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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Vote in Bear Creek

Express Staff - October 31st, 2002
A ‘precedent-setting vote’ in Bear Creek

The fate of a proposed shopping center and housing development outside Petoskey may hang in the balance of the Nov. 5 election when voters from Bear Creek Township decide a referendum on rezoning the site of the project.
Over one year ago, the township board voted against rezoning the Strathmore Co. site to allow a 175,000-square-foot “big box” store development along with 224 low-income housing apartments and 36 duplexes. Opponents of the project believe that threats of a lawsuit by Strathmore against the township prompted the board to reverse its position a year later.
Earlier this year, petitioners gathered some 450 signatures to force a referendum vote on rezoning the site. Although attorneys for Stathmore and its members in the Petoskey Investment Group tried to block the referendum, the right of township citizens to vote on the matter was upheld in court. Since then, the Citizens Against Special Interest Zoning have been active in trying to get out the vote against the proposed shopping center and housing project.
“We have a sense that the majority of people are opposed to making zoning decisions based on threats of litigation, which is what’s happening here,” said Petoskey attorney John Rohe, who has been active in opposing the development.
Rohe added that it would be “a precedent-setting vote” for townships across Michigan. “These townships need the power of the people who live in them to uphold the power of the zoning laws.”

New bike trail dedicated

A superb new 7.5-mile non-motorized trail running along U.S.-31 north of Charlevoix was dedicated on Oct. 24, dramatically advancing the region’s trail opportunities.
Visible all along the highway, the trail begins in Charlevoix at Waller Road and runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline to Bayshore Road where it connects to the Petoskey portion of the trail system. The trail is 10 feet wide and paved with various sections of constructed boardwalk over wetland areas. The $2.6 million project is funded through a federal enhancement grant.

Michael Moore’s must-see film

Author Michael Moore was on hand at last week’s packed premiere of his film, “Bowling for Columbine,” in Traverse City with some good news for local filmgoers: the documentary has broken box office records for single theater showings across the country and will be released early in Northern Michigan as a result of local interest.
The premiere was a benefit for the Mideast: Just Peace film series in Traverse City, which is presenting two films on Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians this week. “Speaking of Peace“ and “The Right to a Home and a Homeland“ will be shown this Monday, Nov. 4

ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS turned out in force in Petoskey and Traverse City on Saturday as part of protests in 1,500 cities around the world, opposing the proposed war in Iraq.
“President Bush has declared his intention to wage a pre-emptive‚ war against Iraq, and is trying to coerce the international community into submission,” said Stephen Brede of the Another Way Peace Coalition, which sponsored the protest in Petoskey. “The administration is waging a campaign to convince the people of the United States to finance -- with tax dollars and blood -- a war of conquest on behalf of the corporate and oil interests that comprise Bush’s true constituency.”
“This massive con job by our so-called ‘leaders‘ would send tens of thousands of young GI‘s to kill and be killed in another war for big oil,” said Sally Neal in Traverse City.
Pictured is a march in Traverse City held in mid September.
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