Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Kristi Kates - April 26th, 2010
Hypnotic Rena Greenberg’s Right Weigh
By Kristi Kates
“I struggled with food for a long time,” author and hypnotherapist Rena Greenberg says, “I was a big sugar and carbohydrate addict. When I was 26, I ended up in the emergency room, close to death. So I know how painful the struggle can be. I used the tools that I’m now sharing with others to turn my life around. It’s not just about weight loss—it’s about taking your life back.”
Greenberg is both walking the walk and (literally) talking the talk. She’ll be presenting a major weight-loss seminar and motivational program at Boyne Mountain on Saturday, May 1, to help others “find the power within themselves to make changes.”

Greenberg’s Wellness Seminars, which she’s been running for 20 years, combine the triple powers of hypnosis, behavior modification (reprogramming negative behaviors and replacing them with positive ones until the positive ones become automatic), and something called NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming, via which people are taught, again through hypnosis, to become consciously aware of, and to change, “self-sabotaging” ment al pictures and phrases.
Greenberg says that participants can learn to lose weight without feelings of deprivation or denial, and can also eliminate unhealthy overeating habits. The Boyne program will include a “powerful hypnotic session,” Greenberg’s book, The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss, home reinforcement CDs and booklets, and unlimited free repetitions of the hypnosis portion of the method for one year, if needed.

While this all might sound like snake oil at first glance, Greenberg actually has a biopsychology degree, and is nationally board-certified as a biofeedback therapist and hypnotherapist; corporations such as AT&T and Home Depot are among the sponsors of her work, and fellow wellness advocates Christiane Northrup MD and Marianne Williamson are among her supporters.
Greenberg is a woman of great positive energy, and her career of choice seems to have as many spiritual rewards as it does financial.
“The most exciting thing for me is when people gain the realization, as I have, that when we change our thinking, our behavior naturally changes, and that it’s possible to do so,” she says, “over the years, I have studied and developed tools to make these shifts possible. My greatest reward is when people contact me and tell me that going through my program changed their life. When I see the before and after photos, and hear the stories of triumph over destructive patterns, I feel so grateful to be able to share this information with so many.”

Greenberg says that it’s not just the seminar itself that helps her attendees gain success.
“The key is to use the tools of reinforcement that I provide,” she explains, “the continued use of my hypnosis weight loss CD helps to sustain the changes. This is because the subconscious mind is programmed through repetition, providing a strong foundation for weight reduction. Participants find their eating habits change without feeling like they are on a diet. There is a lot of support after the seminar, as well.”
At the seminar, participants begin with an orientation prior to paying the seminar’s fee ($70.) The second part of the seminar is the hypnosis, where Greenberg guides participants through exercises, though the participants, she says, remain in “complete control” the entire time; Greenberg’s job is to help them tap into their own mind power to craft higher self-esteem and make healthier choices.
“The seminar is very upbeat, motivational, inspirational, and life-changing,” she enthuses, “and after the seminar, people say that they notice changes in their attitude toward food. Hypnosis helps us change the way we see ourselves, and to break old unproductive patterns.”
Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain presents Rena Greenberg’s Wellness Seminar for Weight Control, “back by popular request,” will take place on May 1, from 10 am to noon in the Grand Lodge at Boyne Mountain Resort. Prices for the seminar start at $69.99 per person, and overnight stay spa packages (mention the code WELL) are also available. Call 800-GO-BOYNE or go online to www.boyne.com for details.

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