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Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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Artists reach out to Guatemalan children

- July 14th, 2008
Area artists are lending their talents to help provide hope and opportunity to children of families who work and live at the Guatemala City garbage dump.
The dump is Central America’s largest land fill. The size of several football fields, the dump is in a deep ravine filled with everything from household trash to medical waste from Guatemala City’s two million residents. It oozes with toxic chemicals and methane gas. Vultures circle overhead creating a surreal scene of unimaginable poverty.
Last April, a number of local artists visited a virtual dump constructed at Higher Grounds Trading Company in Traverse City and viewed, “Recycled Life,” a documentary chronicling the lives of thousands of people who make their living scavenging at the dump.
Inspired by what they saw, Glenn Wolff, Melodee Rupert, Bill Allen, Delbert Michel, Janet Reed, Elizabeth Price, Ryan Greiner, Jessica Leggett, Tom Krueger, and Sherry Correl created original artwork for an auction at the third annual Fiesta of the Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage to benefit the children of Guatemala.
The auction will also feature two tickets to see Madonna presenting her new film “I Am Because We Are” at the Traverse Film Festival, cooking classes with Chef Guilliuame Hazael-Massieux of LaBecasse Restaurant, as well as handcrafted Guatemalan goods, and much more.
All proceeds from the artwork and other sales at the Fiesta will support programs that provide over 500 children, preschool through high school. Donations help the kids attend school, obtain stable jobs, be self-sufficient, and lead their families out of poverty in a dignified way.
Safe Passage was founded in 1999 by Hanley Denning, a young educator from the U.S. who traveled to Guatemala to learn Spanish. She witnessed the devastating poverty endured by families at the garbage dump and started a drop-in program for the children. Her initial efforts with 40 children rapidly expanded and she was soon raising funds to build new facilities and involving hundreds of volunteers from all over the world.
After Hanley visited Traverse City in 2005, two local residents, Paul Sutherland and Sharon Workman, joined the Safe Passage Board of Directors and organized Great Lakes Friends to actively support the non-profit organization’s work here in Michigan. Since then, several local groups have traveled to Guatemala to visit and volunteer, including members of the Traverse City Rotary, Leelanau School, Northwestern Michigan College, and others.
Tragically, on January 18, 2007, Hanley Denning was killed in a car accident in Guatemala.
“In the wake of this unimaginable loss, thousands of people stepped forward to ensure Hanley’s dream lived on,” said board chair Sharon Workman. “Today Safe Passage is stronger than ever.”
Now under the leadership of executive director Barbara Nijhuis, who will be a special guest at this year’s Fiesta, Safe Passage draws volunteers and donors from 29 nations and has become internationally recognized for its use of education as a tool for combating poverty.
Fiesta 2008, A World United for the Children of Safe Passage, is set for July 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Hagerty Center in TC. Admission is $30 at the door. To make reservations, call (231) 590-6072 or email swworkman@centurytel.net. For more information about Safe Passage visit www.safepassage.org.



 
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