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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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- 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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