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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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New air terminal at Cherry Capital Airport

Staff Reports - October 28th, 2004
New air terminal has cherry flavor
The new $45 million terminal at Cherry Capital Airport got its wings this week, opening to the public on Wednesday with a 115,000-square-foot complex that incorporates the flavors of Northern Michigan in its design and landscaping. Close-in parking, electronic check-in computers, advanced baggage screening and an outdoor garden for ticketed passengers are among the perks of the new terminal. And check out the 14 new cherry-wood check-in counters for a touch of local class.
Designed by Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, the terminal is Arts and Crafts/Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired and encompasses the openness and natural setting of the Grand Traverse region.


BRIEFS
CODE BLUE FOR REAL: Dave Edge, 49, the harmonica player with the Code Blue band had the scare of a lifetime on Oct. 1 when he had a real code blue while performing at L‘il Bo‘s in Traverse City. Edge was 40 minutes and five songs into the band‘s first set when he felt a heart attack coming on and was rushed to Munson Medical Center by his wife, Shelly. There, he received an emergency catheterization to open a blocked artery, with two stents inserted.
“He plays his heart out too,“ Shelly says. “There were signs that this was coming on; he was dizzy all week and he hauled all of the band‘s equipment to the show.“
A two-pack-a-day smoker, Dave has gone cold turkey, but vows that the show will go on: he‘s performing with Code Blue at the Sleepy Bear Tavern in Honor on Oct. 29-30.

PRE-ELECTION PARTY: Need a party to get psyched for next week‘s election? City Park Grill in Petoskey is throwing a Get Out the Vote Party this Wednesday, Oct. 27. The Jelly Roll Blues Band will pump up the electorate. Time is 7:30-10:30 p.m. and donations will be collected at the door.

NOT A PARTY GUY? Former Governor Bill Milliken took some shots from Michigan‘s Republican Party for his Oct. 19 endorsement of John Kerry. Milliken said the Republican Party has been hijacked by the extreme Right on issues such as fiscal responsibility, pre-emptive warfare and conservation, noting that it‘s no longer the GOP he belonged to. Responding in the Detroit Free Press, Randy St. Laurent, 10th District Chairman of the Michigan State Republican Committee, said he‘d been to every Republican state convention in the past eight years and has attended four Republican Leadership Conferences, among many other GOP events. “I personally never met or saw Gov. Milliken at any of these events,“ he said. “The only time I ever hear what Milliken has on his mind is in a newspaper.“
 
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