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 12/3/07

- December 3rd, 2007
Do The Right Thing
Whatever happened to doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do?
Just because our world leaders are suspect in the department of truly caring about the common person is it any reason to jump over to their seemingly thoughtless “It’s all about Me” program?
Just because our economic leaders in corporations have jumped ship and gone to outsourcing so they can supply their ever apparent constant hunger and
worship to greed, is it in our best interests to follow their simplistic, ignominious lead?
I suggest that we, as a people, are better than the folks who purport to lead and attempt to shepherd us. I believe that simple acts of kindnesses, opening a door for someone, allowing someone else to go first in traffic, helping someone cross a street, these simple acts really speak the loudest about our character as a society.
When you see someone in need, you help them; hasn’t that always been the way? I’ve adventured all over the U.S. and Canada and much of the World, and it seems these simple acts speak the loudest in every corner. I have been a stranger in a strange land, and someone’s act of kindness helped me travel safely.
I suggest we all try to do more of the right thing, especially when our world and economic leaders, our politicians, and our governments seem particularly incapable of doing it themselves.
Wouldn’t the simple act of doing
the right thing make everything better right now?
I believe it does.

Chris Convissor • Lake Ann

Usher‘s Intrigue
This letter is in regard to the incorrect and lacking information used in the “My Style” column of last week’s Northern Express (Vol. 17 No. 48 Nov 29-Dec 5.)
Mrs. Stanton writes “...someone found an old usher uniform tucked away when the dormant theatre was first
explored three years ago.” This is not true. Three years ago when Michael Moore enlisted the help of Tim Hall to renovate the State Theatre for the first Traverse City Film Festival, he embraced Mr. Hall’s idea to dress the volunteer ushers in the original red and gold uniform along with the pill box hat and concession trays that would be worn around the neck.
I know this because with two usher costumes donated graciously by the Old Towne Playhouse, I created three more just like them to be used on opening night. My time and money went into making those costumes that have once again been reinvented by the skillful
Diane Budzynowski, Pinkie Hoffman, Rebecca Davis, Nancy Monteith, and Jean Barrett.
Why is it necessary to recreate history when the original story is full of enough intrigue? Sorry, no dusty fossil of an usher uniform had any part in this segment of the State’s past, only an idea and a lot of talent. Let’s give credit where credit is due.
Breanne Russell • TC

Ted is Not a Duck
I wrote back in early October about the Foie Gras article/situation. I just read Williamsburg Ted Cizma’s letter about supporting Foie Gras. I take issue with Ted’s statement “Because of this anatomical feature, the tube creates no discomfort for the birds.”
I want to ask how Ted knows
what causes a duck to feel pain or discomfort?
Is Ted a duck and does he have first hand experience?
He cannot assure me 100% that ducks feel no pain nor discomfort from this treacherous feeding tube. I have watched film of this tube feeding process and my good ol’ common sense and intuition tells me that this practice is inhumane. It is a disgusting practice. Humans don’t need fattened duck liver, and it is something very easy to forgo since it is a delicacy.
I do, however, agree wholeheartedly with Ted that we need to re-examine all animal products that come from factory farms, because inhumane treatment is rampant in this spectrum of our food supply. Maybe Northern Express could do an expose on factory farming and educate Northern Michigan on these hideous practices as well.

Beth Bechtel • Haslett

Editor’s Note: The Northern Express regrets to say that Cary Adgate’s “guest editorial” in the November 29 edition was not, in fact, a guest editorial submitted to this publication by him. It was taken from private email that Adgate sent to cycling acquaintances of his and then, through a misunderstanding with a third party, edited and published in our paper without Adgate’s knowledge or permission. We further regret the fact that we did not inform you that Adgate’s email was written in August, long before the driver in the case was finally charged and convicted of careless driving. Adgate informs us that, while he would have preferred to have been given the chance to submit a commentary written for publication himself, he does stand behind the un-edited portions of the commentary published and is pleased that the Express is bringing the issue of protecting law-abiding cyclists to light.

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