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 08-04-2014

- August 4th, 2014  

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What Will You Tell Your Children?

What will you tell your children about climate change?

Will you tell them how the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere caused more severe storms, the melting of Arctic sea ice and the Antarctic ice shield, and the warming and rising of our oceans? Will you tell them how this caused water and food shortages around the world?

The climate doesn’t care about politics. It affects everyone on earth. This means we had better be working together on this most pressing issue of our times. Scientists are warning that we don’t have much time to change and adapt so we had better get going. Changing our fossil fuel addiction is crucial. Energy efficiency saves approximately 25 percent, but we must do more. We cannot solve our problems with the current way of thinking that just proposes using different fossil fuels. Renewable energies like wind and solar are critical. In Michigan they would create jobs in manufacturing, installation and maintenance — a real “buy local” initiative! It would also diversify and secure our grid.

Doing nothing is not an option. What will you tell your grandchildren?

Ann Rogers, Traverse City

Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage

I’ve noticed that over the last couple of years letters printed in the Northern Express concerning Israel have all been critical of Israel with no blame assigned to the Palestinians. With this current offensive against Hamas, no doubt there will be plenty more criticism of Israel.

Of all those critical of Israel, however, I have yet to see expressed any concern about the documented war crimes being committed by Hamas, as defined by the United Nations itself. Those crimes include rockets being store-housed in schools, command centers in hospitals, ammo dumps in mosques, missle batteries around apartment buildings, and on and on.

Legitimate criticism of actions Israel has taken in its own defense is not anti- Semitic. However, when those supporters of Palestinians and Hamas hold Israel to standards they hold no other nation to, constantly accuse Israel of committing crimes while ignoring crimes committed by Palestinians, distort facts, accuse Israel of genocide and outright lie in order to defame Israel, that is what constitutes anti- Semitism.

It would be refreshing to see letters with an opposite point of view to counter what seems to be a massive worldwide campaign to slander, defame, blame and accuse Israel of all manner of crimes.

Joel Weberman, Mesick

Taxing Retirees

How remarkable to see letters from rational folks instead of the usual loony rants about the Koch brothers, Citizens United, corporate evils in general, global warming, fracking, and how by some twisted logic, women’s rights to purchase and use birth control are infringed unless her selection is fully paid for by a third party. Thank you!

The latest issue did have a letter from a misguided soul who believes that corporations actually pay taxes, instead of building the cost into the market price of the product that all consumers must pay. A further rant was aimed at Governor Snyder and the emergency manager “racket,” a law first signed by Democrat Governor James Blanchard in 1988 and used by subsequent governors of both parties.

I am also a retiree, living on my pension. Why should retired persons not pay taxes? Our children already pay for our drugs, Medicare, and Social Security. How is it “unjust” to tax retired people? In my age group, pension and benefit income must exceed $94,000 for joint filers ($47,000 for single filers) before being taxed by the State of Michigan. The median household (combined) income is just over $48,000, yet it would be just for folks getting twice that much to pay no tax? Wow!

Jim Trout, Onekama

Symphony Masterpiece

I’m writing to draw attention to a recent presentation of professional classical music outdoors.

The audience experienced a new sort of sound and light show Saturday, July 19, when the Traverse Symphony Orchestra presented its first ever concert on the lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons. An ebullient conductor Kevin Rhodes led his 80 musicians through two tours of blockbuster classical pieces. The reason for Rhodes’ good cheer was the spectacular setting and sound system used by Porterhouse Productions.

Centerpiece of the performance was the piece Mangrove, written and performed by artist/songwriter, Savannah Buist of The Accidentals along with her partner, Katie Larson with the backing of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The evocative performance brought the audience to its feet.

Other standing ovations followed as the audience experienced the second tour of the evening, that through a musical timeline of orchestral favorites. Rhodes’ impeccable programming ended with the popular Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever, as the delighted audience of all ages exited the venue. I encourage readers to experience the TSO.

Judith W. Weaver, Traverse City

Revisiting The Wethouse

The Christie Minervini column on “wethouses” was insightful and I hope received positively by the community. Our drug and alcohol policies are built on failure and powerlessness. We try to live up to some undefined moral code, and pay no attention to “reducing the harm” we all face from alcoholism and addiction. A priest or minister won’t solve this problem but maybe, God willing, an engineer can!

Bill Bustance, Traverse City

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