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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Lets Get Moving

- May 4th, 2006
 Let‘s Get Moving
Robert Sweetgall has walked across America seven times. On Tuesday, May 2, he’ll drive to Traverse City to help kick off what has become the king of community fitness events – the annual Let’s Get Moving Northern Michigan-Grand Traverse program.
Sweetgall – author of 17 books on walking, wellness, and active living – will pump up participants with a humorous account of his transformation from an overweight Brooklyn boy dubbed  “Butterball” to a healthy, fit adult who walks 30 to 40 miles each week.
Motivated by the death of his father from a heart attack, Sweetgall gave up cheesecake and his $50,000 a year DuPont chemical engineering job to take his health message on the road – literally, by walking across America. He is the only person to walk through all 50 states in 365 days. He also holds a Guinness World Record for his 10,608-mile trek along the U.S. perimeter in 1982-83.   
Sweetgall will be the featured speaker at the kick-off event for Let’s Get Moving, beginning at 5 p.m., May 2 at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes Campus of Northwestern Michigan College. At 5:30 p.m., Sweetgall will lead a  one-mile walk for those who want to log their first mile in the fitness program.  
Let’s Get Moving participants record the number of miles they walk during a 100-day period. Those not interested in walking can accumulate points for other activities, including swimming, dancing, gardening, golf and  more. Credit can also be earned by participants who eat healthy foods or quit smoking. 
Let’s Get Moving is designed to reduce the incidence of sedentary related diseases in the area under the sponsorship of Munson Medical Center and Priority Health.
Last year, 1,716 participants logged 274,422 miles – an average of 159 miles per person. Winner of the grand prize, a new road bike, was 70-year-old Jim Hintz of TC, who logged almost 4,000 miles on his bike.
At registration, participants will receive a training booklet to log miles walked. They can also log miles online. Weekly random drawings for prizes from area businesses will be held for those who turn in their mileage. 
For info on Let’s Get Moving call
(231) 935-2909, or visit www.lgmnm.org .

Sturgeon Tour
 Ever see a sturgeon out in the wild?  Now‘s your chance with a guided tour offered by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. 
  Each spring, the famed lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) head up select rivers to spawn along the rocky riverbanks, oblivious to nearby human activity, making these rare fish susceptible to illegal harvest.  The lake sturgeon is a rare, threatened species in Michigan. That’s why a group of conservation officers, volunteer off-duty national guards, and other volunteers concentrate in these areas 24-hours a day during spawning season to safeguard these fish from poaching.   
On Friday, May 12, from 1-3 p.m., Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Sturgeon for Tomorrow will host a Sturgeon Viewing Guided Tour.   
Experts will be on hand to talk about lake sturgeon, poaching enforcement, netting and tagging, recent Black Lake Watershed research, and the Watershed Council’s restoration work to improve sturgeon habitat.   
“The Black River Watershed is special because it contains the largest self-sustaining population of lake sturgeon in Michigan.  We will walk along the banks of the Upper Black River and not only learn about threats to the lake sturgeon, but also how we can all play a role to keep this fish in our lakes,” said Valerie Olinik-Damstra, Watershed coordinator.
Participants can pre-register by calling (231)347-1181, ext. 100. Also, check out
www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org

Super license urged
State Senators Jason Allen and Jud Gilbert have sent resolutions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging the creation of new “super drivers licenses“ for those who make frequent trips over the Canadian border.
“Residents in border towns go back and forth for work and recreation,” said Allen, R-TC, in a release. “We don’t need a burden to commerce, yet we understand the need for greater security measures. There must be cooperation between state and federal government. The best way to begin is with a pilot program to use a ‘super driver’s license‘ that meets the requirements and is easy for residents of the area to use.”
The U.S. Congress passed legislation last year mandating that by 2008 state driver’s licenses will no longer be used for any federal purpose -- such as crossing the border or boarding an airplane -- unless the license meets federal requirements.
In 2008 the federal government will require a digital image of an individual’s face, proof of legal status, mandatory information and card security features on I.D.s.
More than 300,000 business people, truck drivers, tourists and regular commuters travel across the Canadian-U.S. border each day.


 
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