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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Ideas Worth Spreading in TC

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2014  
Bill Clinton’s done TED. So has U2’s Bono.

Featuring luminaries from all walks of life, TED – or technology, education, and design –started in 1984 as a Californiabased conference where a broad spectrum of speakers shared ideas.

Today, independent events – like the one coming to Traverse City – help share ideas in communities around the world.

Ideas InviTED

“TED … has grown to support world changing ideas,” said TEDx TC planning team member Sara Harding.

Harding said the conference will include both video presentations and live speakers.

“These elements will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a regional group,” Harding said. “We want to create the ultimate ‘brain experience,’ and curate a journey that features ideas and inspiration.”

Thinkers PresenTED

Innovative speakers and ground breaking concepts are perennial themes of TED, a formula that will be replicated in Traverse City. This year’s theme is “game changers.” Mari Kuraishi; Emmy Award-winning producer Danny Forster; and leadership speaker John U. Bacon.

Each speaker will have 18 minutes to “affect a significant shift in the current manner of our thinking or doing,” Harding said.

“We are honored to host speakers from all around the country and all walks of life,” she said. “They are extraordinary and brave, and we are grateful for the time and talent they will be bringing to our event and sharing with our audience.”

Harding and her team have invited 16 presenters from a variety of fields who embody this mentality, Harding said.

“They are challenging preconceptions and pushing boundaries,” she said.

Among them are Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill; Google Technologist John Militello; GlobalGiving co-founder

People ConnecTED

In addition to TEDx TC, now in its fourth year, big thinkers might also want to watch for TEDx TC Salon events, smaller local happenings that hash out big topics.

So far, three TEDx Salon events have been held; Harding said three more are slated after TEDx TC.

“Our first was on light pollution, our second was on Russian politics, and our most recent one was on water,” she said about the salon events, which are free of charge. “They will continue to focus on our theme of game changers.”

No matter which event attendees choose, Harding promises “new ways of thinking.”

“The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others,” she said.

TEDx Traverse City is scheduled for May 14. Tickets to both the live event and simulcast are sold out; to get on a wait list visit tedxtraversecity.com.

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