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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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