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 12/31/07

- December 31st, 2007
Gift of Giving
As Santa, I always like to say thank you for good deeds done with a happy heart. So first of all, thank you to Northern Express for your recent My Style that featured yours truly. I think it opened people‘s eyes to the ins and outs of Santa fashion. But I‘m really writing to say thank you to a young man named Alex who gave me a gift at my downtown Traverse City house. Imagine, a gift for Santa! It was unprecedented. I was so touched, it brought tears to my eyes. As I promised Alex, I waited for Christmas to open it and to my surprise, I found a “Wishlist Santa“ from Michigan State University, all dressed in Spartan green. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful gift, which I will keep on the mantle over my fireplace. Alex, you have realized the real gift of giving at Christmas. Maybe there‘s a future for you at the North Pole.
P.S. I hope you got the snowboard.

Santa (Al Lien)

Here’s an FYI for Democratic primary voters. Michigan’s primary will be held January 15, 2008. The Democratic ballot will have 6 choices: Hillary Clinton; Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Uncommitted, and Write-in.
Please notice that 4 names are missing from the list. Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote “uncommitted” instead of writing in their candidates’ names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted under state law. A vote for “uncommitted” is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Convention.

Pearl Brown • Traverse City

Primary Issues
Cost of Michigan‘s Presidential primary January 15, 2008: $10,000,000+.
Influence of Michigan‘s primary: Down 75%. (We‘ve lost half our Republican delegates, and all our Democratic delegates.)
Private files on primary voters: Free for the Democratic and Republican party machines -- exclusively.
Voters‘ privacy: Priceless…which, to big-party fat cats, apparently equals worthless. (We the People must also show ID to prove we‘re the same people who registered -- or waste time, and more tax dollars, on paperwork.)
What you can do January 15: Pick a party that doesn‘t already drown you in junk mail. Vote for whichever of its candidates you like most -- or least… or an underdog or write-in. Then, whenever that party solicits you, it‘ll be delaying the next first-class postage-rate increase.
What you can do November 4: Vote for other parties and other candidates. If we elect them, the expressions on those fat cats‘ faces really will be priceless.

John Anthony La Pietra • Marshall

Animal Offenses
If the shoving of a tube down a throat that can bring a fish back up the wrong way to swell up it‘s liver bothers you. Then don‘t look into the commercial veal industry. Or any large poultry or egg production.
Turkeys breed so that they will look up in a rain storm and drown. This is the bird that Ben Franklin thought should be the bird that represented America.
There are far worse offenses done to animals out there than Goose liver. Don‘t believe in it, don‘t eat it. If you are true to your beliefs than you are a vegetarian and animal poop is a good thing. Unless it gets on your spinach.
And what was the name of that book about the Chicago Slaughter houses??

Michael H. MacCready • Manton
Sovereign Deed
As one who has been following the local coverage on Sovereign Deed‘s coming to Pellston, I was glad to see Anne Stanton‘s article in the Dec. 13 issue of Northern Express.
Hurricane Katrina certainly proved to us that we can‘t count on government to respond and meet basic human needs in catastrophic situations. It is certainly not surprising to see that those with means will find ways and opportunities to meet their emergency needs. It was also not surprising to hear that outfits like Blackwater were on site in New Orleans within hours, defending property and wealth.
What is significant about Stanton‘s report is the lack of background vetting that Emmet County officials have done on Sovereign Deed. The fact that officials in Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin were not in active conversations with Sovereign Deed to compete for its operation, indicates that their names were dropped to push local officials to act quickly and imprudently. Then the issue of Sovereign Deed ordering 2,000,000 respirator masks and being sued for lack of payment only pushes our alarm bells.
This venture is beginning to look like the big hole in downtown Petoskey. Perhaps Emmet County would be ahead to save money on infrastructure and trade the big hole to Sovereign Deed.

John Rohde • Petoskey
The My Style feature on Cora Hargis, (Northern Express, Dec. 27, 2008) should have said she attends Traverse City Senior High School, not Traverse City High School.

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