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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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Letters 08-11-2014

- August 11th, 2014  

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Build A Better Cherry Fest

I strongly disagree with Mr. Tuttle’s piece insisting that we keep National Cherry Festival exactly as it remains. Many residents, including myself, are not in favor of eliminating the festival, but rather asking some very poignant questions. Should the festival be moved to a date that local cherries would actually be ready, instead of a weekend like the Fourth of July when the city is full anyway? Should we move the festival to the fairgrounds so our normally pristine Open Space can be on display? How can we better connect visitors with local commerce as opposed to the carnival that moves into town for 10 days? Traverse City will have visitors making a positive economic impact during the second week of July regardless of Cherry Festival. I applaud our city leaders and others for questioning the current impact on the Festival. Why shouldn’t we try to make it better for all in our community?

Aaron McBride, Traverse City

A Real Farmers Market

The ongoing practice of farmer’s market vendors reselling produce they don’t grow themselves, and failing to identify it as such, has never been about “big farmer versus little farmer,” as one of the resellers claims, but rather about transparency and being straightforward and telling the truth to buyers. It’s about allowing buyers the facts they deserve and need to make informed buying choices. Many market goers believe that when they visit a farmer’s market, they’re buying food that’s been locally grown. Buying locally strengthens our communities when we invest our food dollars close to home, not to mention that it lessens the environmental impact from trucking our food in from other regions.

It’s important to know where and how our food is grown, what pest management practices were utilized, whether it was grown from GMO seed, whether it’s been grown on depleted or contaminated soil, not to mention when was it harvested, given the ongoing nutrient depletion after harvesting.

If market rules are such that reselling is allowed, it is often accompanied by the rule that vendors disclose the name and address of the farm where the produce was grown. That rarely occurs, and more often than not, we’ve witnessed resellers verbally representing themselves as the growers. The solution is really quite simple: transparency and honesty. If the resellers truly believe in what they’re doing, and it’s not just about making a buck, they shouldn’t have a problem with placing signs indicating where their respective produce is grown.

Karla Black, Platte River Gardens, Interlochen

Congrats on the Wet House

How wonderful to see that there are people who are intelligent, compassionate and actively doing something to help those with addictions and mental differences which are viewed with critical disapproval by many. Mental challenges and addictions to drugs and alcohol are not unique to homeless men, these things affect both men and women and people from all income levels. Our system does not do much to help support those with these differences, unless you can call throwing them in the slammer help. These differences are not crimes against society they need as much support as those who are affected with breast cancer or any other diseases. Making a place for them that helps them live a better life is the first step in advancing society’s treatment of these “throw away, go away” people.

There but for some toss of the dice goes you or your son or daughter. Every person deserves to be treated with respect and deserves to have a place safe and warm to call home. No judging, just intelligent help without unrealistic rules. I hope that Dann’s House receives the support that it needs. Something like this is long overdue. Way to go great people of Traverse City!

Sigrid Hansen, Petoskey

 
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