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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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- January 13th, 2005
DONATIONS WELCOME: A Tsunami Relief Fund has been established at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to help Asian victims of the massive tsunamis on Dec. 26.
“We are working collaboratively with the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF), CARE, USA and the International Red Cross to receive donations,” said executive director Jeanne Snow.
Anyone wishing to contribute to The Tsunami Relief Fund may send their donations in care of the Regional Community Foundation, 250 E. Front Street, Suite 310, Traverse City, or visit their Web site at www.GTRCF.org to make an on-line donation.

BANNER YEAR: 2004 was a year of achievement for the Little Traverse Conservancy. A total of 2,102 acres and nearly four miles of water frontage on Northern Michigan’s lakes, rivers, and streams were protected from future development, primarily through conservation easements which allow the landowner to retain the property while receiving tax breaks for not developing it.

IT ROCKS: Are you a musician itching for rock & roll glory? Then take a flyer on “Northern Michigan Rocks Vol. V,“ the fifth CD in a series showcasing local rockers.
Terri Ray, program director for Double Rock KLT, says the station is seeking submissions for its fifth compendium album. Typically, more than a dozen bands make the cut out of numerous submissions. Contact the station for details on how to submit your recording. The cut-off date is Feb. 18.

SPEAKING OF artistic endeavors, the Blissfest Organization is inviting all area artists to submit logo designs to be used for the 25th annual Blissfest Music Festival. The winning logo will be used on the Blissfest T-shirts, posters and flyers. The winner will receive $250, a weekend pass to the festival and a T-shirt. Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb 1. Send to jim@blissfest.org or mail to Blissfest Music Organization, 325 E. Lake St., Petoskey, MI 49770.

 
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