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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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Letters 11/29/07

- November 29th, 2007
No Place For a Mine
The Department of Environmental Quaity comment period on Kennecott’s petition to open a metallic sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains is now closed. However, I would like to share my concerns with you about this project.
First, this is no place for a mine. The headwaters of the Salmon Trout River, a pristine tributary of Lake Superior and home to endangered coaster brook trout is one of the worst places in Michigan, if not the world, to put a mine. Any mine. And to even consider a metallic sulfide mine operated by an EPA listed polluting foreign company is more than crazy. It’s criminal.
Second, while Michigan’s new mining law looks good on paper, it’s a facade. Deficiencies include: No siting criteria or water setbacks making any fragile environment a potential mine site. There is no monitoring along the transportation route. Local zoning control was taken away from governments and the people most affected. The rules are confusing, making the law difficult to enforce.
Third, the Kennecott application is flawed. Essential information on groundwater, surface water, discharge rate, transportation, and safety is missing from the application.
Fourth, this is our state land, not Kennecott’s. You don’t have to let them use it, so “takings” isn’t an issue. The payoff to the state of Michigan doesn’t add up. They get billions. We get few short term jobs, toxic waste dumps, polluted air and water, lower property values, health issues for citizens, and a trashed landscape no one wants to visit, ruining our vital tourism economy. Michigan is being treated like a third world country with state leaders looking on in assent.
In summary, Michigan, Water Wonderland of the U.S., has lost its way and you are leading us down the wrong path. No mine should be sited here, the mining law has no teeth, the application is flawed, and the people of Michigan lose.
We need state leaders to oppose this flawed project. If this mine is permitted on your watch our children and grandchildren will ask: What were you thinking? Think again, because it’s our land and our water.

Mattea Wellnitz • Rapid City

Good Work Nit-Picking
Regarding Rick Coates’ story on the State Theatre restoration and interview with Michael Moore - minor fact checking: the statement that Willow Run was making Jet fighters for WWII jumped off the page. It was B24 “Liberator” bombers, not jets. (Check on Wikipedia under “Willow Run.”)
Trivia: I haven’t tracked this down yet, but I’ve heard several stories that Willow Run not only ultimately produced a “bomber an hour,” but that they were fully armed, fueled and would roll out of the factory, test fire their guns into an embankment, then fly off to England.
As for the “can-do” attitude then vs. now, I’d have to ask about such things as lawyers, OSHA, and the maze of rules and regulations today. At least this project didn’t need an Environmental Impact Statement.
Oh yeah, and doesn’t deer season start on November 15th?
But enough nit picking.
Congratulations to Mike and all his helpers, financial and physical. With a special big thanks to the idea of theater etiquette!
For me, growing up in East Lansing, it was the State and Lucon theaters in East Lansing, and the Gladmer and the Grand Michigan Theater in Lansing.
And I heartily applaud redevelopment and re-use of existing facilities. Keep up the good work folks.

JT Hoagland • TC

Help Yourself to Health
Regarding healthcare, we need to do our part.
We need to begin to have discussions – unabashed, caring discussions.
On any given day, two thirds of high cost healthcare is related to the problems of long term abuse of the body – NOT because of unfortunate accidents or bad luck. The abuses I am referencing are to tobacco, food, alcohol, drugs, etc.
You may think I am talking about the extreme person. I am talking about our average, everyday citizen. Once the illnesses begin, they are repetitive, involve numerous hospital stays, and produce lingering, sub par lives. The medical technology and pharmaceutical industries have nicely developed ways to keep us alive.
Enough is enough. We need to have discussions with our physicians, someone, as to WHY we abuse ourselves – get down to the root of the problem early on. I appeal to the research community.
We blame the hospitals, physicians, for charging too much; however, we need to realize that WE are the primary problem. Eighty percent of the high cost healthcare is because of US. We expect everyone and everything to save us, take care of us when we get sick from our abuses. We need to change and do our part.
Think about this, be nice to our fellow man struggling with this, and do something.
Jill A. Bronkema • TC



 
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