DEJA VUE Traverse
City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several
years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school
on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The
proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”
The Court Overreached Believe
it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay
marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court
simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...
Some Diversity, Huh? Either
I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I
thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other
peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that
person was entitled to their opinion(s)...
Defending Good People I
was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue]
regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and
Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could
express such contempt for them...
Not Fascinating I
really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating
person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the
world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the
other people listed were amazing...
Back to Mayberry A
phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make
Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring
images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry
greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah
Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...
Don’t Be Threatened The
August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her
stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms.
Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum
such as Northern Express...
Treat The Sickness Thank
you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of
the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for
a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a
violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually
imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and
About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column).
Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on
abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch
up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing
am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to
Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not
hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by
definition, people will hold different views, value different things,
look and act different from one another...
Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”