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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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