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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Letters 4/15/05

Various - April 15th, 2004
No way out

I read the paper the other day and noticed two letters about Clinch Park Zoo. One for the zoo to stay open, and one to shut it down.
We live in a selfish, greedy world, where people must be entertained, even at the cost, of the life of other sentient beings. Some of the animals at the zoo, may be injured. Who knows how they were injured. But Clinch Park is no place for injured or noninjured animals.
Some of your readers think that a zoo is the only chance to see a wild animal. And I say to that “get over it.“ All people think of is themselves. See it through the animals‘ eyes for once because they‘re the ones who have to put up with the noise, pollution, and gawking noisy people. And the worst part is there is no way out.
I remember when the circus came to town a couple years ago, and videotaping the elephants shackled to the truck. And there was a little boy standing next to me . And I‘ll never forget what he said. “But why are they all chained up?“ His mom didn‘t give him a good answer back. But I looked down, and could see he felt sorry for them. He knew it was wrong, just like Clinch Park Zoo is wrong.
We need to come together as a community (schools, colleges, human rights, animal rights, green party, peace groups etc.) and force the city commission to listen to the majority of us who want this place shut down for good. There are some good-hearted people working on a plan for the better. This is an urgent message. Get involved. Make a difference.

Julie Patterson • TC

Abstinence issue

We agree, teaching abstinence to teens is important. Teens need to understand that abstaining from sex is the only foolproof way to protect themselves from an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. It is also true that many youth in our communities need additional medically accurate sexuality information to protect them during their teen years. Current Michigan sex education laws require schools that teach sexuality courses include abstinence information. These laws appear to be working, Michigan’s teen pregnancy rates have been dropping and the number of students remaining abstinent throughout high school has risen. Why is it then that our state legislators are currently pushing new sex education bills through that will undermine the good that has been done?
Two bills are currently being pushed through the Michigan Legislature, Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478. This proposed legislation will take control away from local school districts partially because there are 13 additional requirements being proposed. Local school boards will no longer be able to decide what curriculum best meets the needs of all their students. The time and resources required of schools through this proposed legislation is unreasonable. While sexuality education is important, it is less than 2% of student’s overall education. Some districts may decide to stop teaching this important health topic if the burden becomes too great and then our youth will really suffer. Parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children but the majority still look to the schools for assistance.
Please, contact your State Senator and Representative to tell them that Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478 are unnecessary. Tell them you support medically accurate, age appropriate sexuality education that will meet the needs of all students in our districts.

Lori O’Neill, Asst. Education Director
Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan

Medical enigma

An article appeared in the Detroit News, March 19, which said...“Cancer research pioneer fired by Bush team...“ Elizabeth Blackburn, a leading cancer scientist advocating therapeutic stem cell research, was dismissed from the President‘s Council on Bioethics. Note that the article appears to label anyone in a nanotechnology relating to research on the human body as “left leaning.“
It seems President Bush prefers to continue down the medical path of “cut, burn and poison“ for cancer therapy, which has been tried with only a moderate degree of success for the past 75 years. (And on over 400 neurological diseases for which there are only palliative treatments and a few cures.)
If a loved-one, a relative or friend has cancer or died of cancer, how could anyone with an ounce of wit possibly justify voting for President Bush? He is a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.“

Harold D. Adams • West Bloomfield
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