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 02-04-2013

- February 4th, 2013  

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True meaning of MLK Day

Something about Paul J. Nepote’s letter lamenting the “hijacking” of Martin Luther King Day by the gay community seems a little disingenuous. It’s hard to tell if he’s attacking the gay community, the use of public funds for the celebration, or the holiday itself, but I did not find it to be in the spirit Dr. King’s life.

As far as his claim that no one in Northern Michigan observes MLK Day, I personally listened to some of Dr. King’s speeches and reflected on what I might do to live up to his amazing challenge to all of us. It was probably the most moving and meaningful holiday experience I have had in a while. Also, the line to the gospel performance seemed pretty long.

What I took away from my observance, especially from the “Beyond Vietnam” speech, was a sense of how broad and radical Dr. King’s vision of justice was. With respect, I don’t think the opinion of “the majority of the black community” on homosexuality and gay marriage has much to do with Dr. King’s message.

It seems vividly clear that Dr. King wanted us to regard all of humanity with compassion and to act accordingly. No one is obligated to take this on, but I think that if they invoke Dr. King they should make the sincerest attempt to do so.

Brenin Wertz-Roth • Via email

Racist rant

It’s too bad that Paul Nepote considers himself a viable voice for the African- American community, when it’s clear by his racist rant (Letters, 1-28-13) that nothing could be further from the truth. It’s too bad that anyone with a brain will see through his weak claim that “the majority of the black community do not support homosexuality.” It’s too bad that he believes the gay community needs to “hijack” a day set aside to honor a leader of the equal rights movement in order to be heard in their own struggle for equality.

What group of Americans that struggles with equality would not look to Dr. King for inspiration? Striving to learn from his fight does not equal robbery of his tactics. Mr. Nepote, where are the numbers that back up your claims? How do you know what African-Americans as a whole believe about homosexuality and gay marriage? How do you know that MLK Day is a waste of time and money? It may be thus for you, given that the mere idea of a black gospel group setting foot in Traverse City is cause to spread more of your prejudicial blather. Happily, you are in a minority, Mr. Nepote.

I ask you, and anyone else that’s interested, to read CNN correspondent John Blake’s recent article ‘What did MLK think about gay people?’ In it, he quotes Michael Long, author of the upcoming book “Keeping it straight? Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and Gay Rights.” “Dr. King never publicly welcomed gays at the front gate of his beloved community. But he did leave behind a key for them -- his belief that each person is sacred, free and equal to all to others.” If you truly support equality, Mr. Nepote, you’ll take such beliefs into account, instead of trying to sow seeds of intolerance between minorities.

Annaka Dodd • Traverse City

Sick of it

Is it just me or is everyone sick of hearing about Paul Nepote’s anti-Homosexual diatribes? And now he claims that the LGB&T movement has hijacked MLK day. Really? Ludicrous at best. Yes Mr. Nepote, you are entitled to your opinion, and I to mine.

I hope you understand you are among a small minority of hate mongers in our community and soon enough the love of the rest of the world for people’s differences, skin color, sexual preference, and all the

other things that make people individual will drown out your hate. I hope one day you can accept people for who they are, until then your just another lost voice in the wind.

Jon Butler • Traverse City

Watch out for meddlers

While Barack Obama won the state of Michigan in November, Republicans successfully invested millions of dollars in local elections to impact policy decisions. Proposal 2, designed to guarantee collective bargaining rights, was defeated by a wellfinanced campaign that included $2 million from the family of Dick DeVos, $2 million from casino owner Sheldon Adelson, and $500,000 from Harold Simmons, a Texas industrialist.

According to the New York Times (Dec. 17), DeVos contacted our Republican representatives and Governor Snyder to tell them Proposal 2’s defeat was an indication that Michigan was ready to deal a crippling blow to unions. He offered his help if lawmakers faced backlash from voters during the next election. The Michigan Freedom Fund, founded by a DeVos company employee, donated $1 million to support Right To Work legislation. Americans for Prosperity, founded by billionaires David and Charles Koch, had volunteers make thousands of phone calls to Michigan citizens encouraging them to contact their lawmakers in support of Right To Work. The legislation passed in record time without public debate.

An organization called The Republican State Leadership Committee is dedicated to increasing Republican control of state legislatures. Working with Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super PAC, the group spent more than $1.6 million to help Republicans win the Michigan State House in 2010 and 2012. What happened to the Republican belief in local control?

When money equals free speech, the super-rich have far more opportunity to speak than any ordinary citizen. The concept of equality and one person, one vote is eroded. Let’s allow Michigan residents to determine Michigan’s fate. When Dick DeVos and his wealthy out of state friends show up at election time, please tell them that the state of Michigan is not for sale.

Linda Egeler • Elk Rapids

Christian values violated

I found a copy of your publication on the break room table at work today. I was instantly upset and ashamed that you are proudly telling the story of the two homosexual men in Traverse City. Although I consider myself conservative, I feel that I am tolerant of others and what they do as long as it is not shoved down my throat. I do not consider myself a regular church goer, but I do remember the scripture about homosexuality being an abomination to God. It was very clear.

This celebration of sin to the general public is inappropriate and offensive to those of us who DO believe that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Shame on you for bending to the desires of the few at the expense of the many. I believe this should have been a family celebration. It is wonderful they have found each other and can find happiness. I just don’t want to know about it. Neither do I want my children to believe anything about this “marriage” is ok or right.

The fact that they are educators and have decided to foster children doesn’t even bother that much. The fact that now their students know something about them that should be kept private, does. Wake up! The general population does not support this or want to know about it! Even some of the most liberal of my co-workers felt this inappropriate to share publicly. Shame on you for pedaling the idea that this is OK. It’s not! I refuse to ignore my Christian values and morals to make people “feel” better about their choices. I hope people blow up your email with similar statements. I for one will no longer read this publication.

Anne Horn • Boyne Falls

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