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 02-11-2013

- February 11th, 2013  

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Catholic priorities

Reading in the Feb. 3rd Detroit Free Press of retired Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony’s efforts to “shield priests from prosecution and keep parishioners in the dark about sex crimes against minors” leads me to fervently wish that the Catholic Church would demonstrate the same level of care and attention for post-natals that it does for pre-natals.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Wants to drive 55

Does anyone remember why a national 55 MPH speed limit was imposed by a law signed by President Nixon back in early 1974? This speed limit was in response to 1973’s oil price increases on oil shortages. Limiting vehicular speed was intended to reduce consumption of oil. Some thought increased safety would be a secondary benefit of reduced vehicular speed, but mandatory seat belt laws are a better example of laws designed to increase safety. The 55 MPH speed limit had minimal compliance by drivers, so the best estimates were that it reduced fuel consumption by half what was expected.

Scientists are as unanimous as they ever get about the negative effect our burning fossil fuels is having on our climate. Above a vehicle’s most efficient speed (for most vehicles somewhere between 35 and 55 MPH, depending on vehicle, weather, terrain, and traffic), increasing speed reduces efficiency. Why would we insist on burning more fossil fuel by raising our speed limits?

The oil needed to fuel our cars is increasingly more difficult to extract from our planet, resulting in more and more environmental damage (pipeline failures, Deepwater Horizon, our coming disasters in the Arctic, nuclear disaster-like effect of extracting oil from “tar sands”). Wouldn’t it be smarter if we looked for ways to reduce our fuel consumption instead?

Daniel Robbins • Mackinaw City

Pay attention, voters

As if the lame duck actions of the Michigan legislature weren’t enough, the GOP is now working on a new law to change the way our electoral votes are counted. State Rep. Peter Lund, R-Shelby Township, is sponsoring the bill that would tie our votes to the congressional districts instead of the number of electoral votes assigned to each state based on population. Jack Lessenberry wrote a detailed column in the Jan. 27, 2013 Traverse City Record-Eagle that explains the issues clearly. Although the electoral college method may seem antiquated and complex, this is not the way to improve it.

I urge you to write Governor Snyder and your legislators and voice your opposition to this legislation.

Marilyn Cobb • Kewadin

Assaults weapons unnecessary

Do people really think they need assault weapons that fire 100 bullets without reloading to protect themselves? Do we really think that the federal government will confiscate our guns? If that is our fear, it seems to be a bit unrealistic when the federal government has drones and other sophisticated weapons which could be used far more effectively than gun power. Where does this intense fear come from? And how many individuals must be sacrificed to salve this fear? Certainly, other methods of lessening violence are needed, but if banning assault weapons and large magazine clips saves one child’s life, I’m in favor.

Our Michigan senator, Howard Walker states: “I will oppose any efforts at the state level to implement an assault weapons ban.” He may get an A from the NRA, but he gets an F from those of us concerned about the level of violence in our state and nation.

Lou Ann McKimmy • Rapid City

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