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 08-13-2012

- August 13th, 2012  

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Evil liberal media

Hey there, y’all, I am here visiting beautiful Northern Michigan from Oklahoma. I picked up a copy of your paper and enjoyed it very much. I got a chuckle out of and felt a need to respond to Bob Lovik’s letter (“Setting things straight,” 8/6). Perhaps I can help “set him straight.”

Thanks to the uninformed, fear-mongering liberal media, this new and threatening process called fracking is the latest and greatest threat to our environment. News flash, fracking has been around for DECADES. Feel free to consult U-M or MSU professors of geology or petroleum engineering to confirm.

Procuring energy in any of its many forms can pose some environmental threats. For example, the thousands of birds, many of which are endangered species, killed by the giant windmills that generate electricity.

There is little evidence to support that fracking is some kind of environmental threat waiting to happen. I don’t glow in the dark, my son is perfectly normal, my water doesn’t spontaneously combust.

I have lived in Oklahoma since 1970 and in Texas before that. Golly gee, my dad was fracking wells in both states for as long as I can remember.

Folks might do well to talk to informed academician and professional gas and oil people before forming an opinion and running scared because of articles or “news” reports from unenlightened media people.

We all need energy in some form or fashion.

Vicki Righthouse • Oklahoma City, OK

Evil conservative media

Two of the events offered in Northern Michigan last week have a strong connection. On July 31, Jennifer Douglas, coproducer of SAVE KLSD shared her documentary about the media and a progressive radio station. The event was hosted by the Straits Area Concerned Citizens.

The San Diego radio station take-over was an example of the attack on the few remaining progressive radio programs in the U.S. The progressive programming got excellent ratings, yet Clear Channel killed it.

Over the weekend ex-mayor Cal Tillman of Dish, Texas presented the story of what hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” did to his town. He did not get into politics nor a description of fracking. Instead he described in detail the noise, the smell, the poisoned air, the ugly site of a town invaded by fracking wells, as well as health implications to his young children.

So what’s the connection between these two events? Too few persons know about fracking, including our elected representatives on all levels.

Mainstream conservative media is not going to cover fracking in an honest in-depth manner. In fact far too often they act as oil/ gas industry cheerleaders. Progressive radio, where it still exists, is the more likely to cover this story accurately.

Many Americans know little about fracking. If you ask (and I have), many will look glassy eyed.

We need our nation’s media to tell us important stories. We do not need a week on the Michael Jackson death/funeral. We need to learn about fracking, climate change, the difference between national deficit and debt, etc. We do not need Rush Limbaugh and Fox News spewing spin and propaganda all day long, week after week.

We need honest news sources, and less spinmeisters.

Fight for honesty in news, contact your representatives, boycott sponsors of any programmer that lies to you.

Visit: mediamatters.org

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

Unions benefit all of us

If you think that destroying unions will help address inequality in this country, think again.

Unions put people first, and in doing so have ended such things as child labor, and unpaid overtime. They have given us the eight-hour work day and the 40-hour work week. They have improved workplace safety, given us workmen’s compensation, unemployment insurance and paid sick leave.

Unions and management bargain together to set standards that others can follow. They make bargaining at both union and non-union jobs possible.

It is an overlooked face that management is an equal partner in the negotiating process, yet unions are the ones demonized.

As the decline of unions continues, so does the ability of all workers to bargain for a fair wage. We are becoming a nation of not service workers, but servant workers.

Imagine a life without human dignity, where every aspect of work is dominated and controlled by an overseer, and where you can be fired for no reason at all. That’s what prevails in the sweatshops of China, Thailand, and other places that make our goods.

Vote to support collective bargaining. It benefits everyone.

Ann Rogers • TC

Democracy & socialism

Some detractors of socialism don't seem to be aware that some strands of the economic policy have evolved to support capitalism and protect people from its potential negative effects.

Socialism sought to make subsistence independent of the marketplace and guarantee a minimum of support to all. Socialists sought to maintain high levels of employment to support the working class.

When former socialist countries adopted capitalism, they did it without protecting their citizens from the negative aspects of the free market. For example, Russia's experience with pollution and China's with unsafe consumer goods.

On the other hand, democratic capitalistic countries not only support free markets, but also protect their citizens from the inability of the markets to provide a safety net. Most democratic capitalistic countries provide universal health care, pensions and labor laws to protect the worker from poor working conditions.

Democratic countries have been able to provide feedback on the inherent problems of a free market economy. In response to the Great Depression, democracy brought reforms to the banking system, eliminated poverty for seniors by establishing Social Security, and created jobs for the unemployed through government programs.

Currently, due to special interests, the ability of our country to correct the negative effects of capitalism is being undermined. Special interests have dismantled regulations, allowing the banks to nearly collapse, weakened the ability of unions to counterbalance the large corporations through adequate wages and benefits, and rigged our tax laws so that the wealthy use tax loopholes to avoid paying their share of taxes.

Yet in the past, democracy has protected its citizens from the inherent negative aspects of the free market by using so-called socialist approaches.

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

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