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Letters 02-15-2016

No More Balloon Launches In the recent Wedding issue, a writer noted a trend of celebratory balloon launches at weddings. Balloon releases are nothing more than a wind-born distribution of litter, not an appropriate way to celebrate a marriage or commemorate cancer victims and survivors...

Plenty Of Blame In Flint Many opinions have been voiced about the Flint water crisis; all have left many questions unasked, such as: Lead is the culprit, and a there is a ban on lead in paint, as well as one on lead in new plumbing materials. There are still many service connecting pipes made out of lead in service. Why? Have any been installed despite the ban?

Stop Balloon Releases I was appalled by the column on the wedding traditions article that suggested making new traditions like releasing balloons at the conclusion of the ceremony! I am the president of AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World) in Ludington, and we clean beaches four times a year....

Roosevelt Had It Right 202 years ago the British Royal Navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the War Of 1812. While being held captive aboard the HMS Surprise, Francis Scott Key composed the immortal “Star Spangled Banner” poem. 202 years later I ask, “Oh, say can you see” one of the most appallingly dishonest presidential election cycles since the Adams/Jefferson election of 1800...

Avoid Urban Sprawl In Petoskey I urge Resort Township, the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to dissuade Bay Harbor’s proposal to add new business and residential development along U.S. 31 near the main entrance to Bay Harbor...

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

The USO’s Mobile Message

Features Kristi Kates United Service Organizations Inc.— popularly known as the USO — laid its foundation during World War II, beginning a tradition of entertaining the troops to support the war effort, supplying food, drink, music and dancing as a much-needed break from the terrifying realities of war.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Traverse City’s Unsung World War II Hero

Features Nick Beadleston Citizens of Traverse City often point to the region’s history as a source of local pride. However, many are completely unaware that one of northern Michigan’s own sons received the United States’ highest military honor during one of the nation’s most trying times.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Re Entry

Features Ross Boissoneau Playwrights Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez boiled down the interviews into a stage play featuring the stories of U.S. Marines and members of their families. The docudrama explores the challenges of re-entering family, community and country with honesty and occasional humor.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

WNMC House Concerts Focus on the Music

Features Kristi Kates FROM IDEA TO REALITY Walker grew up in the Detroit area and moved north around 2007. He was at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery a few years ago with WNMC Station Manager Eric Hines. He mentioned he might be interested in “doing the house concert thing” and Hines said the radio station would definitely get behind it.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Billy Branch Bringing Back the Blues

Music Kristi Kates Chicago-born and California-seasoned, harmonica-playing blues musician Billy Branch is again living in his Windy City hometown after years in Los Angeles. No matter where he is, blues music comes as naturally to him as walking, and he’ll be bringing his sound even farther north next week, with a concert in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emmet County’s Biggest Fan Beth Eckerle

Art Kristi Kates One way to honor state, county or municipal employees who have helped preserve Michigan’s history beyond the duties of their official jobs is by presenting them with the Michigan Historical Commission’s Governor John B. Swainson Award.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

“... One Supreme Court...”

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Any time members of Congress start discussing the constitutionality of something, as they have endlessly with President Obama’s executive orders and as they did again during the ninth investigation into the events that unfolded in Benghazi, the notion of “original intent” crops up.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Our Afghan Insanity

Other Opinions Jack Segal America has been at war in Afghanistan for 14 years. Yet on October 15, President Obama informed us that he has decided to keep 9,800 American troops in the country for yet another year. He also decided to pass this failed mission onto his successor by keeping more than 5,600 troops there through 2017.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dates 10-31-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold With a forecast of 51 degrees, this year’s SOLD OUT 2015 Bell’s Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge may look the same as this photo. Held on Sat., Nov. 7, the race starts in downtown Kalkaska at 9am & finishes 30 miles later at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, TC.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Smoke And Porter Public House Fired Up

Dining Janice Binkert CLEARING THE AIR Smoke and Porter’s Henry Bisson, chef and co-owner with his wife Mindy, admits that since opening in August, “there has been some confusion as to who we are and what we are about.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Letters 11-02-2015

Letters

Show Us The Pipeline Data I really want to believe Enbridge engineer Tom Prew. His newspaper ads says Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Straits crossing is the most monitored “segment” of its entire system. Despite being a decade beyond its anticipated life, all is supposedly fine: “As engineers, we can clearly see from the data...”

My Climate Heroes Thank you Express for the story on local climate change activism. And thank you for featuring everyday folks instead of celebrities or politicians. I’m OK with “prominent” people touting their green agenda. It certainly doesn’t hurt, and it might motivate some. But you know who motivates me? The person right here, in my neighborhood, the one I see beside me at work, school, or on my favorite trail...

Other Pipeline Possibilities Everyone seems to be focused on Line 5 pipeline’s safety and probability of corrosion or other failures devastating the Great Lakes. Let’s not focus only on the failure of the line itself, but on other types of line breaches that could cause the same results. In my memory there have been two incidences of ships dropping anchor in the Straits and hooking electric lines. One was a U.S. Navy ship that took out the power to Mackinac Island; the other was, to my memory, a freighter that snagged an unused line between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas..

Rent Too High The rent is too damn high in and around Traverse City. I will be on my way out of the region in pursuit of a more affordable living situation congruent with affordability...

Drugs Mean More This letter is directed to those folks who use recreational drugs. I would like you to realize that when you are buying recreational drugs that come from or through Mexico, you are financing organizations that are just as guilty of horrendous, depraved atrocities that are being committed by ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq)...

 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Michigan Women Who Rock

Features Kristi Kates While the majority of Michigan’s well-known musical success stories are men (think Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, Kid Rock, Eminem, techno producer Carl Craig, most of Motown), the ladies are slowly but surely catching up.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sex Trafficking Slowly Spreading Into Northern Michigan

Features Nick Beadleston Northern Michigan has long been a haven for tourists, transplants and locals to escape big city life, but despite our beautiful beaches and small town character, we are not immune to some of the world’s ugliest problems, including a practice that has been defined by many as “modern slavery.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Potential Indicators of Trafficking Victims

Features 1. Not free to leave or come and go as he/ she pleases 2. Works excessively long hours, paid through tips 3. Owes large debt and is unable to pay it off 4. Recruited through false pretenses concerning the nature and condition of work 5. High security exists including opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, security cameras 6.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emerging Wunderkind

Features Kristi Kates Two kids joining forces to help another kid in need. That’s the basic premise behind an upcoming concert by two unique and youthful musicians, Milo Birch and Nik Carman; they are the featured performers at a benefit concert to help support brain cancer treatment for 9-year-old Traverse City resident, Evan Matusik.
 
 
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