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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Burgermeister Bob Serves Up a Great Book

Anne Stanton - August 5th, 2004
Bob Sloan, perhaps one of the area’s most prolific writers, has just published a great new cookbook for burger lovers: “Great Burgers: Mouthwatering Recipes.”
You might wonder how you can put together an entire book of burger recipes, but Sloan does it with aplomb. Yes, there are the recipes for the basic burger (meat, salt, oil, and buns), but then there are the Bob creations which take burgers to a whole new level. Try the portobello mushroom and goat cheese burger. The breakfast burger is a yummy creation that will make even Monday mornings look good.
Sloan gives great advice on the basics of cooking up a good burger (don’t overcook it). And his writing is a treat:
“The burger is working class, a solid citizen--a humble and unpretentious marriage of meat and heat. .. Gussy up a burger too much and it looks out of place, like a farmer in a tux.”
Or his advice on raw onion:
“Thinly sliced only! Avoid the inch-thick bar-burger onion slices, which only serve to devolve the burger itself into a condiment.”
Sloan and his wife Randi teach at the Dalton School in New York City, and spend their summers off in Leelanau County. He has written a series of Lenny Bliss mysteries and several cookbooks, the most famous of which is “Dad’s Own Cookbook.”




 
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