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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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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Table tennis/Petoskey/Temp bike path closure/Dennos/TSO

Region Watch Kristi Kates TABLE TENNIS FOR ALL
A new table tennis training center has opened in Williamsburg at 5549 S. Bates Road near the High Pointe Golf Club. The Hayden Table Tennis Training Center will offer tournaments, lessons and leagues, as well as strength training and a pro shop. Don Hayden Jr., whose late father started High Pointe, has remodeled the former Heights Machinery building to make way for the Center and its 15 world championship tables; he and long-time table tennis partner Paul Everts talked for years about building a center dedicated solely to table tennis, and have now reached their goal.
Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though paddles are available for rent/sale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-9; Saturday, 10-8; and Sundays, 10-4. Daily and membership rates are available. Danny Seemiller, five-time U.S. Table Tennis Champion and current Olympic coach, will be holding clinics next year. For more information, call 888-456-PONG.
 
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bird species hit hard

Region Watch A new analysis by the National Audubon Society reveals that some of America’s most familiar birds have taken a nosedive over the past 40 years, with some populations down as much as 80%.
The dramatic declines are attributed to the loss of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and other critical habitats from environmental threats such as sprawl, energy development, and the spread of industrialized agriculture. These threats are compounded by the escalating effects of global warming.
 
Thursday, July 5, 2007

New rules for anglers/Goodwill exits/Filmaking workshop/Leelanau bus

Region Watch Katie Huston New rules for anglers
A foreign pathogen that causes fish to bleed internally will have a big impact on recreational anglers this summer.
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is not a native disease to Michigan waters, but it was discovered in Lake Huron in 2005. Department of Natural Resources biologists believe the disease has also found its way into Lake Michigan. It has the potential to devastate entire fish populations.
To prevent the spread of VHS, anglers must make sure they do not release fish caught in VHS-infested waters into any waters that are listed as free of the disease. The transport of bait is prohibited, and anglers must make sure bait obtained in a VHS-positive area is only used on other VHS-positive areas.
“The invasion of exotic species is one of the gravest dangers facing the Great Lakes today,” said Jennifer McKay, a policy specialist at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes since the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Chicago Shipping Canal. Currently, a new invasive species enters the Great Lakes every eight months.
 
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dark waters/Volunteers wanted/Pig farm mess

Region Watch Something Fishy: James Crossman, a student with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, netted a 25 pound sturgeon as part of a Sturgeon Viewing Guided Tour hosted by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Sturgeon for Tomorrow in the Black Lake watershed.
Each spring, the sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) head up select rivers to spawn along the rocky riverbanks, almost oblivious to nearby human activity, making these rare fish susceptible to poachers and illegal harvest.
The lake sturgeon is a threatened species in Michigan and a rare species throughout the United States. That’s why a group of conservation officers, volunteer off-duty National Guard personnel, and other volunteer groups concentrate in these areas 24-hours a day during spawning season to safeguard the fish from poaching. Photo by Marci Singer.

 
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Earth Day Action

Region Watch Staff & Greg Reisig For the 19th consecutive year, Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) will be giving away free blue spruce seedlings starting at 8 a.m. at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market in Traverse City (Union & Grandview Parkway) on Saturday, April 21.
The seedling giveaway is part of local Earth Day celebrations. L&P will also be donating 10,000 white pine seedlings to local school children and youth groups through their partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.
 
Thursday, April 12, 2007

Holiday Inn West Bay/Sleeping Bear Weighs Options

Region Watch The Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City is trying to stamp out a destructive rumor that has been whispered around town over the past year. In short, there’s no truth to the claim that the landmark hotel will be sold and turned into condos.
“These rumors could not be further from the truth. We have recently entered into an agreement to extend our Holiday Inn franchise until 2012,” said William Wolfe, president of the Castrop Wolfe Development Company, which manages the hotel. “The Holiday Inn West Bay is a long-standing Traverse City landmark. We are committed to being a Holiday Inn and maintaining a standard of excellence in serving the people and visitors of Traverse City, both now and in the future. The Holiday Inn West Bay is here to stay.”
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Calling all volunteers for the Governer‘s Conference

Region Watch Anne Stanton If you’re a political junkie—Republican or Democrat—you might want to consider volunteering at the National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting in Traverse City on July 20-23 at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Volunteers will meet and greet state governors, along with cabinet officials, business leaders, and national and local media representatives.
Conference organizers need about 200 volunteers in total. There are two requirements: volunteers must pass a criminal background check conducted by the Michigan State Police and attend a July 19 mandatory volunteer orientation to learn about their specific duties.
 
Thursday, January 4, 2007

Grease could be the word for Dominic Fortuna

Region Watch Take a careful look at commercials airing on NBC for the new “Grease: You’re The One I Want” reality TV series and you‘ll spot Northern Michigan’s own Dominic Fortuna.
The series premieres Sunday January 7, and based on the commercials and a photo of Fortuna at NBC Grease website, it appears that he is a potential major player in the new series.
Fortuna has signed a confidentially agreement and is unable to comment on his potential participation. He did acknowledge that he tried out and was sent out to the “Grease Academy” in California.
 
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Peace breaks out in Petoskey

Region Watch Northern Michigan People for Peace, the Little Traverse League for Peace & Freedom, Blissfest Music Organization, and Tara’s Meadow of Beaver Island will present the first annual “Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, in Petoskey.
“Our intention is to celebrate the ‘family of humankind’ — to uplift, to educate and entertain during this season of light returning to our hemisphere,” said NMP4P member Jim Norgaard.
Friday’s activities will feature a concert headlined by Earthwork musicians Seth Bernard, Daisy May, and “Breathe Owl Breathe.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Ross Stoakes Theatre, 461 E. Mitchell St. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (231) 348-7074 for advance tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Grain Train Natural Food Co-op (220 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey) and at the door. Proceeds from the concert will support NMP4P and the Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom.
 
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Closing the loop

Region Watch Anne Stanton Get ready, set, rev ... or maybe do a slow boil of disappointment. It all depends on who you are.
Thanks to a decision to open a 12-mile railroad grade along Mullet Lake, snowmobile enthusiasts can now make a complete loop around Northern Michigan. The trail connects snowmobile trails in Indian River and Cheboygan. With the gap closed, the snow machines can tour from Indian River north to Mackinac City, south to Alanson, and then back to Indian River, said Mike Grisdale, executive director of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sinking Ship

Region Watch Anne Stanton As one activist group puts it, the U.S. Coast Guard has proposed plans to “turn the Great Lakes into the world’s largest freshwater shooting range.”
The Coast Guard plans to fire a mounted M-240B machine gun and an M16 rifle on boats and targets in order to prepare for potential terrorist attacks on bridges, canals, and locks—not to mention 13 nuclear power plants—situated on the Great Lakes. In fact, it has already held 24 weapons training exercises without hurting anyone.
The Coast Guard says it will make safety a paramount concern, but boaters and fishermen fear getting shot. A group called Citizens for Lake Safety proposed that the Coast Guard practice with closed shooting ranges on land.
Illinois attorney Steven Pollack, who just passed the bar this month, says that the best way to stop the plan is with a legal challenge. He believes the lead bullets will pollute the Great Lakes, the source of drinking water for 42 million Americans. (The Coast Guard has countered that an environmental analysis by the consulting group, CH2M Hill, predicts the lead concentrations would be well below EPA standards.)
Here’s a quick interview with Pollack.

 
Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pie & Peace

Region Watch Express Staff More than just autumn aromas will fill the Grand Traverse Pie Company this
Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors will find jazz filling the air as
selections from the region’s newest CD, “Your Peace Counts” are played.
The benefit CD with a pie-friendly theme will be on sale at the GT Pie
Company through the holidays.
 
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Payday in the State House

Region Watch Anne Stanton Did a Georgia-based company that makes “payday loans” try to influence a Northern Michigan representative?
Dan Scripps thinks so. Scripps is running against David Palsrock (R-Manistee), the incumbent Republican state representative whose 101st District includes all or part of Mason, Manistee, Benzie and
Leelanau counties.
 
Thursday, September 28, 2006

It‘s time to party

Region Watch Rick Coates On Saturday, October 7, Goodwill
Industries will host their third annual “THE PARTY” a “fun-raiser,” as they bill it, to benefit their Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter program.
While Northern Michigan is perceived as an affluent part of the state and the region lacks many people
living on the streets, THE PARTY organizers point to the growing homeless community as an “invisible” reality of the area.
 
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The vice tightens

Region Watch Anne Stanton Record-Eagle detractor Ross Childs has succeeded in putting pressure on Record-Eagle editor Bill Thomas—but Thomas said his staff hasn’t backed off a whit from doing its job and he’s not intimidated.
And thanks to a counter–effort to applaud the Record-Eagle’s investigative journalism, the newspaper’s corporate office “has just been flooded with letters of support,” said Publisher Ann Reed. “I want to thank people for caring about our newspaper.”
In late August, the newspaper’s parent company announced that it was putting the Record-Eagle up for sale, along with five other papers. Dow Jones & Co. owns Ottaway newspapers, which owns the Record-Eagle along with 51 other newspapers and publications.
 
 
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