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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Couple to seek skydiving record/ Bullies in BAy Harbor

- June 7th, 2010
Couple to seek skydiving record
Skydive Harbor Springs is hosting a Guinness World Record Event on June
29, with the public invited to come and watch.
Starting at 6 p.m., Luther Kurtz and Angela Bishop will attempt to
break the world record for the most tandem jumps in a 24-hour period.
The current record was set last summer at 103 tandem jumps in 24 hours.
The event will be centered around raising money for the Top of Michigan
Trails Council. For more info go to www.WorldRecordTandemJump.com.
Johan’s bakery will be serving coffee and doughnuts to keep the action
jumping for the entire 24 hours. Come out and enjoy the event and make
a pledge for the Trails Council. 

‘Bullies‘ in Bay Harbor
Bay Harbor was the site of a film shoot last week: Bullies on Vacation,
a dark comedy short film was shot over a three-day period before moving
on to another location in Grand Rapids.
Written by Brian VanderArk, the frontman for the Verve Pipe (“We Were
Only Freshmen”), the comedy is directed by Devon Gummersall of My
So-Called Life and star’s Mad Men’s Mark Kelly. It’s about a writer on
vacation up north who encounters a bully who tormented him as a child. A
resulting sucker punch leads to complications and lessons learned.


 
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