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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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