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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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Vision thing/recycle/on a spin

- February 4th, 2008
The Vision Thing
Backers of an urban planning workshop series called The Grand Vision are thrilled with the turnout they had in late January to discuss the future direction of the Grand Traverse area.
“We were overjoyed with the turnout and the creativity of the participants,” said Bob Otwell in a release. Otwell is chair of TC-TALUS, the organization that initiated The Grand Vision. “Over a thousand people have now participated in The Grand Vision.”
“These workshops brought people together and provided guidance for building scenarios and moving forward with the area’s land use and transportation goals,” remarked Marsha Smith, chair of The Grand Vision Public Involvement Committee.
The workshops are focused on the direction of downtown Traverse City; the east side of town, including Acme Township; and southwest of town, including Interlochen.
At the workshops, participants worked at tables covered with a small-area map and chips representing different types of land use and housing densities. Then, they discussed how new growth should be accommodated within localized areas. Participants also discussed the general form that new growth should take, and the type of transportation system needed to serve it.
A regional transportation workshop is being being planned sometime in March in hopes of attracting participants from the six-county region around Traverse City. According to organizers of the project, various scenario choices will be presented in April-May and the general public will be surveyed for their preferences in late June and early July.
Led by local citizens, the Grand Vision, begun last September, is a two year, federally-funded process of regional land use and transportation planning throughout the Grand Traverse Region. For more information, see www.thegrandvision.org.

Recycle, recycle...
If you‘re new to Emmet County or are renting a home in the area, be sure to pick up your recycling bin at the Department of Public Works on Division Street in Petoskey.
“We’re trying to get the word out to people who move into the area where we provide curbside service that they can get a bin by calling us,“ says Kate Huntman Melby of DPW. “One group we’re finding it difficult to reach is renters.“
Wannabe recyclers can take advantage of this county service and do their part to clean up the planet. For info call 231-348-0640 or see www.EmmetRecycling.org.

On a Spin
The Cherry Capital Cycling Club gave Traverse City‘s bike trail system a boost last month, donating $18,000 to the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART).
The funds were 100% of the proceeds from the Leelanau Harvest Tour held last fall. The big club has been donating proceeds from the event to TART for the past decade.
Current TART projects in need of additional funding include the paving of the remainder of the Leelanau Trail and the extension of the Boardman Lake Trail around the west side of the lake in TC.

 
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