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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- December 5th, 2011  

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Parade a success

The Charlevoix parade made us all so thankful to live up North where spirit matters most!

I remember the day I brought up the parade at the chamber retail committee. It has been a huge success in Iron Mountain with the children bringing their teddy bears, dressing their dogs up to walk the parade and other animals and community people involved. At first no one was truly excited.

And even at the last retail meeting Jackie stated that we only had a few entries. Wow, did the idea ever grow into a mighty powerful little parade. Thank you Erin and Jackie for pulling so many floats together.

From all the comments I heard, this after-Thanksgiving event was the most successful ever in getting families downtown to enjoy the entire duration of all the events.

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts Santa workshop and all the children who colored Todd Warner’s drawings and made such lovely decorations for the tree. Marrell who took hundreds of photographs of the children speaking to Santa, the lighting of the tree and the colorful parade with dressed up dogs and angel, horses, floats and music. Next year let’s have the reindeer too!

We saw people coming out of Whitney’s to take photos and car loads of families rushing down to be close to the parade.

No matter what, this was the most positive gathering I have heard or seen in a long time. The floats were great and the children who participated were soooo excited to be a part of their city celebration.

Amazing what the people in this community can do when they form a team. Yeah Charlevoix!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Anne Henricksen • Charlevoix

Fracking dangerous

T. Boone Pickens and Big Oil and Coal are working overtime and spending millions of dollars on advertising to convince us that natural gas is the best thing to happen to Michigan since fudge. But if unconventional slick-water fracturing (fracking) is so great, why does it need all the exemptions from law? Fracking is exempt from:

1. The Clean Air Act 2. The Safe Drinking Water Act (The Halliburton loophole) 3. Hazardous waste disposal criteria 4. Superfund law 5. Disclosure of chemicals 6. The Michigan Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool 7. Transparency, disclosure and public participation 8. Reporting of toxic chemicals released or stored under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act The new unconventional, long-leg horizontal, high-volume, slick-water, hydraulic fracturing is not yesterday's fracking. New gas wells in the deep, tight shale of the Collingwood/Utica formation demand new technologies.

Unlike the porous Antrim Shale which gave up gas readily to vertical wells, the tight shales two miles below the Earth’s surface must be shattered uniformly to release tiny gas deposits from minuscule shale pockets. This industrial process destroys natural resources, uses thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals, proppants and surfactants and diverts and poisons millions of gallons of groundwater (disposed of in shallow “deep” injection wells), on a scale new to Michigan. Around the world and the US, environmental and health disasters have followed fracking activities. Michigan has no new rules to regulate unconventional fracking.

In a world that loses precious, potable freshwater each day, it is a crime against humanity to unnecessarily divert and contaminate forever, billions of gallons of freshwater. It is time to develop and transition to energy-efficiency, and clean safe renewable energy resources.

Jo Anne Beemon • Charlevoix

The NOLabels movement

Do you just wish Congress would put their individual party aside and solve problems? Do you just wish that Congress would have respectful discussions and then enact great ideas?

If so, I want you to know there is an up and coming movement, a united voice of at least 180,000 Americans. It is strong and it is growing. The title of this group is NOLabels. Please read about this movement by going to nolabels.org.

NOLabels is not a political party. It is a citizen group effort founded one year ago by a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. That’s right, a mixture of party-affliated people.

NOLabels seeks to change the dynamics of the political culture and provide support for the politicians that indeed want to dismiss hyperpartisanship. Support for this group includes such people as former Senator Evan Bayh and Congressman Tom Davis.

If this effort is of interest to you, turn on the television Tuesday, December 13. NOLabels will be unveiling its first big proposal in the historical Capital Hill Caucus Room. The proposal includes twelve change points.

The proposal can be put into action within 24 hrs by just making rule changes as to how Congress acts. It requires no legislative voting. The intent is to reduce hyperpartisanship and bring some positive energy to Congress.

We are the United States of America... let’s bring back the united country we remember and love.

Jill Rahrig Bourdon • TC

Hip hop victim?

Is this lady honestly supposed to count as a victim in a piece of journalism exposure (Hip Hop Flim Flam, last week in the Express)? Not even a middle schooler would give away money in the way she did.

She deserves everything! Does she have job? Well then she should be satisfied, right?

All the rest of us have to be satisfied with merely our jobs, why not her? No one in their right mind would give away $80,000 to a self-published musical artist that they didn’t even enjoy! This is disgraceful to our current political climate, to this town, to this country! What a filthy reprehensible sob story!

Mike Curiel • TC

Tuttle column on the mark

John Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource, and its best hope for the future.”

We in this country give lots of lip service to the importance of taking care of children, but behind it is a lot of hot air.

With conservatives cutting education funding, stiltifying the curriculm and demoralizing teachers, cutting family services and trying to cut health care, any rhetoric about the importance of children rings hollow. We have lost our soul to greed, militarization and power grabbing. Until we take care of all the children, including our 4-legged and winged, we will not be sustainable.

Thank you Steven Tuttle for your passionate column on our most vulnerable – our children.

Ann Rogers • TC

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