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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Sleeping Bear seeks your imput

- February 16th, 2006
The public is invited to offer input on the future direction of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in an series of meetings dealing with the park’s General Management Plan.
A similar plan whipped up controversy four years ago when a number of limitations were proposed for the park, including closing beaches to vehicles.
“This planning effort is a new start, not a restart of the planning effort that ended in 2002,” said Superintendent Dusty Shultz of the plan’s Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement process. “This time, changes to existing wilderness boundaries will be considered in the alternatives.”
Following are the details as announced in a release from the park:

“The General Management Plan will establish the overall direction for the park, setting broad goals for managing the area over the next 20 plus years. The plan will develop the desired resource conditions and visitor experiences that are to be achieved and maintained throughout the park. These will be based on such factors as the park’s purpose and significance, applicable laws and policies, resource and impact analysis, and public expectations and concerns. The plan also will outline the kinds of resource management activities, visitor activities, and developments that would be appropriate in the park in the future.
The Wilderness Study will evaluate the wilderness characteristics and values of lands within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore using definitions found in the Wilderness Act of 1964. The study may result in an entirely new configuration of lands recommended for possible designation as wilderness.
The General Management Plan and Wilderness Study will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Statement, which will evaluate the potential impacts of the alternative management approaches and the possible designation of wilderness within the park.”

A series of public open houses have been scheduled to provide the public a chance to learn more about the plan and offer comments:

Tuesday, February 14, 3-7 p.m.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center Auditorium
Empire, MI 49630

Wednesday, February 15, 3-7 p.m.
Traverse Area District Library

Thursday, February 16, 3-7 p.m.
Benzonia Township Hall

For more info, visit the park’s web
site at http://www.nps.gov/slbe or call
231-326-5134.

 
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