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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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What‘s new at Northern Express

George Foster - March 30th, 2009
What’s new at Northern Express
George Foster 3/30/09

Here at the bustling compound of the Northern Express Weekly administrative offices, we received a revealing phone call last week. The caller wondered if the Express had gone out of business. It seems our newspapers were missing from their usual shelf in a local business when the caller stopped by to pick up his copy.
The absence of papers was actually due to a different problem - the Express papers had all been gobbled up at the location in question. While some of the other free publications seem to always languish on the newsstands, Northern Express is more popular than ever.
With newspapers across the country crumbling around us daily, it isn’t surprising that some may wonder about our paper’s prospects as a viable business. Well, just look through this issue for your answer. It is our most successful Best of Northern Michigan issue ever. More importantly, after 18 years of publishing, overall distribution and advertising sales of Northern Express continue to grow.
Yet, as the economy reboots itself, no business can afford to hang its hat totally on the past. We are always looking for ways to improve the Express. As a part of our strategy for continued growth in the future, we are happy to announce a new online product, the Virtual Express, mirroring our printed newspaper that many of you have read every week for years.
Don’t worry, the printed Northern Express will always be with us. You can still expect to find the printed copy in the same 600 locations in 13 counties every week. In addition to the printed paper, every page of the newspaper is now being reproduced online in the same form as our printed edition.
The advantage of the Virtual Express is that we now have your back. Last week’s desperate caller has a copy at his fingertips online when his favorite hangout runs out of Northern Express. Looking for a past article that is long gone? Just log on to
www.northernexpress.com and look in our archives.
Once on the Virtual Express, I personally get a kick out of the “flipping page” technology (click the lower corners of the paper). Listening to the sound of pages turning is the next best thing to holding a newspaper. Follow the instructions on page 7 of this issue to read the Northern Express online. Once on the Virtual Express, don’t forget to zoom in up to 400 percent to enlarge articles or ads. Also, the system provides easy access to advertiser websites with a simple “point and click,” along with many other user-friendly features.
Your buddies at the Express have debated endlessly how we could have a better presence online and still not undercut the success of our printed product. The Virtual Express seems to be the answer. Now you can find the same Northern Express online that reads in newspaper form, page for page.
While celebrating the winners and other contenders in this extremely competitive Best of Northern Michigan issue, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank the readers and advertisers of Northern Express for their amazing support over the last 18 years. You are the best.

 
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