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 2-24-2014

- February 24th, 2014  

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Manistee Belonged in Story

In Patrick Sullivan’s article there was no mention of the county that would have put the cherry on top his premise on the divide between rich and poor. The omission of Manistee County left off one of the counties with the highest welfare rates. Besides, we think we are part of the Up North scene; we don’t think we’re just chopped liver.

Steve Szilvagyi • Onekama

More crony captalism

I really enjoyed Stephen Tuttle’s recent article titled “A line in the tar sands. Mr. Tuttle has a way of making you think on both sides of an issue. Maybe it was because of limited space, but he omitted the fact that Obama got elected, and re-elected, in part with the environmentalist help so he has to appease that part of his base. So therefore, if they say delay it, it gets delayed. Also, as Stephen wrote, railroads are now transporting that oil. What’s missing is the fact that Warren Buffet owns that railroad, and he’s a big contributor to Obama and the democrat party, so in my eyes it’s just more crony capitalism. We have seen in the past just what Obama’s crony capitalism has bought us, absolutely nothing, not to mention the propping up of Wall Street fat cats (most of them huge bundlers for Barry and the gang) with millions of dollars a month wrapped up in phony baloney bonds. Where’s O.W.S. when you need them? Funny how the protesters disappear when it’s their guy doing the funny business!

Kelly M. Croff • Alanson

Tax Junk Food or Ban Boxing?

So, if you break it down to its simple basics, Bill Bustance likes oatmeal and thinks it shouldn’t be taxed. He doesn’t like Cheerios and thinks they should be taxed and the revenue should be used for roads (Huh?!). I don’t like boxing, a sport with a high potential for causing serious injury, even death. So, we should ban boxing. I assume my preferences will carry as much weight as those of Mr. Bustance, especially since they are much more well thought through and infinitely more defensible.

John Michael Casteel • Traverse City

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