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 2-10-2014

- February 10th, 2014  

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Close the Locks

I applaud Mr. Estes’ article on keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.

Unfortunately, his solution is too simple, too cost efficient and can be accomplished too quickly. Why do something now when you can drag it out for 25 years at a cost of billions of dollars. Even if some action were taken several years from now, it would be too late anyway.

Certainly our illustrious politicians in Washington will never resolve this matter. Just look at their inaction the last 30+ years on any meaningful legislation regarding invasive species coming into the Great Lakes via international cargo ships. Washington can spend billions of dollars on ridiculous pork barrel items but is not willing to spend a dime on worthwhile projects.

As Mr. Estes stated, our President could resolve this matter with a stroke of his pen, but that also will never happen because he is incapable of making decisions that have an apolitical beneficial result (ie, the Keystone pipeline, the new U S/Canadian international bridge downstate). Besides, the mayor of Chicago is his political buddy.

Not that it would do any good, but Mr. Estes should send copies of his article to the President, Congressmen Reid and Boehner as well as our Michigan congressional people in Washington.

Ron Gurdak • Elk Rapids

Who Stole Traverse City?

Downtown Traverse City is becoming a living abortion to common sense. Who came up with the brilliant concept of filling every square foot of space with tall brick buildings that are built within ten feet of the street?

The Traverse City I remember was full of laughing people and children playing. We parked our cars along the streets. Now, the parking meters in front of these buildings are dedicated to the rich few who work in these mausoleums.

Is the Cherry Festival going the way of the dodo bird with triple vendor fees and a format that caters primarily to affluent seasonal visitors? The city fathers can’t even build a simple water park for the kids, without it being polluted, and then not fix it.

The rest of us live, work, and shop here the rest of the year. Our cars bounce across broken streets. We stumble on sidewalks in poor repair that aren’t plowed properly in the winter.

Traverse City has turned into a micro “Big City.” Are we the new Pontiac or Detroit? When our city ages, will it turn into a slum, where only the homeless can be seen downtown after 9pm? Who stole Traverse City?

William E. Scott • Traverse City

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