Traverse City Record Eagle in Traverse-City, Michigan
27 Jul 2015

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27 Jul 2015

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Traverse City Record Eagle (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Traverse City, MichiganT r a v e r s e c i t y r e c o r d e a g l e o Pinion editorial Page editor 231 933 1441 Brian steel news editor design Andy Taylor associate editor digital Michigan press association newspaper of the year 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 2004 Mpa award for Public service reporting and 2009 Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism in Public service reporting write us a letter our policy the record Eagle welcomes letters on any topic of general Community interest. Please limit your letters to no More than 200 words typewritten or clearly printed. Political endorsement letters Are limited to 100 words. All letters must contain the authors name which will be published along with the town and the authors signature address and Telephone number for verification purposes. Letters Are subject to editing. By mail mail submissions to record Eagle letters to the editor 120 w. Front st., traverse City i 49684. Wow. Record Eagle. Com by email letters record Eagle. Com. No attachments please. Letters can be read online at wow. Record Eagle. Com e edition by fax 231 946 8632 o u r v i e w traverse City i 49684 traverse City r ecord e Agle wow. Record Eagle. Com editorial Board members Mike Tyree Dan Nielsen Nathan Payne Nathan Payn City editor Allison Batdorf features editor Dan Nielsen business editor Paul Heidbreder publisher Mike Tyre executive editor monday july 27, 2015 4a y o u r v i e w s  to sgt. Mark Ketz and Deputy Joe Send two Benzie county sheriffs deputies who pulled a Florida Man from a burning car. The deputies travelled to Shorewood drive North of m 115 and came upon what turned out to be a single car wreck last week. The car in question was an Aston Martin convertible top Down rolled Over at the Bottom of an embankment with flames coming from the engine Block. The Aston Martins Driver was conscious but pinned Between the cards steering wheel and Drivers seat. Ketz surveyed the scene then ran Back to his squad car for a fire extinguisher. He used the extinguisher to fight flames As they spread to the passenger compartment. Ketz and Send then managed to open the car door and together pulled the Man from the burning vehicle. The Rescue came less than two minutes after they arrived on scene. I consider both of them heroes sheriff Ted Schendel said. They did an excellent Job in saving that mans life and ill be nominating them for two lifesaving awards.  to Sarah Bobier who was named this years National Champion in restaurant service at the skill Susa National leadership and skills conference. She took second at the regional skill Susa Competition which sent her on to the state contest in april. Her first place finish there landed her among the top High school culinary students at the National Competition in Louisville Kentucky in june. The National Champion title comes with More than just bragging rights. Bobier received a four year tuition scholarship to the culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park new York. The recent traverse City West senior High school graduate attended the traverse Bay intermediate school districts career tech Center culinary arts program during her last two years of High school where she Learned everything from cooking techniques to menu planning.  to Joy and Chris storms who turn Cherry pits into products that fuel two businesses the Cherry pit store and fire pit pellets. They Purchase Cherry pits from Michigan fruit processing companies then Wash dry and process them using Trade secret techniques. The finished pits become two products fuel for Pellet stoves and Craft supplies used mostly to make hot and cold packs. Both businesses sell out of pits almost every year. Cherry pits for processors have been a nuisance item for years Chris said. They have millions and millions of pounds of them. The storms work proves pits Are meant for More than spitting contests.  to Phil Balyeat a freelance photographer who turned 100 last week and still shoots pictures nearly every Day. The traverse City areas flourishing tourism Industry owes much to Balyeat who from the 1940s to the 1960s captured images of the then Little known Region and spread them on everything from picture postcards to newspaper pages to hotel and restaurant Walls. I never thought of myself As something special said Balyeat. I just had a lot of fun. I was always Happy when i had a camera in my pocket.  to Gary Kaleita the 61 year old Kingsley resident who struck out on a tandem bicycle on june 28, Riding Cross country from Washington to the East coast. Its the kind of adventure the retired oilfield worker dreamed one Day he would embark on with Leslie his wife of 35 years. Instead Gary is piloting his bicycle made for two alone raising awareness and Money for pancreatic cancer research. Leslie died on july 5, 2014, after battling the disease. The stuff ism seeing i would have loved to share he said the Day before he peddled into Glacier National Park in Montana. I Stop to cry two or three times each Day along the Way because ism by myself.  to great lakes stewardship initiative officials who awarded the Green spire school about $ 2,500 from a Federal environmental Protection Agency Grant to buy new equipment for monitoring water Quality. Students at the school will be Able to continue their work to reduce erosion along kids Creek thanks to the Grant. Children at the Public charter school designed and planted a rain Garden on school grounds near the grand traverse commons last year in an Effort to curb Runoff pollution and erosion along the Creek. Cheers i n s i d e t h e f i r s t a m e n d m e n t p propaganda works. Consider Mohammad Abdu Azeez the Young Man who shot and killed five service members in Chattanooga Tennessee this month. According to Fri reports Abdu Azeez was inspired to martyrdom through listening to the hate filled sermons of Anwar Al Aflaki the Al Zaeda Recruiter killed by an american drone strike in 2011. Or consider Dylann roof the suspect in the murder of nine african american churchgoers in Charleston South Carolina earlier this summer. From what we know at this stage in the investigation roof was influenced by the online racist ideology of the Council of conservative citizens a White supremacist group that vilified african americans. Of course propaganda alone did not cause either shooter to pull the trigger. Drug abuse and mental illness were Likely factors in both cases. But propaganda extremist hateful twisted ideology clearly played a critical role in the Lead up to these demented acts of violence. In the age of the internet and social Media it is disturbingly easy for purveyors of hate to capture the minds of vulnerable alienated Young people in the United states and across the world. Numbers Are hard to come by. But earlier this year the National counter terrorism Center estimated that some 3,400 people from the u. And other Western countries were fighting for Isis in Syria and Iraq. Closer to Home the Southern poverty Law Center spec reports that in 2014 there were Over 700 Active hate groups in the u. S., More than half of them White supremacist. Since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing there have been More than 100 terrorist plots and racially motivated rampages in America by the extreme right usually White supremacists. Sadly it often takes a tragedy to create Public awareness of the dangers of extremism in America. Even then government responses Range from the symbolic taking Down the Confederate Flag to modest changes in procedure proposals to Arm service members at National guard facilities. But fewer flags and More guns will do Little to halt the spread of hate and the recruitment of Young people to the rapidly growing network of extremist groups in the United states. For the Long game the Best answer to websites that preach hate and violence Are schools that teach the principles of democratic Freedom social Justice and understanding of different faiths and cultures. Fortunately resources Are available to help schools combat extremism through education. Spec for example has developed a teaching tolerance program that provides free of charge a comprehensive anti Bias curriculum to help teachers counter the bigotry and extremism that Young people Are exposed to on the internet and elsewhere in our society wow. Spec enter. Org. Another effective resource is face to Faith a free schools program sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith foundation disclosure i serve As u. Advisor to this initiative. Through videoconferencing and a secure online Community f2f gives students of Many faiths and cultures across the world a Safe space to learn about one another through direct Contact. Wow. . Org to Date face to Faith has connected More than 120,000 students from 20 countries in respectful and civil dialogue about global issues of shared concern. Last month voice of America broadcast a Story about a f2f vide conference that linked students in a predominately Muslim school in Indonesia with a religiously diverse class of students in a Fairfax county Virginia Public school. In an honest and open Exchange students discussed a wide Range of topics from what it is like to be a Muslim in America to the problems of sectarian violence in Indonesia. Through direct engagement students practice civil dialogue dispelled stereotypes and built Bridges of understanding across religious cultural and other differences. Wow. Voa news. Com Content High school religious cultural divides 2855995. Huml programs like teaching tolerance and face to Faith Are not add on or luxuries they Are essential to the Mission of schools. At a time of growing religious extremism deep racial divides and widespread ignorance about the other every school has a civic and moral obligation to counter messages of hate by educating for a More just tolerant and free society. Propaganda works but Only in a vacuum. Charles c. Haynes is vice president of the Newsum Institute and executive director of the religious Freedom Center. E mail Haynes Newsum. Org web wow. . Org twitter @ Haynes Haynes when combating extremism schools Are Long game c h a r l e s h a y n e s syndicated columnist letters policy the record Eagle welcomes letters on any topic of general Community interest. Please limit your letters to no More than 200 words typewritten or clearly printed. Political endorsement letters Are limited to 100 words. All letters must contain the authors name which will be published along with the authors town of residence plus the authors signature address and Telephone number for verification purposes. Writers submitting letters by email must provide a working return email address. Letters Are subject to editing

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