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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Letters 16-05-2016

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Truth About Schools & Incentives 

In his May 4 column “Why Schools Are Closing,” Grant Parsons blames recent school closings on state tax incentive programs, but he failed to mention two points that discredit this premise.

First is that the tax revenue he speaks of does not exist. It is not like schools are giving up the money because they do not have it nor would they ever if the property does not get developed. When the state approves such tax incentives, they do so only to the extent that the project were not feasible without the incentive...

CORRECTION 

Last week’s profile of the partners in the Wineguys restaurant group incorrectly said two owners were Bob and Mary Reedy. Their correct last name is Keedy. We apologize for this error.

 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Operation Petunia

Features Kristi Kates Can you name one of the most popular blooming annuals? We’ve got the answer: petunias! While these flowers originally hail from South America, they vacation quite well Up North, where they’re used in window boxes, hanging planters and — perhaps most...
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

It’s a Small World

Features Kristi Kates From Pinterest and Martha Stewart to local garden centers and Vogue, terrariums — decorative containers that hold a condensed version of a live garden — are one of the hot trends in indoor-outdoor decor, even though they got their start back in the mid-1800s.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fish Farms in Lake Michigan?

Features Patrick Sullivan Competing bills have been introduced in the state legislature, one that would ban fish farms on the big lakes outright and one that would allow as many as 10 of the facilities to be established in Michigan. The bills were introduced late last year and seem to be languishing.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great Gardens

Four Must-See Garden Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While she had no gardening experience (“I had never planted as much as a blade of grass before,” Blair chuckled), she poured over dozens of books and applied her new knowledge to what has become one of the most striking and frequently visited private gardens in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Find Joy Through Decluttering

Features Kristi Kates The best-selling author and Time Magazine “influential person” is the now-famous japanese organizing consultant whose little turquoise book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, made decluttering famous and started a movement.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Listen to the Local Experts!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, which means it’s time to focus on your personal great outdoors! Whether you’re looking for top tips on trees, popular picks on posies or favorite finds in the flower department, these local experts have all the dirt on how to keep your garden and grounds looking great.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fish Farm Flap Makes a Stink in Grayling

Features Patrick Sullivan A Department of Environmental Quality permit that would enable a large-scale aquaculture facility in Grayling spurred a group that reveres the river into action. The Anglers of the Au Sable challenged the permit on environmental grounds, leading to an 18-day hearing in Lansing and thousands of pages of exhibits.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Local Pastor And A Local Atheist Debate The Upcoming Presidential Election — Prophecies Fulfilled?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Twenty years ago I’d watch the “Jerry Springer Show” and laugh. Not a healthy laugh; more a “shaking the head in disbelief ” smirk, the kind reserved for carnival midways. A mix of amusement and disdain. Today I no longer laugh. The world of Jerry Springer is our world!.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

With Friends Like These...

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our relationship with them began long before our supposed alliance following 9/11. They had lots of sweet crude oil that required minimal refining and we needed some of it. As long as that need existed we were happy to play the role of oil serf to their monarchy.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Wedlock

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian It’s wedding season in northern Michigan. Unless you live under a rock — a really big one — you know that our culture has been engaged in a furious debate over who should and should not be allowed to marry. Those who read my words regularly might expect me to wade hipdeep into the fray.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dates 05-07-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The National Writers Series presents David Ebershoff, author of “The Danish Girl” & #1 bestseller “The 19th Wife,” on Thursday, May 12 at 7pm at City Opera House, TC. General admission, $15. cityoperahouse.org.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Showcase of Restaurants

Dining Signature Dishes: On the breakfast side, The Farmer’s Omelette (three eggs loaded with sausage, hash browns, onions, mushrooms, cheddar cheese and tomatoes) and the Irish Omelette (corned beef, American fries, green peppers, onions and Swiss cheese, with a side of sour cream.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Letters 05-09-2016

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Benishek’s Forgotten Flint Once again, our savior Rep. Dan Benishek wants to remind us how much he cares about us. In his latest newsletter, Benishek cries about the “abuse of power and disregard for the Constitution” by President Obama’s administration and the burdensome regulations...

Parsons Right About Schools Regarding last week’s column about why schools close, Grant Parsons speaks truth to power! He speaks for me...

The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana I recently attended a free showing of “Ride With Larry” film at the Bay Theatre, which was sponsored by Parkinson’s Network North and Leelanau County Senior Services. It was a film about an amazing man with Parkinson’s who biked 300 miles across South Dakota to raise awareness about living with Parkinson’s...

 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Fine Fungi Life

Features Kristi Kates “Ken literally went just one day to — I think it was the Petoskey or Boyne City market — with a basket of chanterelles,” Ashleigh said. “He was sold out by 11am and had $300 in his pocket! And that was the light bulb; we thought we could really do something with this.
 
 
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