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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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