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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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‘We take hard cases‘ A. C. Paws celebrates with a pet reunion

Danielle Horvath - May 19th, 2005
For the past nine years, A. C. Paw has rescued over 3,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens in Northern Michigan which would have otherwise been destroyed. This often means animals that have been abused, neglected, sick or when there is no room at the local shelters.
To celebrate their successes, they are having their second annual “Family Reunion” day on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at PetSmart in Traverse City. Anyone who has adopted a pet through A.C. Paw is encouraged to bring their animal, or a picture of them to the reunion. Highlights of the day will include door prizes, a display, and a raffle of specially-built dog houses to support the Gimme Shelter Project. The event will be broadcast live by Steve Cook from WTCM.
“This is a chance for all our volunteers to see the results of their hard work and dedication,” says Brian Manley, co-founder of A.C. Paw, along with partner June McGrath.
“We take the hard cases,” said Manley, “like dogs with Parvo, kittens and puppies that require round-the-clock feedings and older animals who need somewhere to live out their last years.” Parvo is a virus that primarily attacks puppies and is often fatal. A.C. Paw volunteers have turned around 41 Parvo infected dogs to live long, healthy lives. They have handled more than 220 orphaned puppies and kittens, many of whom would’ve died if they hadn’t received their care.
The all volunteer, non-profit group of 30 plus provides foster care homes that take in animals that need special care and attention. The group works to find adoptive homes through their special adoption days at Pet Smart. Cats and kittens are available for adoption through A.C. Paw on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Volunteers also bring adoptive dogs and puppies in on Saturdays.
Over the past two years, A.C. Paw has been working to provide dog houses to protect outside dogs against the harsh Northern Michigan winters. The Gimme Shelter Dog Housing Project has brought shelter to over 20 dogs with the number growing each year. Donations of dog houses and/or materials that would aid in the construction or repair is appreciated. They will also take old dog houses and refurbish them.
A.C. Paw relies solely on volunteer donations to do its work. Approximately 85% of contributions go for veterinary care, food, or other items such as kennels, cat beds and litter. The Lundstrom Family Foundation has played a critical role in keeping A.C. Paw operations viable. A.C. Paw is located in Mancelona, but works with people and animals from all over the Grand Traverse area. For information, contact Brian Manley at 231-587-0738. Their mailing address: P.O. Box 130, Mancelona, 49659.


A home for Rosco
Rosco is a happy, healthy, playful puppy who has joined our family since we adopted him from A.C. Paw over a month ago. He has grown twice his size, has found his favorite sleeping spots in the house, and has learned that cats have sharp claws. My son Ben is training him to walk on a leash, fetch a ball and plans on making him his fishing buddy this summer as soon as he can get him used to the water.
Rosco is still chewing on things he shouldn’t, he wants to play when everyone else wants to watch a movie, and he still has an accident now and then in the house, but he is also becoming part of the family.
Raising a puppy is a lot like raising a child – it requires patience, training and a lot of love. And, like children, the results don’t always come right away, but when they do, you know it’s all been worth it. A good dog can be a true friend and life long companion.
-- Danielle Horvath

XXX NEWS
The Michigan House has approved sending the U.S. Congress a resolution supporting the creation of an “.xxx” Internet domain name that would allow parents to better protect their children from adult web sites.
House Resolution 30, introduced by State Rep. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, urges the federal government to require the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish an “.xxx” Internet domain.
“Seven new domain names were created a couple of years ago, but that didn’t include the ‘.xxx’ one that was also proposed,” said Walker. “It’s important that this domain be implemented so parents, schools, libraries and others can more easily use software to block access to materials inappropriate for children.“
Walker said in a release that he has been working on the .xxx idea with Congressman Dave Camp and there‘s reason to believe the U.S. Congress will consider it.

CALLING ALL WOOKIES:
The Force is with Star Wars lovers in Petoskey: The Petoskey Cinema is having a premiere showing of “Star Wars Episode 3“ at 12 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. Manager Julie Jamison says tickets are available now, at $20 which includes reserved seating, a preshow party with all you can eat pizza, pop, and popcorn.

PROGRESSIVE RADIO
Conservative radio station WTCM, 580-AM is taking a look at the liberal side of the issues with a new Progressive Wednesdays show hosted by Ron Jolly at 9 a.m.
The show was instigated by TC Common Sense, a newly-formed group which lobbied the station to present more balance in its programming. TC Common Sense will help choose topics and guests.

KID STUFF:
A new “Let‘s Get Moving“ program has been launched by health care providers in 20 Northern Michigan counties with the goal of turning sedentary kids into lifelong exercisers.
Let‘s Get Moving kids record the number of miles they walk over a 100 day period with equivalent points awarded for other activities such as swimming, dancing, gardening, golf and more. Credit can also be earned for participants who eat healthy or quit smoking.
Kids are also eligible for prizes from local sponsors. Let’s Get Moving will continue through the end of August when final miles will be tallied.
Cirque du Soleil performer and World Champion Rope Jumper Rene Bibaud will highlight two Kick Off sessions in Traverse City, including a Friday, May 20 event at 7 p.m. at the theater entrance to the Grand Traverse Mall.
For info call the LGM hotline at (231) 935-2909, or visit www.lgmnm.org.

JAZZFEST R.I.P.
The Suttons Bay Jazzfest has been cancelled this summer due to a major act dropping out of its lineup because of health problems.
“Rather than compromise the quality of our presentation or sacrifice the integrity of our mission, we have chosen to take a one-year recess,“ states a release from the Jazzfest, which had been set to complete its 13th year of presenting classic jazz and big band music.
 
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