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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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Carbon Monoxide Hazards

- June 2nd, 2005
A Traverse area family is hosting a day dedicated to educating the public on the hazards of accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in memory of their parents.
The four Overbeck siblings lost their parents several years ago on Elk Lake. The senior Overbecks had just moved into their new retirement home when a vehicle was accidentally left running in an attached garage, and they were overcome by the resulting CO build-up.
The Overbeck Foundation, GT Metro Fire, and Town & Country Cedar Homes are staging an awareness day of the dangers of accidental CO poisoning.
The Saturday, June 4 Garfield Township fire hall event will be held in conjunction with the department’s annual open house. Some 400 CO monitors will be given away (a donation will be encouraged) along with refreshments and firehall displays.
Over 1,000 people die annually from CO poisoning according to the National Safety Council, and several thousand more are treated in emergency rooms for CO exposure.

FEELIN‘ BLUE BENEFIT
The group behind Traverse City’s politically stimulating “Blue Values” billboard campaign invites like-minded Northern Michigan residents to its first fund-raiser, a soiree at Tratorria Stella at the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.
TC Common Sense, whose mission is to get “blue values”-- or liberal and progressive -- candidates into office, is hosting the fund-raiser at Tratorria Stella on Sunday, June 5, from 4-7 p.m. The gathering will enable supporters to discuss enlightened ideas and support TC Common Sense in its quest for a bluer future.
A $25 ticket buys hors d’oeuvres and fine wine.
Entertainment will be provided by Traverse City’s Jeff Gibbs, co-producer and composer for “Fahrenheit/911,” on piano, along with
Julija Nikonovaik, a gifted pianist and graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.
For more info, check out www.tc-commonsense.org

SMART STUFF
On the drawing board for Michigan are “smart“ cars and roads.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is testing vehicles equipped with Vehicle Infrastructure Integration technology, which use high-speed wireless networks to transmit data between vehicles and sensors built into road beds.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the research and development of new automobile technology will give Michigan a leg up in the world auto market.
“The state of Michigan and MDOT are at the cutting edge of advanced automotive technology,” Granholm said in a release. “Smart cars and smart roads not only will lead to safer travel and less congestion, but also hold the promise of more Michigan jobs by positioning our state as a global economic powerhouse.”

LOVE THAT DIRTY WATER
National River Cleanup Week sure turned up a heap o’ trash in the Boardman River. Some 83 persons were involved in the project, including 38 paddlers and 24 trail walkers. The paddlers cleaned 20 miles of river while the downtown TC river banks and Conservation District trails along the river were cleaned by walkers. They turned up 85 – 90 trash bags weighing a total of more than 900 lbs. along with junk such as inner tubes, tires, a plastic lawn chair, a barrel of railroad spikes and much more.
 
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