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 2/9/09

- February 9th, 2009
Rush hopes we‘ll fail
After eight years of the Bush Administration, it’s time for those who often blindly marched in lock step behind George W. Bush to look at what his policies got us.
Our country is literally crumbling around us. Bridges and levees are failing; our electrical grid is inadequate; our schools are often decrepit buildings with leaking roofs and plaster falling down; and the No Child Left Behind act is leaving plenty of children behind.
A recent report card of our infrastructure netted almost all ‘D’s‘, which includes our nation’s water, roads, mass transit, rails, and more.
Jobs are being lost at a staggering rate. Last year alone over one million jobs lost; just last week over 145,000 jobs lost; poverty and foreclosures are rising everyday; more people are in need of food stamps than ever before.
We’re spending $10 billion a month on Bush’s war of choice, total cost thus far: $593 billion; our environment has been totally neglected; climate change was ignored; 48 million citizens do not have access to health care; millions have lost their life savings and pensions; the redistribution of wealth from our once-strong middle class to the already obscenely wealthy folks at the top 1%; witness Wall Street handing out $18 billion in bonuses to it’s CEOs in December, despite the taxpayers bailing the companies out in September ‘08.
Our national debt when Bush took office in 2000 was $5 trillion; the amount Obama inherited: over $10.5 trillion. In 2000 Bush inherited a budget surplus of $230 billion, while Obama is inheriting a budget deficit of $1.2 trillion in 2009, all created under Bush’s watch.
Bush’s war and his “let-Wall-Street-go-wild” attitude have bankrupted this country. This crushing debt of $10.5 trillion and expected budget deficit of $ 1.2 trillion is far more a national security risk than any terrorist.
Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson pulled off the greatest heist of all time in September, 2008, with a simple six-page plan to give Paulson over $800 billion to hand out to the failing Wall Street banks and other corporations, with no transparency, restrictions or accountability.
Now, it’s a new day. We have a new President. He’s inheriting the biggest crisis ever handed over from one administration to another. What does the GOP and its talking head Rush Limbaugh do? Good ole‘ patriot Limbaugh is hoping Obama and his plan FAIL.
Like a bunch of zombies, every single Republican congressman voted just as Limbaugh directed. This, after Obama sincerely reached out to Republicans and has been appointing them to posts in his administration. On top of this, some items were removed from the stimulus package, or put in, per Republican requests!
America is in a crisis. We no longer have the luxury of behaving like adolescents via partisanship. Do conservatives want a plan to save America to fail, as GOP spokesman Rush Limbaugh wishes?

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

GOP‘s war on workers
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is meant to stimulate and invest in the economy. Americans voted for green infrastructure jobs, health care, education, tax cuts for the working class, middle class, and small businesses. Those are our values and where our money should be spent.
The Republican war on working Americans has cost three million jobs so far. Bush’s tax cuts did not work for us! Republicans are playing games while thousands of workers are daily losing jobs, homes, and health care. Bill passage is extremely urgent. Please contact your legislators today to vote yes. Use www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.

Beverly Christensen
• Cedar

Making waves
Regarding the recent article on high definition (HD) radio and Roy Henderson, I would like to offer some facts, figures and thoughts. Sentences within quotation marks are taken verbatim from the article:
“Three years ago, Henderson went toe-to-toe against the popular WTCM-FM when he turned WLDR 101.9-FM into a country station.”
My records show that prior to switching from adult contemporary to country, WLDR-FM was hovering around a 7 share in the Arbitron radio ratings when the property was owned by Don Wiitala.
But, from the Arbitron ratings figures for the Traverse City-Petoskey market for Fall 2007, WLDR-FM went to a 4.0 share for country music.
The point here being that Roy basically “blew up” a fairly successful adult contemporary radio format that was familiar, having been around for decades, for a tiny slice of the “country pie.”
Note that WTCM-FM/WBCM-FM, WTCM-AM, (Midwestern Broadcasting properties owned by Ross Biederman) combine for a total 19.5 share of the radio listening market. This is a huge number in the biz.
I’ve been in contact with acquaintances in the radio broadcasting industry and from what I gather, high definition radio is not popular yet; nor does it pique much interest in the way that iPods, Blackberries or Wii have in recent years. I’ve yet to hear or see ads touting the benefits of HD radio. HD receivers are widely available, but owing to the economic climate, purchasing one is not at the top of a radio listener’s “must have” list.
“So here’s the challenge: converting folks over to HD radio.” I’m going out on a limb here but I don’t think the casual radio listener cares a great deal about high-tech equipment like HD radio, and if they do, they already subscribe to satellite radio.
And if there are no demonstrations so that the listening audience can compare sound quality between “regular” radio and HD radio, then what’s the sense in socking a half a million dollars into an untested entity, particularly if engaging programming content isn’t there?
Remember when “AM stereo” was going to be the “next big thing” in radio? Broadcasters cited “superior sound quality, even better than FM radio,” “greater stereo separation,” “smaller, more portable listening devices.” Know what happened? Listened to AM stereo on your radio lately? Thought so.
In the next article, perhaps the author could ask Roy Henderson why he’s not streaming programming on the Internet? Why his stations don’t have websites, like most stations do? Why no e-mail contacts?
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still lipstick.

Mark Staycer • TC

Please note, the beautiful gown on the cover of Jan. 26‘s Express was courtesy of the Petoskey Bridal Salon.

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