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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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