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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The Fearless Forecast for 2003

George Foster - December 26th, 2002
You may think it‘s insane to even attempt predictions for next year in such turbulent times. However, the following conclusions come from a tested, reliable source - the feeling in my bones. Best wishes for 2003.
(1) Senator Trent Lott, after 73 apologies, is forgiven for his racist comments and continues to serve in the Senate. African-Americans tell Lott “enough already“ when he threatens to join the NAACP, lobby congress for reparations to blacks for slavery, and burn Confederate flags though-out Mississippi.
(2) The Detroit Lions will become a playoff team next year. The Lions make the playoffs by being patient with QB Joey Harrington, drafting Charles Rodgers from MSU, and using any number of ball boys for on-the-field decisions instead of Coach Morningweh.
(3) Al Gore grows his hideous beard again and finally finds his calling after retiring from politics - as a comedian. The formerly robot-like VP will host a talk show setting off tremors in the camps of David Letterman and Jay Leno.
(4) The new World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the world. It will then be demolished voluntarily when employees of new companies in the tower refuse to ever come to work.
(5) The Petoskey nurses‘ strike will be settled and the results will benefit all of northern Michigan after the picket signs are laid down for good.
(6) Colin Powell quits the Bush administration early in 2003. For some reason, Powell feels that the dispute with Iraq should be settled within the parameters of international law and the United Nations, not by unilateral U.S. action. Who does Powell think he is: a decorated combat veteran and former head of the joint-chiefs-of-staff or something?
(7) A peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians will shock the world. Finally, Palestinians become as tired of being mauled by Israeli soldiers as Jews are of being victims of terrorist violence. Additionally, it is inevitable that the Bush administration will finally get onboard and realize the Palestinian question is the number one obstacle to peace in the mid-east, not Iraq.
(8) A major terrorist attack against U.S. interests will take place derailing our efforts against Iraq. The terrorists know we have spread our security defenses too thin by amassing thousands of troops and expending billions of dollars targeting Iraq.
(9) Detroit will be out after the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Injured Red Wings Yzerman and Fischer will not be ready and Curtis Joseph is no Dominik Hasek.
(10) Osama bin Laden will be captured in 2003 - dead or alive. George W. Bush will finally have the head of the man most wanted for the 9/11 attacks.
(11) John Edwards (who?) becomes the frontrunner for the democratic nomination for President of the United States. The democrats will continue their sometimes-winning strategy of finding obscure moderates (i.e. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton) down in Old Dixie in order to carry southern states.
(12) Pete Rose will be voted into the Hall of Fame, followed eventually by Shoeless Joe Jackson. Rose would not be the first guy integrity-challenged to be inducted with baseball‘s elite. After all, Cooperstown is not known as the Jerk-free Hall of Good Ethics. It is the Hall of Fame.

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