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 6/28/07

- June 28th, 2007
Case for legalizing drugs
I’m writing about Howard J. Wooldridge’s outstanding letter: “Cops against prohibition” (6-14-07).
If we re-legalized all our illegal drugs so that they could be sold by licensed and regulated businesses for pennies per dose, would this eliminate our drug problems? No.
However, doing so would substantially reduce the crime rate and increase public safety.
Will we ever be able to eliminate our drug problems? No.
However, we can substantially reduce the harm caused by our illegal drugs.
Regulated and controlled drugs would be of known purity, known potency and known quality - which would make them very much safer than today’s black-market drugs.
But what message would we send to children if we legalized all illegal drugs so they could be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed business establishments?
The same message we send to children today when we allow products such as alcohol and tobacco to be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed business establishments.
A free country’s government cannot protect its adult citizens from themselves. A free country’s government has no right to attempt to do so.

Kirk Muse • Mesa, AZ

Money & wastewater
The recent controversy in Alba and Star Township regarding a proposed dumping site is a prime example of how money drives public policy.
CMS Energy corporation has applied for and is likely to receive an injection well permit allowing this firm to dump a large but unspecified amount of wastewater from the upscale and exclusive Bay Harbor resort just south of Petoskey.
Bay Harbor is the resort for the newly rich from all over the Midwest. It was built around 12 years ago and is an asset to the Northern Michigan area. However, I find it hard to believe that the wastewater and related chemicals that need to be disposed of from this resort (the result of a former cement plants operations there years ago) cannot be immediately disposed of onsite. Why does it have to be trucked many miles away to the backyards of the middle class and those living in very modest homes?
The very affluent nature of Bay Harbor cries out that it take care of its own garbage and not dispose of it in less upscale communities throughout Northern Michigan. One of the other disposal sites is in Otsego County near Johannesburg. I don‘t recall any public notice or hearings regarding that disposal site at all.
I love to visit Bay Harbor. I love to have chardonnay and yacht parties with the best of them. If I were a member of that community I would be ashamed to have my community‘s waste dumped on others simply because they had less financial resources than me.
This is not the first time that Northern Michigan has had to carry the burden for this upscale resort. A few years ago an entire nuclear power plant was carted away largely because of the influence of a major developer who wanted his clientele to enjoy a better view of Lake Michigan.
If a sense of obligation towards your fellow man isn‘t enough to stop this obscene project, then one can only hope that protracted civil litigation and perhaps some legislation from this state‘s congressional delegation can level the playing field a bit.

Brian R Morgan • Gaylord

High five
Every Sunday morning my family knows where I am about 7:30 a.m. I’m out getting my Sunday morning “fix,” aka... the Northern Express.
I met owners George Foster and Bob Downes not long after I “hit” TC in 1991 while walking along Front Street. Don’t know why we started talking, except that I admit... it was probably me who initiated the conversation. They were immediately receptive and told me about the new paper they were beginning to publish. They asked what I did here, and since at that time I was playing the piano bar at the Park Place Hotel, they asked if they could come in and do an article about me. Ask? Absolutely, I was new here and they made me feel like a star, and we’ve been friends ever since.
What amazes me is the total and unstopable growth of this Northern Michigan paper. They seem to “outdo” issue after issue. They are good to musicians, growth issues, you name it, it is in this paper. If you are new to Traverse City, your free Northern Express awaits you every week at newstands, restaurants etc, around Northern Michigan.

Ann Peterson • TC

Simple test
One need not be a scientist to confirm the fact of global warming over the past century. All one must do is simply ascertain accurate temperature readings from 1,000 points around the globe today and then compare these readings with precise temperature measurements reported from the very same locations, on the very same day, at the very same hour, in the year 1907. It’s that simple!

Joseph Pasulka • via email

A good trip
My wife and I enjoyed the June 14 article by Rick Coates entitled “Paddle the Chain -- A Kayak Voyage,“ offered by Don Weeks at the Camelot Inn.
Two years ago, we were the first couple to sign on the 36-mile kayak adventure from Six Mile Lake to Torch Lake. On the Clam River, two sandhill cranes startled us as they lifted off the water, flapping their large wings. The whole trip was a paradise for nature lovers.

Casper Grathwohl • Niles

In the Artists North article in the June 14 issue, the caption under Lynn Dinning’s photo is incorrect. She was not a founding member of the group; she was a former member.

Bus bummer
I would like to praise BATA (Bay Area Transit Authority) for their ongoing efforts to making my commutes easier, and also to rag on KPTA (Kalkaska’s sorry excuse for a transit system.)
It seems that the Kasky bus looks for excuses to NOT give you a ride. Example, I was camping at Wheeler Lake during highway construction. They told me that I would have to come into Save-A-Lot at 7 a.m. to catch the ONLY bus to Kalkaska. So that means I would have to walk 4.5 miles to get to a bus that should have come to the door. I wanted a bus to T.C., so I got up at 6 a.m., pedaled into Kalkaska and met the bus. Then the driver told me that I couldn’t take my bike on the bus because I didn’t call the night before. What would they do if a handicapped person didn’t tell them he/she is in a chair and that person wastes their time going to the bus and couldn’t get on?
The Kalkaska bus will take you to the Grand Traverse County line for a buck, but to cross that line into Fife Lake I have to call the previous day and pay two bucks for the additional two miles.
These non caring people at KPTA don’t do their jobs to fulfill the needs of the community, and they should be held accountable for it.Taxpayer dollars go to pay for this dismal excuse for public transit. I can call BATA anytime and get a zone ride anywhere in G.T., Leelanau, or Benzie counties within two-three hours. Kalkaska Public Transit should look at the example BATA sets and try to emulate it.

David P. Guillen • Kalkaska
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