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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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- December 20th, 2007
LARGEST TERRAIN IN MIDWEST
Boyne Mountain became home to the largest skiable terrain in the Midwest this month, with seven chairlifts and one Magic Carpet conveyor lift making a projected 35 runs available to skiers and snowboarders. Boyne Mountain, already beneficiaries of a plethora of natural snowfall early this year, have also made a $350,000 investment in snowmaking to increase snow output and grooming. Boyne’s cross-country trails are open, as well, with 10-15 kilometers of trails already groomed.

SNOWSHOE THE DUNES
Snowshoe walks are now being offered every Saturday beginning December 29th at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and will be offered every Saturday through the end of February. Bring your own snowshoes, or use the Lakeshore Visitor Center’s (in Empire) free of charge - the hikes start at 1:00 pm, and park rangers will provide snowshoeing instructions and will guide the snowshoe treks to teach visitors about the park’s unique features in the winter. For more info or to make reservations, call
231-326-5134.

WINDMILL OR POWER LINES?
There’s a power controversy going on - and if it affects you, be sure to voice your opinion regarding the proposed M72W substation along the M-72 (West) Green Corridor between Traverse City and Empire at the Elmwood Township Hall on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm. You can also call your utility company (Wolverine, TCLP, Cherryland Electric, or Consumers) to let them know how you feel on this issue.

RAVEN HILL HOLIDAY
Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan will be holding their annual holiday open house on December 28th from 5 to 8 pm, and they’re inviting everyone to stop by for snacks and to check out the Center. Raven Hill will continue to be open over winter break from noon to 4 pm daily from Saturday, December 22nd to Wednesday, January 2nd; they’ll be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ARTCENTER IS DOWNTOWN
artcenter Traverse City recently opened their new gallery space at 300 East Front Street, with an opening show of 18 local and regional artists. They say that they are “delighted to be joining the City Opera House and the State Theatre as a cultural anchor organization in our beautiful, vibrant downtown, while maintaining our studio facilities on South Elmwood.”

PLANS FOR PETOSKEY
And the Petoskey Parks and Recreation Commission are proposing a variety of plans for Petoskey over the next five years; the tentative plan - yet to be approved/funded - includes a paved trail for non-motorized use to follow the Bear River corridor, upgrades to the day-use and camping facilities at Magnus Park, additional hiking/walking trails throughout the region, upgrades to the city’s marina, and possible access to the downtown railroad track for use with a city-owned trolley to shuttle people between downtown stores and outlying parking areas. The plan can be viewed at City Hall and the Petoskey Public Library, or can be downloaded online at www.ci.petoskey.mi.us.

 
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