Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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- March 26th, 2012  

• 10 Curious ways to enjoy winter
• A feature on the good work of county administrator, Dennis Aloia
• A green issue to promote contractors trying to create positive change
• A piece called “remember when” for all of the peeps who grew up here
• A story on how socialism has never worked
• Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan
• Anything about organic beauty
• Baby boomers - who they are and what are they up to
• Bad tattoos
• Behind the scenes bakeries
• Belly dancing at Crystal Bindi - the jewel jigglers
• Benzie county’s healing arts studio “the center” in beulah
• Boating lifestyle
• Brent James and the Contraband
• Businesses whose start-up has a personal story/inspiration behind it
• Businesses that give back to the community!
• Cancer awareness/survivor stories
• Carly Lewis memorial fundraiser/grand opening of carly’s playground
• Celtic dancers at Fitch’s School of Dance (exceptional)
• Dem and Repub presidential candidate interviews prior to Nov 2012 election
• Editorial on Adam Osiecki
• Excessive use of plastic and styrofoam in restaurants (and everywhere)
• Feature the up-and-coming band the naughty neighbors
• Focus on the men and women we lost in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars
• Follow around a single mom of three kids for a week
• Girls hockey in Northern Michigan
• Golfi ng in January
• Hardship of the local cherry farmers that do not get paid,and all the people that move here do not have a clue how hard it is to be a small time farmer
• Health care accessibiltiy
• History of skiing
• Homebirths are safe
• Hospital mergers
• How Traverse City was built
• Why people should do more to help the homeless
• In-depth look on government fi nances and what departments spend their budgets on
• Interview high schoolers or college kids see what their future is
• Interviews of anonymous medical marijuana users and current
• Is Lake Michigan really having its water taken
• Lalone miniature cattle
• Lil Bo Pub & Grille’s 80th year in business
• Local historical societies
• Making a difference stories
• Micro brew fest
• More features on small businesses of the area
• More focus to make it easier to bring tourist north-rails w/city type vendors to entertain.
• More on Trout Unlimited and what conservation issues the state is working on
• More stories further north
• More stories of salon nouveau vous
• Morel mushroom festival
• Munson’s new cancer center
• Northern michigan...The next Milwaukee? (Beer)
• Northwestern Michigan College honors students
• Occupy Northern Michigan
• Old Mission multigrain bakery and cafe
• One about all the new businesses on S. Airport Rd.
• Park Place hotel pool closing to the community against the agreement made with the city when first built
• Pedophiles working in community places
• People back in college after loosing their jobs
• People that have worked in their jobs a long time
• High school graduate success stories
• Pick different stores / restaurants and profile them
• Police brutality
• Population growth or decline in the past 20 years
• Powerlifting/underground sports
• Quality of life for non-wealthy working class
• Recall Snyder efforts re-starting this spring
• Recording studios
• Small business owners working from home
• Steven Tuttle for president!
• Story about underground hip-hop
• Surfing in northern michigan
• Teachers who make a difference in the classroom
• The negative impact of vegetation control on lakes of Northern Michigan
• Northwestern Michigan Fair/then & now 
• Positive impact of the performing arts in the region
• Top bar & nightclubs in the area
• Traverse city’s progress on a dog park.
• What business would benefit our town the most?
• Why the arts are important to our children!
• How does wind power work, pros and cons.
• Winter snow removal along the tart trail

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