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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Youth duck race

- July 4th, 2011
Just Ducky:Friends of Youth Duck Race benefits charities for kids
Every year for the last 23 years, a flock of hundreds of ducks has raced down the mighty Boardman River during the National Cherry Festival to support a worthy cause.
This year The Optimist Youth Foundation Inc./ The Optimist Club of Traverse City are directing the race to support youth charities in the Grand Traverse Area.
The Friends of Youth Boardman River Duck Race will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the Union Street Bridge near Hannah Lay Park. The finish line is at the Cass Street Bridge near the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce building.
Mark Koval of the Optimist Club, says the public is invited to participate via a corporation/business division or through the individual/youth group yellow rubber duck division.
Individual yellow rubber ducks are being sold to the public for $5 each or a 6-quack (6 ducks) for $25 by TC Figure Skaters, Glen Lake Soccer Team, Northwestern Bank (monies to go to Child and Family Services), and any Optimist member. Eighty percent of whatever is sold is reimbursed to the selling organizations.
Ducks will be numbered prior to launching. First, second, and third place winners for the yellow duck youth competition will receive gift certificates from Meijer for $200, $150, and $100. The next 20 place winners will receive prizes from McClain’s Bike and Fitness Center. Youth groups interested in selling yellow rubber ducks can contact Jerry Keelan 929-9919 or jkeelan@aol.com for more information.
Businesses can purchase a corporate duck the size of a decoy for $100 from an Optimist member and decorate it to their liking. Divisions in the race include financial institutions, energy, insurance companies, restaurants, attorneys, car dealers, businesses. Call Mark Koval at 313-4995 or Mike Brown at 218-4923 to get your business just ducky.

 
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