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 6/2/08

- June 2nd, 2008
Tax cuts cost jobs
Our politicians are using their kidneys instead of their brains. Look at the latest example.
A large number of our politicians want to eliminate our state taxes on gasoline during the summer to promote tourism.
What! Do tourists come only in the summer? Now do you call that a solution? I call it “They are using their kidneys again.“
If they keep cutting taxes, how will we repair our roads so the tourists can drive to Northern Michigan? Who will pay to keep our roads free of snow so the tourists can come during the winter? Who will pay for the police and deputies to enforce the laws to keep us safe?
And to top it off, not too long ago these same politicians were extolling the wonderful power of the free market to solve all our problems.
What’s wrong? Don’t they like the free market’s solution to our energy problem?

Richard R. Riker • Mackinaw City

Lyme racket?
Anne Stanton’s recent piece on Lyme disease was welcome for the fact that it warns us of a potential danger as we venture outdoors this spring. But I am surprised at her entirely uncritical treatment of the “Lyme-literate” physicians and of the whole idea of chronic Lyme disease.
Just last year Forbes magazine ran a fairly interesting article on this matter of which Stanton seems entirely unaware.
Chronic Lyme disease may exist, but it’s far from clear that it does. And patients are not the final word on whether it does: patients know they have symptoms; they don’t know whether they are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi.
And vaguely described “test results” don’t help the reader much. There are a lot of questionable lab practices out there -- the CDC in fact warned against the possible prevalence of false positive results for Lyme in 2005. When Stanton tells us someone has tested positive for Lyme, what test are we talking about? Is it one that actually works? Is it an approved test? If not, how do we know it works?
And anyone using colloidal silver for Lyme has to be treated with a bit of skepticism, no? What next? Crystals? Magnets? Mild electric shock?
And the prolonged use of antibiotics this article describes has already been subject to fraud judgments in Michigan and elsewhere, has it not?
I can’t speak to all the cases described in Stanton’s article, but I can’t help but wonder: Wasn’t any research done for this piece? Don’t you think that the legitimate science on this disease--there is a fair deal out there -- deserves a bit of notice?

Oran Kelley • TC

Sewer blues
The article by Anne Stanton titled “Northport’s Sewer Blues” was the best I have read -- well balanced and informative.
The initial push for a Northport sewer was predicated on false environmental information that stated the septic tanks in Northport were 85% failed or failing. The “factual” environmental issues remain on the court table after Judge Thomas Power stated the case has merit. All concerned environmentalists need to study the issues as presented by members of the Northport FORUM through our legal counsel. The issues are not over until they‘re over.
The original group of responsible citizens who extensively and exhaustively researched the Northport issues remain as one with the assistance of the FORUM members. The original group, comprised of one engineer, one economic expert, and several environmental experts, have consistently approached the Northport Council since the sewer‘s inception in an attempt to communicate concerns. Those concerns were never addressed by the council. Those concerns will remain before Judge Power as part of the FORUM‘s merit case.
Our Constitution was written with the intent of protecting the rights of every human being. One right is the right to have issues heard, discussed, understood, and to arrive at balanced solutions. Since the Northport Council set aside our constitutional process, it now becomes the responsibility of the FORUM members to uphold that process.
Judge Power realized that the case has merit and will be heard -- costly as it will be for both sides. The time has come for every Northport citizen to be heard now and in the next election. Join the FORUM and protect your rights!

Ronald J. Schobel • Suttons Bay

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