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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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Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Various - May 20th, 2004
Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist will speak on “A True Acme Town Center” this Tuesday, May 18 in a citizen forum at the Grand Traverse Resort.
The purpose of the forum is to generate ideas toward the creation of “a new Acme town center, with shopping and new neighborhoods and without big-box stores,” states the Michigan Land Use Institute, which is sponsoring the event along with the Concerned Citizens of Acme Township.
Norquist is president of the Congress for the New Urbanism in Chicago. He was mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2003. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing and became a leading center of education and welfare reform.
Norquist presided over a revision of the city’s zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city’s 3.1-mile Riverwalk. He received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for $250 million in development in the heart of Milwaukee.
Norquist is the author of “The Wealth of Cities” and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and at Marquette University.
The forum is free of charge with all welcome from 7-9 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort. Norquist will also reportedly tour sites in Traverse City, including the Grand Traverse Commons, for those interested in tagging along.

Race is on for 4th District

Rep. Dave Camp - R, Midland, has some competition for his seat from Michael R. Huckleberry, a Democrat from Greenville who threw his hat in the ring last week.
Camp outlined his battle plan in a campaign speech: “My friends, I choose to stay and fight for a better America; for an America that will not be intimidated by terrorists; for a Michigan and an America that offers fewer taxes and greater prosperity; for a Michigan and an America that offers the best training and education in the world; for an America that shows generous concern for those most vulnerable in society; and, I choose to fight for an America that is still the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Huckleberry, whose hometown has been slammed by the departure of the Elextrolux refrigerator company for Mexico had this to say in his announcement: “The 4th District of Michigan U.S. Congress race is about JOBS! JOBS! And JOBS! Without jobs, properly funding education, national defense, health care, Social Security and any other number of services is impossible.”
“Huck,” as he is called in Greenville, is a restaurateur who earned acclaim for a “placemat campaign,” which called attention to the fact that the town was threatened with the loss of 2,700 jobs.
Camp has been Traverse City’s congressman for two years now, the result of resdistricting which removed the city from the Northern Michigan/U.P. district of Bart Stupak. The current 4th District is a triangle-shaped area extending from Traverse City to Saginaw and Greenville.

Calling all Grobanites

Interlochen officials are thrilled to announce that alumnus Josh Groban will perform on July 20 in Kresge Auditorium.  Groban, who attended Interlochen for two summers in 1997-‘98, is touring in support of his sophomore album “Closer,” featuring the single “You Raise Me Up.”
Groban’s first self-titled album with the hit “To Where You Are,” was released in 2001 and sold more than five million copies.  Through numerous televised appearances and his duet with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Groban has amassed a loyal following of fans who refer to themselves as “Grobanites.” The show is expected to sell out with tickets from $59.50 to $120.

Meanwhile...

Those who like the flavor of their music a little more on the wild side will be pleased to learn that DJ Hurricane, who manned the turntables for the Beastie Boys from 1986-‘97 and dj‘d for Run DMC and Dr. Dre is playing Streeters Ground Zero on May 30...

Attack of the puppetheads

Giant puppets are planning to crash the Michigan Wetlands Conference in TC sometime during the May 20-22 event, “To put the pressure on several key state officials who are negotiating a settlement with eco-criminal Bill Clous, the notorious president of Eastwood Custom Homes who destroyed over 80 acres of precious East Bay Township wetland in late 2002,” according to an e-mail from the group.
Members of the Sweetwater Alliance (a water rights group) and the Little Artshram earth-arts organization plan to appear at the conference dressed as fish, a heron, and a three-headed monster representing state officials (including the governor?) who haven’t been tough enough on Clous in the wetlands settlement to dramatize the situation.
 
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