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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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