Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...

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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
• 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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