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Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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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
volunteers).
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
community.

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
enjoying.
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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