The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club regrets the decision of the members of the executive committee of the Traverse Group to resign from the Club because they did not agree with an action of the National Sierra Club that allowed the Clorox Corporation to use the Sierra Club logo on their Green Works products.
While the Michigan Chapter has also expressed its concerns about this partnership, we believe that, as in any democracy, we can have disagreements while remaining united by our passion to explore, protect and enjoy the planet, the motto of the Sierra Club. Local volunteers, with their deep abiding concern for the earth, are the core of our organization. Even though the Michigan Chapter would not have chosen to engage in a marketing partnership of this nature, we have chosen to continue to work within the organization because we think that other issues that the Sierra Club is involved with are more important.
Here in Michigan we are striving hard to prevent the building of eight new coal-fired electric generating plants. Starting with blowing tops off mountains and despoiling communities in Appalachia to mine the coal to spewing out global-warming CO2 and pollutants like mercury into our air and water to produce electricity, these plants will irreparably harm our beautiful Great Lakes state and its residents. Also, producing energy from coal is very expensive when the cost of pollution is considered. One of the proposed plants is in Manistee and another is in Rogers City.
We have just won a major court victory to protect the pristine Mason Tract along the Au Sable River from gas drilling. We are fighting to protect our forests and waters from pollution by big mining interests and chemical corporations.
We waged a battle to force the corporations that own concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to abide by laws designed to prevent air and water pollution, and recently the Department of Environmental Quality for the first time ever turned down the permit application for a new CAFO. These factory farms keep animals in inhumane conditions and cause human misery in the communities where they are located and cause beach closings many miles away.
The Traverse Group has been involved in beach clean-ups, wetland preservation and dams on the Boardman River as well as other important issues. The group worked to stop the Hartmann-Hammond Bridge.
We are working with members of the Traverse Group to continue the work of the Sierra Club in the Traverse City area, the state and the nation. We will not let a disagreement on one issue interfere with the important job of protecting the planet so all can continue to explore and enjoy its natural beauty.
Jean Gramlich, chair
Michigan Sierra Club
Question: What would Madonna say?
Answer: Who really cares?!
Theres a large portion of the population in Northern Michigan that doesnt give a hoot what Madonna says, whether she shows up for the Film Festival, what vineyard her family owns, who her family trusts, what beach she went to or whether she ever sings another song again.
She had a couple good songs back in the 1980s... but hey, its over. My kids dont even know who she is.
What a total waste of space that article was -- with so many other cool things happening around town, and so many cool people in our area to write about --- Come on Rick Coates, apply those writing skills instead of wasting them.
Vita K. Morse TC
Sea potty at the beach
As an area resident, boat owner and pedestrian beach user, I would like to submit a literal observation of West Bay.
I know there have been pro-mooring boaters at the Traverse City Commission meetings, defending their stewardship of the water. However, on July 23, as my wife and I sat on the beach of West Grand Toilet Bay at the foot of Hall Street, at about 8 p.m. we observed a middle-aged, bikini-clad woman occupant of an older looking white boat (about 20-22 feet in length with a bow cabin large enough to have a sea potty) jump into the bay by the stern of the boat. Sitting by the edge of the boat and submersed to her shoulders, she appeared to be engaged in some activity.
At the same time, the second occupant of the boat, a middle-aged male, walked up the bow and proceeded to stand there urinating into the bay.
Apparently, the craft lacked toilet facilities. So how many times a day and for how many days can we expect this pair to urinate and defecate adjacent to the beach?
The boat is about 200-300 feet east of the swimming area and about 50 or so feet from the shroeline. Unfortunately, there wasn‘t a name on the back of the boat to better identify it.
Bill Hagan TC