Letters 10-05-2015

Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Michigan Roadside Oddities!

Features Kristi Kates Part of the charm of a road trip is the wacky, pure Americana things you see along the way. Some of them are quaint, some are eyebrow-raising, some are cause for immediate laughter — and many are simply downright strange. All of them make for great summer memories and there are plenty to start with right here in Michigan.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Licensed To Perform

Permits No Longer Required to Sing and Play in TC

Features Patrick Sullivan Maayingan and Kewayden Brauker’s grandmother had enough one day last June. She told the teenagers to get out of the house and do something. The brothers took acoustic guitars to the Jay Smith Walkway on Front Street in Traverse City. Maayingan played while Kewayden listened. They didn’t have a guitar case open on the ground to collect money; they were just hanging out.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Jim Gillespie

A Beatnik’s Love Affair with Blissfest


For folk music fans looking to tour the past, a must-stop on the northern Michigan scene is 421 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey.

Today, that address houses the Julienne Tomatoes cafe, where you can snag a great sandwich. But back in the mid-’80s, it was the Spectrum Center artist collective and coffeehouse — where Blissfest was born. It’s also where Bliss Executive Director and festival guru found his calling.

Gillespie and his crew wrapped up another successful Blissfest this past weekend, the event’s 35th happening. We talked to him about how the whole thing began.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Need For Northern Speed

Features Clark Miller The scene at either of northern Michigan’s two racetracks on a summer night can cause sensory overload. The scream of tunedup engines, the sweet smell of burning rubber mixed with the occasional waft of beer, gasoline or sweat. And the sights? Some of the most colorful, creative — and very, very fast — cars and trucks around.
Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Charlevoix Venetian Festival

Features Kristi Kates The glittering Boat Parade (Saturday, July 25 at dusk) is the major highlight of Venetian Fest. The parade on Round Lake features all kinds of boats and lights, with great viewing along Charlevoix’s waterfront. Awards go to the most creative entries. The theme this year is Mardi Gras, so expect lots of masks and beads in shades of purple and orange.
Monday, July 6, 2015

Pick a New Fight

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That was quite a reaction from the Republican presidential candidates to recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t go their way. They shouldn’t have been surprised by either. In the decision that affirmed another key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even Chief Justice John Roberts became a sixth vote with the majority.
Monday, July 6, 2015

Words of Warning

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In Traverse City we’re being misled with the term “affordable.” It’s a great word for deception. There is no specific number attached to “affordable.” At the same time, it’s a word that carries no negative connotation. Each person who hears “affordable” applies his or her idea of something reasonable and within reach. When politicians use the label, they are hiding artificial manipulation of the market.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.
Friday, July 3, 2015

35 Years of Bliss

Music Kristi Kates Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Coben Comes Calling

Art Clark Miller Traverse City gets a rare treat July 9 when bestselling author Harlan Coben visits the National Writers Series. With 60 million of his books in print and seven straight New York Times number-one bestsellers in a row, Coben is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors in the world.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Dates 07-04-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Jake Slater has the sound, flair & look of the young Elvis. He is “Keeping the Memory Alive” on Sun., July 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts during Armchair Theatre’s Elvis & “Graceland.” One act comedy “Graceland” featuring Desiree Kaiser & Morgan Barnes takes place at 6:30pm, followed by Slater’s professional Elvis tribute.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Four New Ways to Use Cherries

Dining Kristi Kates Now, enjoy! In warm weather, it shows its best color (literally; it’s a deep, rich red) mixed with soda water and ice as a soft drink, a perfect balance of tart and sweet flavors. It can also be used as a mixer in cocktails and, drizzled over grilled peaches or ice cream, it’s a unique seasonal dessert.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Your Guide to Northern Michigan Orchards

Dining Kristi Kates BLUEBERRY FOREST FARM | 3436 Tobias Road, Elmira 231-584-3443 | pickitfarmfresh.com/blueberry-forest-farm/michigan/elmira | Violet Beauregarde would love this place, which has been in operation since 2001. It’s nothing but blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries, with U-Pick available from 10am to 6pm. | FRUITS AVAILABLE: blueberries
Friday, July 3, 2015

Letters 07-06-2015


Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Fundays!

Features Kristi Kates This Friday series of events in downtown Petoskey is complemented by familyfriendly late-night Movies in the Park, one of the most popular outdoor movieviewing events in northern Michigan; all movies start around sunset.