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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Doggone shame

Erin Crowell - June 6th, 2011
Doggone Shame: Cherryland Humane Society in danger of closing
By Erin Crowell
“The community has always rallied behind us and I know it will happen this
time around,” Sue Schwartz said over the echo of barking dogs at the
Cherryland Humane Society (CHS). The volunteer remains optimistic after
Mike Cherry, CHS executive director along with CHS president Jess Reed,
announced last week that unless the 501(c)(3) nonprofit can raise $20,000
as early as June 15, it will be forced to shut down operations.
Cherry and Reed hosted a press conference on Wednesday, less than a week
after CHS sent a mass mailing out to the community, asking for financial
help that would cover the $200,000 annual budget.
Cherry attributes a troubled economy, an increase in cost of
operations—such as pet food, medicine, supplies and care, utilities and
cleaning agents—and historically low donations from substantial annual
contributors as factors to the budget shortfall.
“The CHS is dependent on donations for its very existence,” Cherry said.
“Often animal charities are on the lower end of the giving scale,” adding
CHS received only 60% of the expected total funds from annual donors in

Established July 1956, the CHS provides over 25 programs dedicated to spay
and neuter awareness, pet education and homeless dog and cat adoption,
among other services in the Grand Traverse region.
Last year, CHS found homes for 596 puppies and dogs; and 556 kittens and
“Last week we had 18 dogs adopted,” Schwartz said.
Because of the shape of the economy, including job loss and foreclosures,
CHS has seen a record increase in animals coming to the shelter, according
to Reed.
“People will come to us crying because they can’t find an apartment that
will allow dogs or they just can’t afford to keep their pet,” Schwartz
While surrounding shelters and humane societies such as Benzie, Charlevoix
and Petoskey would likely see an increase in unwanted cats and dogs if CHS
were to close, Reed said he fears what may happen if individuals had to
travel so far to take care of an unwanted pet.
“Responsible people will find another shelter to take their animal,” Reed
said. “What we’re concerned with is some of the less responsible animal
owners who are not inclined to go the extra mile. At that point we’re
concerned about animal abandonment, cruelty and improper euthanasia.”

Located just south of Traverse City near the Rogers Observatory, the
Cherryland Humane Society moved into its current home in July 2002. The
14,000 square foot facility boasts two separate dog kennel wings, a cat
adoption center, examination room, grooming room and pet/adopter
interaction rooms. Along with a $350 per day shortfall, CHS is always in
need of a variety of items including washable cat and dog toys, blankets,
rugs, cleaning supplies, cat and dog food, kitty litter and laundry

For more information on how to donate to the Cherryland Humane Society,
call them at 231-946-5116 or visit cherrylandhumane.org. CHS is located at
1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49696.
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