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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- November 16th, 2009
No guns on campus
I live in Leelanau county, the same beautiful county where State Senator Michelle McManus resides. It is very important that I voice my opposition to having her legislation introduced to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.
I spent 25 years working with students on a college campus. Our security did not even carry guns. A college campus consists of a community of students between the ages of (approximately) 17-23 years of age. These students reside in a wonderful environment, for a few years in their lives.
I am so appalled at the concept of carrying concealed weapons on campus that I find myself searching for words to express my dismay on this issue.
Students do not want to sit in classes, go to events, or walk to parking lots knowing that the person near them is carrying a concealed weapon. Faculty and staff do not want students to have weapons. When weapons, of any dangerous kind, are found on students or in residence halls, they are confiscated, to protect themselves and the other members on campus. I sincerely hope that
Sen. McManus examines the concept of students being allowed to carry concealed weapons. I shudder at the thought.

Dorothy Mudget • Leelanau County

On October 26 the Express ran an article called the “High Price of Toking.” Imagine my heartbreak as I read the article about my son, Trevor Coddington. I was not consulted about this ‘story’ and had I been, I would have reminded the writer and participants that this child is no longer with us, and disgracing his memory for monetary gain, as is mentioned in the story, is unconscionable.
Whether the court system was 100 percent correct in its treatment of my son or not, the decisions were made, years ago. As a responsible parent, I will pay for what is required by the court.
Trevor was a good and loving son. Unfortunately he will not get a chance to prove that, or what a great adult he would have been.
Might I suggest a good story called “The High Price of Grief?” Perhaps the word compassion will come up in that particular story.

Sandy Zoulek • via email

(The Express attempted to contact Sandy Zoulek for the story, but was unable to obtain her address or phone number. - ed.)

Unnecessarily obnoxious
I get it! Mr. Downes was attempting a cultural reverse age game in his 11/9 column, “More Cultural Stuff? Not So Fast...”
Instead of adopting the position of an “old fogey” who decries the decline of various aspects of culture on the part of “wayward youth” (note the use of quotation marks which makes my points more pungent), he adopts the position of young, hip, and happening young adults in their 20s dumping on various aspects of fogey-oriented cultural elements (oops, I forgot to add quotation marks. Please assume their presence whenever I make pungent points).
Or not... perhaps Mr. Downes was simply being insulting to those whose range of cultural interests don’t coincide with the audience Mr. Downes hopes is reading this paper. I’m sure if Mr. Downes thought about it for a while, he might have figured out a way to express support for entertainments for younger guys and gals without being unnecessarily obnoxious to other members of his newspaper’s audience.
Keep thinking about it, Mr. Downes, and I think you will eventually find an engaging and positive way to make your points.
By the way I’m pretty sure that both young and old people are shaping Northern Michigan’s future, and keeping your newspaper in print.
Perhaps you should think about that as well.

Dick Thompson • Elk Rapids

Victim of turbulent times
On Friday she will arrive early to unlock the store at Grand Traverse Crossing for her last time. The store will remain, but Kathy moves on. Another victim of turbulent times, but more. And less.
It was Kathy who managed the store’s opening 15 years ago, and with caring co-workers looked after it’s every detail since. But after as many years of walking an ever sharpening razors edge between chasms of capricious corporate demands and fundamental concern for her employees, she will relinquish her position in hopes of finally caring for herself.
Freedom’s corollary is responsibility; likewise capitalism requires a strong tether to compassion lest it drift into territory not witnessed since Dickens conjured Scrooge. Corporations who deliberately sever this tie do so not only at their own peril, but that of those they purport to serve with lower prices and straining shelves. And I’m not referring to Wal-Mart.
The effect on local culture is that our marketplace has largely fallen into distant hands in whom sensitivity to guilt is trumped by creeping numbness to greed, our neighbors now valued only insofar as their allegiance to an increasingly absurd holiday ledger.
It will be a fortunate enterprise that rediscovers Kathy. Treat her well.

Mark Meyer • TC

Correction: Last week’s article about the arraignment of Archie Kiel should have said medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are allowed 12 plants per person, not six.

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