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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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Best of Benzie/Interlochen

- March 26th, 2012  

The top picks for Benzie County span the map, from the northeast shoulder of Interlochen to the southwest elbow of Elberta and everything in between. While the drive may be far, our readers believe these hot spots are worth the visit. So save a day and check out what makes Benzie County a diversified destination.

HANGING OUT

All-round hangout: The Hofbrau
20-something hangout: Villa Marine
Live music: Cabbage Shed
Dance seen: Cabbage Shed
Happy hour: Giovanni’s Roadhouse;
Roadhouse TIE
Place to meet singles:The Hoffbrau
Place for a first date: Cabbage Shed

SHOPPING

Hair Salon: Shear Class Experience Day Spa & Salon
Spa services: Crystal Mountain Resort
Natural products shop: Creation Farms
Window displays: It’s The Berries!
Art gallery: Trick Dog
Stylish resale shop: Monumental Finds
Athletic gear shop: Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Store staff: Northern Decor
Independent apparel: Hull’s of Frankfort
Place for chocolate: Kilwin’s Chocolate in Frankfort
New store: Live For Art
Jewelry store: Jackleen’s Gems
Eclectic Gifts store: Maxwell’s on Main

DINING

Restaurant staff: Dinghy’s
Healthiest restaurant: L’chayim Delicatessen
Wine tasting destination: Northern Natural Winery

Lunch: Fusion

Bread/bakery store: Crescent Bakery
Bar food: Dinghy’s
Breakfast: Dilbert’s Cafe
Family restaurant: Bayview Grille
Gourmet restaurant: Betsie Bay Inn
Pasta: Hofbrau; Giovanni’s TIE
Mexican: Roadhouse
Appetizers/small plates: Fusion
Fast Food: Wendy’s in Interlochen
Salads: East Shore Market
Pizza: A. Papano’s
Coffee Hangout: Phoenix Cafe
Burger: The Hofbrau
Seafood: Fusion
Steak: The Hofbrau
Desserts:The Hofbrau
Outdoor deck scene: The Hofbrau
New restaurant: Bayview Grille

 
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