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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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CMTV@Crystal Mtn./Protected Farmlands/Winter Festivals/Charlevoix says goodbye/Oryana Soyworks/Food Network in Honor

- January 14th, 2008
WATCH CMTV AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
Brand new this season at Crystal Mountain’s website (www.crystalmountain.com) is CMTV, a live look at the Crystal Mountain slopes and a weekly video Mountain Report that will air each Wednesday with host Nick Nerbonne. The Mountain Report is only one facet of CMTV’s offerings, as CMTV is also slated to feature videos providing skiing and snowboarding tips, recaps of special events, a photo
gallery, and opportunities for snowboarders and freestyle skiers to submit their own videos to sister website www.ridecrystal.com’s Fame Page.

PROTECTED FARMLANDS
Everyone who loves local fruit - including strawberries and those popular honey crisp apples - will be glad to hear that two of the farms that are major producers of the fruit have been forever protected. The Leelanau Conservancy signed agreements in December that will protect 360 acres and three farms. All of the land is within a six-mile radius; one farm has frontage along M-204 near Suttons Bay, and the other two are in nearby East Leland.
“It’s been a long arduous road, but it’s truly been an honor working with these growers; these farms tell the story of what is happening in Leelanau County farming today and also are a great start toward protecting the rich agricultural heritage in the M-204, East Leland area,” said the Conservancy’s farmland protection specialist Tom Nelson. “They represent a seed that has been planted, and with a lot of hard work, will bear fruit in helping to keep farming alive and retaining our great farm families as an integral part of the fabric that is Leelanau County.”

WINTER MEANS FESTIVALS
It’s a big festival weekend for those either living in or willing to drive Up North. On January 17-19, head up to Mackinaw City for their Winterfest, which is set to include lots of outdoor games, ice skating, specials at local businesses, and their famous Outhouse
Races. The 8th Annual Bay Harbor Winter Ice Festival takes place January 18-19, and will include ice sculptures, the annual “Ice and Spice” Chili Cookoff (Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. - taste the chilis for
just $5), costumes, and much more, all in downtown Bay Harbor.

CHARLEVOIX SAYS FAREWELL
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce President Jacqueline Merta is leaving the Chamber, having submitted her resignation at the very end of 2007. Merta, who is leaving to pursue new ventures, initiated many events that are now popular in Charlevoix, including the Apple Festival, Indoor Sidewalk Sales, Taste of Charlevoix, and the Downtown Farmers Market. Long-time Charlevoix resident Erin Bemis was named as the new Chamber president. In other Charlevoix news, the town also says farewell to quirky, eclectic local favorite C2 Gallery, which closed its doors at the end of last year, but may still continue its web presence at www.c2gallery.net.

ORYANA SOYWORKS
Traverse City’s popular local natural foods market Oryana has just launched their own line of organic soy foods products, which they’re calling Oryana Soyworks. Manufactured right at the market, the soy foods are being produced using traditional Japanese methods, with the line so far including dairy-free spreads and salads, hand-rolled vegetarian sushi, and both curried and smoked tofu. The Oryana Soyworks brand is only available at Oryana’s Lake Street location for now.

FOOD NETWORK IN HONOR
Honor organic foods company Food for Thought is slated to be on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” program on Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. EST. The “Unwrapped” show goes behind the scenes at various food locales, and Food for Thought’s products were chosen for their distinctive taste and 13-year commitment to organic products; the company uses a “local at any cost” philosophy in their products. Food for Thought’s appearance on “Unwrapped” will be part of a special report on cherries (FFT’s Cherry Salsa Atento will be the featured product) and their usage in various food lines.

 
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