Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Letters 5/19/08

- May 19th, 2008
Life with Lyme disease
This is to express my appreciation for the wonderful informative article on the frustration of individuals living with Lyme’s disease (May 12 by Anne Stanton).
In 1995 I came down with Lyme Disease and had a terrible time getting it diagnosed. It started with a very painful rash affecting first my ankles, then quickly spread up to my knees and was followed the next morning with flu-like symptoms.
I had to have my daughter drive me to Urgent Care where the doctor treated me with cortisone drugs. The rash and fever went away but joint pain increased and spread. I also witnessed episodes of dizziness and loss of hearing.
My doctor’s office tested me for rheumatoid arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc., and gave me drugs that did nothing.
Finally, I was lucky to have a carpool member with family out East suggest I might have Lyme’s disease. Because I was a library media specialist, I did some research and found I had 20 some symptoms out of 60 or so listed. My doctor didn’t agree with the diagnosis, but after having negative results on all the tests, he was willing to prescribe 21 days of tetracycline and my symptoms went away. This was done within 30 days of the onslaught of the disease and so I have completely recovered. But, it was just luck.
I wasn’t tested for Lyme because my doctor felt the tests were inconclusive.
Since then, I have tried to raise awareness that Lyme does exist in this area but most medical personnel remain skeptical. When discussing the vaccine for my dog with the vet, she even said it didn’t exist in this area until I told her of my experience. Your article was so well researched and written, I am sure that it will be helpful in raising awareness for all in this community. Again, thank you.

Barb Berry • via email

A disaster for
Michigan‘s water future
The Great Lakes Compact adoption has passed the Michigan House and Senate, but it remains tie-barred to enactment of water legislation to implement it and set standards for Michigan’s future.
The Senate version, Substitute SB 860a and SB 212, is a disaster for Michigan’s water future, legalizing 25% of the flow of streams to be diminished by groundwater withdrawals from Michigan; a massive amount of water. It also continues to legalize “fish reductions” when fish, like water, are property of the state, a public resource held in public trust to be protected and managed for benefit of citizens.
The House version is a little better, but still not satisfactory, because of these two primary issues, and because there is little public notice, opportunity for hearings, or comment on water withdrawals in Michigan.
It is URGENT that everyone who can contact Senator Birkholz and Rep. Rebekah Warren, telling them to not compromise these principles and to not adopt legislation until these principles have been addressed.
Neither the Senate or House version should be adopted until this occurs.
Please oppose Senate and demand additions that strengthen the House version before it passes.
-- Rep. Rebekah Warren, 517-373-2577
-- Sen. Patricia Birkholz,
-- Sen. Michelle McManus,
-- Sen. Jason Allen, 517-373-2413
-- Rep. Howard Walker, 517-373-1766
--Rep. David Palsrok, 517-373-0825

Jim Olson • TC
(Jim Olson is an attorney specializing in the defense of environmental resources.)

Who‘s to blame?
I recently received an email sent to constituents from Congressman Dave Camp. With typical partisan gamesmanship, he tried to scapegoat Nancy Pelosi for our high gasoline prices.
In his words, “Of course, when she was in the minority Pelosi promised big things... she promised a plan to immediately lower gas prices. Well, that plan has remained a secret these past 16 months and gas prices have shot up $1.20 since she and the Democrats took over Congress. That’s right... the nationwide price for gas has gone up $1.20 since January 1, 2007. Call it the Pelosi Premium.”
By what stretch of logic can she be held accountable for the current high cost of gasoline? The price of crude oil was $30 a barrel when George Bush took office in 2001, and it’s been increasing ever since. It’s now at a record high of $125 a barrel – a fourfold increase! In addition, during the same period, the value of the U.S. dollar on the world market has crashed by more than 30%.
Wouldn’t higher gasoline prices have something to do with these little facts, Mr. Camp? Call it the “Bush Premium.“
The pain this country is feeling has been increasing steadily for seven years. Now, with deepening crises on many fronts, we seem to have finally reached our national pain threshold. That doesn’t mean that someone new to the scene is responsible for it.
Don’t try to “pass the buck” for our current malaise, Mr. Camp. We’re smarter than that.

Robert Chapman • via email

(Rep. Camp‘s comments on the gas crunch are included with those of other legislators on page 10.)

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