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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Letters 04-16-2012

- April 16th, 2012  

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No medical marijuana?

When I read Patrick Sullivan’s April 9th article about Lori Montroy, I was shocked to learn that a new landlord was trying to evict this woman for the second time in two years for using medical marijuana to cope with her brain cancer.

Hasn’t she been through enough in the past two years? When I called Steven Wright, Lori’s new landlord on the phone to ask him why he would allow an oxycontin addict or an alcoholic to live in his apartments but not a medical marijuana patient, he said, “Oxycontin and alcohol aren’t against federal law. I promise my tenants a drug free, family environment.”

So, according to Steven Wright, oxycontin and alcohol are ok in the “drug free, family environment” provided by Prime Properties Management but using marijuana for brain cancer is grounds for eviction.

Really? I think this is a case of Wright being wrong.

Bob Heflin • Williamsburg

A fair tax

Recently, CNN reported income tax fraud of a new sort. Thieves steal social security numbers, file tax returns on the accounts of these numbers and receive the refunds. The segment went on to suggest the IRS is not doing its part to curtail such activities.

The income tax has been seriously flawed from its inception. The income tax code contains seven times as many words as the Bible, is unreasonably complex, contains loop holes readily taken advantage of by the rich, and is easily cheated on. It’s very unfair.

The proposed Fair Tax is far superior to the income tax. If the Fair Tax is adopted, the IRS would be annihilated.

The Fair Tax is essentially a national sales tax with no exceptions. Everything purchased is taxed; everyone pays. The very poor are protected. It’s very fair and its collection simple. Its adoption would be a huge plus for American businesses: no more payroll taxes.

The price of American goods exported to other countries would be reduced substantially resulting in a huge boost to the American economy. Those same “made-in- America” goods bought by the American consumer would be reduced too.

Ask your congressional candidates about the Fair Tax before you vote.

Glen Terrell • Arlington, TX

Forests threatened

Love your forests? Concerned about logging? Forests all over Michigan, and recently around this area, your neighborhood, The Vasa Trails, Muncie Lakes, etc., are slated to be, and have been, nearly clear cut at an alarming rate.

Many of us are devastated by this, and want to know what we can do. The DNR is planning a presentation for us, and public input is crucial! Please attend April 18, 6:30pm at East Bay Township Hall, 1965 Three Mile Road, Traverse City, just south of Hammond Rd.

Concerned citizens are gathering to form a forest Advocacy Coalition. To get informed & discuss the future of our local & State Forests, and to be notified of upcoming meetings, we urge you to contact ForestCoalition@hotmail.com or call 231- 709-2323.

Jenevive Windwalker • TC

Tuttle appreciated

Please let Mr. Tuttle know how much I appreciated his column about the tragic death of his son, and how badly I feel for him.

He is one of my most favorite writers and is a true asset to your publication, and I wanted him to know that even people who he has never met can relate to his heartache and loss.

I thank him for sharing his grief, and it does remind me that my three young adult sons still need to know their parents love them, and they need our hugs.

Alan Couture • Gaylord

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