- To Hagerty Insurance for sponsoring the 2012 Great Race, which started in Traverse City last week and included a pre-race car show of antique, vintage and collector cars participating in the race. The competitive controlled-speed endurance race started in downtown Traverse City June 23 and was to end Sunday in Dearborn. Nearly 100 cars made from 1907 to 1969 were to travel 2,283 miles of scenic public highways and roads from Traverse City to Sault Ste Marie, across Ontario, Canada, to New York and back to Michigan through Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- To Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan fund raisers who have collected more than $900,000 so far and are now making the final push for the $1.5 million still needed to renovate the Grand Traverse Commons' historic cathedral barn and create a permanent community park and botanic garden on a 56-acre just off Silver Lake Road.
- To the local Veterans for Peace chapter for raising more than $6,000 in a silent auction at Dennos Museum for its Northwestern Michigan College scholarship fund for a veteran or child of a veteran. "This is the way we support our troops," said Tim Keenan, Chapter 50 president.
- To Title IX, historic federal legislation passed 40 years ago that shattered a glass ceiling and forced public education institutions to offer girls and women equal access to sports education. Cheers also to the famous Larry and Dee Glass family of Leland, a living example of the importance of the law. Their three daughters and six granddaughters have excelled in high school and collegiate athletics.
- To Grand Traverse Conservation District staff and volunteers who dug up and potted native plants from the Brown Bridge Quiet Area to be cared for and replanted once the Brown Bridge Dam removal is completed and restoration of exposed bottomlands begins.
- To SEEDS for its four-day School of Rock Camp held recently for 60 young musicians at Gilbert Lodge in Grand Traverse County's Twin Lakes Park. The camp offered guitar lessons, lyric-writing and vocal workshops, mentoring from professional musicians, opportunities to try out different instruments and other creative activities.
- To the Benzie County village of Beulah, which was to dedicate a revamped Crystal Lake bayfront beach and park Saturday. Beulah Booster, Inc. and the village spearheaded the five-year effort. A $360,000 Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant helped fund the project, which includes a filtration system for runoff and storm water. Other changes include a boardwalk, seating pods, a plaza and a new bike path. A pedestrian bridge crosses Cold Creek Outlet and connects to the boat launch.
Editorial: Fairness in enforcement must apply to meters
The issue: TC increasing Saturday parking meter enforcement. Our view: This can’t be a sometimes proposition.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/24/2013
Not listening?; We have been duped.Continued ...
Forum: Time to act now on military sexual assaults
America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts are truly frightening.Continued ...
Editorial: Investing in roads, schools will help Mich. recovery
The issue: State surplus to go mainly to roads, schools. Our view: Both areas need major new investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/23/2013
Proud of veterans; Allow flexibility.Continued ...
Forum: Two numbers about climate change we ignore
At Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, scientists are charting the passage of a milestone that, if ignored, heralds a future for civilization both tragic and chaotic.Continued ...
Phil Power: A route to new road dollars
Finding money to fix our crumbling roads has been by far the biggest (ahem) roadblock in Lansing for many months.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Editorial: Sewer investment could pair with road repairs
The issue: TC is considering a road bond. Our view: Marrying road and sewer work may be best investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/22/2013
Rules violate the law; Send some to jail.Continued ...
Another View: Abusing authority inexcusable
When people talk about government posing a threat to citizens, a common topic these days is unmanned drones.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Editorial: Earnings-based tuition an artificial construction
The issue: Some NMC programs to see stiff tuition hikes. Our view: Don’t base tuition on artificial ‘earnings’ projections.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/21/2013
Who awarded contract?; Who could want more?Continued ...
Forum: State gets ‘F’ for hidden campaign money
Just how much money was spent independently of candidates on elections for Michigan state office last year?Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
To the late Bill Russell, a businessman who broke barriers all his life, including opening the region's first Indian-owned manufacturing plant in 1975.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/20/2013
In decline ever since; What I didn’t know.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
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 ...
- Editorial: Fairness in enforcement must apply to meters