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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Cardboard classic

Express Staff - March 17th, 2005
A Northern Michigan tradition goes on the slide this Saturday, March 19, when Shanty Creek hosts its 18th annual Cardboard Classic in conjunction with 106 KHQ Radio.
Utilizing only cardboard, glue, tape and paint for their sleds, contestants will race the slopes at Schuss Mountain.
The weekend will also feature nine hours of nonstop music at Ivan‘s Restaurant at Schuss Village both Friday and Saturday.
Prizes for the Cardboard Classic will be awarded in Adult and Junior divisions for single sleds or team entries. Judging for the design awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. when racers line up at the foot of the course. The race begins at noon on the lower portion of The Face. Registration for the event is free and takes place from 9am -11am in Ivan‘s Restaurant at Schuss Village. Racers must wear helmets.

BRIEFS:

Death to all Spyware: Legislation making it a crime to install software that tracks Internet users’ activity without their consent was overwhelmingly passed by the State Senate last week.
If signed into law, Senate Bills 53, 54 and 151, sponsored by State Sen. Cameron Brown, would protect consumers from unwelcome spyware installation, which can monitor online activity without the user’s knowledge or consent.
“Personal privacy rights have been violated on the Internet, and this anti-spyware legislation will help put a stop to that,” Brown said. “People should be able to log onto the Internet and not have their privacy violated.” Brown’s legislation applies to both home and business computers.
Spyware can diminish the performance and stability of computer systems, and may even cause computers to crash. So far two states, California and Utah, have passed laws restricting spyware installation. Seventeen other states have legislation pending.
A survey conducted by Internet service provider America Online found that 80 percent of home computers are infected with some form of spyware.
If signed into law, SB 54 would not only prohibit individuals from installing or attempting to install spyware into another person’s computer, computer system or network, it would also prohibit individuals from manufacturing, selling or possessing spyware with the intent to violate the act.
Violators could face fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to five years.
Federal lawmakers are currently advancing similar legislation in the United States Congress.

The Envelope, Please: Wondering which local rockers won a spot on the “Northern Michigan Rocks Volume 5” compilation CD produced by Double Rock KLT? You’ll be hearing from SMYT (Interlochen), Dose (Mancelona), Two Faced Heroes (Charlevoix), The Push (Petoskey), Miram Pico (Interlochen), Corduroy Bones (Presque Isle), Bad Side (Sault Ste. Marie), Still At Large (Williamsburg), Jeff Bihlman (Frankfort), and Indulge, Mike Moran, Blufrog, Blisstripp, Amanda Waggener, Illusion and Jimbo Fuller (TC). Watch for announcements on the CD’s release, along with plans for the showcase concert.

Al Fresco: Michigan diners and downtown restaurateurs alike could be enjoying the outdoors a bit more this summer, if new legislation in Lansing manages to do away with restrictions to sidewalk dining.
Recently, the State Senate unanimously passed legislation which would allow outdoor dining along a “state trunkline right-of-way.“
Translation: Senate Bill 234 will allow the Michigan Department of Transportation to issue permits to business owners to set up outdoor dining areas as long as they did not impede safety or traffic and comply with the other conditions of the permit.
The bill goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Approval doesn‘t mean a slam-dunk for outdoor dining, however: Additional hurdles for restaurateurs come in the form of restrictive ordinances in various communities.

Lifesaver show: An April 8 concert is in the works to benefit Project Lifesaver, a new program which will provide tracking devices to find persons who, due to Alzheimer’s or related disorders such as Down‘s Syndrome or autism, may easily lose their way or wander.
The tracking system requires clients to wear a specially designed wristband at all times. This bracelet allows Sheriff’s Department personnel, using advanced locating technology, to find the wandering person and bring them back to safety.
The benefit will be held at the St. Francis High School Auditorium in TC, starting at 7 p.m. Performers will include: Encore Winds Symphony under the direction of Martin VanMannan, The Northwest Michigan Ballet, and vocalist Scott Carter. Refreshments and an auction of handcrafted goods will follow the performances. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at Horizon, Borders, or Rainbow Bookstores, Kurtz Music, or State of the Art Framing. All proceeds will go toward purchasing equipment and maintaining services.
 
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