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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- March 9th, 2009
Take a Hike
Gary Hoensheid, of Suttons Bay is one of three local men hiking 350 miles across Spain this month.

Hiking 350 miles through northern Spain is the goal of three local men who will walk in the ancient footprints of pilgrims.
From March 11 to April 10, Gray Hoensheid of Suttons Bay, Greg Wright, of Frankfort, and Pat Nestor, of the Traverse City area will trek across the Camino de Santiago Ancient Pilgrim Trail. The three friends will be joined by Joe Bottenhorn of Lake Leelanau for the final two weeks of their hike.
“El Camino de Santiago” is Spanish for The Road of St. James. The trail spans 500 miles from the border of France and heads west across Northern Spain, ending near the Atlantic Ocean at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the burial place of the apostle St. James. It‘s said that St. James established the trail during his missionary work following the death of Jesus Christ.
“The Pilgrim Trail for me, at 57, represents an opportunity for reflection and spiritual renewal,“ says Hoensheid. “The tradition on a pilgrimage is to carry a rock, representing your transgressions in life. I will carry my rock throughout my trek and I will throw my rock in the Ocean at the end of the trail and begin with a fresh start,”
The hikers will pick up the trail at Burgo, Spain and walk the remaining 350 miles to the trail’s end at the Atlantic Ocean.
Hoensheid is using the hike as a fundraiser for a new 126-acre community park in the Suttons Bay area.
“Life is short and it’s time for me to go on a long walk,” he says. “I will donate $700, which represents $2 per mile of my trek to a project I strongly believe in, the Herman Center Community Park Project.”
To date, the park campaign has secured more than $475,000 in gifts and pledges toward their goal of $550,000. The committee’s goal is to raise the remaining amount by April 30 in order to secure matching funds from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Contact the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, ph. (231) 935-4066, to make a donation to the park.

The Michigan Legislature is charging up the state‘s effort to become a world leader in battery production.
A new bipartisan plan would grant an additional $200 million in tax credits to companies involved in advanced battery development. This is on the heels of $335 million in a refundable tax credits bill signed by Gov. Granholm in January.
State Representative Dan Scripps (D-Leland) reports that the battery tax credits will create over 40,000 jobs and over $9 billion in economic activity by the year 2020, according to the Center for Economic Analysis at Michigan State University. “The most likely scenario would see Michigan gaining nearly 90,000 jobs and over $18 billion in economic activity as result of the initial $335 million program.“
Currently, General Motors has plans for a new battery plant in the Detroit area, with a new battery technology lab being established at the University of Michigan. High-yield lithium batteries are seen as the key to powering a new generation of electric cars.

One of the items in President Obama‘s budget is allocating $475 million in Great Lakes funding to combat invasive species, fight pollution, and control contamination.
In addition to improving the health of the lakes, the funds could help generate new jobs, says U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “According to a major study, implementing a comprehensive strategy to restore our lakes could bring $100 billion in short and long-term economic gains for our region – creating good-paying jobs throughout our state,“ Stabenow said in a release.

Have you always wanted to have a ski slope named after you? Now‘s your chance: The Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain is auctioning the rights to name the “N-11“ slope, with live bidding on April 25 at the resort in Benzie County.
Two years ago, a group of more than 200 family and friends raised $6,000 to name “Norm‘s Way“ after a long-time ski shop owner from Grand Rapids.

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