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 9/13/07

- September 13th, 2007
Peaceful Local Heroes
Local heroes Tom & Darlene Shea are embarking on a cross country adventure. They’re relocating.
Please show your support by wishing them well and offering to continue their good work here in Traverse City.
The Sheas are leaders in the peace & social justice movement. Tom was a facilitator for the TC TALUS group, which stands for Traverse City Transportation and Land Use Study. Tom’s experience with using consensus, conflict resolution, and mediation was vital in helping the group succeed.
The Sheas are heroes for many reasons...these two have given selflessly, they give more than they take.
Support the Sheas by keeping the movement strong. Please continue on with the Peace Group meetings at Mabel’s and the Free Speech Soapbox outside the Chamber of Commerce. Peace.

Tom Mair • TC

Sidewalks, Not Segwalks
Picture this: a typical fine day in downtown Traverse City (or any other town), sidewalks filled with residents and tourists alike - young children, strollers with babies, elderly people, an occasional dog on a leash - all leisurely enjoying not only downtown, but adjoining neighborhoods. Pedestrians, if you will.
Sidewalks are defined as: a paved path beside a street for use by pedestrians.
Pedestrians are defined as: a person who is walking.
Now add a few motorized vehicles called Segways to those sidewalks, maybe 2-3 abreast, all traveling 12.5 mph (3-4 times faster than the speed of a pedestrian). As with all motorized vehicles, a race to the next intersection is a given, even more so after stopping off at a local “watering hole.”
However one wishes to rationalize it, Segways are mechanical motorized vehicles, just like motorcycles, snowmobiles, and golf carts. Luxuries, not necessities. And they DON’T belong on pedestrian sidewalks!

Thomas M. Paradis • TC

Labor Day, Inc.
Labor Day, instituted in 1882 by the American labor movement to focus on the efforts of men and women to build this nation and be productive, is quaint.
We the people have done and are doing magnificent work - longer hours and more productivity. Yet we are going backward. The reasons are many. We are told that corporations are people and have the rights of people, but they don‘t have our rules. A separate tax code insures that many pay no taxes. Many executives make 200 to 1,000 times what we make, and pay less taxes. Laws are passed giving corporations tax incentives to move jobs off shore. We are told that competition is good, yet corporations promote mergers and acquisitions and eliminate competition.
The American labor movement was founded to give us a voice in our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The investment class and its cabal sees this as a threat to their power. They are doing all they can to focus our attention on issues of their choice. They are doing all they can to make Labor Day quaint.

Arnold Stieber • Grass Lake

Alcohol Integrity
Your article refers to the following
“To learn more about educating your kids on alcohol, or for schools looking
for research material on alcohol educational programs, visit Dr. Hanson’s site at www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj.“
FYI, it is well known that David
Hanson is an established alcoholic beverage industry flack, whose website was funded by liquor companies. McCardell‘s association with him is not surprising, given the vested interest of alcohol producers and purveyors in the underage market. But at the very least that conflict of inteterest ought to be disclosed, lest readers presume Hanson‘s views reflect an unbiased “expert“ opinion.
You can find a list of alcoholic-beverage industry funded researchers on our
Integrity in Science website at: http://www.cspinet.org/cgi-bin/integrity.cgi

Kim Crump
Manager of Federal Relations
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) • Washington, DC

Dr. Hanson on his site posts that some funding came from a grant by The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. and states “the author of the site does not necessarily agree with the views or opinions of any of the authors whose work is posted on it. The goal of the site is to stimulate thought and discussion about alcohol issues.” Dr. McCardell’s site choosresponsibility.org is not funded by any alcohol industry dollars and is funded by the respected Robertson Foundation www.robertsonfoundation.org -- editor

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