- To Central United Methodist and Christ United Methodist churches for their Community Garden Ministry, which last year sent 1,500 pounds of produce to 44 food pantries in the five-county Grand Traverse region. Their garden is located on land next to Christ United Methodist about six miles south of Traverse City. The garden itself will grow this year from a half acre to an acre.
- To Jack Pasche, the Suttons Bay seventh-grader who made it to the preliminary third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. and decided to go out with a bang when he tripped up on the word "idiosyncratically." He started the word with an "I-O," realized his mistake and finished "Q-R-S-Z-3-cuatro-F-D-R-Q" to cheers and laughs.
- To the new Traverse City Boom Boom Club, a nonprofit formed to raise money to ensure that funding for the Fourth of July fireworks show over West Grand Traverse Bay never fizzles. As of Memorial Day, it already had raised about the $36,000 of its $45,000 goal. It wants to attract sustaining support from businesses, individuals and local governments.
- To the village of Kingsley for launching the first Kingsley Adams Fly Festival Saturday afternoon to celebrate the famous dry fly and its inventor. The fly was created in 1922 by Len Halladay of Mayfield, just outside Kingsley. The well-known fly fisherman and guide also operated a hotel during the first half of the 1900s at the spot where the Mayfield Pond Park stands today. He named the fly for Judge Charlie Adams, who often came from Ohio with his son to fish the Boardman River.
- To Northwestern Michigan College for hosting the Nautical Archaeology Society's 2012 International Field School for the second consecutive year. The series of courses and surveys of artifacts in Lake Michigan started Saturday and runs through June 17. The society, based in the United Kingdom, is a nongovernmental organization that works to further interest in underwater cultural heritage.
- To all the veterans associations, communities and people who attended Memorial Day services at area cemeteries.
- To all who worked on or attended the annual Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue May 20. The annual event served more than 3,000 pounds of buffalo burgers and hot dogs, 4,000 waters, 5,000 milks, 2,000 iced teas, 3,000 pounds of coleslaw, 3,000 pounds of baked beans and 600 pounds each of carrots and celery.
- To the organizers, participants and supporters of the 30th Annual Bayshore Marathon on May 26.
Editorial: City can't take chances with wastewater plant
The issue: TC’s wastewater treatment plant needs a nearly $1 million fix. Our view: Some tasks just can’t be put off.Continued ...
Editorial: Farmers find old ways to bring food to market
Unlike a lot of other people who earn their living off the land, dairy farmer Bob Plummer doesn’t trouble himself with the status of the Farm Bill in Washington.Continued ...
Editorial: Relief petition starts at Frankfort
To the eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that petitioned the federal government Monday to require nine upwind states to cut down air pollution emissions, a word to the wise: Save your breath.Continued ...
Editorial: Ending must-revive mandate shows respect for living
The issue: Michigan lifts must-resuscitate mandate for nursing homes. Our view: Honoring end-of-life decisions a sign of respect.Continued ...
To the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for stepping forward to offer free open-heart surgery for Nguyen Duyen, a Vietnamese exchange student.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
Editorial: TBAISD can't defend bulging fund balance
To hear Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District superintendent Mike Hill tell it, his board members understand the plight of cash-strapped area school districts that want the ISD to share some of its wealth, but worry that the ISD has its own financial house to look after first.Continued ...
- Friday, November 29, 2013
Editorial: Address snow on downtown sidewalks
When you live in northern Lower Michigan, snow is part of the deal.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
Editorial: FDR's words of 1941 just as true today
On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke about the role of the United States in a troubled world and about “four freedoms” that form the foundation of the democracy we know as the United States.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Editorial: Pension proposal deserves no-strings vote
The issue: Some GT Commissioners say their votes can be had on pension plan. Our view: This issue is too important to be decided by horse trading.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Editorial: Student loan debt weighs on best, brightest
The issue: Student loan debt tops $1.2 trillion. Our view: It’s a broken system that must be changed.Continued ...
- Monday, November 25, 2013
To the organizers of Operation Christmas Child, which has delivered simple shoeboxes filled with small gifts and toys to more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries since 1993.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 24, 2013
Editorial: TC must keep promises to help Bijou succeed
Downtown Traverse City has come a long way since the Traverse City Film Festival refurbished and reopened the historic State Theatre in 2007.Continued ...
- Friday, November 22, 2013
Editorial: Nation recalls JFK's death
The issue: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today. Our view: That shared trauma changed how we saw the future.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
Editorial: State must find funding for beach testing
The issue: GT Bay region loses beach testing funds. Our view: State has shortchanged its funding for years.Continued ...
- Monday, November 18, 2013
To the legion of area food pantries, whose officials and volunteers do yeoman’s work to fend off the effects of unemployment, underemployment, homelessness and other maladies that intensified during the Great Recession and doggedly hang on today.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 17, 2013
Editorial: TCAPS' time for soul-searching
Traverse City Area Public Schools officials understandably are down in the dumps since district voters’ Nov. 5 rejection of a bond proposal intended for major reconstruction and other upgrades at local schools.Continued ...
- Friday, November 15, 2013
Editorial: Holiday need matched by generosity
The issue: Food pantry demand will peak at holidays. Our view: But so does region’s giving.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Editorial: Aid slowdowns hit those most in need
The issue: State again slow to help with heating aid. Our view: Michigan residents have helped in the past, and would again.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
To the Traverse City History Center for hosting a World War II display to commemorate experiences like those of veteran Bill Steffler, 91, who served in the 103rd Infantry Division, 928th Field Artillery.Continued ...
- Editorial: City can't take chances with wastewater plant