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 6/16/08

- June 16th, 2008
Letter to Meijer:
I am writing about my credit card account with your company. Please close it immediately. You will find the cut pieces of the card enclosed.
Two reasons I am closing the account. The first is rather minor - 20.45% INTEREST!? Who do you people think you are?
Here’s another problem with Meijer:
Acme Township! I do not live near enough to where you attempted to put that store to have ever shopped there, however if I did, just on principle I would have boycotted it.
I remember going to Meijer as a small child. I was born in Grand Rapids, as were my parents. They moved to Kalamazoo shortly after my birth, however we were in Grand Rapids almost every weekend with family and friends. The store on the corner of Kalamazoo and 28th Street was where Grandma, Aunt Debbie and I would go on Saturday mornings. I remember getting ice cream and treats from the bakery. I remember riding the Sandy ponies for a penny.
That Meijer is gone. In its place is a corporate giant that might as well be Walmart for all its warmth. I’m sure Hendrik is rolling in his grave.
My family and I have chosen to boycott any and all Meijer facilities. We will not buy two-day-old donuts from your bakery when we can buy baked-this-morning ones from our local Oleson’s Food Store. We will not buy gas from your station. We will not wash our cars at your car wash. Nor will I ever again buy plants for my yard and garden from your garden center.
At one time, I did almost all my shopping at your store. When we travelled around the state we would seek out a Meijer because we knew we could find everything we needed. No more.
I’m sure my little letter will not change anything. In fact, I doubt a human being will even process this envelope, but I know the copies of this letter will be read, and with any luck, published.

Kimberly Dittmar
• Kingsley

Hands off vet benefits
I read your most recent article; “Vet must share disability with ex-wife“ in the June 9 issue.
I find it most unconscionable that a judge would do such a thing and garnish a veteran’s benefit that is solely his. What the judge fails to see is that if veteran Calvin Murphy is not retired, under federal law described by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), his disability “benefit” is his and not for alimony.
In a ruling on the law cited by the DFAS, one sees that disabled veterans are not mentioned at any time. I understand the judge is trying to be equitable, but to violate a disabled veteran’s disability benefit is just wrong, unless she was with him in Vietnam.
Alimony is not mentioned once in the U.S. Code which applies to such benefits. Why? Because Congress understood the disabled veterans are a vulnerable group and need help acquiring services due to not being able to stay gainfully employed.
When I read this article it reminds me of a bully picking on someone who cannot fight back. Reading this is certainly a sad day for justice and veterans across America.

Capt. Steven Schaffhouser,
USAF Aux • via email
A veteran‘s pain
In your story about the veteran who must share his benefits with his ex-wife, you forgot to mention that Judge Batzer also ordered Calvin Murphy to pay his ex-wife’s attorney $3,000. I will bet you a dollar to a donut that some of that money will wind up in Judge Batzer’s reelection fund. And don’t forget the state gets funds out of him for taking his money and posting a check to his ex-wife.
I have over half of my Social Security disability taken and given to my ex-wife, yet she is getting 100% of her Social Security benefits.

Gordon Sutton • Schoolcraft

Sewer gripes common
I have the blues after reading so much of the Northport Forum‘s continued argument for stopping a project that is within months of completion (re: “Sewer blues,“ Letters, June 2).
As a civil engineer for 30 years, I have been involved in many lake area sewer projects. They all had their local detractors. Nothing can ever convince me that installing sewers along lake areas is not in the best interest of the area.
Unlike the writer, I live on the system, just built my house, and just sank a lot of money into my septic. But I know which solution will last and protect the environment despite what a bunch of “environmentalists” contend.
The most disturbing thing is how these people are wasting our money. If the legal costs are being ultimately added to my bill, I will lead the campaign to collect from each one of them. Whether the judge appeased these folks and told them the case had merit, it is of little consequence at this stage. Please get off this issue and find another one to complain about.

Philip N. Loud, PE • Northport

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