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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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Computer waste

Express Staff - November 7th, 2002
Computer waste
What should a responsible person do with their electronic relics?
Recycle them at Grand Traverse County‘s Computer and Electronics Recycling
Event on November 9 in Traverse City.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 4.3 million tons of
electronic waste was discarded in 1999. They project that 63 million more
computers will require disposal by 2005. At present, 75% of our electronic
waste sits piled in basements and attics awaiting better disposal options
than the local landfill.
Residents who want to “do the right thing“ by recycling their old computers
and electronic equipment must make a reservation to attend the collection.
A $5 fee per item will be charged in order to help cover the cost
of shipping and recycling the equipment. Call the Resource Recovery hotline
at 922-2052.

Native American awareness
In honor of “Native American Awareness Month“ in November, the Grand Traverse Band and Northwestern Michigan College are presenting four programs, each at noon in the lower level of West Hall:
· Monday, Nov. 4: “Michigan Native History“ by John Bailey;
· Monday, Nov. 11: “Native Cultural Traditions“ by Jack Chambers;
· Monday, Nov. 18: “Music and Art“ by the Medicine Lodge Singers, Shocko Hall, Sr., and Pauly Raphael;
· Monday, Nov. 25: “Native Historical Trauma“ by Brian Corbiere.
All programs are free and open to the public. For info, call the NMC Diversity Services Office at 231 995-1043.

The morning after
Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan (PPNM) is trying to raise awareness on the “morning-after pill” or post-coital emergency contraception (EC), which can reduce the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. A workshop on the use of EC will be held Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at both the Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan (PPNM) health centers in Petoskey and Traverse City. Call 231-347-9692 ext. 15 (Petoskey) or 231-929-1844, ext. 26 (Traverse City) to register.

She‘s honored
Hats off to JoAnna Kolodziej, a professor of early childhood education at North Central Michigan College, who was honored last month with an Educator of the Year award by the Michigan Occupational Deans Administrative Council. JoAnna has been on the NCMC staff since 1979. She is the mother of three and has been active in many causes for the benefit of children in the Petoskey area.

Perrier trial postponed
Judge Lawrence Root of the Mecosta County Circuit Court has postponed the October 25 trial in the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) and its plaintiffs vs. Nestle Waters North America, Inc./Ice Mountain/Perrier until May 2003. According to Judge Root , 10 consecutive days were needed for the trial and in October only six days had been scheduled on the court calendar.


 
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