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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Vision thing/recycle/on a spin

- February 4th, 2008
The Vision Thing
Backers of an urban planning workshop series called The Grand Vision are thrilled with the turnout they had in late January to discuss the future direction of the Grand Traverse area.
“We were overjoyed with the turnout and the creativity of the participants,” said Bob Otwell in a release. Otwell is chair of TC-TALUS, the organization that initiated The Grand Vision. “Over a thousand people have now participated in The Grand Vision.”
“These workshops brought people together and provided guidance for building scenarios and moving forward with the area’s land use and transportation goals,” remarked Marsha Smith, chair of The Grand Vision Public Involvement Committee.
The workshops are focused on the direction of downtown Traverse City; the east side of town, including Acme Township; and southwest of town, including Interlochen.
At the workshops, participants worked at tables covered with a small-area map and chips representing different types of land use and housing densities. Then, they discussed how new growth should be accommodated within localized areas. Participants also discussed the general form that new growth should take, and the type of transportation system needed to serve it.
A regional transportation workshop is being being planned sometime in March in hopes of attracting participants from the six-county region around Traverse City. According to organizers of the project, various scenario choices will be presented in April-May and the general public will be surveyed for their preferences in late June and early July.
Led by local citizens, the Grand Vision, begun last September, is a two year, federally-funded process of regional land use and transportation planning throughout the Grand Traverse Region. For more information, see www.thegrandvision.org.

Recycle, recycle...
If you‘re new to Emmet County or are renting a home in the area, be sure to pick up your recycling bin at the Department of Public Works on Division Street in Petoskey.
“We’re trying to get the word out to people who move into the area where we provide curbside service that they can get a bin by calling us,“ says Kate Huntman Melby of DPW. “One group we’re finding it difficult to reach is renters.“
Wannabe recyclers can take advantage of this county service and do their part to clean up the planet. For info call 231-348-0640 or see www.EmmetRecycling.org.

On a Spin
The Cherry Capital Cycling Club gave Traverse City‘s bike trail system a boost last month, donating $18,000 to the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART).
The funds were 100% of the proceeds from the Leelanau Harvest Tour held last fall. The big club has been donating proceeds from the event to TART for the past decade.
Current TART projects in need of additional funding include the paving of the remainder of the Leelanau Trail and the extension of the Boardman Lake Trail around the west side of the lake in TC.

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