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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Here, Piggy-pig, Pig.... Goodwill Party will Benefit Area‘s Homeless Shelter

Staff Reports - June 24th, 2004
Taster’s choice this Saturday when Goodwill Industries Volunteers Services ( GIVS ) hosts “The Party” pigroast and dance to benefit a the homeless shelter in Traverse City.
“We just wanted a fundraising party that people can have fun at and dance their tails off -- there’s no silent auction or anything like that -- the idea is to have a great time and a big party,” says Heidi Hallett-Treece, a GIVS volunteer who is organizing the event with co-chair Mary Stanton.
“A Goodwill supporter told us that if we ever wanted to hold a fundraiser, she’d donate a pig, so it all revolved around that,” she adds.
The event will include dancing under the stars to the sounds of the Due North band at the N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, County Road 633 (Center Highway) between Shady Lane and Bingham Road in Leelanau County. Dinner is from 6-8 p.m. (wear casual clothes -- it’s a pig roast, after all), with dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Last year, the 44-bed Goodwill Inn provided over 17,000 bed-nights for the homeless in Traverse City, with an average of 45-50 people staying at the shelter each night. Homeless numbers are expected to grow in the years ahead and Goodwill Industries is working towards completion of a new shelter which will have 70 beds. The new inn will have a wing for a men’s dormitory and a dormitory for newcomers in addition to smaller four-bed rooms and a separate wing for women and families. It’s estimated that there are between 700-900 homeless persons in the five-county area around Traverse City.
GIVS volunteers hope that The Party will pull in enough revelers to give the shelter a major boost. Tickets are $50 ($40 is tax deductible) on sale at Pure Essence Salon, Goodwill Main Campus, Silvertree Deli, N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, or Leelanau Wine Cellars. For more info contact Hallett-Treece at 231-935-4120.

share their experiences
MoveOn.org, the online force for liberal causes, is taking its act to the real world in Northern Michigan this weekend to promote a new book of essays on political activism.
Horizon Books in Traverse City is hosting a gabfest for local activists this Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. to promote “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country.” The book is a collection of essays by MoveOn volunteers “about how they have become politically active, empowered themselves and made an impact in the issues they were addressing,“ according to press materials. Contributors range from 16 to over 80 in age, and represent a wide range of ethnicities, social backgrounds and perspectives.
At Saturday‘s event, local activists will talk about their own activism, the book, take questions from the audience and encourage others to find their own political voices.
Published on April 1, the book debuted at number four on Amazon.com‘s list, a feat reflected perhaps by the fact that MoveOn.org has some two million members. Published by independent Inner Ocean Publishing of Hawaii, the book‘s executive publisher, John Elder, lived in the Traverse City area for many years and is a friend of the co-owner of Horizon Books, Amy Reynolds.

Eye on the sky
Be sure to look up if you happen to be in TC on the evenings of June 29-July 1. You could catch a glimpse of the largest hot air balloon ever to ply the skies of Northern Michigan.
The new six-story balloon is a project shared by Williams KIA and Grand Traverse Balloons, to be tethered at the auto dealer‘s parking lot on US 31 South, weather permitting. The balloon goes up at 8 p.m. as the kicker for a number of events, including a 50-foot crawl-through inflatable caterpillar for kids, stunt kite demo, gymnastics show and more.

New food guide
cultivates area farms
A new food guide will help connect area residents and tourists to growers in the Grand Traverse Bay region to give local farmers a boost and encourage alternatives to factory farming.
“Select a Taste of Traverse Bay“ lists more than 140 farms, which represent an estimated $4.5 million a year in sales and 270 full- and part-time jobs.
“New prosperity in family farming today can be found by taking high-quality farm products out of the mass market system and going straight to consumers who want just-picked taste, local connection, and the greatest food value,” says Patty Cantrell, director of the Michigan Land Use Institute’s (MLUI) Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project which is publishing the guide.
One example is Werp Farms, near Buckley, which has switched from bulk production of corn and hogs to raising specialty vegetables for fine-dining restaurants from Mackinac Island to Detroit.
For info on the guide, see www.mlui.org.

Guitarist Mark Farner is no longer a member of Grand Funk and hasn‘t been for years. A photograph of Farner was mistakenly included in a story on the upcoming Cadillac Jam in the June 10 issue of the Express.
Also, an article on the reformed DKT/MC5 failed to mention that original members Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson are back in the band and are in fact the D (with K being Wayne Kramer) in the DKT/MC5. Thompson lives in Detroit, and has never delivered The Chicago Reader as was stated. He was confused with film maker David Thomas, who is a paper boy for that publication. All errors were the editor‘s fault.
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