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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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Letters 12/26/02

Various - December 26th, 2002
Leave the valley alone

Driving in to NMC to classes, I almost always take Keystone Road. I prefer taking this way because I love driving down into the valley and following the river into town. Many times I see people getting ready to hike the trails and enjoy the beauty and serenity that they find along the banks of the Boardman River.
All this will change, however, if the Road Commission gets their way and builds the bridge through the valley. Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Road Commission is determined to destroy the last piece of wilderness Traverse City has left. The price we will pay, for the very little relief in traffic congestion, is too high. Traverse City does not need more roads. We need to have the already existing roads improved, widened if necessary in a way that will do the least amount of environmental harm, and leave the one place where you can go to escape the noise and smell of city traffic behind protected for generations to come.
“If you build it they will come“ as the famous line goes. If the Hartman-Hammond Bridge is built, they will come. More and more people, traffic and congestion. Is this what we want for a city that is rapidly loosing it‘s small town appeal? No, it‘s not. It‘s time the Road Commission hears and listens to the people of the Traverse City region. Leave the valley alone. Save the taxpayer‘s money and save the Boardman River Valley.

Gabe Evans • Honor

Put your money where your mouth is

In your “Jesus in the Driver‘s Seat“ editorial (12/5), you chastise SUV‘s and specifically the HumVee. Yet, on page 2 of the same edition you accepted casino dollars to run a full page ad featuring the same HumVee. On page 23, you accepted money to run a half-page ad that beings “Finest SUV‘s.“ On page 36 you again accept casino dollars to run yet another full page ad featuring another SUV. You made approximately $1,800 in this issue directly and indirectly successfully promoting the sale of a product you oppose.
May I suggest some proactive sales promotion. Perhaps for future publications, as a compromise to refusing to print those ads, you can contact these same businesses and suggest that if they exclusively promote hybrid vehicles or more fuel efficient vehicles, you will offer them an advertising discount. I think you might feel less guilty, less hypocritical, and less anti-environment when you open your wallets to spend advertising dollars that actually promote what you preach.

John Freeman • Williamsburg

Cheers for Jim

I agree with Mike Delp about Jim Olson (as I am sure all his family and friends do), that Jim doesn‘t spend too much time relaxing in front of an incense burner or anywhere else (re: Letters 12/28). He is legendary in this area for deades of noble gratis work for good causes ass partially documented by the Express in a cover article several years ago.
Only an uninformed citizen would believe we don‘t need fast, concise regulation of any private ownership or international shipping of Great Lakes water. That‘s what Jim, Holly Spaulding and all the Sweetwater Alliance are working for. Thank you to all of them!
As Jim Olson says, “This water issue is not about restricting water to the Great Lakes region. It is about stopping private ownership of water, so if people around the world do need emergency water, we the citizens, through our elected officials, will decide if it is for the public good; not those who want to own the water to profit from other‘s suffering.“
Water wars may not happen in our lifetimes, but they will almost certainly happen. How long before *you* wouold become a slave for water? Who shall control it? How about the indigenous people for a change! Not big business.

Kathy Browning • Lake Ann
 
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