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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, September 17, 2016

Not Your Granddad’s Rehab

Features Patrick Sullivan In the years since, the spectrum of services offered by ATS has broadened as much as the variety of clients it serves. It’s spread across nine properties throughout Traverse City. And in recent years it’s attracted national attention as an innovative treatment provider.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fantastic Food Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2015 was all about cold brew coffee, avocado toast, fried chicken sandwiches, and poke (the marinated raw fish dish popular in Hawaii). So what are the latest foods and beverages to taste before 2017 arrives? Here’s a sample:.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ralph Humes Chef To The Stars

Features Ross Boissoneau

One would think the chance to hobnob with the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel and Garth Brooks would be great fun. Maybe, but for Ralph Humes, it’s just another day at work.

Humes is a familiar face to area restaurantgoers. He’s owned Soul Hole; Mana, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons; and Sweet Mama’s Kitchen, in Elk Rapids. He’s also spent time at Traverse City’s Centre Street Cafe and Harvest eateries, and Black Star Farms. These days, however, his kitchens are in concert halls, cooking up a storm for artists, bands and crews from coast to coast for Concert Kitchens.

 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shrine of the Pines

Art Kristi Kates Mirror and window frames made of twisted branches worthy of an Edward Gorey tale. A wooden rocking chair so carefully crafted it rocks for minutes from a single push. A 300-pound door made of pine logs that pivots on a wooden ball. And a 700-pound handmade table carved from a single tree root.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rising Tides

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That sea levels are rising does not seem to be in dispute. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we’ve experienced an 8- to 10-inch sea-level rise in the last century, but the rate of rise is now increasing rapidly..
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

What Your Political Lawn Sign Says About You

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni In many ways, yard signs are the only honest weapons candidates have during their campaigns. If you see a yard sign, three things happen. First, you now know a name that will be on the ballot (which comes in handy when you show up the voting booth with no idea for whom to vote.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dates 09-10-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Choose from routes of 20, 40, 65 or 100 miles during the Leelanau Harvest Tour on Saturday, September 17. Enjoy seeing fall colors in the beautiful Leelanau countryside. 7:30am-4:30pm. Starts at Suttons Bay High School. $30/individual or $90/family. traversetrails.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Letters 09-12-2016

Letters


WRC: A Culture of Change 
Per the recent article and the letter to the editor, I am concerned about the negativity being spewed about the Women’s Resource Center. Whenever there is a culture of change, there is a negative reaction from people who prefer to remain at the status quo. In this agency, like many other nonprofits, controversy abounds whether the changes are positive or negative...

Yay Profit…Forget Regulation On an August Saturday in 2015 my wife and I hiked Clay Cliffs. Returning to the car my wife veered off the path to photograph wildflowers. This proved to be a very bad idea as she was swarmed by bees, suffering several stings. Arriving at the car she was getting weak and disoriented. It was 2:30; Urgent Care and Hometown Pharmacy in Suttons Bay closed at 3:00. Both stayed with us 1.5 hours past closing time to help. Very grateful to Dr. Lemak, his staff, and Pharmacist Ned for patiently dealing with the insurance company. If you are wondering where this is going, be patient, and when hiking trails, stay on the path...

Internet Connectivity In Leelanau County My husband and I have been thrilled with our decision to return to northern Michigan, but we have been frustrated with the lack of available high speed internet service in the area. Earlier this year when I learned of the formation of the Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation( LPEF) Technology Committee I jumped at the chance to get involved in helping to develop a broadband plan for our county. I was astonished at hearing stories about students sitting in library parking lots after library hours to finish school assignments because internet was not available at home...

 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bike Share North

Features Kristi Kates WHEEL FUN “It was something I had been thinking about for a long time after seeing these programs at other places,” Rick-Biddick said. “I actually left WATCH in order to exclusively work on the bike share program with the city of Charlevoix. I love fitness, and I especially love cycling!” Three years ago, she launched the program.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Star Light, Star Bright

Features Kristi Kates The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is one of the true gems of northern Michigan. Located north of Harbor Springs and just south of Mackinaw City, it’s one of only about 40 certified dark sky parks around the world, offering unspoiled views of...
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

WVBI Radio:The Voice of little Beaver Island

Features Kristi Kates The comparisons are many, and vary wildly, in describing WVBI-FM. Radio Beaver Island as it’s known, has been called many things: a mini-National Public Radio, Northern Exposure “without the moose,” an island version of Prairie Home Companion, and a musical take on Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates — because you never know what you’re going to get.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

If You Seek A Pleasant Peninsula

Features Patrick Sullivan The Boursaw property on East Bay — perched near the unincorporated community of Old Mission, at the northeast end of the peninsula — was first tapped for maple syrup, and then it became a dairy farm. In the 1930s, along with the other farmers on the peninsula, the Boursaws planted cherry trees.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Photojournalist Visits National Writers Series

Features Clark Miller Gianturco, author of Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon comes to Traverse City on Sept. 17 to show how grandmothers are doing their part to help the next generation. Gianturco will appear in Milliken Auditorium on the Northwestern Michigan College campus as part of the National Writers Series.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Fall Finale: Autumn’s Music Festivals

Music Kristi Kates Michigan is fortunate to have not one but two major folk and world music fes-tivals every year: Blissfest in Bliss, and Wheatland in Remus. Blissfest got its start in 1981, via a dozen area folk musicians and dancers who staged the first event in a fallow field.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Breakthrough Acts

Music Kristi Kates Breaking out of northern Michigan to achieve a major career in music takes more than talent. While our communities are avid supporters of all kinds of music, and our region’s beauty inspires many a tune, the hard facts are that there are fewer venues, auditions, music managers, record labels, and other resources here than in larger cities.
 
 
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