Dear Traverse City,

I'm trying to decide where to go for my summer vacation next year. The waters around your lovely city are a great attraction. It is too bad that your Congressman Jack Bergman doesn't care about them. His recent tirade against our state's efforts to hold Enbridge accountable for their persistent negligent threat to our Great Lakes and your beautiful community is disappointing. Let me know — should I visit soon, before your waters are spoiled, or put it off until you get a new congressman?

Charlie Carpenter

Beverly Hills, Mich.

Making nuclear weapons illegal

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the Ban Treaty, was passed by 120 countries at the United Nations in July 2017. To enter into force, 50 countries need to sign and ratify it. Seventy nations signed and 23 nations ratified it so far. Kazakhstan is poised to become the 24th; its Senate ratified the treaty and sent it to the president for signature.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, a resolution introduced by Jim McGovern and Earl Blumenauer calls on the president to align U.S. policy with the goals of the United Nations' treaty and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of national security policy. In May, Physicians for Social Responsibility, backed by 31 organizations, made Oregon the third state — after California and New Jersey — to pass a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to support the Ban Treaty.

Takoma Park, MD was the first city to pass a resolution in support of the Ban Treaty. Leverett, MA, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA governing bodies have passed resolutions in support of the Ban Treaty. Santa Barbara, CA — thanks to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation — became the latest U.S. city to vote to support the treaty. Track the treaty’s progress at

Nancy Adadow Gray