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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Region Watch: Cherry Festival Music, Ken Smith honored, Chicago-Bound, Bear-ly there

- June 6th, 2011
CHERRY FESTIVAL MUSIC
The National Cherry Festival has announced its music lineup for the
Bayside Stage this coming July 1-9.
The big acts include:
• Kansas - Wednesday, July 6
• 1964 Beatles tribute - Thursday, July 7
• .38 Special & Brant Lee Gilbert - Friday, July 8
• Josh Graycin, country - Saturday, July 9
Susan Wilcox, media relations & marketing manager, says a $15 pass will
get festival-goers into all four shows, with nightly passes also
available. And, for the first time, premium seating options will also
be available up-front.
“We‘re also very excited about the line-up at the Cherry Blast Stage in
the beverage tent,“ Wilcox adds.
“These will all be free shows by great performers including the Sun
Messengers, the Detroit Pistons House Band, Motown R&B, Joe Caine, Larry
McCray and Thornetta Davis.“
Check out upcoming stories on the artists in the Express‘s Festival
Music and Cherry Festival issues in late June-early July.

KEN SMITH HONORED
Ken Smith, who heads up the Northern Michigan Environmental Action
Council (NMEAC), will be honored with Michigan‘s top award this week
for his dedication to protecting the environment.
Smith will attend a June 8 ceremony in Lansing to receive the Petoskey
Prize for Environmental Leadership from the Michigan Environmental
Council. Another award-winner is former DNR Rebecca “Becky” Humphries,
who will receive the Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service
Award.
The MEC had this to say about Ken: “Smith dove into Traverse City
politics in the 1980s when a proposed shopping mall threatened to
separate Grand Traverse Bay from the Boardman River that is the
centerpiece of the city’s business district. In the quarter-century
since, he’s been a vital force for sustainable growth and the catalyst
for forward-thinking planning in the Traverse area.“

CHICAGO-BOUND
Regional airlines Lakeshore Express is gearing up to offer flights
between Chicago and Pellston Airport. The flights are $185 one-way,
which compares favorably to the fares charged by the major carriers in
the region.
Passengers will fly on a 30-seat Saab 340B turboprop aircraft. For
more information, or to book a flight, check out
http://lakeshoreexpress.com .

BEAR-LY THERE
Even before a black bear was spotted strolling the residential streets
of Traverse City, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore issued a
warning to campers and visitors that bear-sightings are on the increase
at the park.
“In 2010, Park Rangers received over two dozen reports of bears and bear
‘signs‘ in and adjacent to the park,“ states a release from the park.
“This year, several similar reports have already been received.“
Park officials are warning visitors to keep food away from bears and to
keep your distance, especially if cubs are present.
 
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