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 06-02-2014

- June 2nd, 2014  

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Just Imagine

I read the recent version of “Crossed” with interest. I can only respond by quoting Mr. Lennon: “Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace”...

Tom Speers, Fife Lake

Stop The Fluoridation

The decision of the Boyne City Commissioners to stop adding fluoride to the water supply is very good news for the citizens.

The substance being poured into water supplies across the country is a manmade, unrefined, toxic waste by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry called hydrofluosilicic acid. It is a highly corrosive liquid that requires full protective equipment to handle. Being non-purified, it also contains other waste by-products such as lead, arsenic, heavy metals and other substances. This is not pharmaceutical grade product; it comes straight from the scrubbers of the smoke stacks of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Yes, it’s toxic waste.

Remember when the experts told us tobacco was safe? The experts told us asbestos, DDT, DES, Thalidomide, PCBs and Agent Orange were safe.

Water fluoridation flies in the face of sound pharmacology practice. It is dangerous because you cannot control how much fluoride a person is consuming and it accumulates over time in the bones. Fluoride is also used in pesticides and many nonorganic foods have high residues on them.

In 2010 the US Center for Disease Control published that 41 percent of U S children aged 12 -15 have dental fluorosis, meaning they had too much fluoride exposure during their early childhood, confirming that American children are being over-exposed to fluoride.

Adding fluoride to water is unscientific and unethical. Public water fluoridation is a “one size fits all” system to mass medicate the public. That is why communities all over the world are saying NO to fluoridation.

If you want to use fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, that is your choice. But no one should be forced to drink it.

Call your commissioners, come to the meeting, and let them know where you stand.

Jinny Heick, Boyne City

The Reality at Griswold Mountain

Recent letters to the editor to local newspapers by some Griswold Mountain racetrack supporters have contained hostile references to “the anti-trackers” that cloud the fact that racing on the mountain is a zoning issue, not an issue of class warfare nor a debate about economic development in Indian River. By continuing to argue the vague and unsubstantiated claim that motorcross on the mountain is God’s answer to the economic calamity of Cheboygan County is to miss the point entirely.

First of all, it isn’t, and second, the “it’s the economy stupid” argument is not relevant to the zoning process per the ten factors the Commissioners have been instructed to follow. The anti-trackers to whom these writers refer are by and large not against racing in Indian River. We are against locating a racetrack in our quiet residential community. Protecting against inappropriate land use and defending property owners’ rights is precisely why zoning regulations exist, and why zoning boards were created.

It is offensive to condemn the members of the planning commission for investing countless volunteer hours of service and devoting themselves to administering those rules fairly and honestly. If one doesn’t like the outcome, perhaps one should acknowledge failure to having successfully articulated relevant facts at the appropriate time.

Track supporters would also do well to reflect on the fact that retirees, seasonal homeowners and vacationers are the economic backbone of northern Michigan. Ranting about the “rich...transplants...trying to run things their way” unproductively galvanizes the community with divisiveness and suspicion. Seasonal residents may not vote here, but they do buy groceries, eat in local restaurants, and pay taxes. Devaluing their properties or driving them away is self-destructive.

It seems to me that we would be better off working together to find alternatives to the proposed Griswold Mountain location and brainstorming other growth ideas for our community.

After all, we are all in this thing together.

Charles D. Willmott, Indian River

Renewable Energy and Fracking

When Edison figured out how to harness electricity, the world was changed. What a wonderful addition to our lives. And now we have the knowhow to produce our needs from wind and solar which means we no longer need to drill these awful wells to produce natural gas. And no more fracking.

But there are a couple of problems. We haven’t figured out a way to store large quantities of electricity for long periods of time. And since the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, we must either be prepared to do without electricity for extended periods, or have the generating capacity available to produce our needs. I think we will all choose not to go without electricity in January.

Now the cost to produce electricity from hydrocarbons is 60 percent to build the generating capacity and 40 percent variable cost...for fuel and operations. And the cost to produce electricity from renewable sources is at least double our current costs. So as we move to renewable energy, costs will double when the wind blows and costs will then double when it doesn’t. I think that means that our costs will double. Nice.

Now on fracking. We drill a gas well to get “natural gas.” It is called natural gas because it came from nature. Millions of years ago, little bugs died and decomposed and turned into natural gas. So I propose we change the name from “fracking” to “enhanced environmentally friendly technique for the release of natural remains.” Then the ill-informed will love the idea, because it is very clear they will not read the science or learn the truth. It is much better to sit back and act smart while being just the opposite.

Richard Deneau, Gaston, Indiana

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