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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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Peace breaks out in Petoskey

- December 21st, 2006
Northern Michigan People for Peace, the Little Traverse League for Peace & Freedom, Blissfest Music Organization, and Tara’s Meadow of Beaver Island will present the first annual “Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, in Petoskey.
“Our intention is to celebrate the ‘family of humankind’ — to uplift, to educate and entertain during this season of light returning to our hemisphere,” said NMP4P member Jim Norgaard.
Friday’s activities will feature a concert headlined by Earthwork musicians Seth Bernard, Daisy May, and “Breathe Owl Breathe.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Ross Stoakes Theatre, 461 E. Mitchell St. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (231) 348-7074 for advance tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Grain Train Natural Food Co-op (220 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey) and at the door. Proceeds from the concert will support NMP4P and the Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom.
Saturday’s program will include workshops, films, music and an alternative holiday gifts sale. The free program runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Center, 451 E. Mitchell St.
Workshops and their presenters include:

• “Citizen Diplomacy: Establishing U.S. Middle East Relations;” documentary filmmaker Rebecca Glotfelty
• “Native American Quill Work;” Yvonne Walker-Keshick, nationally known Odawa quillwork artist
• “Bringing Local Organic Food to Northern Michigan;” Michael Sullivan, Grain Train Food Co-op
• “Mothers Acting Up: Peace
Talks;” Harbor Springs resident Copeland
Rudolph
• “Establishing a Cabinet Level Department of Peace;” Molly Tate, the Peace
Alliance
• “Emotional and Social Consequences of War;” David Wassenaar, veterans’
counselor
• “Against the War: Transforming our Institutions for Peace;” Michael Merriweather, Green Party, Students for a Democratic Society
• “’Twas the Night Before Warfare;” Neo Cause & the War Sleigh.

Local musicians Roger Lilac, Ellis Boal, Mark Mantel and others will perform throughout the event. Refreshments will be served.
For more info about the Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace, call (231) 348.5499 or (231) 347.7957.


TV focus: energy & small farms
Five films from this year‘s Michigan Energy Fair and two films from the region‘s Small Farms Conference will be shown on TCTV 2 (public access channel 2) on Charter Cable TV beginning this month. The films offer insights on energy issues, peak oil, organic and sustainable farming, permaculture, genetically modified crops affordable housing, transportation, and economic issues.
For more info, see www.tctv2.org.

Michigan Energy Fair:

CRUDE AWAKENING
WITH TIM HUDSON
Thursday 12/7 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/14 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 9:00 pm
Thursday 12/28 at 9:00 pm

CRUDE AWAKENING
WITH JOHN RICHTER
Friday 12/8 at 10 pm
Friday 12/15 at 9 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 10 pm
Friday 12/29 at 8 pm

RE-ENERGIZE AMERICA
WITH DAN CHIRAS
Saturday 12/9 at 8 pm
Friday 12/15 at 6 pm
Thursday 12/21 at 6 pm
Friday 12/29 at 9 pm

MICHIGAN ECO-VILLAGES
Saturday 12/9 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 12/14 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 1/4 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 1/11 8:30 p.m

MOVING A CITY
WITH DAVE KONKLE
Wednesday 12/20 8:30 pm
Thursday 12/28 10:00 pm
Friday 1/5 8:00 pm
Thursday 1/11 9:30 pm

Small Farms:

SMALL FARMS RENEWABLE ENERGY
WITH STEVE SMILEY
Friday Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 16th at 7 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 23rd at 7 p.m.
Saturday Dec. 30th at 6 p.m.

PERCY SCHMEISER and GENETIC MODIFICATION
Tuesday 1/2 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1/9 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1/16 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 1/25 9:30 p.m
 
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