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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- May 24th, 2010
What next?
I just heard that Traverse City Light & Power will have to find another
location for the bio-mass plant because the currently proposed site will
interfere with the sight-lines for a new control tower at the Cherry
Capital Airport.
Since it’s apparent that the board of directors of TCL&P have pretty much
decided that a biomass plant is in our future, one has to wonder what
other important facts they’ve failed to properly consider?

Dennis Bean-Larson • Kingsley

The flames of division
Mr. Tuttle, in response to your editorial of May 3.
Firstly, don’t call me friend. My friends don’t talk to me in
condescending words.
Secondly, you tell us not to call Obama a Marxist or a socialist, yet you
call us “sobbing, lamenting, vile spewing, fringe elements, birthers,
truthers, denialist, anti-immigration haters, white supremacists, deluded,
angry, unfocused extremist,” and of course... “nuts.”
Okay, I can live with that. It isn’t true, but I can live with a Kool-aid
drinking, elitist thinking that is what I am.
Now it’s my turn to talk. I am not any of the above. Nor am I a domestic
terrorist or any other names that liberals fan the flames of division
I simply want my elected representatives to follow the U.S. Constitution.
It is what our country is founded on, or was founded on, until Obama and
the Congress started shredding it.
I am a realist, and know that the Republicans aren’t the answer. However,
if I am to get the country back to it’s roots, I need to work to get one
of the parties to represent Americans with conservative values. The
Democratic leaders are too far to the left, so I decided that the best way
to affect change was to become a precinct delegate.
Bush the younger’s term in office increased our deficit, but Obama and his
socialist ilk have increased (in one year) what Bush did (in four years)
by 10 times. He also rammed an unpopular health care bill down our throats
that we can’t afford. Does Greece ring a bell?
Oops, I called Obama a socialist in my last paragraph. Even though there
is ample evidence to show his socialist tendencies, and surrounds himself
with a cabinet riddled with avowed communists, I shouldn’t call names. Not
like the left does. I’ll take the high road. My bad.
Until you really study the U.S. Constitution, or talk to me directly,
don’t tell me what I am or with whom I should associate. My message is
“don’t tax more... spend less,” but why is it such a mystery to see
Obama’s birth certificate and college transcripts? My guess? A lot.
Marxism doesn’t happen overnight. It comes in stages, so if you think “we
the people” aren’t being denied our rights or that the Marxist elements of
the administration wouldn’t like to have control of the media, you’re
mistaken. Have you ever heard of the abuse of something called The
Fairness Doctrine?
Look up “Swat team, Quincey, Illinois” on YouTube. A swat team marched on
protesters that... egad... were singing The National Anthem! We can’t have
patriotism like that! The next thing they are going to do is recite The
Pledge of Allegiance. What is this world coming to?

Karen LaCross • Vice-President of Tax and Spend Has to End

Socialist worries
Stephen Tuttle’s May 3 article, “An Open Letter to My Tea Party Friends”
is so full of disingenuous-ness, mis-information, and straw-man arguments
that it is beyond the scope of a short response.
Let me simply say this: To claim that President Obama is not a socialist -
because the things that he says he wants to do are not presently in place
- is like saying that a plane plummeting from the sky is not in trouble
because it has not hit the ground yet.
Mr. Tuttle’s tea party friends are trying to prevent Obama’s socialist
world view from being implemented.

Michael LeButt • Cheboygan

Marijuana saga
Last July, the Northern Express featured the story of a vocal medical
marijuana patient/caregiver. A few weeks later, the Traverse Narcotics
Team’s helicopter was hovering over Archie Kiel’s property near Kalkaska.
Kiel was ultimately arrested and charged with growing more plants than
Michigan’s medical marijuana law allows. TNT only confiscated around half
of Kiel’s marijuana plants, which left him with about 30.
Within the confines of this letter, it would be impossible to adequately
summarize all of the complex allegations and disputes that are at issue in
the Kiel case. It’s obviously been difficult even for legal scholars to
make sense of the newly enacted medical marijuana law.
During a recent hearing in the Kiel case, Circuit Judge Janet Allen
acknowledged that the act’s ambiguity was troublesome. It “may have
misled people to think that they could do certain things and take their
chance in front of a judge later,” said Allen.
Anyone who is interested in becoming more familiar with this case can
watch the interviews that I recently conducted with Kiel and the director
of TNT - Michigan State Police Lieutenant Kip Belcher.
The two hour special will be aired on Up North TV (Charter Cable channel
97) on Wednesday, May 26, at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, May 28, at 3:00 p.m.
You can view the streaming video online at:
This production includes a discussion with Kiel as we tour what remains of
his marijuana growing operation. It also contains an in-depth discourse
with Lt. Belcher as we examine some of the difficulties law enforcement
officers and the courts are confronting while they attempt to interpret
and apply Michigan’s medical marijuana law. The piece concludes with
footage of a May 17 court hearing in the Kiel case and an interview with
his attorney.

Eric L. VanDussen • Beulah

Wings of Wonder support
As a long-time employee of an association dedicated to the preservation of
private property rights, I am appalled by the recent actions of the
Leelanau County Road Commission.
The commission, it seems, would like to declare a trail which meanders
between a house and a garage and past a recognized wildlife sanctuary, as
a seasonal road—opening dirt and gravel single lane to cars, logging
trucks, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles.
In truth, Leelanau County has not improved this road in the memory of
anyone living on it or close to it, and can produce no documentation of
legal ownership. Don and Rebecca Lessard, property owners and operators of
the Wings of Wonder Raptor Center, have received building and business
permits and long ago signed an agreement to maintain the .7 of a mile-long
driveway, which they have done. The Lessards have operated in good faith,
as compliant citizens of our community.
If the road commission is successful in its efforts to commandeer Greenway
Drive, the Raptor Center may have to close—it will be in violation of
federal laws, and relocation will be too expensive for the non-profit
To my mind, the actions of the Leelanau County Road Commission is
unconscionable, a flagrant violation of a homeowner’s private property
rights and the implicit agreement of our government to protect and
preserve those rights.

Judith Lindenau •TC

NMEAC‘s “Peoples‘ Energy Session“ to explore alternative energy for
Traverse City has been pushed back to September from June, as reported in
last week‘s Express.
Also, Knot Just a Bar in Omena was omitted from last week‘s list of al
fresco dining spots in Northern Michigan.

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