- To Jake Melvin, a seventh-grader at Traverse City West Middle School who is battling a rare form of cancer with the help of parents Steve and Linda Melvin, friends, classmates and school employees who are providing moral support and financial help to defray costs of travel and treatment at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. As of last week, about $3,400 had been raised by a bake sale, candy sales at ball games, a Jog for Jake and a "Jake-A-Palooza" spaghetti dinner organized by students and staff at Long Lake Elementary School, where Linda teaches and Jake was a student.
- To Addiction Treatment Services for resuming Phoenix Hall, a short-term, residential treatment program for women in Traverse City. The re-opening allows ATS to serve more women and also provide therapy geared to their recovery. In 2011, ATS served 346 people, including 98 women, in its program. Ninety percent came from Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau counties.
- To local YMCA philanthropist Robert Foster of Frankfort, who died in a boating accident near Kenora, Ontario, while fishing June 2 along the rocky coast of Lake of the Woods, a large inland lake bordering northern Minnesota. Foster, 71, was president and CEO of West Michigan Bank & Trust from 1987 to 2006 when he retired. He and his wife, Phyllis, anonymously pledged $2 million for the new Grand Traverse Bay YMCA if the community could raise $4 million by the end of 2011. The YMCA announced in January that it had met its $17 million goal to build a center on Silver Lake Road in Garfield Township.
- To the late Matthew Hazelwood, who conducted the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra from 1993 to 2008. He died at age 57 last week in Bogota, Columbia, where he was artistic director of a youth orchestra that is part of the arts education program for nearly 50,000 young musicians in over 135 centers across the country. Hazelwood also was music director and conductor of the professional Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey that draws musicians from all over northern Michigan.
- To the region's thousands of high school graduates. Congratulations.
- To Don Cunkle for the June 2 Recycle-A-Bicycle. The second annual sale of about 160 used bicycles brought in about $16,000 for Recycle-A-Bicycle. Sellers get 75 percent of the sale and Recycle-A-Bicycle receives 25 percent. Cunkle founded and is volunteer coordinator of the swap and program, which operates under the umbrella of TART Trails. Recycle-A-Bicycle also has collected, repaired and distributed more than 660 bicycles to the homeless and needy throughout the community since 2007.
Editorial: Airport should give vets prominent recognition
The issue: Cherry Capital relegates veterans sign to luggage area. Our view: Either do it right or not at all.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/19/2013
Franz unresponsive; No Russian roulette.Continued ...
Forum: Clean energy, energy forums crucial
Developing a long-term energy plan and investing in clean energy is crucial to Michigan’s future. Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent energy forums are important first steps in developing such a plan.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Pleasing voters not a priority
Once upon a time, legislators felt they had to try to give voters the laws they wanted. True, once in a great while. some took stands on principle that risked angering their constituents.Continued ...
George Weeks: Camp, Levin address IRS scandal
As Washington deals with cascading scandals, Michigan lawmakers are among leaders seeking bipartisan solutions.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 05/18/2013
A positive revision; What a legislature.Continued ...
Another View: Work to bring region together
It seems state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, doesn’t understand the meaning of “regional cooperation.”Continued ...
Another View: Animal neglect of any kind unacceptable
According to the Humane Society of the United States, Americans own about 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats.Continued ...
Fact Check: Is Pentagon court-martialing on basis of faith?
Q: Has the Pentagon recently declared that sharing one’s faith is punishable by court-martial?Continued ...
- Friday, May 17, 2013
Editorial: Obama must set tone for IRS, Justice Dept.
The issue: IRS, Justice Department have much to answer for. Our view: Leadership begins and ends with President Obama.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/17/2013
Second to none; Teach more about less.Continued ...
Another View: Records seizure an insult to press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
Another View: State roads see — and need — more attention
There’s no way to avoid it. In Michigan, spring and summer, always bring detours and orange cones, the calling cards of road construction.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/16/2013
Just state disdain; Contributes to problem.Continued ...
Another View: Taxes should be collected for online sales
If Michigan lawmakers are successful in passing measures to collect sales tax from online purchases, it could be the beginning of some major relief for small businesses around Superiorland — and for the cash-strapped state government.Continued ...
Phil Power: Get to 'core' of the problem
Michigan was one of 45 states which adopted “Common Core Standards” back in 2010. The standards are aimed at setting out the kinds of skills that will qualify kids to successfully meet 21st century challenges, both in post-secondary education and fulfilling careers.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Editorial: TBAISD hoards money as schools struggle
The issue: TBAISD’s millions. Our view: Big changes needed.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/15/2013
Get on the bus; Not an abortion pill.Continued ...
Another View: More will be eligible for addiction treatment
Obamacare, like it or not, is going to revolutionize health care in the United States simply because many more people will become eligible for coverage.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Editorial: Food trucks will help build reputation
The issue: Traverse City OKs food trucks. Our view: New choices will enhance city’s reputation as a foodie haven.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/14/2013
A perfect relationship; Must respond to needs; Beware the boogeyman.Continued ...
Forum: Mich. dairy farmers wait for Congress
For farmers in Michigan like me, observing how Congress dealt with farm policy in 2012 was like watching a football game: plenty of shouting, lots of movement, a cloud of dust … and then the ball ends up in about the same place where it started.Continued ...
- Monday, May 13, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 05/13/2013
Makes no sense; Elect those who will.Continued ...
To the Northwestern Michigan Colleges Associate Degree in Nursing Program for celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first graduates of the program were recognized at a reception and dinner.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 12, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 05/12/2013
Educate ourselves; Listen to constituents.Continued ...
- Editorial: Airport should give vets prominent recognition