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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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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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