Thanks to Noah for the eye-opening article on “Those Nasty Plastic Bags.”
After our own frustrations in seeking a re-usable alternative, with most tote bag styles that don’t stand up on their own, we discovered 1BagAtaTime.com. These well-designed foldable flat-bottom bags work just like paper bags but can be used over and over and are more eco-friendly.
People are always asking us, “Where did you get those?” so clearly a reusable bag concept makes sense and has the attention of the consumer – but if everyone took part, the people of Northern Michigan could soon be known as an example of one of the communities making a significant difference - 1 bag at a time?

Stosh & Janese Horton • TC

Calling On Truman?
President Truman believed that historians were one of our greatest natural assets. However, that belief could only be true if two conditions were met; there had to be world-class historians and powerful Washington politicians who were willing to be guided by their wise counsel.
Since President Truman‘s times, those two conditions have only come together to benefit the nation in the Johnson presidency.
In March of 1968, President Johnson sought the wise counsel of a group of older men, who could be considered informal world class historians. He asked them if the requested troop increase of 200,000 more men for his Vietnam War would guarantee success. That group said no.
As a result, President Johnson made two wise moves. He refused the request and removed the war commander making the request.
Relatedly, both Presidents Johnson and Bush chose to start their wars. And after several years of unsuccessful fighting, both presidents sought the wise counsel of older men. Now, though, President Bush has both rejected their wise counsel and removed the war commander opposing his new war escalation tactics.
However, President Truman‘s historical guidance idea is still good for wise future use.

Louis Burford • Petoskey

Sewer Stress
At last, the Northport real sewer story is told. The Northport/Leelanau Township sewer project from the start had the option, and still has the option, to be an environmentally sound, Smart Growth, affordable, EPA approved alternative system.
Determination of need, based on onsite testing of septics at a reasonable cost, is germane to the project. Failure to do the testing has resulted in a mega sewer encompassing functional permitted septics and, who knows why, possibly some impaired septics being excluded.
Even Judge Thomas Power, hearing the Leelanau Forum’s challenge to the gerrymandered Special Assessment District, questioned the exclusion and inclusion of properties.
Perhaps, most telling is Northport Village’s Board member, Ms. Barbara vonVoightlander’s quote to Anne Stanton. When queried why the village did not explore an optional, alternative system, as presented by Gourdie Fraser engineers, she responded ‘We had already picked an engineer”.
Reports by citizens in attendance at the presentation, have described the rudeness of the board towards the presenter. Von Voightlander acknowledged it was a rough meeting. Citizens called it a done deal. The board was not going to explore any design system, if it did not come from Fleis and Vandenbrink.
Kudos to Anne Stanton for researching and writing the real Northport Politics of Poop story. The politics are costly. About $146 a month per household. That is the real Northport sewer story.

Barbara Gilmore Weber

Correction: the web address listed in last week‘s Northern View column by Steve Morse was incorrect. The correct address is www.traversepeacealerts.org.

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