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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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Lost Lama

- September 8th, 2005
LOST LAMA: Members of TIBETmichigan have asked Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos to help find the missing Panchen Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.
Gedun Choekyi Nyima was born on April 25, 1989 and was officially proclaimed as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama, who died unexpectedly after delivering an anti-Chinese government speech. The young Panchen Lama is presently the youngest political prisoner in the world.
DeVos reportedly has many contacts with the Chinese government as a result of his business dealings there with Amway (now Alticor). Democrats have criticized him for outsourcing 1,400 Michigan jobs to China.
“You are in a special position to help locate and free the kidnapped Panchen Lama,” states an appeal from TIBETmichigan, which hasn’t had a response from the DeVos camp.

POT’S PECKING ORDER: TC’s Coalition for Compassionate Care circulated medical marijuana petitions in August for a ballot proposal on the next election. The ballot question asks whether lowest law enforcement priority should be given in TC for marijuana possession or delivery by caregivers; and possession, delivery or use by medical patients.

NMEAC (Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council) is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Oct. 28 at the Hagerty Center in TC. The watchdog group of citizen activists got its start in 1980 and has since been involved in virtually every environmental battle in the region, including the Crystal River controversy, Hartman-Hammond Bridge, Big Rock Nuclear Power Plant, and a failed plan for a mini-mall in downtown TC, among others.
 
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