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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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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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