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 1-20-14

- January 20th, 2014  

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Choices for the Traverse City Community

The History Center is in trouble and lacks enough funds to ensure its continued presence in our community. Meanwhile, our City Council is embarked on a path to figure out what went wrong with the splash pad, how to apportion blame and what it will take to fix it. Can we have a little common sense on these issues? The splash pad could easily be converted to a playground that will still be a lovely attraction for residents and visitors alike and will ensure we don’t have to pay a city employee to clean out the drains every 30 minutes. It would also remove an embarrassing issue from our front pages and let us all get on with enjoying the bay. The History Center, by comparison, has sound and proven infrastructure and has been doing remarkably creative work in the community which promises to get better and better over time. Let’s not let this become a front-page disaster story but instead find ways of supporting it now.

Karen Puschel • Traverse City

Support Native American Role

Thank you, Derek, for your well-written and informative article.

May the TC Commission open their minds and hearts to honor the first national people in a beautiful, artful way at the Clinch Park area.

We are all one here together on our beautiful Mother Earth. Please make TC proud of its ancestors.

Nancy Curley • Traverse City

Addiction Here, Too

Thank you to Mike Morey for his article in the January 6 issue depicting sad scenes from inside an alcohol and drug detox unit. I hope more and more people begin to realize that addiction is rampant in our area, it’s not just relegated to “big cities” any more. We need to keep the conversation going and continue to educate those who are oblivious to this festering boil in our society and yes, even here in semi-rural northern Michigan.

Deni Scrudato • Traverse City

Energy Policy Should Ban Fracking

The insanity of fracking hit me one night while vacationing in Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. At night the sky lights up with thousands of flares from fracking wells. Fracking there is done for oil because it is more valuable than gas. However gas comes up with the oil. Since it is less profitable, it is flared (burned) off into the atmosphere as a waste product. Why is this important to Michigan? Because multinational corporations are leasing our state land at rock-bottom prices, clear-cutting forests, destroying recreation and wildlife areas that provide habitat for animals and tourism dollars for residents – so they can drill for the very same gas that is considered a “waste” product and burned off into the atmosphere in North Dakota! This is insane waste.

It gets worse. Since they get the water for free, the fracking industry is setting national records for water use and contamination here in Michigan. Encana recently applied for permits to use and contaminate 35 million gallons of groundwater. Droughts and water shortages are becoming more common and severe. We should not allow our water to be squandered, poisoned and destroyed.

We don’t have to destroy our environment to keep the lights on. Wind and solar energy technology continues to improve and costs to consumers are going down. Meanwhile, fossil fuel costs are rising as gas and oil reserves become more and more difficult to extract. Fracking has been banned in Vermont and in three Canadian provinces. New York State has a moratorium and over 400 municipalities across the country, including in Michigan have passed resolutions restricting or banning its use.

Its time our state government stopped subsidizing multinational gas and oil companies. We need a state energy policy that promotes wind and solar. We must ban fracking in Michigan.

Anne Zukowski • Charlevoix

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