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 11-19-2012

- November 19th, 2012  

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A horrible waste

This has been a bruising campaign. Now both the winners and losers can lick their wounds, look at their depleted campaign funds, and wonder what comes next. Incredible amounts of money were spent on both sides, and the really sad part is that, like a gambling loss, it has just disappeared.

Nothing got built, no potholed road was repaved, no crumbling bridge was repaired, no hungry child was fed, no jobs were created. Another sad thing is that all that money probably didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the campaign. Mr. Obama is still president; Congress is still in the hands of the same parties as before. Our elected representatives will immediately begin seeking donations to be ready for the NEXT election cycle. What a horrible waste and shameful squandering of precious resources.

How did you feel about all the negative advertising? Your candidate (mine, too) was lied about, accused of all sorts of terrible behavior and every statement twisted and misrepresented.

There is a strong and growing nonpartisan movement under way to reverse this ugly and destructive process, and we all need to be a part of it. We need to free our politicians from the desperate struggle to raise campaign money.

We need to put limits back on the amounts that can be donated, and to make clear who that donation is coming from. We need to turn away from the idea that money is somehow a form of “free speech,” and put limits on it again.

Face it; if money is speech, those with the most money get the most speech, and those of us with the least money don’t have a voice. Why else was Wall Street able to get the government to bail them out of trouble at the taxpayer’s expense? Because of all the “voice” they had in influencing those lawmakers with huge, undisclosed campaign contributions.

One approach to correcting this could be through an amendment to the Constitution which would overturn the Supreme Court ruling that “money is a form of free speech” and clarify that only human beings are entitled to the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. For more information about this effort, visit movetoamend.org or look up “Move To Amend” in your search engine.

Mike Moran • Rapid River Twp

A dam shame

Dams are used worldwide for carbonfree power, flood control, transportation, recreation, and public safety. A few years ago we had a very spirited debate with lots of diverse input on the Boardman River dams.

In October, as a result of dam removal and seasonal flooding, wildlife and property was destroyed and public safety was threatened.

I think it's time for environmental leaders who won the debate to speak out on this issue as we return to a “natural river.” Will there be continued destruction with seasonal rains? Is the current removal plan still correct? Will global warming play a role?

Adrian DenHaan • Beulah

Big money & elections

Big Bird and the Affordable Care Act are safe. And for all the millions spent by Sheldon Adelson, the Brothers Koch, Karl Rove, et al, to unseat Barack Obama, all they’ve ended up with is a pile of cancelled checks. And they’re not even legally tax deductible. As Jackie Gleason would have said: “How sweet it is!” On the serious side, now we citizens of this great country have to keep the pressure on the President (to use his bully pulpit) and on our reps in Congress to talk to each other and to compromise. Hopefully, they all got the message that we’re tired of political gridlock in Washington and the paralysis it produces.

Chuch Thiel • Elk Rapids

Violence & the homeless

National Homelessness Awareness Week, November 10-18, was a time to increase awareness about this ongoing crisis affecting more than 636,000 people in the U.S. every day. One way we can reduce our nation’s homelessness is to help end domestic violence.

Significant percentages of homeless women report domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Many survivors are in highly controlled relationships and lack resources to leave the home they share with an abuser.

Without access to money, transportation or a support system, they must choose between staying in an abusive relationship and living on the streets.

Homeless shelters are not a safe option for many domestic abuse survivors who are escaping a dangerous relationship. Daily, in the U.S., 37,000 domestic abuse survivors and their children reside in a shelter or transitional housing program.

Locally, the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) provides support, counseling and safe shelter to survivors at the Safe Home. Last year, 664 survivors and their children utilized WRCNM domestic abuse services; 135 of whom sought safety at the agency’s Safe Home and 68 made use of transitional supportive housing.

If homelessness is considered an ignored epidemic, domestic violence is an invisible one. It occurs in intimate relationships behind closed doors, leading us to think of it as a private matter. Domestic violence is not a private matter, it is a crime. It is a serious national problem that affects us all – in every community, work place and school.

You can help end domestic abuse!

Support, listen to and believe survivors, and speak out against domestic abuse. Volunteer at the WRCNM’s Safe Home. Help others become informed by inviting the WRCNM to speak to your organization, group, school or workplace. Be a role model by practicing respectful, healthy, non-violent relationships.

Chris Krajewski • Domestic Abuse Program Director • WRCNM

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