The recent disagreement regarding the exclusion of the Muslim call to prayer from a concert honoring veterans made me feel a profound gratitude.
The college exercised it rights as a public institution, and the church as a religious one. Wrong or right, the sacrifice of our veterans was indeed honored when we all took advantage of the freedoms of speech, religion and assembly they fought to protect.
I am honored to live in a community that cares this much about how to properly thank our heroes. Finally and most importantly — thank you, veterans.
Pays a living wage
After hearing there would possibly be a Costco in the old Horizon outlet mall, I was so happy.
Costco not only pays a living wage to its employees but also gives them options for retirement.
It would be such a great change, an improvement from Walmart and Sam's ideology of taking advantage of their employees.
I will never set foot in a Walmart or Sam's because I vote with my money and will not support businesses that do not respect the people who make money for them ... their employees.
I really hope they put a Costco in Traverse City; it will be an improvement that pays a living wage.
Keep Hickory Hills alive
My family and I recently attended the Grand Traverse Ski Club's annual dinner. This year, my grandfather (the late "Swede Johnson"), along with family members of the other three cofounders of Hickory Hills — Pete Batsakis, Buck Williams and Jack Bensley — were recognized for the contribution they had in building Hickory Hills ski area.
What an honor it was for our family to have been presented a framed print of the ski hill named after my grandpa. These men were instrumental in the foresight and dedication they had for the youth and families of the greater Grand Traverse area. Please remember to support future endeavors to keep Hickory Hills alive so future generations will continue to thank them for it as well.