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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Dam dood idea

- February 3rd, 2005
BRIEFS

DAM GOOD IDEA? The Boardman River may be rippling a little closer to its natural state with the decommissioning of three hydroelectric dams.
Traverse City Light and Power plans to pull the plug on the outdated dams, clearing the way for their possible removal by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. One downside of their removal, however, would be the loss of Keystone Pond and Sabin Pond south of Traverse City. The ponds provide habitat for nesting swans, geese and other waterfowl in addition to providing a pleasant setting for a trail along the waterway.

SKI BUMMER: Due to budget cuts, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reportedly discontinued plowing the trailheads of ungroomed cross country ski trails in the Grand Traverse region. Unless the lots are plowed by local citizens, the action virtually spells the end of skiing at trails such as Lake Ann or Lake Dubonnet for lack of a place to park. The rationale by Michigan‘s Legislature is that if user fees don‘t pay the way, the parking lots won’t get plowed. In short, cross country skiers are screwed, but snowmobilers get their parking lots plowed.

RAFFLE THIS: Speaking of skiing, tickets are on sale for the 2005 TART Trails Grooming Raffle. TART Trails provides grooming services on 69 kilometers of trails on both the Vasa Pathway and Leelanau Trail.
Raffle tickets are $100 each and the grand prize is $8,000 (if all 200 tickets are sold). The annual raffle was created to offset the cost of trail grooming, purchase new grooming equipment, and to repair and maintain existing equipment.
To purchase tickets, call the TART Trails office at (231) 941-4300 or visit Brick Wheels on 8th Street in TC. The winner will be drawn at the Vasa race awards party on
February 12.

CALLING ALL (FEMALE) ARTISTS: Creative ladies are invited to lend their talents to the 3rd Annual “From Women‘s Hands“ exhibition and sale this May 6-8 at the new Hagarty Center in TC. Last year, more than 100 female authors, visual artists and musicians contributed their works to the event, which drew a crowd of 900 in support of local women‘s cancer funds.
Application forms are availabe by calling Jennifer Hutchinson at 231-218-0096, or email jennifer@fromwomenshands.com.

ARTFUL BENEFIT: Artist Dominick Famiano is doing his bit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan by offering four original art photography prints to benefit the organization at Instant Framer, The Copy Shop, Higher Self Book Store, Espresso Bay & Juice Island in TC during the month of February.
Each print featured in the “Art For Kids Sake” series depicts abstract images of driftwood found along the beaches of Lake Michigan. Check it out at the participating locations, or online at www.signatureantiques.com.

WONDERING how progress is going on Boyne‘s new Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay? You can keep an eye on the progress of Michigan‘s largest indoor waterpark on a live webcam at www.avalanchebay.com. The indoor waterpark plans to open at Boyne Mountain this Memorial Day.

 
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