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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Now That ‘The Voice’ is Over; What’s Next?

Kristi Kates - August 11th, 2014  

Ryan Whyte Maloney made a strong showing on NBC’s singing competition program “The Voice,” snagging a spot on Blake Shelton’s team and making it to the playoff rounds before he was eliminated.

Since then, Maloney’s music career has gotten a real jumpstart, and the Traverse City native has found himself working and performing alongside some standout artists as well as on some pretty big stages.

He’ll notch yet another stage when he performs at Petoskey’s 2014 Festival on the Bay as their main headliner on Saturday night.

Kristi Kates for Express: How have things changed for you and your music since you were on “The Voice?”

Ryan Whyte Maloney: Well, the world now has a frozen moment in time that is my mark. It was a mere moment for the public, but the measure of that moment is unforgettable for me. I now play seven days a week and travel all over, and have had multiple producers and management companies wanting to work with me. The future is electric!

EXPRESS: How did it feel to be returning to Northern Michigan again to perform?

RWM: Feels like coming in from the cold to take off your boots and socks and be greeted with a warm cup of cocoa and homemade Nestle Toll House cookies! It was so refreshing to feel local love and have the attention on my original songs, and to see people singing them in the audience. My favorite parts were crashing J&S Hamburg and performing in the restaurant … and cramming in seven interviews, a news interview, and three performances in two days. Sleep is overrated!

EXPRESS: What projects are you working on now, and when can your fans expect some new music?

RWM: I am touring all summer and fall, and am signing with Chrome Management in Los Angeles, so I’ll be international after that. I am also writing and recording a new record, and I have two new music videos being edited, one for “Michigan Moonlight” and the other for “Radio,” both shot in Michigan.

EXPRESS: What are some of the opportunities you’ve enjoyed most since you left the show?

RWM: [Performing at] Cherry Festival was a bucket list achievement: to finally be home and be the underdog of TC making headway on a dream. I was also able to play with Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Parmalee, Thompson Square, Tim McGraw … the list goes on, and that’s insanely cool and doesn’t happen everyday. I always dreamed of a life only using what I had in these two hands and with my voice, and it’s happening.

EXPRESS: And what are you looking forward to most about performing as the featured artist at Petoskey’s Festival?

RWM: I have family and friends in Petoskey, and any chance to be real and give my gift to others is a blessing. We are force-fed digital every minute of our lives nowadays, and it’s barren and hollow. I want people to see me and laugh and dance and have a great time. I want them to have an experience of which you’d say afterward, ‘You’d have to have been there!’

 
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