- Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Forum: Transportation funding and need
With spring finally upon us, memories of the long winter are fading. But the even longer pothole season is still with us. It’s a good time to discuss the condition and funding of our roads.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 5, 2013
Forum: Region blessed with many great farmers
I set up at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market last June with a table full to bursting with peas, carrots, beets, chard, kale, spinach, salad mix and green onions. The stalls were bustling, the sun was out, I had a cup of coffee —the recipe for a perfect market.Continued ...
- Friday, May 3, 2013
Forum: Look to Germany for energy benchmark
Working in the automotive industry for over 20 years, I saw firsthand how powerful a tool benchmarking could become.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Forum: Brown Bridge Trust Fund cap a big decision
On Monday, the Traverse City commission will be making a very important decision about the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, now at $13.5 million. It is a decision that I have been very involved with in the past.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 28, 2013
Forum: Time for carbon tax on energy producers
America is finally facing the reality of the climate crisis. According to a recent Gallup poll, 58 percent of Americans are worried about climate change.Continued ...
- Friday, April 26, 2013
Forum: Wildlife deserves sound scientific management
The Record-Eagle’s April 16 editorial about the Scientific Wildlife Management package demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how game species are managed in Michigan.Continued ...
Forum: Bill attacks citizen lawmaking
Some politicians in the Michigan Legislature have launched an all-out assault on democratic decision-making.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Forum: More businesses should hire veterans
The Record-Eagle recently published several articles regarding local efforts to improve employment opportunities for military veterans, including the State Theatre’s initiative to give “preference in employment” to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 21, 2013
Forum: Actions speak louder than words
Actions speak louder than words, and we show what we value by how we invest our resources.Continued ...
- Friday, April 19, 2013
Forum: Medicaid expansion helps businesses, taxpayers
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce supports Medicaid expansion in Michigan. Why? Because it’s good for business and our community.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 18, 2013
Forum: In support of state Medicaid expansion
As an osteopathic physician and member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, I am writing to express my support for Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Michigan to families making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Forum: Conservatives, conservation can mix
I’m one of those people who believe in saving energy, preserving wild areas and treating the Earth as a finite resource that should be handled with care.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 14, 2013
Forum: Taxes and charitable giving – yes, they are related
The President has now released his proposed budget putting a cap on charitable deductions — estimated to cost nonprofits nationwide $5.6 billion in giving.Continued ...
- Friday, April 12, 2013
Forum: Food trucks — 'To be or not to be'
Traverse City Commissioner Jim Carruthers and his food truckers are actively promoting these entities into our downtown district, streets and parks.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 11, 2013
Forum: Fund every student, not every school
The country’s education spotlight was shining bright on Michigan last month, as NBC’s acclaimed “Education Nation” program came to Detroit for a series of town hall meetings.Continued ...
- Friday, April 5, 2013
Forum: Anti-biodiversity bill rolls back protections
In their misguided efforts to redefine conservation, too many lawmakers in Lansing are defining themselves as anti-science, anti-sustainability, and anti-Pure Michigan.Continued ...
- Monday, April 1, 2013
Every Day is Earth Day With NMEAC
By Ann Rogers An activist once said, "If you want something, you better make some noise." NMEAC, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, has been "making noise" for over 33 years. We are an all-volunteer group of people passionate aboutContinued ...
- Sunday, March 31, 2013
- Forum: Every Day is Earth Day With NMEAC
- Friday, March 29, 2013
Forum: Private companies provide safe busing
By Ronna Sable Weber On behalf of the nation's private school bus providers, I take this opportunity to respond to the editorial of March 14 commenting on the recent Federal Transit Administration's ruling on school bus operations of the Bay Area Transit Authority.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Celebrities-in-Chief are all over
"People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses" -- Juvenal Isn't it grand that we have such a cool couple in the WhitContinued ...
- Sunday, March 24, 2013
Forum: Restore and sustain our biodiversity
Michigan's Legislature quietly passed SB78 removing "biodiversity" from consideration in managing our public-owned natural resources....Continued ...
- Sunday, March 17, 2013
Forum: Treating people with disabilities
I applaud the Record-Eagle for continuing to cover the local recipient rights issue. It is obviously having an impact on both the citizens and the manner in which our government is being forced to address the problem. In the 19Continued ...
- Friday, March 15, 2013
Forum: Big picture of preschool education
As early as the 1850s citizens concerned with child welfare promoted the benefits of a nurturing home and education as the remedy to a lifetime of poverty, addiction and crime.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 10, 2013
Forum: Sunshine Week brings transparency
Welcome to Sunshine Week. I am talking about the public’s right and responsibility to keep an eye on what our government at the local, state and federal level are up to — from our legislators to cops and others.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 3, 2013
Forum: Universities help, but state needs more support
Michigan's economy is rebounding faster than most states, but businesses won't be able to get the high-skilled workers they need unless we commit toContinued ...