- To Hagerty Insurance for sponsoring the 2012 Great Race, which started in Traverse City last week and included a pre-race car show of antique, vintage and collector cars participating in the race. The competitive controlled-speed endurance race started in downtown Traverse City June 23 and was to end Sunday in Dearborn. Nearly 100 cars made from 1907 to 1969 were to travel 2,283 miles of scenic public highways and roads from Traverse City to Sault Ste Marie, across Ontario, Canada, to New York and back to Michigan through Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- To Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan fund raisers who have collected more than $900,000 so far and are now making the final push for the $1.5 million still needed to renovate the Grand Traverse Commons' historic cathedral barn and create a permanent community park and botanic garden on a 56-acre just off Silver Lake Road.
- To the local Veterans for Peace chapter for raising more than $6,000 in a silent auction at Dennos Museum for its Northwestern Michigan College scholarship fund for a veteran or child of a veteran. "This is the way we support our troops," said Tim Keenan, Chapter 50 president.
- To Title IX, historic federal legislation passed 40 years ago that shattered a glass ceiling and forced public education institutions to offer girls and women equal access to sports education. Cheers also to the famous Larry and Dee Glass family of Leland, a living example of the importance of the law. Their three daughters and six granddaughters have excelled in high school and collegiate athletics.
- To Grand Traverse Conservation District staff and volunteers who dug up and potted native plants from the Brown Bridge Quiet Area to be cared for and replanted once the Brown Bridge Dam removal is completed and restoration of exposed bottomlands begins.
- To SEEDS for its four-day School of Rock Camp held recently for 60 young musicians at Gilbert Lodge in Grand Traverse County's Twin Lakes Park. The camp offered guitar lessons, lyric-writing and vocal workshops, mentoring from professional musicians, opportunities to try out different instruments and other creative activities.
- To the Benzie County village of Beulah, which was to dedicate a revamped Crystal Lake bayfront beach and park Saturday. Beulah Booster, Inc. and the village spearheaded the five-year effort. A $360,000 Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant helped fund the project, which includes a filtration system for runoff and storm water. Other changes include a boardwalk, seating pods, a plaza and a new bike path. A pedestrian bridge crosses Cold Creek Outlet and connects to the boat launch.
Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger
They’re back, and with the same, tired arguments that didn’t work more than three years ago — and likely won’t work again.Continued ...
Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill
There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2013
Stop fracking now; Disregard for women.Continued ...
Forum: Contrasting care for mentally disabled
Recently the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: What can we do with kids who kill?
So what can we do with kids who kill? Technically, in Michigan, it has been possible since 1997 to have a person of any age — even an infant — charged, tried and sentenced as an adult. It has also been legal to sentence minors who murder to life without the possibility of parole.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan ties of Nelson Mandela
Global icon Nelson Mandela, the 1994-97 South Africa president whose death last week had worldwide coverage seldom seen, had Michigan ties.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/07/2013
Where are the blowers?; Things will happen.Continued ...
Another View: State blows aid for monitoring water quality
Public dollars are hard to come by. These days, that’s a given.Continued ...
Fact Check: The 10 falsehood of the year finalists
PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year - the most significant falsehood of 2013, as chosen by our editors and reporters. Here are our 10 finalists.Continued ...
Fact Check: Jeb Bush says Obama closing embassy to Vatican
‘Tis the season to make claims about holy matters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is Catholic, tweeted on the day before Thanksgiving, “Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”Continued ...
- Friday, December 6, 2013
Editorial: TC obligated to recognize Indian villages at Clinch
The issue: Historic markers at Clinch ignore Anishinaabek people. Our view: Get it right.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/06/2013
Doesn’t make sense; Victims were helpless.Continued ...
Another View: Legislators play it safe with amendment
Adding an amendment to a 25-year-old law that prohibits firearms that could evade a metal detector should not become a national debate.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 5, 2013
Editorial: Rich helped TCAPS reach needed goals
The issue: Marjorie Rich leaving TCAPS board. Our view: She and others have given the district needed leadership.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/05/2013
Substandard policy; Improper use of Vasa.Continued ...
Phil Power: Clean up state's dark money mess
Three weeks ago, before the political life of Michigan got interrupted for important things (Thanksgiving, turkey, football) we were treated to a bombshell from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.Continued ...
Another View: Filibuster block strategy has benefits
The recent Senate vote to limit the ability of the minority to block presidential appointments was a welcome move, not least because it enhances accountability.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/04/2013
Litter is not OK; U.N. has an agenda.Continued ...
Another View: Dislike freeloaders? Change state law
No one likes a freeloader. Count Michigan teachers among that number.Continued ...
Another View: Bumpy roads surely ahead for Mich.
No one should have been surprised when Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to get $1.2 billion in new road funds fell flat in the Legislature in 2013.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Editorial: Big Rock’s nuke waste site got a pass
The issue: Critics assail Canadian nuke waste plan. Our view: Little has been said about how Big Rock’s waste is stored.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/03/2013
Competition beneficial; Bill the owner.Continued ...
Another View: We share blame with Washington
‘We the people’ must share the blame for the nation’s political mess.Continued ...
- Monday, December 2, 2013
Cheers & Jeers: 12/02/2013
To Solar Up North Alliance program, a partnership between Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City Light and Power which allows customers to lease a solar panel for $470 with a $75 rebate, for winning the “Exemplary Project” award from the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/02/2013
Keeping downtown vibrant; Prevention is best.Continued ...
- Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger