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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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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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