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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Bikefest on a Roll in Grayling

Express Staff - September 9th, 2004
Grayling is spinning its wheels with its first Michigan Bike Festival this weekend, Sept. 10-12, with a blend of bands, bicycles and bonfires.
“It’s been in the works for a year now and we’re hoping this will be a major event that will draw people from across the state for years to come,” says Dick Fultz, who owns the Cross Country Ski Shop and Bicycle Shop in town.
The Bike Festival hopes to turn out hordes of road and mountain bikers at the Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling, Fultz says. Rustic camping is available along with 10 miles of single-track for those itching to get in gear.
Friday night kicks off with the burning of a bike ceremonial bonfire to the sounds of the Jelly Roll Blues Band. Carbo-load with a pancake breakfast on Saturday for a day of road and mountain bike rides along with a bike vendor exhibition, games, clinics, competitions, trials, riding demos and music. Capping the evening will be jams by the Blues Burner and Frostbitten Grass bands along with a bonfire.
Fultz says not to party too hearty, however, because the MMBA championship mountain bike race will be held just up the road at Aspen Park in Gaylord on Sunday.
For info, check out www.michiganbikefestival.com or call 888-876-2196.
 
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