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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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- January 10th, 2011
Reaching out to farmers
Kudos to Anne Stanton for the recent features on farming. It was nice to
read both sides of the CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) debate.
Consumers can support what they believe in with their purchasing dollars.
Without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables at every roadside
stand, it gets too easy to just go to the mega-grocery stores for
everything this time of year. But great local products are available at
many stores, the indoor farmers markets and directly from the farmers.
Our website, www.MichiganFamilyFarm.com is working to help connect farmers
and consumers. Thank you for keeping this great movement in front of your
readers.

Jena Van Wagner • Executive Director, Michigan Family Farms

Trouble Town
There’s trouble right here in Traverse City.
In 2001 Traverse City had the unenviable distinction of receiving national
attention with the visit of the Reverend Fred Phelps of Kansas, a virulent
anti-gay activist. Yes, this is the same man who protests at the funerals
of dead American servicemen and women because he claims “god is punishing
America for tolerating homosexuals.”
Well Traverse City, it appears as though his disciples may be here and
working to defeat the recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance. An
over-the-top accusation? I do not think so. Their leader, Paul Nepote,
whom I did not know from Adam, actually accosted me in a drug store and
said despicable and vile things about the 19-year-old, gay army private
first-class who gave his life for his country in Vietnam, which was the
story I related at the public hearing on the ordinance.
Rev. Phelps would have been proud!
Mr. Nepote’s followers claim that this ordinance is unnecessary and will
burden local businesses. Yet, the business community has been essentially
stone silent on the issue!
Many other Michigan cities have adopted this ordinance with no problems.
Remember that song from the Music Man “There’s Trouble in River City”?
Well my friends:
We have trouble
Right here in Traverse City
With a capital T
And that rhymes with E
And that stands for Evil!

Nick LaRose • TC

Giving thanks
It’s 2011 and the staff and volunteers of the Women’s Resource Center of
Northern Michigan (WRC) are looking ahead to a new year filled with
possibilities. We give thanks to the community in which we live and the
generous individuals and businesses who have helped us provide critical
services and programs to the women, children and families in Antrim,
Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
We thank those who donated nonperishable food items, household supplies
and personal care items and those who made financial contributions during
our Harvest Food and Supply Drive, which will be used by survivors of
domestic violence and their children staying at our Safe Home.
We thank the 112 men who contributed to the 100 Men campaign and who,
more importantly, agreed to take a public stand to end violence against
women.
We thank our new and longtime donors who help us continue to provide
the myriad of programs and services on which this community has come to
rely.
We thank our board members and volunteers who work countless hours to help
us improve the lives of women, children and families.

Jan Mancinelli
Executive Director • WRC

Correction
A recent article on songwriter Emma Cook cited the wrong radio station
as the sponsor of the Battle on the Boardman contest which she won. The
contest was sponsored by Real Rock 105.1 and 95.5 & Classic Rock The
Bear 98.1, 93.9, 107.1, 94.5.

 
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