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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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You know you’re a Northern Michigander when... ?

- March 26th, 2012  

• “A good day” means you shoveled your car out of the snow in less than 15 minutes
• 20 degrees is a heat wave
• 50 degrees is shorts and tshirt weather
• 8 inches of snow doesn’t stop you from driving
• A few inches of snow is just a ‘dusting’ a foot of snow is just a dusting
• All summer you have a jacket in the car
• Always say Yes to a Eucher game
• Bears cruise through your neighborhood
• Crossing the Mackinaw Bridge into the UP really feels like the road home
• Driving in a snowstorm doesn’t phase you a bit...
• Eat Cherries 24 / 7
• Everything has: cherry, north, grand, traverse, or bay in its name
• Going from 50 to 20 degrees in one day is nothing new
• Happy when it snows
• Icy roads and snow storms don’t bother you
• Instead of a deer crossing sign you see a snowmobiles crossing sign
• It snows in late April
• M22 bumper sticker
• Make fun of the fudgies
• No snow seems depressing.
• Offi cer friendly was your DARE teacher in kindergarten
• Out of town and you use your hand to show where you’re from
• Schools are CLOSED
• Shoveling snow IS your work out everyday
• Take opening day of deer season off of work
• The potholes fi ll with snow and make the roads better
• The town/city you’re in doesn’t shut down over a few inches of snow.
• The weather report’s wrong all the time
• POLISH FEST
• There is no where to meet singles besides the bar
• You go swimming in May in the bay
• Water and cows are both within a 15 minute drive.
• When a snowmobile pulls up to you at a traffic light
• When the women can drink more than the men
• When you can’t get food after 10 pm.
• When you know where Mesick, Copemish, & Bendon are
• When your ice fi shing gear is in your car all winter long
• You are Poor
• You are surrounded by water
• You attend work meetings in snow boots
• You avoid Traverse City during the Cherry Festival
• You build an indestructable enclosure around your mailbox so the plow doesn’t smash it
• You buy Halloween Costumes Big enough to fi t over a snow suite

• You buy milk at the gas station and a quart of oil at the grocery store because it’s cheaper.
• You call people from downstate “fudgies”
• You can be on the water, in the woods, or downtown at a great restaurant within 15 minutes of wherever you are!
• You can breath fresh air!
• You can wear Uggs to the best restaurant in town
• You can’t fi nd a job
• You can’t read the road signs because they’re covered in snow
• You come across really nice people.
• You cringe when you have to go South on I-75
• You don’t call the Bay, the Lake
• You don’t fi nd it strange to have a festival for mushrooms.
• You don’t hear the TV news anchors’ accent
• You don’t see the sunshine for 5 days
• You don’t want to answer your phone
• You dress down and still look good!
• You drive 30 miles to go anywhere!
• You drive a Subaru
• You drive into town for lunch in a blinding snowstorm
• You drive to the UP to go camping.
• You eat cherries in everything...burgers, salsa, etc
• You fi ll this survey out
• You fi nd Petoskey stones without any effort
• You get a sunburn while downhill skiing
• You get frustrated by “fudgies”
• You golf in January
• You hate big city madness.
• You have a salon & spa, yoga studio & gun shop in the same building
• You have gone broke and stayed here
• You have hit a dear...
• You have snow shoes
• You know a miniature train is more important than a slip and slide spray area.

• You know everyone at Timber Ridge
• You know the true meaning behind the M22 sticker
• You know Wisconsin doesn’t look like a mitten
• You love to be outside all year long
• You prefer to swim in Grand Traverse Bay than any Ocean

 
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