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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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Monday, November 22, 2010

TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE LOESEL

Music Patrick Ivory Travels with Charlie:Singer/songwriter brings songs of the road back home
By Pat Ivory
It’s been a long trip for singer/songwriter Charlie Loesel, from playing next to the salad bar at Blondie’s roadhouse diner out on Chum’s Corner in Traverse City years ago, to releasing his own recording with session musicians from bands that backed Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Paul Simon.
Loesel, who now lives in Seattle, will make it a full circle with a homecoming performance as Sleder’s Tavern in TC on Sunday, November 28, at 4 p.m.
Loesel grew up in Traverse City and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in electrical engineering. After working a couple of years as a computer programmer in Chicago, he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Africa.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Shooting the Rapids

Features Patrick Ivory Shooting the Rapids
By Patrick Ivory
A whitewater river kayaking park in the middle of Petoskey?
It is easy to miss, but it is only a couple of blocks from downtown.
The Bear River flows beneath the bridge with the old-style concrete
railings on US-31/ W. Mitchell Street just south of downtown.
 
Monday, November 17, 2008

My Life as a Detroit Lions Fan

Features Patrick Ivory It is every sports fan’s dream that their team will win a championship at least once in their lifetime. The Detroit Lions have won a championship in my lifetime. I was nine months old at the time. Some 51 years later I am still waiting for the Lions to win it all while I am consciously aware of it.
As of last week, the Lions were nine games into the season and had not won a game. In a half century of futility, where it has often been dire for my beloved team, it now looks bleaker than ever. With seven games left, the Lions have a tough schedule ahead of them. None of the teams they face have losing records this season and the Lions could possibly be the first team ever to lose all 16 games.
My dad, Bob Ivory, played for the Lions in 1947. He grew up in Detroit, was an All-American at the University of Detroit, and was a scout for the Lions from ’48 to ’57. It is hard to say if there is a direct cause and effect, but they haven’t won since my dad’s last year working for them.
 
 
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