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 1-27-14

- January 27th, 2014  

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Concerns about “AirWalk” near Glen Lake

Before my husband and I permanently moved to Glen Lake eighteen years ago we lived in three different communities in Ohio and Indiana. All three are classic examples as to why zoning and the maintaining of the zoning are so very important.

One village was zoned strictly, remained small and has a charming “New England village” character. The second started very small, grew like a weed and has all the unattractive characteristics that come to mind when zoning is ignored, i.e. quick food restaurants, huge signs, strip malls etc. The third also started as a really small village and now is a city of 55,000! But, because the elected officials had the foresight, the zoning was strict, logical and consistent and today the city remains a lovely place to live in, visit or just drive through.

One other place I must mention. My family visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1940’s. It was a quaint little village tucked in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Fast forward to 1980’s; my husband, two friends and I drove through Gatlinburg…and out of there as quickly as possible. It is a truly ugly tourist trap!

Obviously, one entertainment skywalk would not make it a Gatlinburg…but it would be a beginning.

My husband “found” Glen Lake when he was fourteen and fell in love with it. Thanks to slow growth, our lovely Sleeping Bear National Park, and responsible zoning, we remain an area that is naturally one of the most beautiful areas in the world. We already have breathtaking views of both forests and waterways…please help keep it that way.

Josephine & John McCormick Maple City

Sidewalk Solutions

I’d like to weigh in my 2 cents on all things snow removal for Traverse City’s sidewalks. Especially the stretch of sidewalk that remains COMPLETELY covered with snow on and around Garfield Road south of S. Airport in Garfield Township.

Do you, dear reader, where ever you reside in Michigan, ever FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE as a result of the pedestrian experience of walking in the road when there are little other choices? Esp. those who live in my neck of the woods? Garfield Township south of S. Airport, on Garfield Road?

Do I actually expect to get hit by a car while walking along that road? NO. Why? I wear a dorky yellow safety vest. Now you see me... now you STILL see me, if you are operating a vehicle AKA driving north or south along Garfield (or S. Airport for that matter ---East or West respectively---) Every day I end up either A) Taking a bus in that neighborhood, B) Driving a car or C) Walking in this vicinity.

It’s no pedestrian’s paradise; exactly the opposite. If I take my prior question as rhetorical, then YES sometimes I FEAR FOR MY LIFE when walking in this car-laden area.

Since local township officials would likely need a SERIES of complaints from residents to actually clear these sidewalks, I’d like to suggest the following...

If it’s a choice between walking in the threefoot high snow banks or walking in the road AND you decide to walk in the road, wear a safety style vest with bright colors.

Already have one? Great! Don’t have one already? Ask me for one. I’ve got a few spare. You’ll know it’s me, good old Joe, because I will be wearing a safety vest along with my other winter gear, hat, scarf, gloves and beard. BTW DeWeese and Wal-Mart sell them as well. $12.50 in safety gear is probably worth it if it can prevent getting struck by a vehicle.

Joe Connolly • Garfield Township

Pay Your Taxes, NFL

No matter which problem is being discussed or argued, it always comes down to say one thing, support the opposite with dollars. Detroit need money, Michigan needs money, but the football obsessed still watch their games, buy the trinkets, etc and never question that the thing they support doesn’t support them.

For two decades, the NFL has been granted tax exempt status. Along with subsidies by local and state governments, the owners and players get richer every day. Still no “fans” object. Isn’t it about time to demand the code be changed and profiteers pay their share of taxes? The same goes for cruise lines, which pay no taxes but are willingly supported by an endless supply of travelers. These same travelers fail to grasp the slave labor that the ships use. So believe what you will, but make your money echo your views.

Anna Moested, Honor

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