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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Blessings on this Thanksgiving

George Foster - November 25th, 2004
We have just survived an ugly presidential campaign, U.S. troops are dying increasingly in Iraq, the economy is sluggish, and it seems to rain almost every day. So why even get out of bed in the morning, you may be asking?
Of course, there is also much we each have to be thankful for during this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday - it encourages us to see the good everywhere. The following is a list of things to be grateful for that you may have overlooked.
Our pets. If I feel like going for a walk in the middle of the night, my dogs are at the door. After snowshoeing all morning in three feet of snow, Star and Blue are ready to go again in the afternoon. On our hikes in the woods, I feel like a stray cow as the object of Blue’s dutiful surveillance. And yet, Star’s playfulness forces Blue and I to take things less seriously. In a world of many loyal dogs, mine lead the pack.
The Internet. I’m particularly thankful for Google. Its search-engine is okay, but the Google news page has no peer. Dozens of continually breaking stories from hundreds of news sources around world are listed and updated every few minutes. This site is a must for all news junkies.
Joe Dumars. The Pistons’ general manager put together a championship basketball team that reflects how he played the game. Unlike the selfish, overpaid superstar-studded teams that were heavily favored over Detroit last year, the Pistons conquered the NBA with a collection of relatively unknown players. His squad worked harder than their opponents and played as a team. Also, in case we had forgotten, Joe Dumars proved that good-guys can be successful in professional sports.
Popsicles. These colorful little sticks of frozen juice or pop are nature’s perfect food. They are as sweet as any desert (even the sugar-free option) and contain no fat. I find it hard to eat just one (box). It is only due to the magic of popsicles that I don’t weigh 400 pounds.
The Founding Fathers. Our ancestors in the powdered wigs sure knew what they were doing when they created the United States of America. As religious devotion seems to be increasing worldwide, it is comforting to know that this government cannot prohibit or influence the practice of any denomination - by law. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams left enough checks and balances in our government to ensure the eventual dismissal of anything that threatens our constitutional rights.
Bubble baths. What can be more soothing than soaking in a tub filled with hot water and soapy ringlets? Besides, that way I don’t have to scrub so hard or focus on my repulsive body. Aromatherapy scented bubble baths are a plus.
Paul Theroux. This best-selling author has saved me thousands of dollars in travel expenses by reading his books of journeys to third-world countries far from the paths of tourists. This year I have adventured throughout Africa and South America vicariously with Theroux via trains, cattle-cars, buses, and dugout canoes - from the comfort of my couch.
Our jobs. Those of us fortunate enough to have employment that hasn’t been outsourced or eliminated should all be grateful. In my case, I have the additional pleasure of working at Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. Where else can you have fun, work with your best friends, and get paid for it? After more than 13 years, I still can’t wait to arrive at work each morning.
Most of all, we can be thankful for our loved ones. This year I am especially thankful for you, Suzi. My life changed for the better - forever - when three years ago we bumped into each other on Thanksgiving Day.



 
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