Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...


Bahle's at 140

Patrick Sullivan

When Bahle’s of Suttons Bay celebrated its centennial in 1976, Owen Bahle’s five children had moved away, and the business was struggling in a village filled with shuttered storefronts. Bahle decided his store needed to be reinvented. And maybe if he turned around his store, Suttons Bay would turn around with it.


Immersive Play Lights Up With History at Wellington Farm

Kristi Kates

When you visit Wellington Farm in Grayling, you’ll find yourself smack dab back in the middle of the Great Depression, whether you’re old enough to have experienced it the first time or have only read about it in history books.


Gaylord Shop Tunes Up Drag-Racing Snowmobiles

Sheri McWhirter

The local company strictly works on dragracing sleds, not so much for long-distance endurance racers such as those who compete in the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Price also serves clients who seek to improve the durability of their trail-riding snowmobiles but admits the most exciting work is for the racers.


Resorts Looking Forward to Slopes Season

Ross Boissoneau

“Let it snow! Let it snow! Let snow!” goes the refrain of the popular holiday song, and that’s certainly the mantra for resorts across the region. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, whither Boyne Mountain or Shanty Creek, the hope this year is for plenty of snow and cold weather — though please, not too cold.


Bring a Mate, Lace Up Your Skates

Kristi Kates

Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City The dual rinks primarily host team ice sports, so if you’re into hockey and/or curling, this is your destination. Hockey teams congregate here, including the local Midwest Junior Hockey League, and you might spot a Detroit Red Wings player, as the team’s NHL training camp is held here.

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America's New 9/11

Mark Pontoni

On election night I was watching returns come in, and as it became clear that Donald Trump was going to win, I struggled with finding a feeling to compare with what was going through my head. It hit me about 2 a.m. I had the same feeling coming to grips with a Donald Trump presidency as I did on Sept 11, 2001.

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To Tif Or Not To Tif

Steven Tuttle

The DDA is especially interested because it would capture a lot of property tax revenue — money that goes to the city, county, Northwestern Michigan College and the local school district. As property values increase, TIF allows the DDA to collect that increased tax revenue for the next 25 years.


Traverse City Duo Catches Wave of Surf Rock

YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THEM When the bandmates aren’t at their day jobs as a construction estimator (“I read blueprints for a living,” Hancock said) and sound engineer (“I’m the nerd of the band,” Hall added), they’re out there playing gig after gig, honing their sound toward future goals.
Saturday 3, 2016 | Comments 0

New Concert Series Barnstorms Into Traverse City

Porterhouse Presents is going to help the barn do just that with the upcoming Cathedral Barn and Food series, which launches Dec. 3 with its first event, a special reservedseating show for Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine as a release party for her new CD EP, “The Little Things.
Saturday 12, 2016 | Comments 0

Scovie’s Serves Up Fresh Food in a Bistro Atmosphere

Five doors down from the iconic Charlevoix drawbridge on Bridge Street, with views of boats traversing the Round Lake Channel, you’ll find Scovie’s Gourmet, the deli and cafe that Vi Keller opened in 2003 with her former husband after moving Up North from Chicago (they combined their names — Scot and Vi — for the business moniker.
Saturday 3, 2016 | Comments 0

How To Be A Docent: The Perfect Volunteer Job For Art Fans

If you can’t get enough of museums and love sharing knowledge with others, you just might want to be a docent. A docent is a combination of trained museum guide, informal teacher and enthusiastic volunteer. It can be an opportunity to dig deep into what your favorite museum has to offer.
Saturday 26, 2016 | Comments 0

Three Legendary Women Authors Take to the National Writers Series Stage

Three legendary women writers will visit the National Writers Series in Traverse City this month. Margaret Atwood, Ann Patchett and Jodi Picoult will talk about their work and lives on October 20, 22 and 23, respectively. Atwood’s appearance marks the 100th interview in the popular series.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0