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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 1-13-14

- January 15th, 2014  

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Thank you

Thank you so much for the wonderful article (in the Jan 6 edition) on the alcohol and drug detox unit. The article made a wonderful point on the struggles of people who are addicted (regardless of addiction type). Hopefully this will help community members to better understand addiction and to understand that addicts are not necessarily “weak, or bad people; they’re afflicted with a disease and they need help, not condemnation”, as Mike Morey’s article stated. More stories like this are needed these days!

Jennifer Carlson • Cheboygan

An Unholy Marriage

Endless wars. Poverty. Racism. Climate Change. Pollution of water and air. Fear propaganda. Unfettered capitalism. Drone attacks. Personal data collecting. Turning everything, including water and education, into a for-sale commodity. Lack of civility in public discourse. Have you had enough?

Add in your own concerns. Abraham Lincoln told us “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Democracy cannot survive with fear and greed dominating everything.

It is a marriage that is doomed. If you feel like I do, don’t remain silent. Become informed, speak out, get involved and plug into any social justice or environmental group. You will be surprised how standing together can make a difference.

Occupy Traverse City is just one of many groups, and it has a physical presence every Saturday from 11 –1 p.m. across from Horizon Books on Front St. You are welcome to join us for a few minutes or an hour.

Ann Rogers • TC

Opposing Motocross Track

I’m writing in response to the hearing for rezoning Griswold Mountain property for proposed construction of a motocross track. Our family cottage is located approximately one mile from Griswold Mountain and I vehemently OPPOSE this proposed rezoning and development.

It is the duty of the Cheboygan County Planning and Zoning Commission to protect the rights and quality of life of Indian River residents from the inherent risks and threats the proposed motocross track would represent.

1) Safety Risks Resulting From Overextended Emergency Response Resources:

The proposed motocross track and campgrounds would require medical, fire and law enforcement standbys that would likely overextend Indian River Emergency Services.

2) Nuisance: It is to be expected that a motocross track would be a constant nuisance to Indian River residents, not only during race days, but during incessant practice sessions, special events, etc.

3) Noisy Vehicular Traffic/ Noise of Congregation of People:

The current noise limits for motorcycles and ATVs in Cheboygan County is 94 db/a (decibels). However, according to the American Motorcyclist Association Racing Rulebook, the sound limits for race motorcycles (2-stroke, 4-stroke and vintage) range from 96-101 db/a.

According to OSHA standards, 90 to 95 decibels is the threshold level at which sustained exposure may result in hearing loss and several other adverse health effects could result.

Additional noise disturbances from the proposed motocross track would include engine tuning, racetrack PA systems and crowd noise that would have negative impacts on the surrounding community and environment.

4) Objectionable Effluent:

The addition of a motocross racetrack and campground would significantly increase the risk of pollution and toxic waste infiltrating the surrounding eco-system, create potential contaminated runoff in area waters, and create risk of large fuel tank spills near forested areas.

For these reasons and more, reject the rezoning application for and development of a motocross track.

Samantha Devick • Mullett Lake

Safe Home Thanks

Thank you to area schools, businesses, organizations, service and faith-based groups and individual community members for your outpouring of support during the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Your generous donations are heart-warming and extremely beneficial.

Special thanks to Oleson’s Food Store in Petoskey and their customers for helping raise needed funds for the Safe Home during an in-store donation program that resulted in more than $2,000, after a generous matching grant from the Oleson Foundation. We also thank the folks at Lite 96.3 for hosting a donation drive at Oleson’s over the holidays.

The Safe Home is staffed and operated 24/7 by the WRCNM providing a secure, supportive and caring residence to survivors of domestic abuse and their children in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. The WRCNM provides shelter residents with meals, housing, counseling and advocacy at no charge. Last year, the Safe Home provided more than 10,000 meals and 3,382 nights of refuge to 119 survivors and their children.

Donations from the community of food, supplies and gifts will be put to good use by the many families staying at the Safe Home now and throughout the year.

On behalf of the families impacted by domestic abuse, we thank you. Please know you have helped make a difference in the lives of others in your community.

Jamie Winters Safe Home Coordinator

Take Responsibility

Another Christmas season where liberals whined about poverty and income inequality. Communism produces income equality but doesn’t work because it’s human nature not to collectivize one’s earnings. Capitalism rewards educated, hard workers. A shortage of bureaucratic measures did not cause poverty, and massive doles have not banished it. Poverty is caused by unpreparedness, addictions, illiteracy, indolence, single parenthood, and bad personal choices. Washington expends trillions through government agencies, but generational poverty persists because of human individuality. Is it possible to give a work ethic and self-motivation to those getting welfare checks (the exception being Social Security and Medicare, as workers pay into both). Can one compel immature youths to become educated? Can society prevent self-indulgent teen pregnancies? Where in our world today is personal responsibility, self-respect, and self-reliance?

Upper income taxpayers share 86 percent of taxes in this country but are accused of not paying “their fair share” by those who pay nothing. This is the real economic injustice.

If you don’t want to be poor, consider the consequences of your actions. Be drug free, stay in school, learn a skill, get a job, marry before having children, and make good decisions.

Carole Underwood • Maple City

 
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