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
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. Weve 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 TCs 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, wouldnt include a bike lane. Bike
lane supporters learned about the city engineers 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
According to the language in one bill: Complete Street means a roadway
or network of transportation that accommodates all users of all ages and
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
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
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
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
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
In a news release from Camps 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
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.
Camps 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.
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
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.