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Letters 04-25-2016

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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Thursday, September 2, 2004

Crank Radio has a New Meaning

Features Harley Sachs The Upper Peninsula got hit by an unseasonal gale last week: wind gusts to 50 miles an hour and waves on Lake Superior building to 15 feet. No surprise that a tree took down the power grid to remind us how dependent we have become on electricity. There we sat by candlelight, staring at a black TV screen. Fortunately, my son-in-law Charles had just given us a wind-up radio so we could tune in to the local generator-powered radio station for the latest reports.
What? A radio you wind up like an old alarm clock? Yes!
 
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Lay off My Yard Sign...

Other Opinions Harley Sachs At first I thought it unlikely that after so many months of campaigning, the voices of electioneers could get even more strident. Unfortunately, it’s getting even more nasty and personal. A woman wrote to our local paper complaining that three of her yard signs for George Bush were stolen, which is against the law. I was given a yard sign, too, by a local party activist, and now it, too, has disappeared. Let’s analyze that action.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2004

MIRT: Outlawed Device Offers Lethal Tampering with Stoplights

Features Harley Sachs Imagine this: you’re running behind schedule and stuck in traffic. If only you could control those traffic lights, turning them all green as you approach, you could roll forward without interruption. Well, you can, but you’d better not.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Eat your QUORN: Are You ready for Artificial Meat Made from Fungus?

Features Harley Sachs Marlow Foods Limited, the British makers, call it Quorn ?, a “Mycoprotein, a nutritious member of the fungi family,” that is low in fat, cholesterol-free and has high quality protein and dietary fiber. The detractors call it mold. Quorn is one of the latest instances of totally manufactured food to hit the US market.
 
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Polarized Thinking: Our brain‘s ‘either/or ‘ way of thinking can lead to fanaticism bordering on insanity

Features Harley Sachs The human species, though lacking the tooth and claw of predators, is the dominant critter on earth, but in spite of its intelligence has some fatal flaws. Humans cannot hear very low or very high frequency sounds as whales or dogs can. They cannot see distance as eagles or at night as cats. To humans, ultraviolet and x-ray wave lengths are invisible. Yet in spite of those limitations humans are so overloaded with sensory signals that as a defense mechanism they categorize and pigeonhole. People are categorized as black or white, politically left or right. Yet there are “rainbow” people of multiples races, and independent voters.
 
Thursday, July 1, 2004

Can You Hear Me Now?

Features Harley Sachs Everywhere you go now in the city you see people with one hand up to the side of their face like they have an ear ache, except they’re talking into their palm. I have seen people do this while driving their cars, even while driving their cars with stick shifts while going around a corner, which anyone who has ever driven a car with a five-speed manual transmission knows requires two feet on the pedals, a hand on the steering wheel, and a hand on the gear shift. This demands dexterity worthy of a Chinese juggler at the circus.
 
 
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