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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A ‘Green‘ oil change alternative

Al Parker - November 23rd, 2009
Pretty Slick:
a ‘green’ oil change alternative
By Al Parker
When Doug Brown wheeled his family car into Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru for an oil change he didn’t plan on making an environmental statement.
But that’s what the Munson Medical Center retiree did last month when he became one of the dealership’s first customers to opt for the green alternative of using re-refined oil.
“It works great and if it helps reduce the amount of oil we need to import, why not do it?” says Brown.
In September, Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru and Traverse Motors Toyota Nissan Volkswagen Volvo Audi became the first dealerships in Northern Michigan to offer re-refined oil, according to John Owsley, sales rep for Lyden Oil, the Ohio-based petroleum company that produces and distributes the product, ProGuard ECO.

ProGuard ECO starts out as dirty used oil that is cleaned of contaminants such as water, dirt, fuel, heavy metals, anti-freeze and used additives through vacuum distillation. It is then infused with hydrogen under high heat and pressure to produce a very high quality, near synthetic quality base stock during the hydro-treating process.
“This process truly minimizes the environmental footprint of passenger car motor oil,” says Paul Lyden, vice president of Lyden Oil.
To complete the process, the oil is blended with a fresh additive package, resulting in a clean product. The result is a product that can be used and re-refined over and over. “
“Your grandchildren could be using the same oil you use now in your car,” says the dealership’s parts department manager Jim Moloci.
According to Owsley, almost 100% of a gallon of used oil can be recovered into reusable products. Also, it takes 42 gallons of crude oil to produce what Lyden can make from one gallon of used oil.
Re-refined oil has come a long way from the days when it used to be some of the darkest, lowest quality oil in the market, according to Lyden. “It was a tough sell decades ago because re-refining technology was not very advanced and the quality of re-refined oils was considered poor, rightfully so. But that’s all changed.”

Refining technology has advanced to the point where the quality of the base oils is indistinguishable from refined crude oil. In fact, according to Lyden, it’s actually better than the quality of some of the so-called “virgin” base oils currently in the market.
“ProGuard ECO meets all the quality standards and certifications of standard oils,” explains Owsley. “But in the end, it takes 85 percent less energy and it lowers our dependence on foreign oil.”
Earlier this year, Moloci read an article about the greening of oil products, especially in fleet vehicles, and talked with Owsley about the product. In late September the dealership began offering the eco-friendly oil in 5-20, 5-30 and 10-30 viscosities to oil change customers.
Each year the dealership uses about 10,000 gallons of oil for oil changes, estimates Moloci. He’d like to see the re-refined oil replace about half of that. A five-quart oil change of re-refined oil is $39.95, while a conventional oil change is $33.95.
In the first month, about 100 quick-lube customers and 30 service department oil change customers opted for the re-refined oil, which comes in drums that hold 270 quarts. To reduce the number of plastic bottles going to landfills, ProGuard ECO is not available in individual quarts, but customers can buy it in bulk from the dealership.
“This is the next thing in motor oil – it’s called cleaning up your act,” says Moloci. “The state of California requires it in its vehicles and it’s been used by the government in military and fleet vehicles too. There’s never been a documented failure of re-refined oil.”
In addition to the re-refined oil, the dealership also offers a complete line of environmentally friendly tires.
In Michigan there is only one other dealership – in Kalamazoo – that offers re-refined oil, according to Owsley. “It took Jim and Otto Belovich’s foresight to really break the ice up here,” he notes. “They’re doing the right thing for their customers and the environment.”

Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru is located at 1747 South Garfield in Traverse City. For more information about re-refined oil, call (231) 947-9000 or 800 868-8994 or go to www.cherrycapital.com.

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