Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Earth Day Action

Staff & Greg Reisig - April 19th, 2007
For the 19th consecutive year, Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) will be giving away free blue spruce seedlings starting at 8 a.m. at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market in Traverse City (Union & Grandview Parkway) on Saturday, April 21.
The seedling giveaway is part of local Earth Day celebrations. L&P will also be donating 10,000 white pine seedlings to local school children and youth groups through their partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.
“Giving away these tree seedlings expresses our commitment to the environment and renewable resources,” said Linda Johnson, chair of the Light & Power Board of Directors. “These seedlings will impact the quality of the air and the beauty of our environment for many years to come.”
Other Earth Day activities on April 21 will include a Beach Clean-Up, TC‘s free compost distribution, and a spectacular Earth Day Parade.
Starting at 8 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market, self-serve, self-haul compost is yours free until it’s gone, courtesy of the City of Traverse City.
The Beach Clean-Up begins at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Hosted by Traverse City Parks & Recreation, volunteers will help clean some of Traverse City’s most prized resources.
At 1 p.m., the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade begins. It is a storytelling-style parade that celebrates art, species and the community. This year’s theme is “Global Warming: The Tipping Point.” Parade line-up is at 12 noon at Central Grade School (7th Street and Pine). The parade will end at Hannah Park along 6th Street. (In case of bad weather, the parade will be held April 28.)
For more info, visit the Light & Power website: www.tclp.org and click on “FREE Trees.”

Calling All Eco-Heroes:

The 18th Annual Environmentalist of the Year Awards will be held Friday, April 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Waterfront Conference Center in East Bay. Hosting the event is NMEAC, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Glen Chown, executive director of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Chown‘s talk will focus on an update of conservancy achievements and plans for the future.
In addition, local foods will be featured during an opening reception from 6-7 pm. The program runs from 7-9 pm and will include a Great Lakes Bioneers video along with some special skits organized by NMEAC‘s executive director Ken Smith.
Smith, who has been part of NMEAC since the mid 1980s, said the event is “energizing to people in the environmental community and the magnitude of achievements is amazing. It brings together a very diverse crowd and a circle of people who may not call themselves environmentalists.“
Environmentalist of the Year Awards will be handed out in the following categories: Journalism & Communications, Public Service or Public Office, Education, Business, Student and General.
This year‘s program will also include some special awards along with a Golden Bulldozer Award. “We have quite a few outstanding nominees for this award,“ said NMEAC co-chair John Nelson. “In the running is the Cherry Tree Inn, Williamsburg Receiving & Storage Co., and two wetland sites owned by Bill Clous.“
Candidates for Environmentalist of the Year in Journalism and Communications include Anne Stanton of the Northern Express; Jeff Smith, editor of Traverse the Magazine; along with the Record-Eagle editorial board. Candidates in other categories will be announced at the April 20 event.
NMEAC began handing out Environmentalist of the Year Awards in 1988 with one award. In 1989, the number of awards expanded to three and, in 1990, it was enlarged to 10. The all-volunteer organization, which was founded in 1980, has continued the tradition and now coordinates the date of the event with Earth Day activities.
Co-chair Bob Carstens said the event is a very special part of NMEAC‘s role in the Grand Traverse region. “In a society and time in which victory, status and short term profitablity so often seem to trump all other values, Environmentalist of the Year Awards is one way in which we can nourish, recognize and, hopefully, validate the efforts of those who consistently demonstrate their commitment to doing what is right for their neighbors, future generations and for the earth.“
NMEAC‘s mission is preserving the natural environment through citizen action and education. Admission to the event is $20 and is open to the general public. For more information, call 946-6931, or see www.nmeac.org.
- by Greg Reisig
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