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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Cloud 9

Rick Coates - January 24th, 2011
Cloud 9:New book aims to teach kids traditional values
By Rick Coates
At 64, Larry Kuhnke has opened a new “chapter” in his life: that of an author. After a career in the airline and banking industries Kuhnke decided to impart his wisdom unto others. But instead of writing about his observations and knowledge from his professional world, he decided on sharing his insights on how to best pursue a life of happiness. Advice that he hopes the younger generation will grasp early in life and carry with them into adulthood.
This Saturday, January 29, the Traverse City author will sign copies of his book “Cloud 9” at Horizon Books in Traverse City from 2 to 4 pm.
Kuhnke believes that it is “easier to learn while you are young than when you grow older.” He wrote “Cloud 9” with the idea that it would serve as a conversation starter between parents or grandparents and children. The 80-page book has 43 chapters, each representing an important value to live by.
“This book is my lifestyle, it is based on what I was taught growing up. Now, some of these values I came to understand in adulthood,” said Kuhnke. “As I reflect on my life these are the values that I believe will help a person achieve happiness and fulfillment in life. These concepts are how I raised my two daughters and now what I am sharing with my four grandchildren.”

Kuhnke, who describes himself as a person of few words and one who observes his surroundings closely, started developing the concept of the book 10 years ago.
“I noticed in my travels and daily observations that many young people were not being taught the basic fundamentals and values of life,” said Kuhnke. “That peer pressure and life’s daily distractions seemed to be leading many down a path of unhappiness rather then happiness. In addition, many children are not getting parental guidance on core values and beliefs.”
Kuhnke believes that many parents “often struggle with how to instill in their children a system of values that will guide them toward happiness, good health, and success in life.” His goal with the book is that if children start early adopting these values they will go through life living on “cloud 9.”
“These concepts are simple, basic values that in recent years have been overlooked by many and I think the result is we are paying for it in society today,” said Kuhnke. “My wife and I decided to do the simple things with our daughters, like nightly meals without electronic distractions.”

How “Cloud 9” differs from other books in the same vein is that Kuhnke does not use a preachy tone, but instead is suggestive and encouraging in his approach.
“My goal with this book was to create a dialogue between parents and their children. Children, regardless of their age, will ask questions and their parents will be able to share the specifics of each value with them.”
“Cloud 9” covers what most would consider to be obvious values such as ‘The Truth,” “Integrity,” “Responsibility” and “Ethics & Morals.” Kuhnke also expands beyond the obvious and touches on “Sportsmanship,” “Your Word,” “Dreams,” “Financial “Accountability,” “Goals” and the importance of “singing and dancing.”
“Well like I said, not everything in this book I learned in childhood… and certainly singing and dancing is one of those things,” said Kuhnke. “I understand their importance now and am trying to do both. They make you feel good and both are great ways to meet new people.”
Kuhnke grew up in Monroe, Michigan in what he describes as a humble upbringing. His father was a Marine and eventually worked at Ford while his mother worked part time in a tavern. He had four siblings and lived in a three-bedroom house with one bathroom. His grandmother also lived in the home. Kuhnke learned many life lessons at an early age and setting goals was one of them.
“I did set goals, one of my most meaningful was to become an Eagle Scout. I accomplished that by the age of 13. I also learned that by growing up with so many of these values it opened doors for my personally and professionally through my life.”
So was there anything Kuhnke would change about the book?
“I forgot one value, an important one and if there is a second printing I will add it,” said Kuhnke. “Forgiveness is so important in life; it was an oversight on my part.”
As for the future, Kuhnke is not sure if another book is in store for him. He wants to see how this one plays out. He also wants to be active in his grandchildren’s lives. Plus he has plenty of hobbies to keep himself busy, from downhill skiing and tinkering with tractors to boating and waterskiing in the summer.
“I can still get up on one ski and I am very proud of that.”

Author Larry Kuhnke will be at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm signing copies of his book “Cloud 9.” He has committed 50% of the proceeds from all sales of the book to charities that benefit children. To get a sneak peak of the book check out www.tiny.cc/cloud9.
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