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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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