Thursday, October 29, 2015

10.29.15 Bee-otch of the Day: National Cherry Festival

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Name: National Cherry Festival
Age: 89
Occupation: yearly excuse to attract tourism
Last Seen: Traverse City, MI
Bee-otched For: wasting taxpayer money on hurting veterans

For years, one of the top draws to Traverse City's National Cherry Festival are the Blue Angels.

The Navy aircraft is notorious for bringing thousands of people to Grand Traverse Bay every year with their stunts and high-flying antics while the people on the ground have the sounds of Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" imagining in their heads. With its parades, greasy food, shitty concert series and cherries flown in from foreign lands because the actual harvest isn't even for another month as-is, The Cherry Fest is known for turning Traverse City, pop. 15,000 into a mini Detroit every July.

But now, a group of military vets are begging the Cherry Festival to end their relationship with the Blue Angels. The reason? PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The vets all claim that the loud sounds of the planes help to bring out the memories of past wars - such as the fake war in Iraq - which have all caused them to have experiences with anxiety and other traumatic difficulties. There is no cure for PTSD and the thought of thousands of people coming all the way to TC to enjoy what some refer to as one of our biggest wastes of taxpayer funds is pure travesty.

The Blue Angels come to TC on even-numbered years, which means that they're due in 2016.

Look, there's a myriad of things TC should do instead of pissing off our vets. A woman wrote to the Northern Express several months ago stating the same thing the vets want, and it's for the Cherry Festival to knock it off with the Blue Angels. True, they were cool years ago, but since then, we've fought three fake wars over oil with thousands of casualties and thousands more coming home with severe depression and other disorders. The Cherry Festival needs to find something to replace the Blue Angels to make our vets happy.

But hey! At least TC is FINALLY getting a Costco!

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