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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Give a Little... or a Lot: Holiday Benefits And Places To Donate

Lynn Gerow - November 29th, 2007
It’s the season of giving, and if you’d like to make a difference in the region this year, there are plenty of opportunities. Following are some of the organizations seeking your help in order to help others throughout Northern Michigan:

Women’s Resource Center, TC:
“Adopt a Family” - Donations of toys, clothing, food, gift cards are being accepted for families in need. Contact Jody Smith at 231-941-1210.

Harvest Food and Supply Drive, Petoskey:
Donations for home staples, toys, grooming items, food and baby supplies are being accepted. Contact information includes the WRC main office at 423 Porter, the Gold Mine Resale Shop on Emmet Street and Bondurant on Howard Street.

Cadillac Food Drive:
Donations may be dropped off at Don’s Auto Clinic and other participating Cadillac businesses.

Cherryland Humane Society:
Has several programs; “Tree of Lights,” benefits homeless animals; “Christmas Pet Food Drive,” pet food donation barrels located throughout Grand Traverse including Pet Supplies Plus, McGough’s, Square Deal Country Store and Cherryland Humane Society; “Christmas Merchandise Sale,” benefits unwanted and homeless pets. For more information contact the Cherryland Humane Society at 231-946-5116. Also, contact your local Humane Society for their Christmas programs for pets.

Father Fred Foundation:
“Toys for Tots” • drop off all unwrapped, new toys at 826 Hastings in Traverse City.

Goodwill Industries:
“Holiday Needs Program” • benefits disadvantaged and homeless individuals and families. Donations are being accepted, please contact your local Goodwill Agency.

The Salvation Army:
“Red Kettle Christmas Campaign” • please stop and donate when you see the Red Kettle. Also, The Salvation Army is teaming up with Morse Moving & Storage to collect coats for the needy. The coat drive runs until December 1st and The public is encouraged to drop off the coats at any of the BC Pizza stores.

U.S. Marine Corps:
“Toys for Tots” • please donate unwrapped, new toys. Check for drop off spots in you community, call your local Chamber of Commerce.



 
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