Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Homegrown Authors - Part I: Four Works of Michigan Non-fiction

Nancy Sundstrom - August 15th, 2002
A bumper crop of interesting new books from Michigan writers has just hit book stores and library shelves, so as we do regularly in Express, we’d like to showcase them in a two-part installment beginning with this issue.
The first four to be featured are works of non-fiction, one of which is autobiographical. The other three have several common bonds, the primary one being that they focus on some unique charms of life in Northern Michigan. Next week, we’ll introduce you to four quite diverse fictional works from writers John Fulton, Christopher Knight, Constance Cappel, and Express’s own Harley Sachs.

One Rose Blooming: Hard Earned Lessons about Kids, Race and Life in America by Rose Martin with Doug Truax
Ann Arbor resident Martin grew up in a New Jersey ghetto, and lived virtually on her own from the time she was seven and began a trek through 38 different foster homes. Her life was as rough as it comes, but she possessed an indomitable spirit and refusal to fall victim of a life of defeat. In 1971, she and her children began a new life in Michigan, where she began work with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission. Later, she became the director of the city’s Peace Neighborhood Center, where she still serves today, one of many acts of public service that resulted in her recently being honored with the Winning Spirit grand prize on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and carrying the torch at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Though it is a poignant memoir, this inspiring, heartfelt book gives Martin a unique platform to address a wide range of topics which she has personal experience with and deep passion about, including nurturing children, helping the less fortunate, race, and breaking down personal barriers that stand in the way of achieving one’s potential, to name a few. She talks straight and sensibly, and her words are worth taking seriously.

Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine by Patty LaNoue Stearns
Stearns, formerly of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit Monthly magazine, has become northern Michigan’s pre-eminent food critic since transplanting herself here with husband Joe a few years ago. She writes a weekly restaurant review column for the Traverse City Record Eagle, and this summer, released two books, the first being the delightful “A Cherry Home Companion“ cookbook.
Her second, the hot-off-the-presses “Good Taste,“ is a compilation of her restaurant reviews and a “foodies bible“ to the region’s cuisine, from the elegant Tapawingo to what to nosh on at the National Cherry Festival. The first section of the book is dedicated to the restaurant write-ups, and there are very few worth mentioning that aren’t included here and rated from two stars (“good“) to five (the best). The second section includes her “Best Bets“ for artisan bread, burgers, cheese, Cherry Festival food, designer milk, homemade ice cream, farm markets, ice cream, pie, pizzas, local wineries, and more, including business locations, hours, phone numbers, and web sites. She rounds out the book with “Fave Foodie Spots by Location.“
Stearns is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and very fair food critic, and when she likes an eatery, her enthusiasm is contagious enough to make one want to book the next possible reservation. She plans on updating the guide in the future to keep current with the ongoing changes in the regional restaurant scene, and those who enjoy the great dining options we are fortunate to have here will want to keep tabs with her.

Vintage Views of Leelanau County by M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson
For nearly two decades, Byron and Wilson, Grand Rapids-based history and post card buffs who frequently retreat to their cottage on Glen Lake, have been collecting antique postcards and Michigan travel memorabilia about Leelanau County, circa 1890-1960. The result of their treasure hunting is this wonderful coffee table book from Sleeping Bear Press that is a must-have for anyone who has ever been in awe of the distinctive magic of a place whose history is “as unique as its natural beauty and geographical setting.“
The remarkable collection of postcards here that range from historic and nostalgic to whimsical and even breathtaking are accompanied by newspaper clippings and snippets from ads and travel brochures, which collectively form a unique portrait of Empire, Glen Lake, Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Omena, Suttons Bay, the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, and North and South Manitou Islands. The authors have done meticulous research in crafting this loving look at the “Land of Delight,“ and the text is an impeccable match for the scores of evocative images.
As the reader time travels through the book, you are struck by how much the character and flavor of these villages and the county as a whole has been preserved over the years, and there are very places of which that can be said. This is a book to curl up with and lose time over, one that will surely introduce you to new facets of Leelanau County, no matter how well you might know it. And count on buying two of these - in addition to the one you keep for yourself, this would be a marvelous gift for someone else.

Look About You: A Magical Childhood in Michigan’s Wild Places by Erin Anderson and Mary Fuscaldo
Anderson is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in creative writing, and a recipient of the Grace Paley Fiction Award in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and Fuscaldo has specialized in painting the landscapes of northern Michigan since she moved to the Leelanau Peninsula a while back. Their collaboration here makes for one of the most stunning books for younger readers I have seen in some time, but that may actually be boxing the book into a category that it is much began than, for it certainly has appeal for readers of any age and was created to reach the child within all of us.
The focus of the book is on the “extraordinary wild places“ of Northern Michigan that are so special that they are home to faeries, the most magical creatures of all, and ones whose spirit and beauty are a match for the woods and waters, trees and trails, and rocks and rivers that grace this area. As a father teaches his daughter about the importance of respecting and preserving these spaces, he turns to the faeries to help reinforce his lessons, which the young girl carries with her as she grows up and into adulthood, ultimately to pass on to her own children.
This is a lovely story, gracefully told by Anderson and complemented by Fuscaldo’s lyrical illustrations. And if that alone isn’t enough to lure you, here’s another impressive feature - publisher Rimwalk Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from ech sale to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Leelanau Conservancy, and the Little Traverse Conservancy.

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