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 04-08-2013

- April 8th, 2013  

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$20,000 hospital stay

My wife had a hard time urinating, so her doctor referred her to a surgeon at Munson Medical Center who specializes in large fibroid cysts. We had a consultation and were told of the success of its removal.

My wife is a student at NMC and I am a part time teacher.

She had student insurance which covered only $4,000-$5,000 max out of pocket (which we didn’t know at the time).

Nobody, including our consultation with the doctor, told us the cost of this procedure.

There was a 23-hour stay at the hospital.

Afterward, we received a bill for over $20,000.

There’s not much to say except we make just enough to not qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford the best insurance.

To make matters worse, we got multiple bills from different parts of the hospital. From radiology to anesthesia to the doctor herself.

We’ve been put on a payment plan, but haven’t the resources to pay this. We have $15,000 left on our bill and don’t know where to turn.

Tom Auch • TC

Marriage & procreation

One of the main concerns expressed during the recent Supreme Court deliberations concerning gay marriage was the view that the main purpose of traditional marriage was procreation, and therefore the marriage of same-sex couples was pointless and even invalid.

I immediately thought of my own marriage of 23 years between a postmenopausal female and a vasectomy recipient. Why should our marriage be legal and recognized? I firmly believe that in terms of procreational potential, all couples should be treated the same. So according to the rigid value system of some, my marriage, along with its tax benefits, should be invalidated.

Another commonly voiced concern is that acceptance of gay marriage would somehow tend to “normalize” homosexuality. Both heterosexual and homosexual behavior can be bad. It is the bad and illegal behavior of either sexual orientation that we should not “normalize” as in the case of U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s attempt to normalize conception by heterosexual rape in proclaiming it to be God’s will.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Irritating comment

As a foodie in a foodie area I was enjoying the “Best of” issue and making plans to visit some new and exciting restaurants when I came across “You know you’re from Northern Michigan when...”. I was looking forward to the usual chuckles about snow, Subaru’s and the usual whatnot when I came to the whenism “Everyone is white.”

I will be the first to agree that white people are the dominant race in Northern Michigan but Northern Michigan does have its share of diversity including Native Americans, Asians, African-Americans and many others. I was surprised and saddened that that whenism even made the list. I would have thought by now in the year 2013 that the growing cultural diversity in Northern Michigan would have been recognized.

Joe Kau-Be-Naw • member, GT Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians

Opposing biodiversity

“Natural diversity in ecosystems provides essential economic benefits and services to human society—such as food, clothing, shelter, fuel and medicines—as well as ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic values, and thus plays an important role in sustainable development.”

-- Chevron’s Biodiversity Statement, April 2012, http://www.chevron.com.

Sadly, our representatives in Lansing reject such science-based wisdom.

On January 24, Senator Darwin Booher co-sponsored Senate Bill 78. This bill would:

(1) prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from managing public lands for the purpose of achieving or maintaining biological diversity; (2) delete conservation of biological diversity from forest management objectives; and (3) eliminate the requirement to manage forests in a manner that promotes restoration.

No wonder the League of Conservation Voters ranks Senator Booher near the bottom of the pack.

Regrettably, this assault on Michigan’s forests and public lands passed the Senate on March 5 with only Republican votes.

SB78 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The League of Conservation Voters ranks Representative Ray Franz even lower than Senator Booher, so there is little reason to expect him to vote to preserve the biological diversity of Michigan‘s public lands.

Will Governor Snyder veto SB78? We don’t know.

Jay S. Johnson, Empire


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Also, it was A. Papano’s Pizza chain that won “Best Restaurant Staff and Pizza” in Benzie County.

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