- 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 ...
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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 ...
- Sunday, May 12, 2013
Forum: Don't look to Germany as energy model
The average cost of electricity for a German household has risen by 66 percent since they established a feed-in-tariff (FiT) system in 2000.Continued ...
- 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 ...