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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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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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