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Letters to the Editor

Thank you

Tri-City Record,

Thank you so much for the one year subscription! It means a lot to know that I will have some of your newspapers to add to my memory box.

I can’t wait for this year and look forward to seeing the memories we can make together.

Raven Ledesma

Miss Hartford 2023


Right to Life op-ed

Editor,

This month, Right to Life of Michigan wrote an editorial “Next Up: Abortion Rituals at Local Pharmacies.” Please see below.

Next up: Abortion Rituals at Local Pharmacies

Picture this: you discuss your decision with your best friend, you set the appointment, and then you clear your schedule, so you have enough time to log in and mentally prepare for your appointment. This sounds like a telehealth appointment to get a prescription for a serious condition, one that would require you to get the opinion of friends or family. It’s describing the actions of a woman obtaining an abortion from the Satanic Temple.

Yes, really.

The Satanic Temple is now promoting a new endeavor on their website. Looking at the context, one would assume maybe a new location for devil worship, or selling red, plastic horns—buy one, get one free. But one would be assuming wrong; for several years now, the Satanic Temple has been deeply involved in advocating against prolife laws. Now, they want to provide abortions.

They are the Satanic Temple, after all. Adding ritual human sacrifice to their news-grabbing antics was only a matter of time.

In light of the FDA’s recent rule changes for distributing abortion pills, this development comes at a rather interesting time. If you have been paying attention, the FDA modified the REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) for the abortion pill on Jan. 3. This rule change allowed pharmacies to distribute the drug with very few guidelines and regulations. CVS, Walgreen, and Rite Aid have all announced that they will be welcoming the abortion pill into every corner pharmacy. This means death will be easily found on every city block in America.

But, let’s face it, there’s nothing edgy about a CVS. So, now the Satanists want to get into this business. The Satanic Temple has the announcement that telehealth appointments are “coming soon” on its website. While not all the details have been released, the Satanic Temple has mentioned that they are able to do this by partnering with local abortion facilities.

It also appears that The Satanic Temple is planning to open a facility in New Mexico where women will be able to get abortion pills directly. Desperately needing more attention and clicks, the Satanic Temple plans to name the facility “The Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Facility.” This is an attempt to taunt U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade.

It can’t be denied now that abortion is straight from the pit of Hell.

Thank you,

Anna-Marie Pluymert

Director of Communication/Education

Michigan Right to Life


Starting March 1, residents will pay $13 for Recreation Passport; first increase in three years

(Press release) Passport gives year-round vehicle access to state parks and other outdoor recreation, and an easy way to help protect natural resources for generations.

Packing up for a camping trip. Fishing from your favorite pier. Parking the car, ready to enjoy thousands of miles of motorized and nonmotorized trails or drop your boat in the water...

Those are just a few outdoor amenities and experiences that start with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ valued-packed Recreation Passport, which gives year-round vehicle access to 100-plus state parks and recreation areas, more than 1,000 state-managed boating access sites, 140-plus state forest campgrounds, and parking at thousands of miles of trails and other outdoor spaces.

Next month, people will see a slight increase in the cost of a Recreation Passport, but at just over a dollar per month it is still the best recreation deal around. Effective March 1, the Recreation Passport resident vehicle fee increases from $12 to $13 (and from $6 to $7 for motorcycles) – the first such increase since 2020.

The moderate fee change is a result of a statutory provision that ensures Recreation Passport funding keeps pace with the economy. Basically, the law says that the DNR does not determine the cost of the Recreation Passport; instead, fee adjustments are based on the Consumer Price Index, as determined by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The notice of change was provided by the Michigan Department of Treasury in November.

March 1, the resident Recreation Passport fee will increase: From $12 to $13 for vehicles; from $6 to $7 for motorcycles; from $24 to $26 for two-year vehicle registrations.

There’s a $5 convenience fee (except for Belle Isle Park) when the Recreation Passport is not purchased at the time of your license plate registration renewal through the Secretary of State, and is instead purchased at a state park or recreation area.

New nonresident Recreation Passport fees, including the nonresident annual pass that went from $36 to $39, went into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

“The Recreation Passport model, introduced in 2010, provides a unique funding opportunity for the state’s parks and recreation system,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief.

“In essence, the annual resident Recreation Passport was tied to the Secretary of State’s vehicle registration process,” he said. “Not only was the purchasing opportunity put in front of more residents, but the cost per vehicle also dropped significantly. That shift resulted in more purchases that ultimately better support these outdoor spaces and protect natural and cultural resources for the next generation.”

In fiscal year 2022, 40% of eligible vehicles in Michigan had the Recreation Passport.

All revenue generated by Recreation Passport sales goes into a restricted fund that supports state park infrastructure and operations, a local grant program for community recreation agencies, state forest campgrounds and nonmotorized pathways and trails, cultural and historic resource restoration, and marketing and promotion.

Olson noted, too, that Michigan state parks are largely self-supporting. Approximately 97% of state parks funding is generated by user fees (including the Recreation Passport) and royalty revenues; just 3% comes from Michigan’s General Fund tax dollars.

Learn more about the Recreation Passport – how to get it, where it can take you, what it supports – at Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport.

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