Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Regional Book ROUNDUP

Nancy Sundstrom - August 5th, 2004
Local authors offer everything from poetry to postcards
In our fast-paced world, sometimes the majority of us can forget about how great it really is to crack open a book. In Northern Michigan there are a number of gifted authors who have works encompassing subjects from cooking to farming to photography. This summer offers a number of new texts from area authors that deserve attention:

Dining In Dining Out in Northern Michigan - By Sherri & Graydon DeCamp - Bayshore Books - 240 pages - soft cover - $17.95

For many in Northern Michigan, food is not simply something to be consumed. Food and wine are a passion. “Dining In Dining Out in Northern Michigan” is the perfect addition to your library if you feel strongly about the region’s food and wine.
“Dining In Dining Out” is written by veteran food writers, the DeCamps,
who follow up their 1996 release, “Connoisseur Up North,” with a similar book that profiles local restaurants, bistros, delis, wineries and markets.
The “Chef’s Cookbook” section in the back of the text offers 150 brand new recipes for your culinary enjoyment, including everything from peanut butter pie to Salmon Shao Mai.
Old favorite restaurants in the area like Poppycock’s and the Freshwater Lodge are highlights to the book while some of the newest and trendiest bistros are discussed. There is even a page devoted to explaining what exactly comprises the definition local food.
A fitting touch to the book is a chapter about the farm markets in the area and the important role they play. And no culinary work would be complete without a fine section on wine, which highlights Black Star Farms and Chateau Leelanau among others.
The DeCamps once again prove why they are well-respected with this wonderfully diverse book that showcases an integral aspect to life.

Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language -
By Michael J. Sheehan - Arbutus Press 240 pages - soft cover - $15

For those who have not had a chance to listen to Michael Sheehan’s weekly radio program on WTCM, also called “Words to the Wise,” this local personality has transcribed a number of his shows and compiled them into this book on the particulars of the English language.
Sheehan shows off his 26 years of experience as an English teacher, and his love for language, while addressing topics such as word origin, punctuation and grammar. He also takes a fun look at headline mishaps, clever slogans and bumper stickers. Noteworthy sections include Sheehan explaining where phrases such as “party pooper” came from. He also explains the process dictionary makers go through to define a word.
Sheehan’s wit and sense of humor have never ceased to make an impression on his listeners, and on his colleagues. WTCM Morning Show Host Ron Jolly says, “After working on the radio with Mike Sheehan for over three years the thing that impresses me most is his passion for, and knowledge of, the English language.” Fans of Sheehan’s show will not want to pass up this book.

Traverse City in Vintage Postcards -
By C.S. Wright - Arcadia Publishing -
128 pages - soft cover - $19.99

The latest installment in the “Postcard History” series by Arcadia Publishing features none other than Traverse City. An abundance of images from Traverse City’s past, including rare and never-before published photos comprise this visual tour of the city’s history.
Local author Charles Wright utilizes his background in journalism to unveil many of the area’s untold stories of the people, places and culture of Traverse City. Images in this work include the area’s natural resources, such as orchards, lakes and lumber as well as favorites like Grand Traverse Bay, the Bluffs and Sleeping Bear Dunes. The images document how the town has transformed from a logging and farming community in its earlier days to what has come to be.

Seasons of Sleeping Bear -
By Terry W. Phipps - University of Michigan Press & Petoskey Publishing Company - 124 pages - hard cover - $35.00

Award-winning photographer Terry Phipps brings another installment of his “Seasons” series that chronicles the area surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes. Phipps is known all over the world for his photos, which have appeared in periodicals such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, the Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Among these he has also published work in “Traverse” the Magazine and “Michigan Living.” He has spent the last 25 years photographing Northern Michigan.
Numerous photos of Lake Michigan and the dunes are sure to take the viewer’s breath away, while there are also pictures of surrounding bodies of water like Crystal River and Bass Lake. A number of views from the Empire Bluffs have to be the highlights of the book.
Other pleasant surprises are from the Ghost Forest near Sleeping Bear and the photos of Pyramid Point, taken from the air. This book is full of amazing photos from one of the most beautiful areas in the entire state.

Sweet and Snappy Cherry Drinks -
By Lori Hall Steele - Eighth Sea Books -126 pages - soft cover - $9.95

Tourists and locals alike will be interested in seeing the vast number of different cherry drinks Lori Hall Steele has come up with in this book.
Most don’t think of the cherry as a fruit that provides such a plethora of opportunities, but it seems we have all been proven wrong.
No matter if it is the middle of a brutal Northern Michigan winter or a hot summer, there is a beverage in here for all times and occasions. Cherry Wassail and Hot Cherry-Chocolate both sound delicious and if you are into some potent beverages, Steele has you covered there as well. With over 204 cherry recipes, everyone is sure to be pleased.
The most interesting part of this title has to be a couple of sections devoted to the health benefits of cherries. Whoever knew that cherries contain 17 pain relieving antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals that fight off free radicals and disease, and repair damaged cells?

Got 2 Go: Feeding Families Fast -
By Kathleen Cannata Hanna - Gotago Books 327 pages - soft cover $18.95
Kathleen Cannata Hanna has made quite an impact with this cookbook that teaches readers how to cook with quality and speed. Newspapers like the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Traverse City Record-Eagle have all featured her as her book has now surpassed the 3,000 mark in sales.
The diversity and sheer amount of recipes are proof of why this book has sold so well and has become a hit with families throughout the Midwest.
Hanna divided three sections into the amount of time spent on preparing the meal ,as there are a grab and go, 15-minute and 30-minute sections as far as preparation time is concerned. Wraps and burritos comprise the grab-and-go section while everything from meatloaf and grilled pork to chili makes for a delicious thirty minute meal.
Dessert and snacks are also tackled, with all sorts of cookies and cakes offered and there is also an entire section just devoted to pasta. Got 2 Go is organized very well and is easy to use. Anyone who has ever needed to make a meal in a hurry, but still has the desire for the family to eat healthy would do well to add this cookbook to their collection.

Pulling Down the Barn: Memories of a Rural Childhood - By Anne-Marie Oomen Wayne State University Press 138 pages - soft cover - $18.95

Residents of the Traverse City area should be excited to get their hands on this memoir from Anne-Marie Oomen, chair of the Creative Writing department at the Interlochen Arts Academy, which will be released in September.
The book highlights what it was like for her to grow up on a farm in Oceana County. She discusses everything from her grandmother’s death to baling hay and picking asparagus, but at the center of the text is the strength of her family’s bond and the farmer’s struggle for identity in the contemporary landscape. She has written a captivating book about growing up on a Michigan farm that writer Michael Steinberg calls an “honest and powerful coming-of-age family story . . .”
Anyone who appreciates the beauty of the Michigan wilderness will want to read this. Each page is full of rich imagery that paints the family and natural landscape clearly in a way that is entertaining and at times, heart-wrenching. Oomen’s book is the latest in the Great Lakes Series by Wayne State University Press.

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