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 05-28-2013

- May 28th, 2013  

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Head injuries & helmets

Letter writer Matt Woodruff has not thought the helmet situation through in my opinion (re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13).

Serious head injuries do cost all of us because no one carries enough insurance coverage to pay for a lifetime of care, yet the bills will be paid by some means.

We all see this reflected in our insurance premiums and taxes.

The non-monetary toll on the families and friends of the injured victim cannot be discounted either.

I have been riding motorcycles since the mid ’70s and every time I see a rider without a helmet it makes me cringe. I have been down and if it were not for my helmet and chin guard I would definitely have needed reconstructive surgery at the least.

Without your brain you are nothing.

Everyone who loves you rides with you. Show them some respect.

Marilyn Wilkie • via email

Robbing the vote

We’re all, regardless of party affiliation, small-d democrats, that is, staunch defenders of the Constitution and its democratic principles.

Let’s look at the actual state of one principle, majority rule.

In the 2012 Michigan election 352,000 MORE voters voted for Democrats (54%, actually) to be in our House than voted for Republicans. Because of Republican gerrymandering, though, Republicans control the state House. The minority rules.

In the U.S. House of Representatives 1.3 million more voters nationwide voted for Democrats, but again because of Republican gerrymandering, Republicans also control that House. (In fact, without a freshly gerrymandered district, Congressman Benishek would have been voted out of office in 2012.) Here also the minority rules.

In the U.S. Senate, through abuse of the filibuster, a minority of Republicans decides what can even be debated, let alone voted on. Thus, background check gun control legislation favored by 90% or so of Americans -- and a majority of Senators! -- was recently filibustered to death by a minority of Republican senators. In the Senate, the minority rules by veto power.

Minority rights do NOT include minority rule!

In Michigan and other states Republicans are poised to enact legislation changing how a state’s Presidential electoral votes are divided between Presidential candidates. In effect, Republicans want to gerrymander Presidential elections as they have gerrymandered other elections. These efforts could result in their candidate being elected with a small minority, maybe less than 40% of the popular vote! They may feel entitled, but, again, minority rights do not include minority rule.

Our strength as a nation depends on the health of our political system. Right now, it’s not so healthy. And any political party that mounts a sustained, systematic, wellfunded and (so far) successful attack on a foundational principle of our democracy does not deserve anyone’s vote.

Ron Tschudy • Central Lake

Money talks in Congress

Stephen Tuttle’s column bemoaning the lack of attention paid by elected officials to will of the people forgets one important point. I think it’s made clear in a line from the film, Charlie Wilson’s War: “The hell with the voters, all I care about are the donors.”

That situation has been woven into a Gordian knot over a long period of time and has made elections -- and voters -- very nearly irrelevant, obscuring the democratic process at the heart of our republic. ‘Tis a shame on the U.S. and a great misfortune to her people.

Audrey McMullen • Petoskey

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