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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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