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 08-11-2014

- August 11th, 2014  

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Build A Better Cherry Fest

I strongly disagree with Mr. Tuttle’s piece insisting that we keep National Cherry Festival exactly as it remains. Many residents, including myself, are not in favor of eliminating the festival, but rather asking some very poignant questions. Should the festival be moved to a date that local cherries would actually be ready, instead of a weekend like the Fourth of July when the city is full anyway? Should we move the festival to the fairgrounds so our normally pristine Open Space can be on display? How can we better connect visitors with local commerce as opposed to the carnival that moves into town for 10 days? Traverse City will have visitors making a positive economic impact during the second week of July regardless of Cherry Festival. I applaud our city leaders and others for questioning the current impact on the Festival. Why shouldn’t we try to make it better for all in our community?

Aaron McBride, Traverse City

A Real Farmers Market

The ongoing practice of farmer’s market vendors reselling produce they don’t grow themselves, and failing to identify it as such, has never been about “big farmer versus little farmer,” as one of the resellers claims, but rather about transparency and being straightforward and telling the truth to buyers. It’s about allowing buyers the facts they deserve and need to make informed buying choices. Many market goers believe that when they visit a farmer’s market, they’re buying food that’s been locally grown. Buying locally strengthens our communities when we invest our food dollars close to home, not to mention that it lessens the environmental impact from trucking our food in from other regions.

It’s important to know where and how our food is grown, what pest management practices were utilized, whether it was grown from GMO seed, whether it’s been grown on depleted or contaminated soil, not to mention when was it harvested, given the ongoing nutrient depletion after harvesting.

If market rules are such that reselling is allowed, it is often accompanied by the rule that vendors disclose the name and address of the farm where the produce was grown. That rarely occurs, and more often than not, we’ve witnessed resellers verbally representing themselves as the growers. The solution is really quite simple: transparency and honesty. If the resellers truly believe in what they’re doing, and it’s not just about making a buck, they shouldn’t have a problem with placing signs indicating where their respective produce is grown.

Karla Black, Platte River Gardens, Interlochen

Congrats on the Wet House

How wonderful to see that there are people who are intelligent, compassionate and actively doing something to help those with addictions and mental differences which are viewed with critical disapproval by many. Mental challenges and addictions to drugs and alcohol are not unique to homeless men, these things affect both men and women and people from all income levels. Our system does not do much to help support those with these differences, unless you can call throwing them in the slammer help. These differences are not crimes against society they need as much support as those who are affected with breast cancer or any other diseases. Making a place for them that helps them live a better life is the first step in advancing society’s treatment of these “throw away, go away” people.

There but for some toss of the dice goes you or your son or daughter. Every person deserves to be treated with respect and deserves to have a place safe and warm to call home. No judging, just intelligent help without unrealistic rules. I hope that Dann’s House receives the support that it needs. Something like this is long overdue. Way to go great people of Traverse City!

Sigrid Hansen, Petoskey

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