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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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Saturday, March 5, 2016

J&S Hamburg

Dining Janice Binkert “We serve anything on the menu any time of day,” said manager Bill Coty, who has been with J&S for almost 20 years. “And often we’re actually busier on Friday and Saturday at midnight than we are in the daytime, mostly the after-the-bar crowd. We have taxis driving in here at all hours of the night.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Letters 03-07-2016

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Not A Good Record Kudos to Michigan Republicans. Not only have they allowed our roads to deteriorate to the point of being dangerous, they are allowing an old pipeline carrying corrosive chemicals to threaten the largest body of fresh water in the world... 

The Real Oscar Math The irony of the State Theatre’s mast (#OscarsSoWhite) exhibiting its solidarity with the supposed dearth of black Oscar nominees is perhaps more prodigious than the ego of its beloved founder...

Help At Home I am disgusted by the cover that shows how white locals are changing Africa. I wonder what it would be like if these locals did work in their own backyard: Flint, Detroit, Benton Harbor, Saginaw, etc. My life work is around racial justice in Indigenous-Native American communities. As 0.5 percent of the U.S. population, I am an invisible minority as a mixed-race Native American. There is plenty of racism in northern Michigan and instead of buying organic dental floss, white liberals could help dismantle the oppressive system they benefit from...

A Heapin’ Helpin’ of Why with a Dash of Would I would like to know: Why aren’t corporations held completely accountable for the environmental devastation that they create? Why aren’t corporate heads prosecuted when they break laws? Why does our government keep giving corporations huge tax breaks and subsidies? Why is so much of the wealth in the hands of the one percent?

Aquaculture Fish Pens It seems we have a never-ending task of monitoring our Great Lakes water and keeping it pure for our health and recreation (not to mention the creatures that live and swim in it). We have a new threat upon us – aquaculture — the farming of large quantities of non-native fish in cages (fish pens) in the near shore waters. At this point is it is mostly a proposal introduced by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and generally sanctioned by that ever vigilant and protector of our “pure” water — the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality...

 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Danger Zone

It’s hard to talk politics with people you disagree with these days; that hasn’t stopped some people from trying

Features Patrick Sullivan Rahrig set out to create a safe place on Facebook for people who disagree about politics. It was a success in its early months, bringing together diverse people in Traverse City who debated difficult topics. However, in reflection of national politics, things fell apart—debate Rahrig got heated, a comment was removed and Rahrig closed the group.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The 2016 Taste of Gaylord

Features Kristi Kates Are you a foodie? Whether you’re a Gaylord local or simply planning a visit to the Alpine Village, Wednesday, Mar. 9 is a date for all foodies to mark in their calendars. That’s this year’s Taste of Gaylord, the premier event showcasing the best of Gaylord’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Is Roller Skating Actually Coming Back?

Features Kristi Kates If you’re looking to open a unique business in northern Michigan, you could do worse than opening a roller rink.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

5 Northern Michiganders Redefining Retirement

Features Beth Milligan In 2014, Traverse City resident Susie Janis helped launched a new program at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Janis recruited a group of donors who each made a three-year commitment to contribute $25,000 annually to the newlynamed Get It Done Fund.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Investing With a Conscience

Features Ross Boissoneau Socially responsible investing actually reflects a lot of “times” and boasts a fascinating history. In the early ‘70s, it was a weapon against apartheid, as cities, states, colleges, faith-based groups and pension funds throughout the U.S. began divesting from companies operating in South Africa.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jumpin’ and Jivin’

Music Kristi Kates Twenty years’ worth of a twenty-piece musical outfit is a lot of history to keep straight. There are so many past members of The Up North Big Band (The UNBB) that current band leader Joshua Raber, for all his diligence, can’t even name them all.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Art Identity

Art Kristi Kates Ontario-born William H. White came to northern Michigan in 1859 to manage a sawmill in East Jordan. In 1881, that business failed and White was out $600 in wages; he was given $450 in merchandise in lieu of earnings. In January 1883, he shipped his goods by sleigh, over 4 feet of snow, to Boyne City.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Biting the Apple

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The story is already well told that a husband and wife team of murderers attacked people in San Bernardino, California, then died in a subsequent gun battle with police. They did so, they claimed, in solidarity with the murderous thugs we now refer to as ISIS or ISIL.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

It’s All About That Base: Density, Development Are Important Tools

Other Opinions Christie Minervini Traverse City’s property tax payers fund many of the public expenses that benefit the larger region, and if we want to progress in a smart and sustainable way, we need a bigger tax base to support the services and infrastructure that go along with being a regional hub.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dates 02-27-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey will welcome New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente on Thursday, March 3 at 6pm. Valente will share stories about her “Fairyland” series, which was written for readers ages 10-14 or grades 5 & up.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Letters 02-29-2016

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Corporate America I talk to David and I get this insurance BS. I talk to Mike and I get this Microsoft BS. Talk to John and everything is BS. My sister too with the insurance BS. Corporations have taken over, and control so much. Is everything a conspiracy? I believe so, more than ever before...

What Can Be Done I may or may not be a Sanders fan, but does Stephen Tuttle somehow imply that Sanders’ numbers don’t work out but that the other candidates’ numbers do? We have been financing the government on the backs of our children for decades, both Republican and Democrat administrations...

The Homeless Situation The writer of “The Homeless Situation” letter recently portrayed the liberal community as an ill-suited group to address the needs of the homeless, though he expressed gratitude to the church community for their efforts. Is it not possible to be a liberal and a member of the faith community? These groups are not mutually exclusive...

Obamacare Is Working Premiums for plans sold in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace increased 6% this year nationwide. In fact, according to a recent Record-Eagle article, 5 out of 21 companies selling individual insurance plans in Michigan did not raise prices at all this year. Contrast this with the 15 years prior to the Marketplace being established, when annual increases for my individual insurance policies ranged from 13 percent to well over 20 percent...


 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Téada at CTAC

Features Kristi Kates With members from several different regions of Ireland, the traditional band Téada got their start in 2001. Performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey March 5, these musicians were thrown into the scene a lot quicker than they ever expected.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Postcards From Africa

Northern Michiganders Work to Improve Life in a Faraway Place

Features Patrick Sullivan

Not all travel is about relaxation and fun. Some people travel for a purpose. In recent years, people from across northern Michigan have found themselves in Africa to heal the sick, to help the poor obtain access to water, and to oppose the victimization of women. These are some of their stories.

 
 
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