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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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