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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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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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