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 1/15/04

Various - January 15th, 2004
Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
Just as importantly, it can be vital in alleviating the unforeseen misuse of authority. As citizens of this community there are times when we might find ourselves at the mercy of trusted law enforcement officials for one reason or another. Regardless of age, gender, color or creed the playing field must remain equitable. Furthermore, it is unavailing to challenge a system when the authority and the magisterial powers are pre-disposed to the veracity of alleged infractions.
With the utilization of video cameras in squad cars, we not only uphold the integrity of the officers, but we preserve our constitutional rights, validate mutual respect, and deter the potential for physical dereliction.

Mark Waggener • TC

Dean‘s momentum
Does Dr. Howard Dean have the “big mo“ (that all-important momentum) going into the February caucus? Possibly. Consider that the Traverse City Meetup started with less than 10 people and in less than six months managed to splinter off into five, possibly six more groups just in this area!
The towns in our area that are hosting their own Dean For American Meetups are Cadillac, Big Rapids, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Rapid City/Alden, Beulah and Traverse City. The phenomenal growth speaks volumes about Gov. Dean and his ability to motivate voters within and outside of his party.
Persons interested in attending a Meetup can go to www.meetup.com and find details for their area.

Deb Bull

Doomsday Democrats
To anyone who has been following the Democratic strategies and debates,
it‘s interesting to see how their campaigns have evolved. In the very
beginning, the popular theme was to be, of course, anti-President Bush.
Now all other major candidates are anti-Howard Dean. Joe Lieberman might
as well put that on his bumper stickers and yard signs.
In fact, as a whole the Democratic Party has yet to come up with a single idea that
isn‘t just anti-Bush. How do we fix the economy? Undo what Bush has done!
How do we protect the homeland? Undo what Bush has done! Face it,
progress is being made on all fronts under this President and still the
DNC can‘t come up with a better strategy than predicting doomsday. What
are these people going to do in their third or fourth year, when there‘s
no Republican plans to roll back and no country left to serve?

Eric Kephas • via email

Tax-free education
It‘s interesting to me that in all the candidate scraps about taxes, what slips under the radar of most reporters, commentators, and J.Q.Public is that it‘s possible to pay for education and health care for all without raising taxes. Congressman Kucinich‘s plan is to cut 10% from Pentagon corporate pork bloat instead. The win-win idea stems from the dividend we never got after the cold war ended (we‘re still building cold war weapons). There‘s info at ww.kucinich.us

Dr. John Hurd • via email

The Battle of John Mayer
A response to Sharron May‘s letter regarding the CD review of John Mayer (1/1).
It‘s good to know that there are still people out there who passionately support the musicians that they believe in! However, I‘m still sticking to my lukewarm opinion regarding the review of John Mayer‘s latest CD. Whereas artists like Sinatra and Sting (the two musicians that you chose to list as “one-trick voices“) have become an indelible and important part of the American pop music landscape, I‘m willing to bet that Mr. Mayer, in spite of his few good points, will be but a blip on the radar in less than five years.
If I‘m still writing for Express in five years, we‘ll have to compare notes! In the meantime, if you‘re looking for some great male singer-songwriters, you might want to check out Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn, John Wesley Harding, and the late great Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. And thanks for reading Modern Rock and 4Play!

Kristi Kates • via e-mail at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com

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