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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- March 26th, 2012  

• 10 Curious ways to enjoy winter
• A feature on the good work of county administrator, Dennis Aloia
• A green issue to promote contractors trying to create positive change
• A piece called “remember when” for all of the peeps who grew up here
• A story on how socialism has never worked
• Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan
• Anything about organic beauty
• Baby boomers - who they are and what are they up to
• Bad tattoos
• Behind the scenes bakeries
• Belly dancing at Crystal Bindi - the jewel jigglers
• Benzie county’s healing arts studio “the center” in beulah
• Boating lifestyle
• Brent James and the Contraband
• Businesses whose start-up has a personal story/inspiration behind it
• Businesses that give back to the community!
• Cancer awareness/survivor stories
• Carly Lewis memorial fundraiser/grand opening of carly’s playground
• Celtic dancers at Fitch’s School of Dance (exceptional)
• Dem and Repub presidential candidate interviews prior to Nov 2012 election
• Editorial on Adam Osiecki
• Excessive use of plastic and styrofoam in restaurants (and everywhere)
• Feature the up-and-coming band the naughty neighbors
• Focus on the men and women we lost in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars
• Follow around a single mom of three kids for a week
• Girls hockey in Northern Michigan
• Golfi ng in January
• Hardship of the local cherry farmers that do not get paid,and all the people that move here do not have a clue how hard it is to be a small time farmer
• Health care accessibiltiy
• History of skiing
• Homebirths are safe
• Hospital mergers
• How Traverse City was built
• Why people should do more to help the homeless
• In-depth look on government fi nances and what departments spend their budgets on
• Interview high schoolers or college kids see what their future is
• Interviews of anonymous medical marijuana users and current
• Is Lake Michigan really having its water taken
• Lalone miniature cattle
• Lil Bo Pub & Grille’s 80th year in business
• Local historical societies
• Making a difference stories
• Micro brew fest
• More features on small businesses of the area
• More focus to make it easier to bring tourist north-rails w/city type vendors to entertain.
• More on Trout Unlimited and what conservation issues the state is working on
• More stories further north
• More stories of salon nouveau vous
• Morel mushroom festival
• Munson’s new cancer center
• Northern michigan...The next Milwaukee? (Beer)
• Northwestern Michigan College honors students
• Occupy Northern Michigan
• Old Mission multigrain bakery and cafe
• One about all the new businesses on S. Airport Rd.
• Park Place hotel pool closing to the community against the agreement made with the city when first built
• Pedophiles working in community places
• People back in college after loosing their jobs
• People that have worked in their jobs a long time
• High school graduate success stories
• Pick different stores / restaurants and profile them
• Police brutality
• Population growth or decline in the past 20 years
• Powerlifting/underground sports
• Quality of life for non-wealthy working class
• Recall Snyder efforts re-starting this spring
• Recording studios
• Small business owners working from home
• Steven Tuttle for president!
• Story about underground hip-hop
• Surfing in northern michigan
• Teachers who make a difference in the classroom
• The negative impact of vegetation control on lakes of Northern Michigan
• Northwestern Michigan Fair/then & now 
• Positive impact of the performing arts in the region
• Top bar & nightclubs in the area
• Traverse city’s progress on a dog park.
• What business would benefit our town the most?
• Why the arts are important to our children!
• How does wind power work, pros and cons.
• Winter snow removal along the tart trail

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