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 12-23-2013

- December 23rd, 2013  

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Obamacare’s good deal

It’s true that Obamacare led my daughter’s insurance company to decide to drop her plan. But guess what? Thanks to Obamacare, she will be getting better coverage from the same company at lower cost.

I recently heard an announcement for a fundraiser to help cover the medical expenses of a child who required an extended hospitalization. I hope the fundraiser was a great success and the child is doing well. I’m also grateful President Obama stared down the forces of evil that fought ruthlessly to perpetuate a system in which so many families in such situations face financial ruin. Thanks to Obamacare, that will no longer be the case starting next year.

Many people either can’t afford preventive care, or put off preventive care due to its high cost. Thanks to Obamacare, these people will have no problem obtaining preventive services in the future, as these services will generally be covered at no cost by their affordable insurance policies. Needless to say, this will be extremely beneficial to these individuals, as well as to society as a whole.

Obamacare, or more fittingly ObamaCares, is not perfect, but it’s a huge improvement over the status quo. Thank you President Obama and the Democrats.

Fred Cepela • TC

GOP’s desperate attacks

An irony in the monumental fight over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that most Democrats prefer a single-payer system (Medicare-For-All), demonstrably the most efficient and economical method of healthcare delivery. But because such a system was a political non-starter with Republicans, President Obama proposed legislation that was until recently the Republican health program, one that preserved private insurance, in accord with Republican ideas of market exchanges and individual mandates – a program that in no way could be called “socialized medicine.”

Nonetheless, the distortions and obstruction began immediately, as Republicans rejected their own idea. You know things are crazy when Mitt Romney abandons his own wildly successful program in Massachusetts in order to become the Republican nominee for president. As Republicans now have absolutely no program of their own, all they can do is try to destroy the ACA.

Now that the glitches in the initial ACA rollout are being repaired and people are signing up in droves, the attacks are getting truly desperate. With GOP blessing, the Koch brothers are running a multi-million dollar campaign to persuade people not to sign up for health insurance. Think about it: self-described “conservatives” advising young people not to think ahead, not to worry, accidents don’t happen.

It’s the Democrats who are looking ahead. They will not settle for the bad old days of bankruptcies, suffering, and death. Despite its initial problems, Americans will continue to sign up for the ACA because it is their best hope of securing protection they desperately need and have been denied.

In a saner and more ethical political climate, Republicans would actually help to make Obamacare work – to finally address the scandal of the richest and most powerful country in the world unable to figure out how to provide health care for all its citizens.

Mary M. Easthope Lake Leelanau

Guns & screwdrivers

Recently, I bought a gun at a sporting good store that required a background check that took about 3 minutes. The next day I stood in line at Sears about 5 minutes to buy a screwdriver set that was on sale. Is Sears trying to take my tools away? p.s. Tomorrow I can sell both at a garage sale to anyone, no wait.

Terry Frysinger • Frankfort

Mandela's legacy

Nelson Mandela is being acclaimed worldwide for his role in managing the peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa. Without Mandela, South Africa would have otherwise become a bloodbath.

For over 40 years, the conservative movement largely opposed Mandela, supporting apartheid as a bulwark against communist influence in Africa. Misguided, ends justifying means, anti-communist paranoia has been part of the world’s greatest democracy’s lasting shame.

Since the 1950s, we have supported oppressive regimes everywhere solely in the name of anti-communism. The people of Cuba, Vietnam, Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Guatemala and dozens of other countries will never forget our interference with their self-determination.

In 1986, Congress passed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act which triggered the end of apartheid. Then President Reagan referred to this effort to pressure the minority racist South African government through disinvestment and other sanctions as “immoral” and “utterly repugnant.” Fortunately 31 Republican Senators out of 53, joined with Democrats to override Reagan’s veto. Reagan even listed Mandela’s African National Congress as a terrorist group - a designation not lifted until 2008.

The National Review, the Heritage Foundation, William Buckley, Pat Buchanan, the fundamentalist Christian leadership, Grover Nordquist and others supported apartheid and opposed Mandela’s release. Then-Congressman Dick Cheney even called Mandela a “terrorist.”

But our sanctions worked. After a 27 year imprisonment for his opposition to apartheid, Mandela was released in 1990, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for negotiating the peaceful transition of power and became the first democratically elected South African president in 1994.

The conservative movement has a convenient way of forgetting about their enduring choices to be on the wrong side of history. We need only remember how conservatives similarly responded to our own champion of civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King. When it mattered, when Mandela and King put their lives on the line for social justice, the right was on the other side – as usual.

Leonard Page • Cheboygan

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