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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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Run for shelter/ Zoo-de-Mack/Get paddlin‘

- April 6th, 2009
Run for Shelter
Local runners can combine their love of racing with a good cause on Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m., with the Run for Shelter to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter.
The course for the 5K race begins at Willow Hill Elementary School, Traverse City. It tracks along West Bay, through the surrounding neighborhood, and ends back at Willow Hill.
The Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter and donated foods to the homeless in Northern Michigan. The Inn also provides job placement, housing, and vocational and children’s services. It is owned and operated by GW Homeless Services, Inc.
The run/walk was envisioned by local business owners Karl Bastian and Bill Lancaster. Bastian is the co-owner and creative director for the advertising agency, Greenlight Marketing. Lancaster is owner of Lancaster Photography. Both Bastian and Lancaster are avid runners. Greenlight is the presenting sponsor and is managing the marketing for the race.
“I think this is a great thing for our community, especially in these tough economic times” Bastian says. “People get to enjoy the beauty of our area while supporting a great cause. We’re looking forward to a solid turnout.”
Course, registration and volunteer information is available at the official race site; runforsheltertc.com.

Zoo-de-Mack pedals to its 20th anniversary
Northern Michigan’s biggest party on wheels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a 51-mile ride from Boyne Highands in Harbor Springs to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Zoo-de-Mack kicks off Friday, May 16 with a party at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands. The Saturday ride takes up to 2,400 cyclists to the Straits, including a lunch stop at Legs Inn, Cross Village. From there, it’s on to post-ride parties in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. There are shuttle options for returning to Harbor Springs on Sunday, or cyclists can enjoy the ride back through the ‘Tunnel of Tree’s’ on M-119.
The entry fee is $50 through May 2. Check out www.zoo-de-mack.com for details.

Get Paddlin’
Looking for a resource to take full advantage of your new kayak? Check out the Traverse Area Paddle Club.
“Within a 60 - 90 minute drive from Traverse City, there are 24 different four-to-six hour paddling trips available on local rivers,” notes John Heiam, the club’s webmaster.
Heiam also suggests three books by local authors to get into canoeing or kayaking:
• Paddling Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
• Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date
• Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond
“If people would like to find others to paddle with, and find out more about places to paddle, they can join the Traverse Area Paddle Club by going to our website: traverseareapaddleclub.org,” Heiam adds. “The dues are only $15 a year for an individual or $25 for a family.”



 
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