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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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Music on Mt. Holiday

Robert Downes - July 20th, 2009
Music on Mt. Holiday
New concert venue offers dinner & a show
Robert Downes 7/20/09
Local musicians will hit a high note -- literally -- at a new dinner and concert series atop Mt. Holiday Ski Hill on the east side of Traverse City, beginning this week.
The new gig is called “Music in the Hills with Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round,” to be hosted every Wednesday at the Mt. Holiday Lounge.
“This grew out of a music series we had last winter,” says manager Rick VanTongeren. “During the winter, a number of folksingers came in every Sunday evening and played in the lounge. It was a really popular event and a big hit with everyone.”
Mt. Holiday became one of only four nonprofit ski areas in the country in 2002 and has a list of approximately 1,000 loyal supporters, VanTongeren says. That local support has made it the ideal site for family-oriented fun and community events, such as a recent bash for the Cherry Capital Cycling Club and Mt. Holiday’s popular Halloween party.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
“We’re going to have different musicians every week and a family-style buffet that could include everything from Italian cuisine to an American-style barbecue or a pig roast,” VanTongeren says. Alcoholic beverages are also available.
Prices will be reasonable, with dinner from 6-7 p.m. at $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Dinner will be followed by the show, with a $5 cover going to the band.
Performers are all members of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round -- a very ‘picky’ organization of 50 veteran songwriters from across the region. Slide guitarist Sandy Blumenfeld got the winter concerts going with the help of local songwriters Jenny Thomas, Adair Correll and other players, and the ski hill concerts ‘snowballed’ from there.
In addition to the performances, musicians will have their CDs for sale. Here’s who’s playing over the next seven Wednesday evenings:

--- by Robert Downes

July 22: Sandy Blumenfeld, Geno Miller and Les Dalgliesh
July 29: Matt Mansfield, Amber Buist, and Rick Buist with special guest Savannah Buist
August 5: Mary Anne Rivers, Jenny Thomas and Dennis Palmer
August 12: Kirby, Barbara Jordan and Adair Correll
August 19: Bryan Porier, John Kumjian and Patrick Niemisto -- aka: New 3rd Coast
August 26: Jim Moore, Mark Cantrell and Bob Downes -- aka: Acoustic Dynamite
September 2: Chris Skellenger, Paul Koss and Zack Light -- aka: 3 Hour Tour

 
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