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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What to do when the oil runs out/Madonna alert/Algae action/Wind energy for Charlevoix

- May 26th, 2008
What to do when
the oil runs out?
As many as 1,000 participants are expected to attend “The Sustainability Conference on Peak Oil and Climate Change” this weekend in Grand Rapids.
The coming crisis in the oil supply is one of three key topics to be covered at a conference bringing together national experts on “peak oil,” climate change and an environmentally-friendly and sustainable economy.
The conference is scheduled for Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, at the Calvin College Fine Arts Center.
Many experts believe that the worldwide production of oil has “peaked” and that the coming decades will bring a decline in the amount of available oil, leading to a global economic crisis unless steps are taken to promote conservation and sustainable local economies.
The conference is being organized by Local Future, founded by Aaron Wissner, a Grand Rapids-area educator and environmental speaker.
“Dwindling oil supplies are causing a ripple effect across the economy, threatening the American way of life, as sharply rising gas prices impact the price of food, shelter and heating. And fierce competition for oil threatens peace around the globe,” Wissner said. “It is imperative that we begin to understand the impact of peak oil so that we can move quickly toward finding solutions.”
For info see: www.SustainabilityConference.org

Madonna alert
Superstar Madonna is wearing a new hat these days: that of director of a new film on the east African country of Malawi. She plans to attend the Traverse City Film Festival on August 2 for a showing of the film, “I Am Because
We Are.”
“Madonna’s film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, but this will be its Michigan debut,” said Deb Lake of the TC Film Festival. “She’s currently rehearsing for her new tour, but plans to be here for the screening.”
Madonna adopted a child from Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa and a place stricken with one of the continent’s highest AIDS rates.

Algae action
Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) has introduced legislation aimed at reducing the harmful effect algal blooms have on the Great Lakes.
H.R. 6017 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a plan to reduce algal blooms in the Great Lakes and require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban household cleaning products that contain greater than 0.5 percent phosphorus by volume.
“Similar efforts have worked at the local and state level, but a piecemeal approach isn’t enough,” Stupak said in a news release. “We need a comprehensive plan to address the harmful effects of the excessive nutrients choking off our Great Lakes ecosystem.”
Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, in appropriate amounts, are essential to the health of aquatic systems. Excessive nutrients, however, can result in harmful or nuisance algal blooms, reduced spawning grounds and habitat, fish kills and public health concerns related to impaired drinking water sources and increased exposure to toxic microbes. A 2005 study by the state of Minnesota found that approximately 19 percent of phosphorus entering municipal
wastewater systems comes from dishwashing detergent.
Widespread outbreaks of harmful algal blooms have occurred throughout the Great Lakes, but most notably at Bear Lake, Muskegon Lake, Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie in Michigan.

Wind energy for Charlevoix
A 400-acre rock quarry south of Charlevoix is being considered for the installation of wind turbines.
Traverse City Light & Power has signed a real estate option and wind easement contract which may lead to the construction of wind turbines in Charlevoix County’s Norwood Township, pending final zoning and permitting.
Construction would not take place for approximately three years, according to a TCL&P news release. The first step in the process will be erecting a meteorological tower to measure if wind speeds are sufficient to justify the construction of one or more wind turbines.
Simultaneously, L&P plans call for a series of public meetings to receive input from area citizens about wind power. L&P erected two similar towers in the past in the Traverse City area.
The 400-acre site is zoned industrial and is owned by Manthei Development.

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