- 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 ...
Editorial: TC obligated to recognize Indian villages at Clinch
The issue: Historic markers at Clinch ignore Anishinaabek people. Our view: Get it right.Continued ...
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 ...
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 ...
- Sunday, November 10, 2013
Editorial: Taxpayers deserve truth about splash pad
The issue: Traverse City gets initial report on splash pad fiasco. Our view: City must pursue a third-party report and act accordingly.Continued ...
- Friday, November 8, 2013
Editorial: State says system will help info exchange
The issue: State working to create medical info hubs. Our view: It's all about learning to communicate.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 7, 2013
Editorial: Greater priority to in-car videos
The issue: Video camera in police car involved in Estes arrest wasn't working. Our view: It wasn't crucial this time, but system must be reliable.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Editorial: Taxpayers can't afford more brownfield welfare
The issue: Brownfield Authority awards more than $625,000. Our view: Program has morphed into developer welfare.Continued ...
- Monday, November 4, 2013
To journalist and civic activist Ken Parker, who died last week at age 99. Parker was also an author and a driving force behind both the Old Town Playhouse and the new Traverse City library.Continued ...
- Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger