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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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.