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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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Kristi Kates - November 15th, 2007
DRIVE OVER TO THE DENNOS MUSEUM
Cars, cars, cars are currently on display at the Dennos Museum in an exhibit that will appeal to those who appreciate beautiful design just as much as auto aficionados. The “Romancing the Automobile” exhibit is running at the Dennos all the way until January 6, and includes Buick concept cars on display as well as automobile artworks from the likes of Craig Brigham, Tom Hale, and Robert Rauschenberg, plus Ron Gianola’s designs for concept cars. And don’t forget that the Dennos’ great Inuit Art Gallery and Discovery Gallery are also both open.

UP NORTH TOWNS NAMED “THE BEST”
Detroit Home Magazine’s most recent issue - their “The Best of the Good Life” issue - named Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Charlevoix (in a statistical tie) as the “Best Area For A Vacation Home.” Amenities and attractions such as beaches, galleries, dining, golf, and shops were cited as key factors.

INTERLOCHEN TO BRING BACK HOLIDAY FAVE
The Interlochen Dance Ensemble and Arts Academy Orchestra are slated to bring back the perennial holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” at Interlochen, December 14-16. The enchanting story of Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer, and the beloved Nutcracker who comes to life features magnificent dancing, colorful costumes and one of the most enduring and most well-known scores in all of ballet.

OTSEGO CLUB IN GAYLORD ADDING NEW PARK
The Otsego Club & Resort has announced the development of its State of the Art Terrain Park and Half Pipe. This new Terrain Park is part of a new renaissance and infrastructure upgrade to make the Otsego Ski Club the premier ski destination for families. It is said to be similar to some of the great terrain parks that snowboarding enthusiasts find out West at places like Park City, Winter Park, and Vail.   The park will feature multiple half pipes for all levels along with several levels, of rails for exciting action. In addition, Otsego Club has made a significant investment in improving the quality of snow conditions, including additional new snow guns in order to double the snow making capabilities, and a Bombardier Bison with Terrain Package and Zaugg 18 ft. Pipe Monster to improve grooming on the slopes and Terrain Parks. 

MUNSON MEDICAL CENTER COMMENDED
Munson Medical Center’s Cancer Services recently received three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. “Only one in four cancer programs at hospitals across the country receives this special approval,” said Bob Stanton, director of Munson Cancer Services. “It recognizes the quality of our comprehensive patient care and our commitment to provide patients with access to all the various medical specialists involved in diagnosing and treating cancer.”

GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT ADDING AQUATICS
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa have announced that they’ll spend approximately $400,000 to convert their indoor pools into an aquatics play area that will include a waterslide, waterwalk, sprayground, and other features for resort guests and club members. Highlights of the new aquatic area will include a 70-foot long spiraling waterslide, and an anchored floatable waterwalk challenge course; the Resort will continue to offer fitness and lap swimming, swimming classes, and aqua aerobics. The renovation is expected to be completed by mid-December.



 
 
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