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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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New rules for anglers/Goodwill exits/Filmaking workshop/Leelanau bus

Katie Huston - July 5th, 2007
New rules for anglers
A foreign pathogen that causes fish to bleed internally will have a big impact on recreational anglers this summer.
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is not a native disease to Michigan waters, but it was discovered in Lake Huron in 2005. Department of Natural Resources biologists believe the disease has also found its way into Lake Michigan. It has the potential to devastate entire fish populations.
To prevent the spread of VHS, anglers must make sure they do not release fish caught in VHS-infested waters into any waters that are listed as free of the disease. The transport of bait is prohibited, and anglers must make sure bait obtained in a VHS-positive area is only used on other VHS-positive areas.
“The invasion of exotic species is one of the gravest dangers facing the Great Lakes today,” said Jennifer McKay, a policy specialist at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes since the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Chicago Shipping Canal. Currently, a new invasive species enters the Great Lakes every eight months.

Goodwill exits
the Whiting Hotel
Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan will stop providing services at the Whiting Hotel in downtown Traverse City at the end of September. Approximately 50 residents and 14 Goodwill employees will be affected by the decision.
The non-profit organization, which helps formerly incarcerated persons transition back into the community, is shutting down the program due to financial pressures. Changes and reductions in state funding have created higher program costs for case management and housing, which Goodwill cannot absorb without jeopardizing other services.
“Without adequate funding, we are unable to provide an appropriate level of service to effect a lasting and positive change in the lives of people the program was designed to help,” said executive director Cecil McNally.
McNally said Goodwill will help residents find
alternative housing, and work to place employees affected by the change. For more
information, visit:
www.goodwillnmi.org.
As for The Whiting, it’s getting a remake as a “boutique hotel,” catering to upscale visitors under the new ownership of Bob Sutherland of Glen Arbor’s Cherry Republic company.

Filmmaking workshop
The Traverse City Film Festival is accepting applications for its second annual student filmmakers workshop.
The free workshop will be taught by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and Larry Charles, the director of last year’s hit comedy “Borat,” who will share tips and tricks of the trade and answer questions. Thirty students will be selected for the program, which is sponsored by the Herrington-Fitch Foundation.
Interested students should email their name, email address, phone number,
age, school name, and year of study to:
education@traversecityfilmfestival.org by July 13, with the subject line “TCFF Student Workshop.”
Applicants should also include a one-page single-spaced essay addressing the following topics: why I would like to participate in the workshop, my interest in the film industry, and my experience in film.

Leelanau bus runs again
Leelanau County’s Summer Fun Ride will once again offer daily service from June 28 through Labor Day.
The bus, operated by the Bay Area Transportation Authority, offers four round trips every day between Leland and Northport, passing through Lake Leelanau, Suttons Bay, Peshawbestown and Omena. Passengers can also flag down a bus or request a stop at any safe place along the route.
Riding the bus costs $2 each way for adults, and $1 for seniors, children and people with disabilities. For complete schedule and route information, visit http://www.bata.net or call 231-941-2324.
 
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