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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Earth Day Action

Staff & Greg Reisig - April 19th, 2007
For the 19th consecutive year, Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) will be giving away free blue spruce seedlings starting at 8 a.m. at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market in Traverse City (Union & Grandview Parkway) on Saturday, April 21.
The seedling giveaway is part of local Earth Day celebrations. L&P will also be donating 10,000 white pine seedlings to local school children and youth groups through their partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.
“Giving away these tree seedlings expresses our commitment to the environment and renewable resources,” said Linda Johnson, chair of the Light & Power Board of Directors. “These seedlings will impact the quality of the air and the beauty of our environment for many years to come.”
Other Earth Day activities on April 21 will include a Beach Clean-Up, TC‘s free compost distribution, and a spectacular Earth Day Parade.
Starting at 8 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market, self-serve, self-haul compost is yours free until it’s gone, courtesy of the City of Traverse City.
The Beach Clean-Up begins at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Hosted by Traverse City Parks & Recreation, volunteers will help clean some of Traverse City’s most prized resources.
At 1 p.m., the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade begins. It is a storytelling-style parade that celebrates art, species and the community. This year’s theme is “Global Warming: The Tipping Point.” Parade line-up is at 12 noon at Central Grade School (7th Street and Pine). The parade will end at Hannah Park along 6th Street. (In case of bad weather, the parade will be held April 28.)
For more info, visit the Light & Power website: www.tclp.org and click on “FREE Trees.”

Calling All Eco-Heroes:

The 18th Annual Environmentalist of the Year Awards will be held Friday, April 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Waterfront Conference Center in East Bay. Hosting the event is NMEAC, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Glen Chown, executive director of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Chown‘s talk will focus on an update of conservancy achievements and plans for the future.
In addition, local foods will be featured during an opening reception from 6-7 pm. The program runs from 7-9 pm and will include a Great Lakes Bioneers video along with some special skits organized by NMEAC‘s executive director Ken Smith.
Smith, who has been part of NMEAC since the mid 1980s, said the event is “energizing to people in the environmental community and the magnitude of achievements is amazing. It brings together a very diverse crowd and a circle of people who may not call themselves environmentalists.“
Environmentalist of the Year Awards will be handed out in the following categories: Journalism & Communications, Public Service or Public Office, Education, Business, Student and General.
This year‘s program will also include some special awards along with a Golden Bulldozer Award. “We have quite a few outstanding nominees for this award,“ said NMEAC co-chair John Nelson. “In the running is the Cherry Tree Inn, Williamsburg Receiving & Storage Co., and two wetland sites owned by Bill Clous.“
Candidates for Environmentalist of the Year in Journalism and Communications include Anne Stanton of the Northern Express; Jeff Smith, editor of Traverse the Magazine; along with the Record-Eagle editorial board. Candidates in other categories will be announced at the April 20 event.
NMEAC began handing out Environmentalist of the Year Awards in 1988 with one award. In 1989, the number of awards expanded to three and, in 1990, it was enlarged to 10. The all-volunteer organization, which was founded in 1980, has continued the tradition and now coordinates the date of the event with Earth Day activities.
Co-chair Bob Carstens said the event is a very special part of NMEAC‘s role in the Grand Traverse region. “In a society and time in which victory, status and short term profitablity so often seem to trump all other values, Environmentalist of the Year Awards is one way in which we can nourish, recognize and, hopefully, validate the efforts of those who consistently demonstrate their commitment to doing what is right for their neighbors, future generations and for the earth.“
NMEAC‘s mission is preserving the natural environment through citizen action and education. Admission to the event is $20 and is open to the general public. For more information, call 946-6931, or see www.nmeac.org.
- by Greg Reisig
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