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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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The thrill of death-defying flight

Anne Stanton - June 15th, 2009
The Thrill of Death-Defying Flight Without the Agony of, Um, Death

By Anne Stanton 6/15/09

If you have an intense love for remote control airplanes, here’s your chance to take it to a new altitude.
The Traverse Area Model Pilots is offering newbie pilots the free use of four remote control airplanes, complete with advice and instruction for those who show up at the airfield on Tuesday evenings. 
The group also announced its new site for flying the planes—a former dump site at the end of the north/south runway of Green Lake Township Airport off Youker Road (about three miles south of Interlochen Corners.)
Families are welcome to come and see the new field on Saturday, June 20 starting at 9 a.m., and see what model airplane flying is all about. Flight club member Ben Komrska says the June 20 event is going to be a “big deal,” with a baseball contest drawing 130 kids, fire department demos, a martial arts demonstration, Boy Scout troops, and lots of good stuff to eat.
The 75-member club opened the new field this spring after spending last year cleaning it up.
The club received approval in 2006 from the Green Lake Township Board to use the end of the runway and former dump area in exchange for improving the area.  The former dump closed in the 1970s, and was left with scattered junk and mounds of dirt. 
The club, along with many volunteers and businesses, contributed hundreds of hours of time and $17,000 to fix up the area.  Volunteers removed the junk along with the thorny Locust trees and diseased oak trees that had overgrown the area. They leveled the ground, covered it with donated topsoil, and installed a sprinkler system. 
“New grass is growing on the X-shaped runways and the area looks great,” said Komrska. 
The mini flying field has a separate entrance gate next to the Township compost gate located on Youker Road at the south end of the airport. 
For more information and pictures of past club events, check out the website of traversemodelpilots.com.
 
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