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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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