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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Peek at City Opera House

Staff Reports - March 11th, 2004
Public to get a peek at City Opera House

The glory days of a lumber-era opera house are being recast in downtown Traverse City, where a $4.3 million restoration project has reached completion of its first major stage.
This weekend, the public will have an opportunity to see the fruits of that effort when the City Opera House Heritage Association hosts an open house at the renovated facility on Front Street.
On Friday, March 12, an invited audience of donors to the project will be treated to a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, the Opera House will open its doors to the public for an educational focus from 2-4 p.m., and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in a Family day event, with tours, information and entertainment.
Additionally, Horizon Books is hosting a line-up of authors and entertainment on behalf of the Opera House on Saturday to contribute a portion of its sales to the project.
Association Executive Director Gerie Greenspan notes, however, that much remains to be done on the current 450-seat facility. She says the association will launch a new fund drive on March 15 to raise an additional $800,000 towards the project, which is expected to require a total of $8.5 million for its completion.
“It’s a terrific space and a really big project,” Greenspan says. “We raised enough money for more than half of the project and then decided that to make the Opera House fully operational as an enhanced version of what it could be, we’d need to seek more funds.”
While the final polish won’t be placed on the facility until 2006, the City Opera House will be hosting shows as early as this fall.
Built in 1891 from the riches of the timber harvest in Northern Michigan, the Opera House is designed to seat up to 730 people. The restoration plan for the 41,000-square-foot facility encompasses four floors and four storefronts.

Volunteer to let it grow

Got a green thumb? Then the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan wants you. The Society is seeking members to help bring a botanical garden to the region.
“We’re nothing without our members,” said Tim Volas, membership chair. “Their support took the dream of a few dedicated people and proved that it was a winning idea. Future support and the support of those who will join with us will send a strong message of community commitment to the gardens.”
In October, the Society secured 80 acres outside Traverse City between 3 Mile Road and 4 Mile Road, north of Hammond Road in East Bay Township for the new Garden. Highlights of the proposed garden include:
• Indoor and outdoor collections of significant plants and native species will be the attraction of the Display Gardens.
• Research gardens and eco-designed facilities will serve as a living laboratory. Research ventures will test new ideas and plant materials.
• Featuring permanent and changing exhibits, Demonstration Gardens will explore topics of today, from erosion control methods to everyday plant care. The Destination Gardens will also provide settings for family picnics, weddings and special events. Visitors will enjoy a café and gift shop, walking trails and park areas, snowshoe trails and places for a winter bonfire – all among wetlands, forests, and views of Grand Traverse Bay from the highest ridge.
To join up, call the BGS office at 935-4077 or, see www.traversebotanicalgarden.com.

War’s anniversary protest

On Saturday, March 20, demonstrations throughout the world will mark the one year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nationally, marches will be held in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and many other cities, including Lansing. A Traverse City demonstration is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Government Center at 400 Boardman.
 
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