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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Letters 7/8/04

Various - July 8th, 2004
Lesson on the job
Thanks for your good article, “The lesson of 2004” from the June 17 issue.
Concerning your question, “Will a college degree actually do the grads of 2004 any good...?” The answer unfortunately is “no,” if President Bush‘s new immigration plan is adopted.
It provides for matching a “willing worker” with a “willing employer.” In other words, if one gets a good education (and runs up a big debt in the process thereof) and gets a good job, someone can come into the country and underbid the position. The result will be a world labor market, the wages in which will be low indeed. And benefits too.

John Tanton • Petoskey

Petoskey‘s labyrinth peril
I have begun to take actions to “not allow” the membership of “The Labyrinth Project of Northern Michigan” to donate a labyrinth to the City of Petoskey and locate it on the property of the new public library.
My research into the origins of the labyrinth turned up some profoundly disturbing information. Labyrinths are said to have been used for over 3000-3500 years. We are told by those who promote their use that labyrinths are ancient and have been part of the sacred landscape through human history. Those who use the labyrinth describe them as patterns with power and purpose. They are called “divine imprints” that symbolize an archetype of wholeness.
One of the “primary functions” of a labyrinth is to create an altered “state of consciousness” whereby a labyrinth visitor will be better able to make contact with the deeper regions of his or her soul. Here is one woman’s account of what that contact with the deeper regions of her soul felt like as she reached the spiritual climax of the “labyrinth walking ritual”:
“Upon walking to the centre of the circle, she immediately sensed a dark spiritual vortex sucking her down.” (Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada article.)
Does this sound like an activity you would like your children or grandchildren to experience when they visit the Petoskey Public Library?
Apparently once a “pilgrim” has entered the labyrinth, their mind becomes confused as the design manipulates it into an altered state, whereby at some point in the process it is believed as the labyrinth walker‘s psyche is shifting, a contact with a “celestial being” for enlightenment will occur.
I think I have supplied you with enough information to understand why under no circumstances should the City of Petoskey be allowed to accept this “Trojan Horse” from the friends of the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
I also wish to admonish the elected and appointed members of city government for not diligently investigating the “true” intentions of the labyrinth gift givers before they said to themselves as they rubber stamped the project, “I bet this will make us a cool city!”

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey

 
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