Water activists and experts from throughout the Great Lake Basin will
be flowing in for a Saving the Great Lakes Forever conference which
kicks off on Friday, May 6, at the State Theater in downtown Traverse
We take our incredible natural beauty and abundance for granted, but
there are very real threats facing the Great Lakes Basin. said
environmental attorney James Olson, who serves as executive director of
the Flow for Water Coalition. “If we dont protect these majestic
waters now, the Great Lakes could be lost for our future generations.
Our goal is to build deep citizen awareness and provide solutions to
make sure that doesnt happen.
The conference will focus on learning about the abuses and threats
facing the Great Lakes. Participants will seek solutions along with
ways to protect the citizens, communities, local agriculture, and
businesses who depend upon the waters of the Great Lakes Basin. The
event is hosted by the Flow for Water Coalition, the Great Lakes Water
Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, and Michigan
Citizens for Water Conservation,
Fridays 6:50 p.m. kick-off will feature Maude Barlow, the author of 16
books and an internationally recognized water advocate and former
advisor to the president of the United Nations General Assembly.
The evening will also include a screening of the documentary Tapped,
a look at the plastic bottled water industry, followed by an afterglow
party at the Park Place Dome.
The conference continues on Saturday, May 7. Wenonah Hauter, executive
director of Food and Water Watch and one of the worlds leading experts
on water, energy, food and the environment, will speak at 9 a.m. at
Milliken Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Her
address will be followed by workshop sessions on water-related topics.
The event will conclude with an expert roundtable discussion: “Solutions
for Saving the Waters of the Great Lakes Basin.“
We are incredibly excited to hold this conference here and to be able
to have presentations from both Maude Barlow and Wenonah Hauter,“ said
Olson. “They will provide a dynamic wake-up call to everyone interested
in protecting our Great Lakes.
Tickets are $25 per person for the two-day event or $40 for two
persons. For info, contact Jilliebean Green at (231) 432-0103 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at
Non-stop regional jet service to Milwaukee got a boost this week with
the addition of Frontier Airlines in Manistee. The airline has hubs in
Milwaukee, Denver and Kansas City, along with agreements with
connecting airlines, adding another flight alternative in the mix for
traveling to and from Northern Michigan. Flights leave Manistee at
7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. for Milwaukee with return trips from Milwaukee
to Manistee at 2:30 p.m.
The Snyder administration‘s proposal to tax the pensions of seniors
didn‘t last long. Based on intense opposition from seniors (who vote en
masse), Gov. Snyder‘s office released a statement last week saying that
retirees who are 67 and older will “see no changes to pensions.“
But younger seniors will feel a tax bite.
The original reform plan was a starting point for discussion and I am
pleased that the dialogue has been so productive,“ Gov. Snyder said in
a release. “In our discussions, we determined it is important to leave
retirement pensions as they are for our citizens age 67 and older. We
are able to move forward with a revised plan that still adheres to the
principles I laid out with my budget and tax initiatives.
But under Snyder‘s plan, younger seniors will be faced with taxes on
People who are ages 60-66 as of January 2012 will not be taxed on
retirement income up to $20,000 for single filers and $40,000 on joint
filers. But income above that amount will be taxed at 4.25% beginning in
Persons 59 and under as of Jan. 2012 (born after 1952), will have
their retirement income taxed at 4.25%, including the proceeds from
pensions, 401ks and IRAs.