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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Federal Deficit

- July 21st, 2005
Federal deficit
on the decline

The federal deficit is $94 billion less than expected, boding good news for the nation’s economy, reports Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland).
A release from Camp’s office notes that the national deficit is $94 billion less than a forecast made in February and now stands at $333 billion, or 2.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is smaller than the deficits in 15 of the last 25 years as a percentage of GDP.
Camp credits Republican tax cuts as playing a role in generating better than expected revenues. He adds that nationally, the economy has created over 3.7 million jobs since May 2003, with job gains for each of the last 25 months and more Americans working than ever.
The numbers show the nation’s unemploy-ment rate fell to 5.0 percent in June, the lowest rate since September 2001, and lower than the average rate of the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
“Clearly we have more work to do in Michigan, but nationally we are back on track and moving full speed ahead,” said Camp, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee that was responsible for writing the tax cuts into law.
He adds that projections show the deficit will fall to $162 billion in 2009, or 1.1 percent of GDP.
“These numbers are only going to get better as Congress holds the line on spending,” Camp said.

New casino complex
planned in Petoskey

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are on a roll in Petoskey with plans for a new $197.4 million casino, hotel and entertainment complex which will replace Victories on U.S. 131.
To be located on a 97-acre parcel of land on Cemetery Road, south of Petoskey, the plan includes an eight-story hotel with 250 rooms and a rooftop restaurant. Every room will have a view of Little Traverse Bay or Lake Michigan.
The complex will include a 1,000-seat entertainment center for concerts, pow-wows, banquets and other events. Also in the works is a 300-seat buffet near the new casino, which will offer 1,500 machines. Currently, there are 1,100.
Tribal chairman Frank Ettawageshik said the project will be constructed over the next two years, with a groundbreaking to be held this summer.

Missy Kamyszek remembered through scholarship

The First Annual “Missy” Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser raised more than $23,000 at Magnum Hospitality restaurants in the region.
Missy Kamyszek was a manager at Red Mesa Grill Boyne City, whose life was tragically cut short last summer as the result of domestic violence. Scholarships will be awarded annually in her honor to area students enrolled in the NMC Culinary Program. Recipients will be culinary students who, like Missy, demonstrate a commitment to the spirit of ‘hospitality”.
On June 21, all four Magnum Hospitality restaurants hosted fundraising events. Magnum Hospitality’s goal of $10,000 was more than doubled.
Events at the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City and Traverse City, Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids and The Fish in Harbor Springs raised more than $23,000 to permanently endow the scholarship fund.
Magnum Hospitality donated $12,765, or 50% of its sales on June 21. Another $11,000 was raised through silent auctions and cash donations.
 
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