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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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Letters 8/22/11

- August 22nd, 2011

Mandatory vaccine?
I was at a presentation by Mary Tocco who has been researching and
lecturing on vaccines for about 30 years. As a chiropractor, my
interest was to gain perspective to be able to answer questions from
Munson Medical Center employees who are being mandated to receive the
flu shot this year or lose their jobs (I believe this also applies to
volunteers).
Many of the employees who were there that night feel their rights to
choose what they put into their bodies are being violated. Especially,
because some of the adjuvants in the vaccine have been shown to be at
toxic levels. Her presentation showed evidence-based research
questioning the safety of the flu vaccine.
In addition, before you get the flu shot, reflect on this. Research by
Hugh Fudenberg, MD, a leading immunogeneticist and an often quoted
biologist (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals): If an individual
has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years
studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times
higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots. Dr. Fudenberg said it was
due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot. The gradual
mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.
What are they thinking mandating this?
My big question is, where will this all end? Will entering patients
also be required to get vaccinated before treatment in the hospital?
What other vaccines will be mandated? Will other companies follow? Are
civil rights being violated?


Dr. Greg Chappell • TC

Showing support
We have been members of the Little Artshram CSA for two years and have
eaten produce directly from the garden with zero ill effects! We have
also seen first hand their educational activities; their engagement
with their charges is exemplary.
This whole episode seems blown out of proportion and quite possibly the
entities involved should work together to go forward in a constructive
way. We are proud of our association with Little Artshram and Little
Artshram CSA and will continue to support their good work in our
community.

Nick and Dea Talantis • TC

(The letter above concerns an incident in which a community childrens‘
group in TC was accused of using human waste and raw manure on shrubs
in a flower garden. - ed.)

PR skills lacking
In Northern Michigan a serious effort is at work to change the
appearance of the creeks and rivers that so many have grown up
enjoying.
They say it’s for the fish but the Boardman River, as we now know it,
will be forever changed. Are you sure the motivation isn’t to float for
miles and then end up in downtown Traverse City, and the fish aren’t
just a diversion? For whatever reason, a big change is coming to the
Bordman River upstream of Traverse City over the next few years.
One of the major players in the removal of the obstructions is the
Conservation Resource Alliance of Traverse City in conjunction with
the DNR and the DEQ. I first met the CRA 10 years ago and have learned
one thing seems constant: some who work there are arrogant, and not at
all concerned with the public at large. It’s their way or no way, and
it will be that way in the end because of the control that exists over
the funding and permitting process.
The dam removal in Sherman was botched. In Manton their personnel have
not tried to make friends in the community. Most recently in a “kill
the messenger“ response they wanted me banned from the job site
because I warned them about the ongoing vandalism in the area.
Why is the CRA so bad at public relations? I think it’s because they
do not need to have the overall support of the affected community
behind them, so of course they act that way.

Michael H. MacCready • Cadillac




 
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