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 9/20/07

- September 20th, 2007
I Want My Farmers Market
I arrived at the Traverse City Farmer’s Market shortly after noon on Saturday, and I was turned away from some of the booths because the city is enforcing the market’s scheduled hours, which end at noon.
How unfortunate. Our local farmers maintain open space around our city, decrease our carbon footprint, and provide us with healthy, locally grown produce that is the backbone of a healthy diet.
The city should support our esteemed farmers by expanding the hours of the markets, not by adopting a monochronic philosophy.
I hope the city can strive for flexibility as they consider the health of their citizens and the value of their farmers. Meanwhile, I will strive to get my chores done in time to make the noon deadline.

Mary R. Clifton, MD • TC

Thank You, Soldiers
St. Francis said so many years ago, “it is in giving that we receive.” We are a blessed nation, and too frequently fail to realize the noble things others have done which make us the recipients of the good life.
It is not popular to speak of the military, most especially the draft, today. Having served in the USAF for over 26 years, including two tours in Vietnam, I am especially grateful to all the men and women of the armed forces. It is not easy for them - they, too, would rather be home in the great USA with their family and friends - but they have chosen to serve even under the most difficult of all situations in a time of war.
I believe every male and female in the USA should be mandated to serve our nation in some capacity for a minimum of two years after graduation, with only very rare exceptions.
One of the great choices includes the military. Repeatedly, we hear students out of high school say they can’t find a job, they don’t know what they want to do, they don’t have any money, they are not ready for college, thy want to travel, they want to get a life before settling into any career field. I say: join the military.
The pay is great, you grow up quickly, you get free housing, food, and clothing, and you are able to travel the world as I did serving in Japan, Korea, Germany, Sweden, France, Thailand, South Africa, the Ascension Islands, and Bermuda, just to name a few places. You feel the joy of serving your country and giving something back.

Richard J. Gronowski • TC

Vote Vegetarian
The 11th Hour, Leonardo DiCaprio’s newly released documentary about the environmental crisis, has given me some serious food for thought. Considering that an in-depth scientific report by the United Nations last November shows that eating animals is the number one individual cause of global warming and that it’s in the top three causes of every significant environmental problem, I am left to wonder: When will Leo, Al Gore, and the rest of the environmental community start actively promoting a vegetarian diet?
Environmentalists urge people to drive less, switch to hybrid cars, use energy-efficient light bulbs, and make other similar changes, yet they ignore the global warming, waste, and pollution that is produced by funneling crops through chickens, pigs, and other farmed animals.
Almost 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are the product of our national addiction to chicken nuggets and other animal products. That’s almost 50 percent more than all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world combined, according to the U.N. report. The U.N. report also concluded that the meat industry is “one of the ... most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” The 408-page indictment of the meat industry specifically decries the contribution of eating meat to “problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.”
It’s past time for the environmental movement to get to the meat of the matter and tell people the truth—that adopting a vegetarian diet is the most important action any of us can take to help the environment.

Bruce Friedrich • Norfolk, VA

More Praise For Sheas
There are very few people who really exemplify their beliefs in everyday life. Tom and Darylene Shea are two of those rare individuals. He is a man of peace and love, and these feelings emanate from him always.
He lives and acts in love and peace, he gives support in his thoughtful kind words, to help others realize their inner peace. He is one of the few really gifted men of peace, walking on this earth, in Traverse City, in our time.
We have been blessed to have him amongst us. He will surely be missed. May they both go in peace to their new location and be loved and appreciated there, as they have been here.

Emmy Lou Cholak • TC

A Farmer Speaks Out
As a third generation farmer in Antrim County’s Milton Township, I thought I would write about all the poop on poop that has been floating around. Recently there was a small group formed calling themselves “Milton Neighbors.” These “neighbors” have caused some controversy over a local farmer and a local businessman working together and utilizing a soil enrichment practice safely used for many years. The “neighbors” are up in arms over the two men using septage injection as a commercial fertilizer replacement.
We are farmers who make our living off the land we farm, so the last thing we would want to do is harm our land or the environment. The DEQ and the soil erosion people do not have a problem with this practice when properly applied on inspected sites, whether it’s animal manure or human septage. It is a low cost natural fertilizer rather than an expensive commercially made fertilizer.
The president of the Milton Neighbors group claims that while water testing, his group found dangerous levels of e-coli along a two-mile stretch of Mitchell Creek. They are blaming it on the fertilizer injection practices of the local farmer. What he doesn’t tell you is that the e-coli levels found by the DEQ were concluded to be naturally occurring due to low creek levels and the wildlife.
What he also doesn’t tell you is that a sample taken directly in a tile line from the field where recent septage injections were done had lower levels of e-coli present than any other sample taken along said creek. What that means is that we, as humans, cannot manufacture a filter or treatment plant that works as efficiently and effectively as the same ground on which we farm. (I believe that) septage injection is a safe, natural, environmentally friendly, and beneficial use of human waste for replacing soil nutrients in farm fields.

Thomas M. Paradis • Elk Rapids

Corrections: Last week’s letter titled “Sidewalks Not Segwalks” was mistakenly attributed to Thomas M. Paradis. The correct author of the “Sidewalks...” letter is Ken Petersen. Mr. Paradis’ own letter runs above.

Also, in Carina Hume’s article on Bill Sommerfeldt, his grandmother’s name was Mary Rennie Buchanan, not Jennie Rennies; Jennie Rennies was the name of the family’s Inn and Toll House in Scotland.

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