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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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- 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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