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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- March 26th, 2012  

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Express offends Catholics

Several weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a local restaurant. On the way out, I picked up a copy of Northern Express dated Feb. 20-26. I thought it would be entertaining to see what was going on in the area and see pictures of people I might know. However, much to my surprise, I was totally shocked and deeply offended.

Come on boys, this is America, not Nazi Germany. I know that we have freedom of speech and of the press, but we also have freedom of religion. Our religious freedoms are being challenged and your paper certainly doesn’t help matters.

For some of us that take our religion seriously, the cartoons in your paper both saddened and infuritated me. You couldn’t have hurt me more if you tried to stab me in the back. My faith guides my life and your paper viciously attacked my religion.

My children are all grown up now, but I certainly would not want my grandchildren to be exposed to this Howard Sterns like comedy. If I had a cat, it would line the bottom of its litter box. Your attempt at humor is graphic, disgusting and over the top.

It is much safer to make fun of the Catholics than Muslims because it appears that some in society feel it is safer that way.

I’m sure some of your loyal readers think these cartoons are hilarious. And on the other hand, I’m certain that some of your advertisers would be embarrassed to know what they are financially supporting. Believe it or not, Catholic people are their customers, so why would they want to offend them?

I hope you enjoy yourselves making a living by offending Catholic people. I for one (and I know you don’t care) will never be offended by your paper again because I don’t have a cat.

Mary Jo Parker • Petoskey

War on Women

On behalf of women who do not want to lose any of our hard-fought gains in freedom and control over our own bodies, I suggest to all, tell lawmakers: STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

First, the so-called “abortion” pill IS NOT an abortion pill at all. Don’t take my word for it. Doctor and Congressman Ron Paul stated so at the last GOP debates. As a doctor, Ron Paul felt compelled to educate viewers. He stated the morning-after pill works on the same principle as the birth control pill.

How dare Rep. Darryl Issa exclude female voices from a hearing on contraception? We do not need an American version of Taliban men dictating how we women will live our lives.

They cannot tell us whether contraception is okay or not. They cannot dictate how we behave. By the way, contraception prevents possibly millions of abortions. This is a good thing. Duh! One more thing, the “pill” is often taken for medical reasons other than contraception.

I’m sick and tired of seeing extremist/ Evangelical/Republican officials attempting to control women’s health. All matters pertaining to birth control and abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, period. The Taliban-like guys can just stay out of the picture.

We cannot return to a time when poor women, for lack of contraception, had little means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. By the way, we do have a global population crisis with dwindling resources to feed and water those already born.

The hypocrisy of Republicans is amazing. They want to bring “personhood” to zygotes, yet upon moment of birth, an infant is on his or her own, totally forsaken by Republicans.

These zygote-loving Republicans are against Head Start, W.I.C., food and cash assistance, Medicaid, quality-affordable educational opportunities, etc.

Ladies speak up and protect your rights!

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

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