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 7/27/09

- July 27th, 2009
Letters 7/27/09
Canada‘s health plan
Americans are being warned about the “horrors” of the Canadian health care system, a “single payer” system much like the bill which has been introduced by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, “Medicare for All” Bill, HR676. I once had an opportunity to look into this myself.
During two Elderhostel programs in the Canadian Maritimes, in two different towns in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, attended by about 60 people, mostly Canadians, I decided to sit down and talk with them at our shared meals to learn about their health care system.
They were unanimously -- as I recall-- enthusiastic about their system. Of course, they had usual gripes and complaints, but certainly wouldn’t trade for our “system.”
Finally, I sat down with what one might call an old curmudgeon and asked him how he liked his healthcare.
He said: “I don’t want to talk about it.”
So I said that I really had no axe to grind and just wanted to know just how they felt about the system.
He replied: “I really don’t want to talk about it.”
Being a little frustrated after good conversations with other members of the groups, I said to him: “Well, then, can you tell me why you don’t want to talk about it.”
He said: “Well, I’ll tell you why....
Every time I tell an American that we like our health care system, he doesn’t believe me.”
Who has the problem?
No Canadian is without healthcare. 46 million Americans are.
Our cost is the highest. We rank 37th in healthcare performance in the world.
Briefly, Canadians can’t understand how we can still put up with the costs and abuses of our so called “system” here in the States. They believe that good healthcare is implied by “inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Isn’t it?

Robert E. Marshall • Lake Leelanau

We need health reform
Is a public option the same as socialized medicine? Does the United States need health care reform or are we better off continuing on the same path we are on?
The airwaves are full of ads trying to convince us that healthcare reform will be far too expensive. However, none of those predictions considers what price we will pay if we continue on the same path we are on. None of those predictions reports the huge salaries of pharmaceutical and insurance CEOs. The Congressional Budget Office projects that our annual health costs will soar to about $13,000 per person in 2017 while the number of uninsured will climb to 54 million by 2019.
Health care in the United States is the most expensive of any industrialized nation, yet our rank of efficient and effective care ranks 37th. It is not only those without health insurance who suffer; many with policies do not get the coverage they need and are not able to pay the additional costs for their care. Medical costs are the most frequent cause of bankruptcies in our country.
Come to a forum on Aug. 12, Mancelona High School, 7 p.m., and get your questions answered.

Lou Ann McKimmy • Rapid City

Senators paid off?
Senators who signed a letter to President Obama opposing public health plan took $17.7 million in campaign cash from the healthcare/insurance industry. Those senators are Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Jim Bunning (R-KY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Ensign (R-NV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Cornyn (R-TX).
All nine senators are members of the Senate Finance Committee actively engaged in debating health care reform. This information is found on www.campaignmoney.org
Every day the health industry pays lobbyists $1.4 million to prevent a public health care plan. Your higher premiums equal their higher profits!

Beverly Christensen • Cedar

Winds of controversy
As a Northern Michigan property owner who lived “off-grid” for over eight years using a wind generator, I was interested in the vertical-axis wind turbines. I went to several people who have installed them and received nothing but negative reports including:
1. They are very expensive.
2. They product very little electrical power compared to blade wind generators for the same price.
3. The power companies required that they buy new electrical meters and install add-on protections at the owners expense.
One owner told me that they had advised over 20 people who stopped by asking information that they were a rip-off!. Added, for the same cost you can install a regular unit that produces two-and-a-half times the power. If installed correctly and in the right location, the “pay-back” on these machines is under 10 years.

Micheal Cromley • Afton

Time to help each other
This letter is in response to the “Manufacturing meltdown“ letter in the 7/20 edition. It is eye-opening to see that some other people have enough awareness to see what I’ve considered disturbing for years.
Barbara Bernier hit the nail on the head on two points: We as a nation cannot blame any single person in office, past or present for this country’s woes. Although some sure have contributed through questionable policy decisions.
Also, it was inevitable that the long-standing trend, fueled by greed, of outsourcing jobs would lead to dire consequences.
The evidence is all around us. As these U.S. companies have fueled their bottom line/luxury lifestyles how could they expect us as U.S. citizens to have the incomes to buy their products once they reached our shores?
Try watching the movie Bordertown, which is a real eye-opener, in which we also see the effects of cheap labor to humans in other countries. Think about what the workers portrayed endure the next time you walk into a U.S. electronics store and are inundated with the array of high-tech products. And come on, who really needs a damn 65-inch television anyway?
Let‘s open our eyes, get off our tails (prime-time TV has gone down the tubes anyway), and let’s pull together to help each other out of this debacle.

Michelle Beckstrom • TC

Photos of the TC Wolves in a recent issue were incorrectly accredited. Credit for the photos should go to Cherry Creek Studios.
Attorney Gerald Chefalo, who was incorrectly identified in a Northern Seen photo last week. Actually, that was associate attorney Matthew Feil. Apologies to both.
Also, Robert Downes blew it with the Random Thoughts idea of inviting past GM President Roger Smith to the Film Festival showing of “Roger & Me.“ Smith died two years ago.

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