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Letters 8-18-2014

The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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Desperate moms have an option/ Cyclists urged to support Streets bil/ Camp vows to ovrturn healthcare reform legislation/ Paella anyone

- May 24th, 2010
Desperate moms have an option
The recent deaths of two newborn babies abandoned in the Traverse City
area has prompted an adoption agency to speak out on a state law passed
nine years ago to help out desperate mothers.
“This law provides an option for moms to leave their baby in a safe place,
and they can do so anonymously,” said Craig Bulstma, director of Bethany
Christian Services.
The Safe Delivery Act allows for the safe, legal and anonymous surrender
of an infant, from birth to 72 hours of age, to an identified employee
inside a police department, fire department, hospital or a 911 responder.
“We are a designated safe haven under the law. We’ve had no instances of
that occurring here, but we have our officers prepared to handle it,” said
Traverse City Police Chief Mike Warren.
For more information about the law call Sarah Lackie of Bethany Christian
Services at 995-0870 or go to the Department of
Human Services website.

Cyclists urged to support Streets bills

Things are really heating up on the campaign for Michigan Complete
Streets legislation, which will make TC’s Eighth Street bike lane
controversy a thing of the past.
So says Bob Otwell, executive director of TART Trails, a nonprofit
that has made trails in the Grand Traverse region a reality for
cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Otwell and cyclists in Traverse City were shocked earlier this year to
find that an $850,000 overhaul of Eighth Street, one of the few
east/west throughways through town, wouldn’t include a bike lane. Bike
lane supporters learned about the city engineer’s decision to leave out
a bike lane on the busy street too late in the game; revamping the
street design to include a lane would have meant losing hundreds of
thousands of dollars in stimulus funding.
The legislation would “require all Michigan road agencies to adopt
Complete Streets policies within two years as a condition for receiving
transportation dollars.”
According to the language in one bill: “Complete Street’ means a roadway
or network of transportation that accommodates all users of all ages and
abilities...”
That means the two bills pending in the state House would require
communities and road agencies to consider adding non-motorized and public
transit accommodations to transportation corridors in order to create more
walkable, bikeable places where children and families can be physically
active.
Otwell is asking supporters to do any, or preferably all, of the following
to help ensure its passage:
• E-mail your support of House Bills 6151 and 6152 to the members of the
House Transportation Committee. Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City sits
on the committee: WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov .
• Send a letter to your legislators in support of the bills.
• Consider testifying this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the first House
Committee on Transportation Committee hearing in Room 521 of the House
Office Building.
Otwell also urged cyclists to attend the Lucinda Means 2010 Advocacy Day
this Wednesday, May 26. This event invites folks to gather on the state
Capitol steps in support of cycling rights and opportunities. TART Trails
is organizing a van to transport supporters, but space is limited (call
941-4300). To register for the Lucinda Means Advocacy Day, go to
www.lmb.org.
“This will be one of the key steps in making our communities more vibrant
and prosperous, places in which the best and brightest want to live and
employers want to locate,” Otwell said.

Camp vows to
overturn healthcare
reform legislation

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), who represents the Traverse City area,
has joined 74 other Republican members of Congress in a pledge to “repeal
and replace” the health reform legislation recently enacted by
Democrats.
In a news release from Camp’s office the pledge reads: “I hereby pledge to
the people of my district (4th MI) to sponsor and support legislation to
repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it
with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing
government.”
Camp wrote the Republican alternative health reform bill, which he says
was “proven by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to lower
health care costs for Americans.”
Camp’s bill was never seriously considered, however; according to
govtrack.us, the latest action on the bill was a referral to the
Subcommittee on Health, Employment,
Labor, and Pensions last December.

Paella anyone?

A new Paella in the Park festival is planned for Clinch Park in Traverse
City on August 6, featuring the seafood & rice dish that is a tradition in
Spain.
Seven Old Mission wineries will participate, quenching the thirst of those
sampling seven varieties of paella from local restaurants. Tickets will
be $26 for food samples, with wine available by the glass.



 
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