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 11-26-2012

- November 26th, 2012  

Disapproves of model

There are elections, and there are elections... Northern Express launched a get out to vote link for aspiring Playboy Miss Social, Christina Dronkowski. She is an ambitious bunny, a poolside cocktail waitress, model, and nursing student.

If she wins, she promises that her influence as a Social Bunny will help children’s hospitals, Homes for Humanity, bullying, and other good causes. She states this is a non-nude contest she is participating in, which assures the readership of her modesty. She will be bending over for the camera with some clothing on. She will be cast with other lovely young women in Playboy who are happy to show all for the right price. Gentlemen, you will not be disappointed.

Northern Express is kind enough to support a contest in a porn magazine and urges us to vote so we can help Christina win the prestigious Playboy Miss Social award. Maybe one day her portrait will hang in the corridors of Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the homeless will champion her name, and we will have better world to live in.

Or maybe men will be masturbating to her picture when no one is watching them, which seems more likely. After all, this is what pornography like Playboy is about.

How thoughtful of Northern Express to link us up with a wrist magazine.

Maybe contests in Maxim or Hustler will be next. Or maybe Northern Express can feature a local Hooter’s waitress or pole dancer and we can vote for our favorite, as long as they promise to use their influence ‘as winner’ to do good, and wear a little something.

Northern Express: Please do not mainstream pornography. For many of us — men, women, and children—objectification of women and girls causes tremendous harm.

Respect your readership.

Brigita Gumsey • Cedar

Tough on local biz

So the new CVS Pharmacy has opened at Front and Division in TC. No big deal -- new players create healthy competition that benefits the fittest. My concern is over the fact that they are getting a liquor license. How is that even possible when the local stores struggle to get the few that become available?

Running a small business in this area is hard enough and the competition in this area of town is friendly among the local stores. Obviously, everyone is entitled to build a business where they want and I find these giant box stores convenient, but where did this liquor license come from? How did it get approved when there are already a handful being used within a few city blocks?

Do we really need more booze in more places? I’m sure the small guys will survive as they have for generations but let's not make it more difficult to prosper. SHOP LOCAL.

George Nemetz • TC

Protect school districts

Public education is just that, public. House Bill 6004 that the Michigan House is considering would create a statewide school district that is run by gubernatorial appointees rather than a local board or even our elected state board of education.

This goes against the very principle of a publicly accountable school district and education. Our students and their future are too important to turn into a political football. I strongly oppose House Bill 6004 and the loss of locally controlled schools. I hope our legislators will do the same.

John Thiel • Roscommon

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11.28.2012 at 10:35 Reply

I really have difficulty with this whole "shop local, buy local" agenda here in the Grand Traverse Region. I guess the "big box" stores do NOT support our local tax base? (let them pull out of the region and see what happens) And the employees that work for these "big box" stores... they dont live local and spend their money locally? I guess ALL the employees that work for Sams Club,Target,Home Depot and the likes are driving in from Alaska every morning?? This whole "shop local, buy local" AGENDA is really tragic!! I'm thinking it's the local shop owners that are pissed off because they can't compete...capitalism bit them in thier own ass and they don't like it...BOO HOO. why would an employee working for say a Schmuckel gas station(view of the bay for half the pay) can hardly afford to buy a pair of shoes at Plamondons for 115.00,(heck you have to be some ditizy accounting professor at NMC to afford those) when she can go to JC Penney's and get a pair for 45.00. I really believe it's many of those employees at places like Munson Medical in Tragic City,(oops..Traverse City) Cone Drive, Hillshire Brands, and many of the employees in the public sector that travel 40,50,60 miles a day to get to thier places of employment that hurt the local economy. They EARN their money here and SPEND it in places like Petoskey, Cadilliac, Gaylord where they live and pay their property taxes.