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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

America's New 9/11

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni On election night I was watching returns come in, and as it became clear that Donald Trump was going to win, I struggled with finding a feeling to compare with what was going through my head. It hit me about 2 a.m. I had the same feeling coming to grips with a Donald Trump presidency as I did on Sept 11, 2001.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dates 12-02-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Bringing a cast of 144 children & adults, Dance Arts Academy & Company Dance Traverse present the holiday tradition “The Nutcracker” at Milliken Auditorium in Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC on Dec. 8-9 at 7pm; Dec. 10 at 2pm & 7pm; & Dec. 11 at 1pm & 5:30pm.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scovie’s Serves Up Fresh Food in a Bistro Atmosphere

Dining Kristi Kates Five doors down from the iconic Charlevoix drawbridge on Bridge Street, with views of boats traversing the Round Lake Channel, you’ll find Scovie’s Gourmet, the deli and cafe that Vi Keller opened in 2003 with her former husband after moving Up North from Chicago (they combined their names — Scot and Vi — for the business moniker.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Letters 12-05-2016

Letters

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

12 Cool Winter Concerts

News Kristi Kates The off-season may be devoid of outdoor music festivals in our neck of the woods, but that just means you’ve got more time to hop in the car and head downstate for a show at one of Michigan’s big venues. Get your tickets now, because these are poised to become some of the coolest concerts of the winter.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Traverse City Duo Catches Wave of Surf Rock

Music Kristi Kates YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THEM When the bandmates aren’t at their day jobs as a construction estimator (“I read blueprints for a living,” Hancock said) and sound engineer (“I’m the nerd of the band,” Hall added), they’re out there playing gig after gig, honing their sound toward future goals.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Immersive Play Lights Up With History at Wellington Farm

Features Kristi Kates When you visit Wellington Farm in Grayling, you’ll find yourself smack dab back in the middle of the Great Depression, whether you’re old enough to have experienced it the first time or have only read about it in history books.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

To Tif Or Not To Tif

Other Opinions Steven Tuttle The DDA is especially interested because it would capture a lot of property tax revenue — money that goes to the city, county, Northwestern Michigan College and the local school district. As property values increase, TIF allows the DDA to collect that increased tax revenue for the next 25 years.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Resorts Looking Forward to Slopes Season

Features Ross Boissoneau “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let snow!” goes the refrain of the popular holiday song, and that’s certainly the mantra for resorts across the region. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, whither Boyne Mountain or Shanty Creek, the hope this year is for plenty of snow and cold weather — though please, not too cold.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gaylord Shop Tunes Up Drag-Racing Snowmobiles

Features Sheri McWhirter The local company strictly works on dragracing sleds, not so much for long-distance endurance racers such as those who compete in the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Price also serves clients who seek to improve the durability of their trail-riding snowmobiles but admits the most exciting work is for the racers.
 
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