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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- January 18th, 2010
Overwired hipsters
After reading your article, “The Great Beagle Chase,” I was struck with a
much deeper understanding of why so many people in the rest of the world
have come to hate and fear us and why we in fact have come to feel the
same way about each other.
It is not so much that they hate our freedom as much as what we do with
it. It’s true, we face many issues greater than one more over-wired,
self-absorbed urban hipster but, I do not think it was “ironic” that Lima
was found by the one person paying attention and not spending time
‘tweeting’ on their iPhone, updating Facebook and writing a blog.
While it may be that I fall on the side of Mr. Howe in matters of politics
and culture in this very divided country, let me make one thing perfectly
clear - if you have a Facebook page for your dog you are part of the

James Carpenter • via email

Different viewpoints
Regarding Tim Butler’s letter “Tea Party Viewpoint” (1/11), certainly the
Bill of Rights gives Tim the right to speak his mind about the Express,
but those same rights are given to the Express and it’s loyal readers.
While he may have had relatives enjoying tea parties, I have relatives
serving in the armed forces of this country to guarantee Mr. Butler’s
right to speak out about his beliefs, his relatives’ right to protest, and
my right to laugh at the wonderful satirical cartoons in the Express.
Perhaps I should write a letter to Fox News confronting them with their
lies, fabrications and crazy right-wing scare tactics. I might even
threaten to withhold advertising dollars just to really scare them. OR, I
could just pop some popcorn and sit down for the laughs Sarah Palin will
surely get as their newest pundit!
I appreciate the Express and it’s views, and cannot wait to get each new
issue, especially to read “This Modern World.” Keep up the good work!

Wendy Daniels • Bellaire

Rock Hall‘s dirty secret
In response to Rich Cenci’s letter in last week’s Northern Express,
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has absolutely nothing
whatsoever to do with artistic merit, influence or popularity. The
choice of inductees is decided by Jann Wenner and his board of record
company executives, who then decide whose catalog they need to move
this year, and that’s who gets in.
That’s ONE scenario. The public has no say in the process at all, so
all the superfans of one particular artist out there who are constantly
circulating petitions are wasting their time and energy.
As to who belongs and who doesn’t, that is all a matter of personal
opinion. Billie Holiday? Yeah, maybe she doesn’t “belong” (perhaps she
was an influence on some R&B performers), but since the Beatles
incorporated classical themes into their music, does that mean they
don’t belong either?
One of my all-time favorite bands, the Pretty Things, will probably
never make into the Hall of Fame but do I feel they belong? HELL YEAH.
Why? For the same reason the Dave Clark Five belong in the Hall. They
made GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RECORDS. All a matter of opinion and taste.
To sum up: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is a great museum, but a
flawed concept.

John Trembly • TC
Give thanks
Something to think about: Be thankful you have a job, if you’re tired
and wish you didn’t have to go to work.
Be thankful that at least you’re getting paid for this day, even if you
have a bad day.
Be thankful, that at least you got paid, even if the money doesn’t seem
Be thankful you have a steady paycheck if the rat race gets you down.
Be thankful you have benefits and days off. Would you rather have no
heat, no money for gas, no money for insulin and medicines, no money
for food? Fill in your own needs.
Remember, and be thankful.

Susan K. Johnson • Williamsburg

Population crunch
In reference to the review of the film,
Collapse, in the January 4 issue: The collapse of civilization because of
the end of oil is not as immediate as the population crash in certain
countries where the birth rate is no longer enough to sustain current
When the average number of children per family drops below two, the
population will decline. Russia is worst off, with little more than one
child per mother. As a result of the low birth rate, poor health care and
alcoholism, Russia is losing 500,000 in population every year.
A similar decline is taking place in Italy, Germany, and Spain where birth
rates no longer sustain the population. What’s left is an aging
Even China and India are experiencing demographic crises because of a
shortage of female babies. A future wife in India can now refuse a
marriage contract if the groom doesn’t promise her a proper toilet. There
is a shortage of potential wives.
More and more children are raised as the only child of parents who
themselves had no siblings. That means children with only one parent, no
siblings, and no uncles or aunts.
We are already experiencing the difficulties of this situation in our own
classrooms. Children raised by one parent who have no siblings and sit for
hours playing computer games have problems relating to other kids.
Splintered families lose the benefit of living in a multi-generational

Harley Sachs • Houghton, MI

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