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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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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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