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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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Preserving the Pigeon/Energy Guru Nicole Foss

- September 13th, 2010
Preserving the Pigeon
The Pigeon River has enjoyed the protection of the Little Traverse
Conservancy since 1983 when Agnes A. Andreae donated 27 acres and a
cabin perched along the river.
Since then, the Conservancy has partnered with landowners and
donors to preserve more than 12 miles of frontage along the Pigeon
River, Little Pigeon River and their tributaries from development.
Recently, two new parcels were purchased by the Conservancy with
funding from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. Both parcels became part of
the Vivian VanCampen Nature Preserve, adding more than 22 acres and
2,600 feet of undeveloped river shoreline.
“These additions were especially important because they provided
protection on both sides of the river at this preserve,” said Ty
Ratliff, Conservancy land protection specialist.
The Vivian VanCampen Preserve now totals more than 58 acres and
3,700 feet of Pigeon River frontage, providing habitat for mink,
otter, raccoon and waterfowl species.





Energy guru Nicole Foss
Biologist and environmental consultant Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh)
has a lot of ground to cover at her appearance in Northern Michigan
this week.
She plans to “explain in plain language the economic and social
challenges of the financial crisis, including the future of taxes,
unemployment, housing prices, business sales, and investments.”
Her news release states that “Foss uses common sense to explore
complex energy issues from oil supply to renewables, the unsustainable
structure of the banking system, the irrationality of market behavior,
credit bubbles, inflation and deflation, interest rates, agriculture
subsidies and farm markets, globalization, and the potential for
geopolitical conflict.”
The upshot will be advice on how to get through a tough economy and
what may lie ahead.
The former editor of “The Oil Drum” in Canada, she currently edits
http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com.
Nicole Foss will speak on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m in Bear Lake,
and on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Traverse Area District
Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC.

Camp’s pitch for
the rich
President Obama’s call to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich in the
coming months has earned the wrath of Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI),
who represents the Grand Traverse area.
President Obama proposes ending tax cuts for Americans and small
businesses making more than $250,000 per year -- about 2% of the
nation’s population. The funds would be used in an attempt to get the
economy back on track and cut the nation‘s 9.6% unemployment rate.
Under the Democrats’ plan, tax cuts would be extended for American
citizens and businesses making less than $250,000 per year.
But Camp and the Republican Party are framing the cuts as a
“job-killing $3.8 trillion tax hike.” The party is calling for a
two-year freeze on all current tax rates.
In an interview on Good Morning America last week, President Obama
said the Republican plan of extending tax cuts for “millionaires and
billionaires” is “probably the least efficient way of giving the
economy a boost.”

 
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