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 10/17/02

Various - October 17th, 2002
Democrats on Iraq

Since you have had several letters on our posture re. Iraq, I would
like to send along a resolution passed in August at the Michigan
Democratic State Convention. This represents the unanimous opinion of
the 3,000 delegates present who applauded the reading in its entirety.
The resolution was submitted by the Counties of Leelanau and Calhoun.

“Whereas, we condemn Saddam Hussein‘s violation of the human rights
of the people of Iraq and deplore his development of weapons of mass
Whereas the United States has undertaken and maintained a policy
toward Iraq which features imposition of economic sanctions, to the
detriment of the health and safety of children and non-combatant Iraqi
Whereas, the United States and Iraq appear to be in preparation for war:
Whereas, no evidence of imminent threat to the United States has
been demonstrated by the US Government;
Whereas, a UN coalition currently is working to contain the Iraqi
government, and,
Whereas, Iraq continues to negotiate the issue of weapons of mass
destruction with the UN,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the United States modify its
policy of imposition of economic sanctions against Iraq, changing such
sanctions so that the health and safety of children and non-combatant
Iraqis are not harmed;
Be it further resolved that the commencement of military action
against Iraq being considered by this President and his Administration
is currently unjustified; that the strategy of a pre-emptive war is
contrary to the Constitution of the United States; and therefore any
such action should be opposed by the Democratic Party and all Members of
Congress; and
Be it further resolved that the United States seek to resolve its
differences with Iraq through peaceful means if possible, including a
policy of containment.“

Robert E. Marshall • Lake Leelanau

Thumbs up for Petoskey Theatre Festival

After reading your article on the Petoskey Theatre Festival, “Petoskey‘s Theater Rebels,“ I took a drive north to see the play “God‘s Country“, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Joe Bertucci, and was utterly amazed. The cast of performers were awesome, especially when dealing with such heavy and controversial topics as the white supremacy movement. By the end of the first act the audience was in complete awe and didn‘t know whether to clap, cry or just melt into their seats.
This powerful docu-drama ties several story lines together around the murder of Alan Berg, a controversial Denver radio talk show host and keeps your head filled with interest and angst. This show is a must see and gives a wonderfully fast moving time-line of the white power movement.
I‘m just sorry I have not made the drive earlier to see more of this team‘s amazing productions. I left the theater saying to myself, you just don‘t see theater like this in Northern Michigan. It reminded me of living back east and going to Off Broadway theater in NYC back in the ‘80s. What an amazing thing for our area. I highly recommend visiting Petoskey and taking in a PTF production, as you can‘t see anything like it in the north. Bravo to PTF!

Jim Carruthers • TC

‘Picked on the right guy‘

What a lucky girl you are Karen (re: “Standing up to racism,“ 10/3). You attacked a man in a Spartan store for saying what he thinks or thinks he thinks and didn‘t get your tongue pulled out by the roots. You violated his right to freedom of speech and expression.
It‘s a good thing for you that the man is a gentleman who probably learned in a conservative Christian family that it‘s not nice to be violent with women. The man is wrong in his attitudes, but has a right to speak his piece, even if you don‘t like it.
It is the American law to call action a crime, not thought. If you had attacked a man of color or a homosexual and he had struck you for it, you would be charged with a hate crime and the law would side with him. You would go to jail.
Yes Karen, you are lucky you picked on the right guy. He probably thinks he‘s being “cool“ and is not really a bad person. He does have a right to (do business) at Spartan stores even if you and the manager think otherwise. If Spartan didn‘t serve inconsiderate people, you couldn‘t shop there.

John J. Smith • Kalkaska
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