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September 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: 07/24/2013

Take charge of future


Oct. 1 is the (self-imposed) deadline to collect 250,000 signatures for the 2014 ballot initiative to protect Michigan water. Despite billions of dollars of ads promoting natural gas as a source of “clean” energy, there’s a very dark side to the narrative we’re being asked to swallow — and no expensive ad campaign to adequately alert the public of the dangers.

In Manistee a small group of residents gravely concerned about the impending risk to our water are hosting a free screening of the movie Gasland at the Garden Theater in Frankfort, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. We’ve scraped together just enough funds to rent the theater, inform the public and get those signatures over the top before the deadline.

This may our last opportunity to demand a say in decisions that could permanently affect our air quality, soil, precious water resources and, sadly, our health and safety. “Unnatural gas” is coming to a town near you unless we take quick action.

Only truly informed individuals can stop the momentum and protect our children and grandchildren. Let’s take charge of our future before it’s irrevocably decided for us.

Carl Peterson



Joy of helping others


When I heard about the “Fun on the Farm” at Moomers it brought tears to my eyes. They were tears of joy and thankfulness. It was so touching to think of all the planning, caring and giving involved in this event, along with the previous fundraisers for Cam Deering.

As Cam’s great-grandmother I want to say what an amazing job was done by the committee and each person who had a part in this. It is so uplifting for Cam and his family, and it will always remind them of how much people care.

It also thrills me to know what a great time this is to teach our younger generation the joy of helping others.

Edna Shoobridge

Traverse City



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