Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Kristi Kurjan - June 13th, 2011
Sun Smarts:Wearing sunscreen for healthy skin
By Kristy Kurjan
After a long winter, many of us are craving a dose of sun and sand. But
before anyone hits the beach, don’t forget to pack sunscreen! We sat down
with one of Northern Michigan’s top dermatologists, Dr. Mark Pomaranski
M.D., to discuss why he is so passionate about sunscreen usage and what we
can do to protect our skin.
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and skin
diseases, including skin cancer. Dr. Pomaranski attended medical school at
the University of Michigan and completed his dermatology residency at
Henry Ford Health System. A dermatologist for over 11 years, he has
practiced for the last 6 years at Northwestern Michigan Dermatology PC in
Traverse City.
What makes frequent sunscreen application so important?
“Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers,
over 2 million non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed every year,” says
Dr. Pomaranski. “Around 40% of US residents don’t wear sunscreen and men
are less likely than women to use the product.”
This is an alarming number considering sunscreen is a proven deterrent in
preventing skin cancer.
With education the younger generation is increasingly becoming more
regular with their use but we still need to spread awareness on sunscreen.
Bottom line, studies have found an association between sunburns and the
enhanced risk for skin cancer. The good news is everyone can still enjoy
being outdoors, but good sun protection is essential! Here is what you
need to know:

The sun’s rays
There are two main reasons to wear sunscreen; to prevent accelerated skin
aging and to aid in the prevention of skin cancer. Dr. Pomaranski
explains, UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays and the primary cause of
sunburn. Excessive exposure to both UVB and UVA can lead to development of
skin cancer.
The American Academy of Dermatology guidelines recommends; “Regardless of
skin type, a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays),
water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least
30 should be used year-round.”
What is the ideal SPF for Northern Michigan summers? Dr. Pomaranski
advises a minimum of SPF 30, especially for individuals with a significant
history of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before
exposure and every 2-4 hours afterward even on cloudy days. Be sure to
re-apply after swimming, intense physical activity and perspiration.

What to apply
Creams, lotions, sprays, gels; there are many forms of sunscreen
available, all of which work in similar ways to provide photoprotection.
Keep in mind, sun-rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. However, even
on a cloudy day up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can reach the
skin. Be vigilant when using sunscreen near water, sand and snow because
the surface reflects the sun’s damaging rays and increases the risk of
sunburn. Remember sunscreens expire, so always check the label! A good
rule of thumb is to replace your sunscreen each summer.
Sun protection factor (SPF) is a product’s ability to deflect the sun’s
burning rays. A product’s SPF is calculated by comparing the amount of
time to develop a sunburn with or without sunscreen. Dr. Pomaranski says
that a good number to remember is “30”; higher SPFs are not shown to
provide statistically significant increased protection. And, no, if you
add a SPF 15 and a SPF 25, it will not equal a SPF 40.

Sun prevention at any age is beneficial and it is never too late to start
wearing sunscreen. In addition to natural aging, UVA rays damage the skin
and rapidly accelerate the skin’s aging process, says Dr. Pomaranski. The
sun’s rays are known to lead to premature aging of the skin such as
wrinkling and age spots.
Look towards a high SPF sunscreen with provided protection to help prevent
this process. “The accumulated damage of UV exposure becomes more visibly
evident as we age however the negative effects are immediate.” He says, if
you notice anything changing, growing or bleeding on your skin have it
evaluated by a medical professional. Skin cancer is more treatable when
caught in the early stages.
A common misconception is the difference of one’s skin type impacts their
need for sunscreen, for example, fair skinned vs. olive toned.
“Melanin, the brown pigment in skin, absorbs ultraviolet radiation in an
effort to prevent damage to the skin,” says Dr. Pomaranski. “It’s
protective in nature, so, darker skin types in theory have more protection
but still not immune to developing skin cancer.” He says, no matter one’s
skin type or color, sunscreen is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
For those who like to have a nice tan in the summer, is tanning “okay” as
long as the skin does not burn?
“Tanning is what you should be avoiding, not trying to achieve!” says Dr.
Pomaranski. “A tan is the result of damage to the skin caused by the sun.
Tanning occurs when UV rays penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer
layer, and cause the production of melanin as a response to the injury.”
Avoid tanning beds which can cause skin cancer and wrinkling, instead try
self-tanning products and continue to use sunscreen.

Protective clothing
Education and awareness at a young age is essential to protecting the
younger generation’s skin from harm. UV damage is cumulative, everything
we obtained as a toddler, adolescent, young adult, adds up. In addition to
sunscreen, Dr. Pomaranski encourages protective clothing whenever possible
and to seek shade when appropriate.
“Sunscreen is essential but not perfect,” says Dr. Pomaranski. “Seek shade
and wear protective clothing whenever possible.” Long sleeve shirts,
pants, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses all help provide added protection
from the sun. The dermatologist says, typical white cotton t-shirts impart
UV protection of SPF 7, however it varies in the tightness of weave, color
and fibers in the fabric. Modern options are now available with built-in
sun protection, such as surfer shirts. This type of protective clothing is
an added advantage in the overall protection of skin damage.

Sun Smart Tips:

❂ Application: Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before
exposure and every 2-4 hours afterward even on cloudy days. A minimum SPF
30 is recommended.

❂ Use Extra Caution: Be vigilant when using sunscreen near water,
sand and snow because they reflect the sun’s damaging rays and increase
the risk of sunburn

❂ Re-Apply: Every 2-4 hours and after swimming, intense physical
activity, or perspiration.

❂ Check the Label: Sunscreens expire, a good rule is to replace

❂ Protective Clothing: Sunglasses, hats and clothing aid in
protecting skin from damage.

❂ Avoid Tanning Beds: If a tan is desired, self tanning products or
air brush tans are a better alternative.

❂  Get Checked: If you notice anything changing, growing or
bleeding on your skin have it evaluated by a medical professional.
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