Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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The world peace diet

Anne Stanton - July 6th, 2009
The World Peace Diet
Author: animal cruelty, waste & illness make our eating habits all wrong

By Anne Stanton 7/6/09

When Will Tuttle was still in high school some 35 years ago, he read a
book, Cosmic Consciousness, written in 1901. The book examined historic
figures such as Jesus and Buddha, who were able to attain unusual empathy
and compassion for all mankind. The author proposed that these powers of
transcendence could be achieved by others.
Thus inspired, Tuttle and his brother embarked on their own journey,
walking from Maine to Alabama. They took a month-long detour to a
Tennessee commune called The Farm. Tuttle, who holds a doctorate in
philosophy, said much of the time, during those five months of walking,
was spent asking the question, “Who am I?”
One of his major insights was the interconnectedness of all life. Our
actions, good and bad, create ripple effects throughout the world.
Tuttle, 55, now lectures throughout the country, encouraging people to
discover their “joyful illumination” within and to live in harmony with
others. He will appear at Horizon Books in Traverse City on Tuesday, July
7 at 7 p.m. to talk about his book, The World Peace Diet: Eating for
Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.

Here’s a brief interview.

NE: What’s the essential message of your book?
Tuttle: Eating is an essential and intimate connection with the larger
order, yet we live in a culture that disconnects us from this and
reduces living beings to mere commodities.

NE: I have heard arguments that mass production of food allows everyone to
eat at a reasonable price.
Tuttle: Not true. Blatantly false. Utterly false. Mass agriculture is
horrifically and unspeakably inefficient. If we fed our grains directly to
humans instead of animals, there’d be no reason for malnourishment or
widespread hunger. Not to mention we’d all be healthier. The
pharmaceutical companies are making billions by giving drugs to animals,
as well as humans. I haven’t been to a doctor for 30 years. Never had any
cavities.  Switching to a plant-based diet has been very liberating.

NE: Lots of people in this area are out of work and consider organic food
too expensive.
Tuttle: My advice is to switch to a plant-based diet. It’s the cheapest
way to eat. If you’re buying grain, rice and beans, they are so
inexpensive for the nutritional value you receive. You could feed an army
of people very inexpensively. Good basic food. Potatoes, onions, carrots,
broccoli, corn, millet, rice, quinoa, oats, lentils, beans, soup,
stir-fries and salads. It’s all extremely healthy, saves a lot of energy,
a huge amount of money, and you’ll save on your dental and medical bills.
 Buying organic is an investment in a healthy earth, healthy culture, and
in your own health. I haven’t been to a drugstore in 30 years. Disease
just goes away.

NE: Did you become a vegan for reasons of health or was more about the
treatment of animals?
Tuttle: When I became a vegetarian when I was 22 years old, it was totally
for the animals, the environment and human starvation. When I was living
at the Farm, they started telling me how animals are confined in these
horrible cages. How the beaks of chickens are cut off so they don’t peck
each other’s eyes out. How they steal babies from the mother cows for milk
production. I read Diet for a Small Planet, which said we could feed
everyone if we fed the plants to humans instead of animals. There was more
than enough grain and food being grown to feed everyone -- starvation was
completely unnecessary.

NE: I understand your spend most of the time on the road in a nicely
outfitted van. Is it hard to eat as a vegan while traveling?
Tuttle: If you’re 99 percent committed, things are difficult. If you’re
100 percent committed, it’s really easy. That’s it. There is no other
option. Madeleine, my wife, is very good at being creative.  She does most
of the cooking. We find more and more health food stores around, and even
regular stores are selling organic produce.
NE: In your travels, have you yourself visited feedlots?
Tuttle: Yes, they are the ugliest places you can imagine. They smell bad,
they look horrible. If human beings are capable of extreme ugliness, this
is it. They can sugarcoat things by keeping people out of them, but they
are concentration camps for animals. People get sick working in these
places. They are concentrated misery.
Whenever animals are used for food, cruelty is involved.  If you look
behind the curtain, they push the cows to give more milk by taking their
babies away. Rennet is used to make cheese, it coagulates the milk, and
they get it from the fourth stomach of a baby calf. There’s no legal
definition for free range eggs except they’re not in a battery cage. But
they’re crammed into sheds that smell horribly of ammonia and the males
are thrown into a shredder and fed back to the females. The chickens are
force-molted, which means they starve them in order to shock their system
into a new cycle of laying eggs. And that’s totally admissible.

NE: Many people think of hunting and fishing as more humane. Do you have a
problem with it?
Tuttle: I do, because it’s creating in our consciousness a mentality of
violence toward other living beings. Chasing them, shooting them, trying
to trick them with lures and pulling them out of the water. Martin Luther
King said we’re all connected. When we get caught in this kind of
violence, it boomerangs in all kinds of different ways.  We are in the
middle of the largest extinction of species in 65 million years, and we
don’t seem to care about it. I think that’s a reflection of our essential
disconnectedness. We’re cutting down forests for grazing and raising
mono-crops. It causes immense obesity for us, starvation, misery, terror
for the animals, pollution for the water, and it stunts our growth
I sympathize with people who want to be compassionate and want to get
lovingly created animal food, but the underlying thing is no matter what
we do, we are stealing their purpose and their sovereignty. We are taught
from birth that we are humans and they’re just animals.

NE: You talk a lot about food and its connections to politics and health.
Can you expound on that?
Tuttle: We have an unfair system in which we’re giving millions of dollars
of taxpayer subsidies to agriculture, which supports a diet that promotes
disease. We are constantly encouraged to buy processed foods that are
loaded with chemicals and pesticides. Animal products are promoted that
are toxic with saturated fats and cholesterol. We need to have fiber. If
you read research by T. Colin Campbell, a respected nutritional researcher
from Cornell University, you’ll find his findings from a huge study of
thousands of people—it’s the Oxford Cornell study. He concludes that
animal protein acidifies our tissues, which creates a basic environment in
our body that promotes diseases of all kinds—cancer, osteoporosis,
autoimmune disease, and obesity.
Once we understand that our culture’s practices are destructive, we can
change our own attitudes and behaviors and be a force for blessing not
only ourselves and our loved ones, but the whole world. We are all
connected. When we move to a plant-based diet, there will be plenty of
food for everyone, and no reason to confine and kill animals or destroy
habitat and ecosystems. Paradise is living with compassion.

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