- Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Forum: Why I am voting ‘no’ on NMC millage
I am a proponent of funding initiatives for general and higher education, provided the institution seeking support has a compelling need and a clear plan.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Forum: Do what's right for Kelly Boyce
I read your article about a community touched by the death of this young, loving soul. I never was lucky enough to meet Kelly but felt so drawn to yet another tragic death of a bicyclist.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 21, 2013
Forum: Move Cherry Festival to mid-May
The Cherry Festival started in 1925 as the Blossom Festival— second weekend in May. In 1931, with the Great Depression on, it was moved to the second week in July solely to draw tourists northward. Since then, tourism around the world became a huge industry.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Forum: The value of a hidden life
A recent news article honored the life of Mother Teresa Margaret, foundress of the Carmelite Monastery, primarily for her secular achievements during 83 years hidden behind cloister walls.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Forum: Logan's Landing area will be in danger
For nearly eight years, I have been following up on numerous news reports and public comments in the media on the controversial Boardman River Project involving the removal of three dams on the river.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 7, 2013
Forum: Public can help Sleeping Bear
Again in 2013, our local Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is attracting national attention. With the eyes of American on northwest Lower Michigan, we have an opportunity to enshrine this natural beauty in perpetuity.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Forum: Climate change is already taking a toll
Summertime in northern Michigan is glorious. Clean water and fresh air make swimming, fishing, boating and hiking the basis of many happy memories.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 30, 2013
Forum: Celebrate together this Independence Day
As a kid growing up downstate in little Clarkston, Mich. I recall sitting in the family backyard watching the volunteer fire department throw off a few minutes of fireworks at the high school football field every Independence Day.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 23, 2013
Forum: Time to rename Cherry Festival?
As a child growing up just south of Traverse City, I remember attending the Cherry Festival every year the second week in July. I suppose it was held then because that’s when cherries ripened in Traverse City.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 16, 2013
Forum: Waste of fossil fuels cannot continue
We often hear jokes about husbands forgetting their wedding anniversaries, but this month there is an anniversary we must not forget. I’m suggesting we commemorate it with action.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 13, 2013
Forum: Help stop Great Lakes aquatic invasives
Governors and senior staff of the Great Lake states and the premiers of Quebec and Ontario recently met for the first time since 2005 to commit to strengthening the region’s economy and protecting the Great Lakes.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Forum: Remember why we chase big storms
The death of storm chaser Tim Samaras has shaken the meteorological community. He was recently killed in the middle of a chase in Oklahoma, but he will always be remembered as a scientist first and storm chaser second - helping improve our knowledge of storms in order to make our lives safer.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 9, 2013
Forum: Stop political tinkering in education
The education community is battered and bruised following years of economic decline, inequitable funding and public and political scrutiny of our public education system.Continued ...
- Friday, June 7, 2013
Forum: Serving Traverse City was a pleasure
It has been my greatest pleasure to serve as your Coast Guard Air Station Commander for the past two years. I looked back on my time here and came to the realization that although there are many wonderful years ahead for my family and myself in the Coast Guard, nothing will top our experience living in this great Coast Guard City.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Forum: Weakening ballast water standards harmful
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, have introduced bills targeting Michigan’s protections against devastating new invasions of species that have no place in the state.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 2, 2013
Forum: Equity needs more champions
Two years ago, I wrote a forum article about the lack of funding equity for schools. I focused on the way funding formulas create an environment of discrimination; educational opportunity handed out to students based on zip code and circumstance of birth.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 1, 2013
Forum: Bill introduction needed a yellow light
It is amazing that a local legislator would be introducing legislation concerning the enforcement of motor vehicle laws, via a program to bring red light enforcement cameras, without seeking input from the very people who are involved with enforcing these very laws, before doing so.Continued ...
- Friday, May 31, 2013
Forum: MFA no help for small business
As new technology makes it easier makes than ever to buy and sell goods online, it’s important to that our laws evolve to reflect these advances.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Forum: Building trust, jobs through bipartisan steps
If politics in 2013 is known for anything, it is impenetrable gridlock, the biggest casualty of which is not just growing public cynicism but unattended-to economic challenges like wage stagnation and high unemployment.Continued ...
- Monday, May 27, 2013
Forum: Remember those who live
On Memorial Day, as we remember those who have died while serving in the United States armed forces, it is also a time to remember those who served and are still living.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 26, 2013
Forum: Agenda 21 paranoia does not help
From April 10 through May 5, the front pages of the Record-Eagle published three astonishing headlines: “Leelanau shuns economic partnership — commissioners vote to disband county economic board.”Continued ...
- Friday, May 24, 2013
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 ...
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
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 ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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 ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
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 ...