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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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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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