Have you heard the latest news from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources? They recently announced that they will not be grooming any of their cross-country ski trails this winter, and also that there are no plans to plow any of the parking lots! This includes such popular local trail systems like Muncie Lakes, Lake Ann Pathway, Lost Lake Pathway (Lake Dubonnet) and Sand Lakes Quiet Area. It also affects numerous trail systems throughout the state that are used for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
It was bad enough when they closed the toilets at the trailheads last summer, but now it will be almost impossible for any of us to use the trail systems themselves. They say that they will not allow others to plow the lots due to insurance issues, although in the past there were a few people who did it anyway.
At the present time, it seems like the DNR is solely interested in timber harvesting, because they certainly arent looking out for the recreation interests of the
citizens. This ruling affects not only those of us who live here, but also visitors to our area. Tourism will suffer once people show up and find that they cant access the trail systems that they drove north to use. This ruling even has an effect on the health of our populace, since it will make it that much more difficult to get outdoors and enjoy the winter activities that keep us in shape in colder months.
It is not too late to do something. Feel free to send a note to anyone you think can help out. We have telephoned our legislators in Lansing, as well as Governor Jennifer Granholm. Perhaps people who are concerned with our well-being and health, or with the tourism industry, might like to exert some pressure too. It cant hurt.
Lois Goldstein - Williamsburg
Dense Is As Dense Does?
How dense is the American population that our president thinks he can pull a repeat of the WMD scare? Today our President, when faced with the release of the facts re: Irans nuclear research, continued, as he had with Iraq, to try and drum up support with the pitch that IF Iran had the capability of an Atom Bomb, they would be dangerous to the world.
In the same vein, IF cows could fly, wed all need to be under umbrellas. We cant let him get away with this deceit and fearmongering again. We cant allow another rush to action on a false premise by this Administration.
Speak out now or your objection may become moot. It is our right as well as our responsibility to let this Administration know that we are not going to be manipulated into another war due to his faulty reasoning and personal agenda.
Margaret Forgione - TC
Not This Time, Buddy
It was interesting to hear Rockefellers spin on when Bush must have had the information on Iran, since that would have meant he received the intel the same day as the Senate committee. How Bush can stand in front of the country and spew these transparent lies is beyond me.
This all sounds like a stuck record! This time around we will have no followers into the pit!
Krys Lyle - Beaver Island
Go Go Granholm
Kudos to the Gov. for trying to lead us into a economic and environmentally-friendly future in realizing that changes are needed in our thirst for energy. I am so sick of the broken Federal level still making proper uses of limited resources a political issue, and states should ignore our corrupt Federal losers who only support their fat cat lobbies who control the information and uses of energy. Many examples are available, just like Kenny Boy (Ken Ley), Bushs highest contributer at Enron for his reelection; we all know where that led with relaxing government controls and leadership.
You who fall along party lines without realizing the fate of being the possible last generation of humans, should be ashamed of your destruction of life, liberty, and freedom by being blind followers of such a corrupt, controlling, and sinister liar as our President. Is obvious evidence as Iran enough for you? When will we realize the potential in what we can all do, like our Governor who embraces a good change?
Thank you, Ms. Granholm, for being a smart governor in a very corrupt world! All those blaming her for Michigans economy, please refrain now!
Bradford Krull - TC
Marriage has been a hot button topic in America. There are those who feel the need to defend it against the insurgent forces of homosexuals. The arguments that are usually bandied about have been that marriage has been and always should be defined by one cardinal rule: One man and one woman. Michigan has twice entered into its constitution clarifications to the institution of marriage; first in 1996 by passing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and second in 2004 with the Marriage Amendment Act. In doing so, Michigan has also clarified that it is defending inequality. Marriage exists as a dual entity in the United States. There is the religious ceremony that most are familiar with. There is also the state and federally sanctioned unions, the paperwork side of marriage. One can be had without the other, as is required by law for separation of church and state. However, laws written to exclude certain groups from partaking in the benefits given to those who marry, sets the stage for state sanctioned inequality reinforced by religious dogma. It also reinforces majority rule. If over 76% of Americans claim to be of a Christian faith, then it is almost guaranteed that this issue has been religiousized (as opposed to politicized).
What we are seeing is the majority oppressing the minority because of the way they (the majority) feel about same-sex marriage. There have not been any conclusive studies that prove that same-sex marriage is detrimental to the participants, children (any), the family structure, the community, the institution of marriage, or the nation. It is someones right to disagree with lesbian and gay couples right to marry, or to exist as lesbians or gays for that matter. It is not their right to block their rights or their happiness under the guise of Christian compassion or the protection of families/family values. One of my teachers years ago told me Your rights end where another persons begins. Her lesson was about how to interpret the Constitution. I often wonder where the Constitution is when discussing same-sex marriage. People do not seem concerned for the rights of others, only in protecting their own state of being at the expense of others.
Chad Vander Henst - Brethren