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 05-05-2014

- May 5th, 2014  

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Accept The Mysteries of Faith

In the “Crossed” column, Mr. Singer presents a timeless subject matter. One could say he tasted the water of man’s being as to spirituality but not deep enough, so at present he is an atheist.

My comment is brief on the very deep subject, not intended to polarize the debate, but rather to review what the great 17th Century philosopher Blase Pascal had to say.

There are two kinds of argument for theism. Traditional, epistemic arguments hold that God exists. Modern, pragmatic arguments hold that, regardless of whether God exists, believing in God is good for us, or is the right thing to do, a bet on the safe side. Nonbelief is a bet on the very risky down side.

Not having the brainpower of the world’s great and famous philosophers through the ages, I find it helpful to accept the mysteries on faith, with lots of hope thrown in and that Mr. Singer can do the same, especially at the eleventh hour.

Thomas Hagan, Empire

Does Government Care About Pipeline?

I am very frustrated with our state and federal government and the elected officials including Gov. Snyder. I wrote a letter to the Governor and to eight other state and federal officials, conveying my serious concern about a failure of the 60 yearold pipeline that goes under the Straits of Mackinac and carries Canadian tar sands oil at high temperatures and pressure.

I enclosed recent articles in the Wall Street Journal (“Remote Sensors Fail to Spot Many Oil Leaks”) and Northern Express (“Water, West Virginia and Why We Should Take Note”). Enbridge has a very bad track record on oil pipeline leads and responses to them. Imagine what it would do to our Great Lakes if we had a blowout or event a steady, hard-todetect leak from this underwater pipeline.

I have not yet received a reply from anyone, except for two generic emails from a Governor’s aide. I even called Sen. Darwin Booher’s Lansing office and did not even get a return call. Does anybody in government care at all?

Donald Ramsdell, Northport

Ramps and a Rye Boule

On the narrow lane to our house, there’s a very old fence neatly defining a small green field and a cool leafy woods just beyond.

It’s very Robert Frost…well, no snow of course, it’s spring.

At the edge of the field, just inside the woods we have a small patch of wild leeks…“ramps” as they’re called around our small town. Mind you, these are not those cloddish things smuggled into food stores from Chile. These are small, delicate greens that pop up through last year’s damp brown leaves at the foot of the maples in our little woods.

We had a soft, early spring this year and there is a bumper crop of these extraordinary plants. With a few of the best leaves, and heaps of golden, fat laden, farm-fresh butter we made lots of leek butter; baked a rye boule; slathered the warm fresh bread with great gobs of that bright, subtle leek confection… And in the sunny late afternoon … in radiant contentment…we savored every last bite.

And at the end of the day…there isn’t a thing our meddlesome politicians and food police can do about it. And so it goes…5.2.14

Frank Liebert, Harbor Springs

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