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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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Bicentennial Barn

- September 1st, 2005
For nearly 30 years motorists have thrilled to the sight of the Bicentenniel Barn on M-22 near Port Oneida, north of Glen Arbor in Leelanau County. But the paint on this nationally-recognized art treasure owned by Susan Shields has faded almost entirely away, so volunteers are being sought for its restoration. This weekend, Sept. 3-5, volunteers are being sought for scraping, painting, structural support, carpentry and other fix-ups. Musicians are also being sought to entertain the volunteers. Anyone logging 10 hours of volunteer time becomes a “Barn Buddy” and will be invited to a volunteer picnic on September 5, as well as a gala celebration of the completed project, slated for July 4, 2006. In October there will be a contest for a painting on the barn‘s north side. If you‘d like to lend a hand, contact Bill Dungjen via email at bill@lakeshoretitle.net or visit www.restorethebarn.org. Or, just show up, beginning at noon, Sept. 3-5.

ON A ROLL: Members of TART (Traverse Area Recreation Trails) celebrated a new trail extension along the railroad right-of-way between Lautner Road and M-72 East in Acme last week. Combined with roadside improvments along Bunker Hill Road, the new trail will link the Grand Traverse Resort, Vasa Trailhead, and Williamsburg areas to the trail network in Traverse City. Work is also well underway on a new trail along the east side of Boardman Lake, running south from the district library.

HOMEGROWN TALENT Liz Ahrens has been named Executive Director of the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey after being determined as best choice for the position out of candidates from all over the Midwest. Liz replaces retiring director Dale Hull.
Crooked Tree‘s search committee said Ahren‘s leadership and communication skills, drive and passion for the arts in her role as PR Director made her the best choice to guide the arts center.
HATS OFF to local musicians Mike Moran and Brian Whitscell, who won top honors in the 2005 Michigan Songwriters Contest.
Mike Moran won second place with “I Can’t Make Everybody Happy,” and Brian Whitscell won third for “All I’ll Ever Ask,” which he co-wrote with David Runyan of Bellaire. Kelly Shively of Petoskey also won an honorable mention for “And the People Danced.”
Moran has performed throughout the Midwest, opening for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. He was named “Best New Artist” by Northern Express readers in 2004. His winning song was also named “Best Song of the Month” in November 2004 by Songwriters’ Universe of Los Angeles.
Runyan and Whitscell started writing songs together about seven years ago. Their songs have been featured on “Northern Michigan Rocks, Vol. 1-3,“ produced by WKLT-FM. Both Dave and Brian are professional sound engineers.The contest drew about 500 entries from across the state, competing for 13 prizes.

A group of adventurers in the Upper Peninsula are making a trek by kayak, canoe and on foot from Lake Superior to Lake Michigan‘s Green Bay to raise awareness of the threat that metallic sulfide mining poses to Great Lakes Waters.
Here, Rob Cadmus explains the headwaters route within the McCormick Wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest.
Plans for sulfide mining could flush the region‘s watersheds with sulfuric acid, say members of Northwoods Wilderness Recovery and the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. In addition to damaging the region‘s rivers, streams and wetlands, the flow of acid could impact the Great Lakes.
But the infusion of mining jobs is an incentive to many in the U.P., even if they last only a predicted seven years.
Activists claim the jobs incentive is a “boom & bust“ gambit that will harm the U.P. in the long run by damaging the environment and tourism.
 
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