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 12-09-13

- December 9th, 2013  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page).

Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification.

Think before you donate

As a frequent shopper at the Women’s Resource Center, Goodwill, etc., I am often irritated at the deliberate bad choices in donations. If an item you wan to donate doesn’t work perfectly, ask your junk collector to take it. Scratched Teflon pans are a health hazard, discard, don’t donate. Small appliances, check them out at home first.

I recently saw two toasters which cost the owners a steep price or were expensive gifts. Neither functioned correctly. Make sure all clothes are something you would wear. Electronics, check them out at home first.

Anna Moested • via email

Allegations of abuse

I feel compelled to write because days after reading the article, “House of Abuse” (11//25), it is still weighing heavy on my mind.

First, I must begin by stating that I do not know the Loesch family or any of the circumstances surrounding this case. Your article is the first time that I am hearing about this story.

However, your sensationalistic title is very presumptive and assumes “facts” based upon allegations made by one child and not verified.

As an adoptive mother, I can tell you firsthand that pre-existing trauma by a child prior to adoption puts them “at risk.” They can become manipulators and masters of deceit, but outwardly very charming, because they believe that their very existence depends on the “survival” of their story.

These children can be sometimes very difficult to parent because they fail to attach or bond to their caregiver due to previous disruptions in caregiving. The clinical term is “reactive attachment disorder” or RAD, and the fact that the boys were described in the article as “at-risk with a troubled past” is indicative that this may have been the issue.

The public scorn, ridicule and opinion of the general public to these parents is only further fueled by your disparaging article. Let the court decide whether this was a house of abuse. It is not for you to decide.

Laurie Adams • via email

Turn on your headlights

Okay, I honestly just don’t get it. What is it about the growing number of drivers here in the Grand Traverse area that feel there is no need to turn on their headlights in extreme low visibility conditions?!

This is not only plain, old, unadulterated stupid, but it puts me and my loved-ones in serious danger while sharing the roadway with these brain-dead idiots. I recall this as not only being basic driver’s ed 101, but more so just plain old common sense.

My job occasionally requires me to drive a large delivery truck, and just recently during a morning winter storm with near white-out conditions in several areas, I saw so many vehicles without their headlights on traveling on M-115 it was dumbfounding. Even more amazing, some of these vehicles were white, gray, and other colors that easily blend in and disappear in such conditions. One was even another large, white, commercial box truck!

But this afternoon’s pea-soup-thick fog is what prompted this letter. On my way home I simply couldn’t believe how many morons were out driving around without their lights on when visibility was only about three carlengths. How would they feel if they, or one of their loved-ones, made a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle that they couldn’t see because it didn’t have it’s lights on?

You may think you can see perfectly fine without your lights on under those conditions, but I can’t see you. And THAT, is what puts you in eminent danger too. Think about it.

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