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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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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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