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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Preserving the Pigeon/Energy Guru Nicole Foss

- September 13th, 2010
Preserving the Pigeon
The Pigeon River has enjoyed the protection of the Little Traverse
Conservancy since 1983 when Agnes A. Andreae donated 27 acres and a
cabin perched along the river.
Since then, the Conservancy has partnered with landowners and
donors to preserve more than 12 miles of frontage along the Pigeon
River, Little Pigeon River and their tributaries from development.
Recently, two new parcels were purchased by the Conservancy with
funding from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. Both parcels became part of
the Vivian VanCampen Nature Preserve, adding more than 22 acres and
2,600 feet of undeveloped river shoreline.
“These additions were especially important because they provided
protection on both sides of the river at this preserve,” said Ty
Ratliff, Conservancy land protection specialist.
The Vivian VanCampen Preserve now totals more than 58 acres and
3,700 feet of Pigeon River frontage, providing habitat for mink,
otter, raccoon and waterfowl species.

Energy guru Nicole Foss
Biologist and environmental consultant Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh)
has a lot of ground to cover at her appearance in Northern Michigan
this week.
She plans to “explain in plain language the economic and social
challenges of the financial crisis, including the future of taxes,
unemployment, housing prices, business sales, and investments.”
Her news release states that “Foss uses common sense to explore
complex energy issues from oil supply to renewables, the unsustainable
structure of the banking system, the irrationality of market behavior,
credit bubbles, inflation and deflation, interest rates, agriculture
subsidies and farm markets, globalization, and the potential for
geopolitical conflict.”
The upshot will be advice on how to get through a tough economy and
what may lie ahead.
The former editor of “The Oil Drum” in Canada, she currently edits
Nicole Foss will speak on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m in Bear Lake,
and on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Traverse Area District
Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC.

Camp’s pitch for
the rich
President Obama’s call to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich in the
coming months has earned the wrath of Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI),
who represents the Grand Traverse area.
President Obama proposes ending tax cuts for Americans and small
businesses making more than $250,000 per year -- about 2% of the
nation’s population. The funds would be used in an attempt to get the
economy back on track and cut the nation‘s 9.6% unemployment rate.
Under the Democrats’ plan, tax cuts would be extended for American
citizens and businesses making less than $250,000 per year.
But Camp and the Republican Party are framing the cuts as a
“job-killing $3.8 trillion tax hike.” The party is calling for a
two-year freeze on all current tax rates.
In an interview on Good Morning America last week, President Obama
said the Republican plan of extending tax cuts for “millionaires and
billionaires” is “probably the least efficient way of giving the
economy a boost.”

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