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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Here, Piggy-pig, Pig.... Goodwill Party will Benefit Area‘s Homeless Shelter

Staff Reports - June 24th, 2004
Taster’s choice this Saturday when Goodwill Industries Volunteers Services ( GIVS ) hosts “The Party” pigroast and dance to benefit a the homeless shelter in Traverse City.
“We just wanted a fundraising party that people can have fun at and dance their tails off -- there’s no silent auction or anything like that -- the idea is to have a great time and a big party,” says Heidi Hallett-Treece, a GIVS volunteer who is organizing the event with co-chair Mary Stanton.
“A Goodwill supporter told us that if we ever wanted to hold a fundraiser, she’d donate a pig, so it all revolved around that,” she adds.
The event will include dancing under the stars to the sounds of the Due North band at the N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, County Road 633 (Center Highway) between Shady Lane and Bingham Road in Leelanau County. Dinner is from 6-8 p.m. (wear casual clothes -- it’s a pig roast, after all), with dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Last year, the 44-bed Goodwill Inn provided over 17,000 bed-nights for the homeless in Traverse City, with an average of 45-50 people staying at the shelter each night. Homeless numbers are expected to grow in the years ahead and Goodwill Industries is working towards completion of a new shelter which will have 70 beds. The new inn will have a wing for a men’s dormitory and a dormitory for newcomers in addition to smaller four-bed rooms and a separate wing for women and families. It’s estimated that there are between 700-900 homeless persons in the five-county area around Traverse City.
GIVS volunteers hope that The Party will pull in enough revelers to give the shelter a major boost. Tickets are $50 ($40 is tax deductible) on sale at Pure Essence Salon, Goodwill Main Campus, Silvertree Deli, N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, or Leelanau Wine Cellars. For more info contact Hallett-Treece at 231-935-4120.

share their experiences
MoveOn.org, the online force for liberal causes, is taking its act to the real world in Northern Michigan this weekend to promote a new book of essays on political activism.
Horizon Books in Traverse City is hosting a gabfest for local activists this Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. to promote “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country.” The book is a collection of essays by MoveOn volunteers “about how they have become politically active, empowered themselves and made an impact in the issues they were addressing,“ according to press materials. Contributors range from 16 to over 80 in age, and represent a wide range of ethnicities, social backgrounds and perspectives.
At Saturday‘s event, local activists will talk about their own activism, the book, take questions from the audience and encourage others to find their own political voices.
Published on April 1, the book debuted at number four on Amazon.com‘s list, a feat reflected perhaps by the fact that MoveOn.org has some two million members. Published by independent Inner Ocean Publishing of Hawaii, the book‘s executive publisher, John Elder, lived in the Traverse City area for many years and is a friend of the co-owner of Horizon Books, Amy Reynolds.

Eye on the sky
Be sure to look up if you happen to be in TC on the evenings of June 29-July 1. You could catch a glimpse of the largest hot air balloon ever to ply the skies of Northern Michigan.
The new six-story balloon is a project shared by Williams KIA and Grand Traverse Balloons, to be tethered at the auto dealer‘s parking lot on US 31 South, weather permitting. The balloon goes up at 8 p.m. as the kicker for a number of events, including a 50-foot crawl-through inflatable caterpillar for kids, stunt kite demo, gymnastics show and more.

New food guide
cultivates area farms
A new food guide will help connect area residents and tourists to growers in the Grand Traverse Bay region to give local farmers a boost and encourage alternatives to factory farming.
“Select a Taste of Traverse Bay“ lists more than 140 farms, which represent an estimated $4.5 million a year in sales and 270 full- and part-time jobs.
“New prosperity in family farming today can be found by taking high-quality farm products out of the mass market system and going straight to consumers who want just-picked taste, local connection, and the greatest food value,” says Patty Cantrell, director of the Michigan Land Use Institute’s (MLUI) Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project which is publishing the guide.
One example is Werp Farms, near Buckley, which has switched from bulk production of corn and hogs to raising specialty vegetables for fine-dining restaurants from Mackinac Island to Detroit.
For info on the guide, see www.mlui.org.

Correction:
Guitarist Mark Farner is no longer a member of Grand Funk and hasn‘t been for years. A photograph of Farner was mistakenly included in a story on the upcoming Cadillac Jam in the June 10 issue of the Express.
Also, an article on the reformed DKT/MC5 failed to mention that original members Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson are back in the band and are in fact the D (with K being Wayne Kramer) in the DKT/MC5. Thompson lives in Detroit, and has never delivered The Chicago Reader as was stated. He was confused with film maker David Thomas, who is a paper boy for that publication. All errors were the editor‘s fault.
 
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