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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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Paving funded for bike path

- June 9th, 2005
The rail trail between Gaylord and Mackinaw City is getting a makeover, thanks to a grant of more than $1.4 million which will be used to pave the 62-mile bike path.
The Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC) reports that $1,483,024 in Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds will be used to create a 10-foot-wide surface of crushed, compacted limestone on the trail which connects Gaylord, Vanderbilt, Wolverine, Indian River, Topinabee, Cheboygan, and Mackinaw City.
The scenic route runs past farmland, through Stewart’s Creek Marsh, along and across the Sturgeon River, on the west side of Mullett Lake and parallel to Lake Huron along U.S. 23. Once completed, the TOMTC claims it will rate as one of the premier rail-trails in the United States.
This is the largest federally funded enhancement project to ever benefit Cheboygan and Otsego counties.

Jimmy Carter‘s
Habitat project
The hand of former President Jimmy Carter is being felt in Northern Michigan, and it is wielding a symbolic hammer.
Five homes will be constructed by Habitat for Humanity -- Grand Traverse as part of its participation in the 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project.
Last spring Carter announced that his 2005 project would be in Michigan with a goal of building 220 new homes by June 24 of this year. He said that he has been disturbed by the growing chasm between the rich and poor in the state. He felt that this divide between the haves and have-nots is growing faster in Michigan than in other areas of the country due to the state‘s hard-hit economy and job loss.
The first Jimmy Carter Work Project was held in 1984 and President Carter has been an enthusiastic supporter of Habitat for Humanity ever since. Thousands of homes have been built as a result of his Jimmy Carter Work Projects.
Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region has provided 60 families with homes since its establishment in 1987.

New downtown
TC development
Downtown Traverse City continues its shape-shifting course with last week‘s groundbreaking on a new 53,000-square-foot office complex at 600 E. Front, across from West Bay.
The new Plante and Moran Building will include a three-story parking garage in addition to offices with views of the bay. No word from the accounting and business advisory firm as to whether those views will mean half the pay for employees as is traditional in TC...

Minimum wage hike
Michigan Democrats are on the bandwagon calling for a raise in the minimum wage from the federal rate of $5.15 per hour to $7.15.
A release from the state‘s Democratic Party noted that Wisconsin recently became the 16th state since 1997 to raise its minimum wage above the federal level. Democrats feel that Michigan should follow suit.
“One after another, states are recognizing that their workers deserve a raise and Michigan cannot afford to be left behind,“ said House Democratic Leader Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga). “Our workers have struggled at $5.15 an hour for eight years. The dollar‘s value is dropping, the cost of living is rising. It‘s time for Michigan to help our workers and give them a fair wage.“
 
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