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 4/7/08

- April 7th, 2008
Don‘t overdo it...
As I read your article on training women for the 28th Annual GT Bodybuilding Championship, and now that the competition is over, and as someone who treats those with eating issues, weight and fat phobia, and body hatred, I feel a responsibility to give voice to reason.
At any age, it is dangerous to have six percent body fat. In fact, science shows that anything less than 12 percent for a female can be dangerous. Low body fat can lead to what is called the “female athlete triad” in which there is a decrease in hormones, interruption of the menstrual cycle, and loss of bone mass. Osteoporosis can occur if one’s body fat is too low for too long. The same condition can occur when a woman is anorexic and her body goes into semi-starvation mode.
A certain amount of fat (at least 12 percent) is essential to normal, healthy functioning, as it‘s stored in bone marrow, organs, the central nervous system and muscles. Fat also regulates body temperature and cushions organs and tissues. For those of us who aren’t bodybuilders (and that’s most of us), 25-35 percent of this “essential fat” is normal, depending on your age. Studies show that women at the higher end of this range are healthiest over time and live longer.
To all those that just competed in the 28th GT Bodybuilding Contest, congratulations and now, eat up! Please.

Lisa Franseen, PhD

Bay Harbor syrup
It was pleasant to read Jennifer McKay’s thoughtful column on the proposed Alba well and to know of Tip of the Mitt’s continuing concerns for the health and welfare of the region.
And it is heartening to read Kevin Elsenheimer’s letter to Governor Granholm on the inadequacy of the safety bonding.
But it may also be fitting to remind people that there are 2.5 million tons of hazardous material buried under the Bay Harbor golf course -- material that turns into a burning syrup laden with mercury, lead, and arsenic when wetted by groundwater and by the additional thousands of gallons of irrigation water used on the golf course. And that poisonous syrup leaches into the environment – into the Bay, into upper aquifer layers – where it does, and will continue to do, harm.
An order was issued by the EPA over three years ago to remove, isolate, or contain those toxic materials. It hasn’t happened.
Since then, much attention has been focused on drilling a deep well in Alba to dispose of less than five percent of the toxic burden – a “solution” that risks contaminating the entire Jordan River valley, to boot.
Such an exercise, if carried out, would still leave over 95 percent of the problem untouched, an omission which would shortly involve the affected property owners, developers, the municipality, and the general public in grievous losses in land values, quality of life, health, and liability.
Isn’t it time to tackle the whole problem, as ordered years ago?

Jack Norris • via email

The people‘s car
In India they have a car that costs only $2,500 brand new, and it gets 60mpg.
We should try to import them. They call it the Nano. It is made by Tata. It also meets European environmental standards. The Tata Nano is also called “The People’s Car.”
How much would it cost to transport the cars? Can fabrication shops modify the cars to make them road-legal here in the U.S.? How much would it cost per car? If the government institutes a tariff, does that just limit selling the Nano in the U.S., or does it also limit the buying of the cars via a third party or online?
We don’t really need Nano dealerships in the U.S. is what I am getting at. It seems advantageous to buy them, modify them for American standards, and then resell them. So how do we make it happen? Or is India the only country that can produce a $2,500 car? I bet that China will be able to do it.
I like our auto industry and the jobs they provide. However, they do not produce what I want. It is not my fault that they don’t. I don’t harbor any hard feelings. I am going to look elsewhere for the product I want, though. Some people may believe the product to be a dream. It is reality in India. Are we a more advanced society than India?

Zach Tubbs
TC engineering student

So childish
I had to write when I saw the un-necessary columns stuck in the “Best Of” issue: the useless “Next Best Thing” and “Best Trends To Avoid.”
Can’t everyone just STOP with the Democrat/Republican crap? I find it VERY offensive! It is already shoved at us from every direction. I am neither a Rep nor a Dem. and the mentality of people saying one is better than the other is so damn childish it makes me want to ralf!
I am an independent and have been since the first lying Clinton showed his colors. I will vote for any party that has “BRAINS” and knows what they are doing.
Unfortunately we haven’t had anyone to fit the “perfect” department in quite a few years. But I have seen my country bash their presidents openly, which sends a message to the rest of the world that our “commander and chief” is a putz!
What’s so sad is it’s getting worse and worse. We simply have no more respect for our presidents nor our government. Nobody trusts them, nor each other. We are pathetic!
Without the respect and faith in a leader, there can be no “trust.“ People are so quick to give their two cents on anything that’s going on, but nobody wants to be the first to help with getting things changed. They just want to “talk” about it.
Frankly, nobody gives a damn what you think. Especially when it’s our newscasters, actors and singers. Keep who you‘re voting for, what side you‘re voting for to yourself. Don’t call me and ask who I am voting for -- it’s none of your business. How I wish for the times when ignorance was bliss!

Lisa Mai Shoemaker • Empire

Too much war
I really do not understand and can‘t believe what this country has become!
My nephew is over in Baghdad, Iraq. It‘s awful to comprehend and have to deal with the aftermath of it all. It‘s Bush‘s fault that our young die every day. For what reason?
The war doesn‘t make sense -- five years? Two trillion dollars? Crazy.

Diane Marie Goodreau • TC

Africa angst
It was heartening to read about the high school students in Petoskey (“Tribal Dance,” March 31) who are performing a benefit dance to aid children in northern Uganda, but the article about their efforts reinforced an unfortunate misconception about “Africa,” namely, that Africa is a country, not a continent.
Africa is indeed a continent with 53 countries; its almost 12,000 square miles would hold all of the USA, Canada, India, Argentina, and the countries of Europe. So talking about “war-torn Africa” is misleading (which of the 53 countries? which part of which country? in which particular historical context?) and referring to Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and “African” dances is comparing three countries and an entire continent (which country’s dances? which part of which country’s dances?).
Imagine hearing someone say, “I ate Asian food.“ Thai food, Indian food, Korean food? But how typical it is to hear “I ate African food,” or “I learned African dances or African songs.”
This is a prevalent misuse of terms, one that puts all of the peoples of this immense and diverse continent into one undifferentiated bundle: Egyptians, Namibians, Kenyans, Sudanese, Eritreans, etc.
The teachers and students in Petoskey would be providing a great educational service by taking the opportunity of their dance benefit to showcase the countries and peoples of Africa with the uniqueness we give to other cultures of the world. (They might also consider dropping the word “tribal” from descriptions of their benefit. Think about the primitive images that that word calls to your mind and you’ll understand why this outdated term is now considered inappropriate.)

Tom Fenton • Cedar

(Tom Fenton is coeditor of Africa World Press Guide to Resources from and about Africa.)

Something‘s brewing
My name is Michael Grossman and I’d like to clear up some inaccuracies in regards to the “Bottoms Up“ column (Mackinaw Brewing Smokehouse Sampler/Fletcher Street Brewery’s Pioneer maple Porter, 3/10). I was brewmaster at Fletcher Street Brewing Company from Sept. 2006 to Sept., 2007.
As brewmaster, it was my responsibility to formulate new beers and refine all brewing processes. It was also my undertaking to enter Fletcher Street products into the aforementioned competitions. In fact, it is the brewery which is awarded the medals, and not the brewer. All the beer formulas that were mentioned as medal winners were ones that I had either formulated originally or which I had refined.
During my career, I have both played a part and was solely responsible for winning multiple national and international awards for my abilities. My credentials can be viewed on Probrewer.com.

Michael Grossman • via email

Time for a change
Corporations don‘t rule the world; it‘s the financial markets that play the tune to which corporations march. Corporate welfare and short-term greed by banking, insurance, communication, pharmaceutical, energy, and arms manufacturing are a result of lobbyists influencing most of our elected officials.
While anti-union fanatics continue to dissolve workers‘ rights, they manage to set themselves up with unwarranted, lavish pensions, including stock options and huge severance packages.
The “me“ rather than “we“ attitude only keeps us divided. Standing together as one, we should somehow demonstrate peacefully to stop these elitists from selling us out. Changes must be made for future generations.

John Sanchez • TC

The High School Film Club profiled in a recent story will show “Harold and Maude” on April 21 at the State Theatre in TC. “American Graffitti” will be shown on May 19.

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