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Letters 05-30-2016

Oaks & Moths All of last week’s letters regarding recommendations for the best native plants from “Listen to the Experts” from the previous week were right on target. Those who are interested in learning more about native plants, and their importance to birds, bees and butterflies, would do well to read Dr. Douglas Tallamy’s wonderful book, Bringing Nature Home...

Poor Grades On Standardized Testing We have been enduring standardized testing for the last few weeks as our district isn’t allowing for opting out without student removal. I think other parents need to know and the district needs to address their own inconsistencies in policy...

Beware Trump  To describe Trump: hubristic, narcissistic, misogynistic, sociopathic. There are more descriptors. Should we pity this misfit or fear that his values attract such a large segment of our society? Hitler was spawned in the ferment of economic unrest...

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Stream Search Census

- October 6th, 2005
COUNT SOME CRITTERS as part of a Stream Search census of macroinvertebrates being conducted in October by the Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay.
Macroinvertebrates is a fancy way of saying “bugs,“ specifically, those that live in local streams. Each spring and fall, volunteers count creepy-crawlies in approximately nine streams leading into Grand Traverse Bay. The numbers help determine the health of the watershed.
This year‘s search will be held Saturday, Oct. 15. If you‘d like to get involved, call the Watershed Center at 935-1514, or check out www.gtbay.org

AMERICANS can quit losing sleep over the issue of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public classrooms.
Last week, the U.S. House voted 416-3 to adopt a resolution stating that, “the Pledge of Allegiance and similar expressions are not unconstitutional expressions of religious belief.“
Rep. Dave Camp reports the vote is a follow-up on a 99-0 Senate vote along much the same lines. The congressional hoo-ha is the result of a June, 2002 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which held that the Pledge has religious overtones that are unconstitutional to include in public school ceremonies. The phrase the court got sticky about was “under God.“

POWERED UP: The Michigan Energy Demonstration Center opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The Center will offer demonstrations and classes in energy-efficient technology, including solar, wind, bio-diesel and geothermal systems as part of Northwestern Michigan College‘s M-TEC center on Aero Park Drive in Traverse City. A highlight was the MSU football game on a TV powered by renewable energy.

HAPPY “Keep Space for Peace Week,“ Oct. 1-8. It‘s an international week of protest over the militarization of outer space.
Organizers note that the U.S. government is spending $10 billion per year on a “Star Wars“ missile defense system which is demonstrably ineffective. Weapons are also being considered for orbiting platforms in space. TCTV Channel 2 will host “Arsenal of Hypocrisy,“ a documentary on space and the military on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 9:30 p.m.
 
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