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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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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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