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 8/22/11

- August 22nd, 2011

Mandatory vaccine?
I was at a presentation by Mary Tocco who has been researching and
lecturing on vaccines for about 30 years. As a chiropractor, my
interest was to gain perspective to be able to answer questions from
Munson Medical Center employees who are being mandated to receive the
flu shot this year or lose their jobs (I believe this also applies to
Many of the employees who were there that night feel their rights to
choose what they put into their bodies are being violated. Especially,
because some of the adjuvants in the vaccine have been shown to be at
toxic levels. Her presentation showed evidence-based research
questioning the safety of the flu vaccine.
In addition, before you get the flu shot, reflect on this. Research by
Hugh Fudenberg, MD, a leading immunogeneticist and an often quoted
biologist (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals): If an individual
has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years
studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times
higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots. Dr. Fudenberg said it was
due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot. The gradual
mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.
What are they thinking mandating this?
My big question is, where will this all end? Will entering patients
also be required to get vaccinated before treatment in the hospital?
What other vaccines will be mandated? Will other companies follow? Are
civil rights being violated?

Dr. Greg Chappell • TC

Showing support
We have been members of the Little Artshram CSA for two years and have
eaten produce directly from the garden with zero ill effects! We have
also seen first hand their educational activities; their engagement
with their charges is exemplary.
This whole episode seems blown out of proportion and quite possibly the
entities involved should work together to go forward in a constructive
way. We are proud of our association with Little Artshram and Little
Artshram CSA and will continue to support their good work in our

Nick and Dea Talantis • TC

(The letter above concerns an incident in which a community childrens‘
group in TC was accused of using human waste and raw manure on shrubs
in a flower garden. - ed.)

PR skills lacking
In Northern Michigan a serious effort is at work to change the
appearance of the creeks and rivers that so many have grown up
They say it’s for the fish but the Boardman River, as we now know it,
will be forever changed. Are you sure the motivation isn’t to float for
miles and then end up in downtown Traverse City, and the fish aren’t
just a diversion? For whatever reason, a big change is coming to the
Bordman River upstream of Traverse City over the next few years.
One of the major players in the removal of the obstructions is the
Conservation Resource Alliance of Traverse City in conjunction with
the DNR and the DEQ. I first met the CRA 10 years ago and have learned
one thing seems constant: some who work there are arrogant, and not at
all concerned with the public at large. It’s their way or no way, and
it will be that way in the end because of the control that exists over
the funding and permitting process.
The dam removal in Sherman was botched. In Manton their personnel have
not tried to make friends in the community. Most recently in a “kill
the messenger“ response they wanted me banned from the job site
because I warned them about the ongoing vandalism in the area.
Why is the CRA so bad at public relations? I think it’s because they
do not need to have the overall support of the affected community
behind them, so of course they act that way.

Michael H. MacCready • Cadillac

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