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 04-22-2013

- April 22nd, 2013  

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Voters & wolves

In March, 253,000 Michigan citizens signed a petition for a 2014 ballot initiative to stop a state sponsored wolf hunt. This referendum opposes the designation of wolves as game animals.

Last week, Senator Tom Casperson introduced Senate Bill 288, which if signed into law, will prevent voters from having a say in what happens to wildlife in Michigan.

Clearly, Senator Casperson does not believe in the democratic process. In a 2006 referendum the voters said NO to the hunting of doves. If SB 288 is allowed, not only will the hunting of wolves be legal, the hunting of doves, Sandhill Cranes and Great Blue Herons to name a few will also be possible.

SB 288 would allow the Natural Resource Commission, appointed NOT elected, to designate any species a game animal. Michigan voters will not be able to challenge this, which is a direct assault on our rights.

Senate Bill 288 was approved in committee and now moves to the Senate. Whether you believe in wolf hunting or not, this gross move by Casperson takes away our constitutional right to vote.

We urge the citizens of Michigan NOT TO REMAIN SILENT. Contact your Michigan Senators and Representatives and tell them to oppose SB288. For more information contact: action.keepwolvesprotected

Micheal & Joanne Cromley • Afton

Lansing’s attack on voters

First it was doves, then it was wolves...

now they’ve targeted democracy and your right to vote!

The politicians and bureaucrats in Lansing have been working overtime to take double standards and hypocrisy to a whole new level -- and they’re on the fast track to avoid your “emotional” input to stop them.

Senator Casperson (R-Escanaba) introduced a bill that would allow the unnecessary sport shooting of mourning doves, wolves, or any other protected species in Michigan that radical individuals want to use for target practice or skin out as trophies.

S.B. 288 targets your right to vote and your elected representation on all issues relating to the killing of non-game species held in trust for all Michigan citizens.

Adding a slap in the face of families still struggling to make ends meet, the legislation attaches a $1 million appropriation, which is, by design, to silence registered voters by making it also “referendum proof.”

There is no question these out-of-touch special interest groups and undemocratic legislators fear your fair public vote -- they want to silence your voice in every way possible.

Please call your state representative and Governor Snyder today. Ask them to uphold your vote and the integrity of democracy by rejecting S.B. 288, or any other version of this ridiculous attempt to circumvent the will of the people and your voice!

Julie Baker, Songbird Protection Coalition • Lansing

Cure Michigan

Welcome to Pure Michigan, where, thanks to Republican influence, potholes may sink your car, but “not to worry” we’ll charge you more for your license.

Welcome to Pure Michigan, where schools lose more money every year to educate your children and where your school or community may be taken over by an “emergency manager” who can invalidate your votes.

Welcome to Pure Michigan, where legislators pass up federal assistance to set up insurance exchanges, costing citizens an additional $8 million, and where you have the right to “work for less.”

We have a dream for Pure Michigan, but first we must “Cure Michigan.”

Lou Ann McKimmy • via email

Fishy cover

Someone must not know too much about fishing at you newspaper, otherwise you wouldn’t have the title “Spring Sports” besides a man holding what clearly is a king salmon. You had to look no farther than the trees in the background (some of which are turning color) to realize that this is a fall fish, not a spring one.

Kelly M. Croff • via email

Get checked

April is National STD Awareness Month. If you’re a sexually active young person, you should know that sexually transmitted infections (STI) are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people: there are 20 million new infections in the U.S. each year, half in the under-25 age group.

As a college student, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there among people my age about STIs and how it can feel uncomfortable talking about getting tested. Because many STIs cause no symptoms, getting tested (and using condoms) is the best way to take care of yourself and your partner.

Learn about STIs and testing by visiting “Get Yourself Tested” at www.GYTnow.org or contacting a Planned Parenthood health center at 1-800-230 PLAN to schedule a checkup. Planned Parenthood works every day to keep young people healthy, and their doors are open to everyone. Go! Get yourself tested!

Kim Wiggins • NMC Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood

The facts on right-to-work

A recent opinion stated that one result of the so-called “Right to Work” (RTW) legislation would be that new workers who are hired cannot be compelled to join a union.

The fact is, the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 outlawed “closed shops” where a worker had to join a union.

However, RTW significantly changes one issue: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1963 that workers who chose not to participate in a union could still be required to pay some reasonable cost to the union since they benefitted from union negotiations.

The RTW law takes away this requirement. This is why the RTW has been identified by many as the “Right to Freeload.”

Workers who choose not to contribute will now benefit from the results of contract negotiations, but do not have to pay any portion of the cost.

In other words, the legislation takes away the union’s right to be paid for its services. This is not only unfair but detrimental to a union’s ability to compete against wellfunded corporate interests whose goals often conflict with the workers.

It costs time and money for a union to negotiate and secure higher wages, better hours, safe working conditions, retirement benefits and other items.

The real aim of the RTW legislation has little to do with freedom and choice, rather, it is to deny the unions their financial base and ultimately render them powerless. This not only adversely affects the union’s ability to negotiate for their members at the workplace but also to represent workers’ rights in the political arena.

Since workers’ rights have most often been represented by the Democratic Party, it is no coincidence that these efforts to defund unions have been engineered in red states. Advocates of the RTW legislation also claim that job growth will result. What research exists does not support that.

While it may be true that businesses are attracted to states that have anti-union policies, the evidence indicates that RTW policies are not good for the economy or for the worker in those states.

The only competition which exists among RTW states is a race to the bottom to pay the lowest wages and benefits while maximizing corporate profits. The rapidly diminishing middle class deserves better.

George Robson • via email

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