Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 09/22/2012


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Owe it to loved ones

I'm sure everyone is aware of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in northern Michigan.

If you are one of those in our area who has a family member or dear friend who is addicted to prescription drugs, you can never give up trying to help.

Sometimes it may seem like you are banging your head against a brick wall, but you cannot stop.

If by chance they finally come around and seek help, they will thank you in the end.

If by chance it ends in tragedy at least you can live with yourself knowing you have done everything you could.

So don't stop trying. You owe it to your loved ones, and yourself.

Greg Long

Traverse City

Some common sense

Good to hear some good common sense, especially from a psychologist. Mr. Ritchie hit the nail right on the head (July 26 Forum).

Bullying is common in our society, in every walk of life.

When I was 12 years old a high school junior always picked on me at his every convenience.

The last time, I tried to walk away but he caught up with me and knocked me down. I got up and punched him in the nose.

He then beat me up pretty bad but I still got in a couple good punches.

He never bothered me again and, another good thing, he was a star athlete, and I don't know for sure but I don't think he bullied anyone again.

Bob Lucas


Courtesy on the trail

Earlier this year the TART Trail was paved all the way to Suttons Bay.

The trail is almost flat and many cyclists, apparently imagining they are competing in the Tour de France, come screaming by at speeds which would be illegal on many city streets.

People still walk the trail but now at considerably greater risk of injury; a bike doing 20 mph covers nearly a hundred yards in 10 seconds.

Short of wearing a helmet with a mirror attached there is no way to tell when 200 pounds of bike and rider are immediately behind you.

Passing bikers often said, "On your left" as they went by. Many speedsters no longer observe that courtesy. (It's also true that some walkers meander from one side of the trail to the other.)

It isn't unusual for bikers riding two abreast to come within a foot of an unsuspecting walker. If a car came that close to a cyclist there would be some intemperate language.

I have no idea who would be at fault in a cyclist/pedestrian collision on the TART Trail.

With a little more courtesy we won't have to find out.

Henry E. Klugh

Traverse City

Be proactive on Lyme

Lyme disease: In my long experience as a Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella patient, I have found Lyme infection "co-diseases" are often overlooked or misunderstood by the medical community.

People need to know that a Lyme-carrying tick can, and most often does, carry up to four parasites which can create disease.

They are: Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella and Erlichea. Each disease has a variety of symptoms, and each is treated by a completely different set of antibiotics. Thus, the antibiotics given for Lyme will not kill the other infections if present.

Although Lyme can be chronic, the cause of many "chronic" symptoms may also be Bartonella and/or Babesia.

Each disease can affect many systems of the body ... the brain and cognition, the digestive, the joints, lymph and most notably, deplete the immune system, rendering it less able to do its work.

Lyme, and especially Babesia and Bartonella, can be very hard to cure if not caught early.

People need to be proactive, questioning their doctors and researching information on the Internet.

Camilla Marvel

Traverse City