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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Marc Alderman

Robert Downes - May 24th, 2010
‘Still Breathing’ -- Marc Alderman: Musical friends come to the aid of injured percussionist
By Robert Downes
Marc Alderman doesn’t remember what happened after a pickup truck crossed
the center line of an icy highway last Dec. 3, sending him into months of
pain, surgery and hospitalization.
“The truck lost control and I t-boned into the side of it,” he says. “I
have no recollection of what happened -- I just know what I’ve pieced
together from police reports and news articles about the accident.”
The night was a devastating tragedy for all of the drivers involved,
especially good samaritan, Debra Lynn Fiorini, 52, of Interlochen, who
stopped on U.S. 31 to help the accident victims, only to be killed when
another vehicle lost control on the ice and slammed into the wrecked
vehicles.
Today, Alderman -- a percussionist and drummer with a number of local
bands -- is elated to be alive and back home with his wife Dede in their
cottage south of Interlochen. “I was lucky,” he says. “I had a lot of
broken bones, but all of my internal organs were okay, and my mind is
intact, along with my spine. It could have been a lot worse. I feel
really glad to be still breathing.”

BENEFIT BASH
But there are still bills to pay above and beyond the $250,000 or so in
medical expenses which were covered by Alderman’s no-fault auto insurance.
Coming to the rescue are some of the region’s top acoustic jam-bands,
who will volunteer their talents on his behalf this Saturday and Sunday,
May 29-30, at The Loading Dock in TC.
Chris ‘Wink’ Winkelmann, guitarist-vocalist of Soul Patch, organized the
benefit for his old friend who helped launch the band five years ago.
“I met Marc about seven years ago and we threw a band together and played
New Year’s Eve at Bower’s Harbor Inn,” Winkelmann recalls. “It was a
phenomenal success and that’s how our band got started.”
He adds that in addition to helping with the launch of Soul Patch as a
drummer, Alderman also performs with the FunDubMentals reggae band and
Rhythmic Adventures. “He’s a freelance percussionist who has a lot of
projects going on.”
Alderman hopes to sit in for a few songs at the benefit, which will
include Soul Patch performing on Saturday with Rootstand and a special
guest; on Sunday, Blue Dirt will perform with Soul Patch and another
special guest. The shows start at 9:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of
$10.

GRATEFUL
These days, Alderman is grateful to his friends, family, and all of the
medical personnel who got him through a crisis that included two broken
ankles, a “completely shattered” knee, a broken pelvis and a banged-up
hand.
“I had a very talented surgeon, Dr. Scot Groseclose of Great Lakes
Orthopaedic Center, who spent a lot of time reconstructing all of these
tiny broken bones in my knee, when perhaps if I’d been older, they would
have just given me a prosthesis,” he says.
In addition to a month in Munson Medical Center, Alderman spent two and a
half months in a nursing home. Only last week was he given permission by
his doctor to try walking again with the aid of crutches or a walker. “I
can go about a dozen feet before I need a rest.”
Alderman is also humbled that his bandmates have come through for him.
“They all came to visit me when I was laid up. I’m so grateful to Wink
for organizing the benefit and for all of the guys in the bands. None of
these guys are super wealthy, trucking around the Midwest to play gigs,
but this is their way of giving back to one of their own when they could
be playing to pay their own bills.”

The benefit for Marc Alderman runs Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30 at The
Loading Dock, with Soul Patch, Rootstand, Blue Dirt and special guests
performing, starting at 9:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.


 
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