Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The North’s New Powerhouse

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan’s newest power plant, a massive twin-tower complex tucked into the woods between Elmira and Gaylord, goes online this month. It will be northern Michigan’s largest power plant, generating over 400 megawatts. The hope of officials at Wolverine Power Cooperative: that it will satiate their customers’ energy appetite for years to come.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gaylord’s Alpine Building Motif

Features Ross Boissoneau “It got started with some of the business community in the early ’60s,” said Gaylord City Manager Joe Duff. Thanks to the opening of I-75, which bypassed Gaylord rather than ran right through it, as old US-27 had, travelers were driving right past the town, and business was suffering, he said.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Trusting His Instincts

Features Kristi Kates “Music was really my only friend as a kid,” Jones explained. “So here I was, living in this small town and listening to the music everyone else was listening to at the time. Then I started reading Thrasher (a skateboarding/music magazine) in sixth grade and found out about bands like Sonic Youth and The Dead Milkmen.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner

Music Kristi Kates One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blissfest Preview

Music Kristi Kates Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Artist Murphy Hendry Reflects On His Glasswork Creations

Art Al Parker Hendry’s works range from scenic landscapes to insightful portraits to sports team logos — he just finished a Michigan State piece for a client — to colorful abstracts. All are painstakingly created with hand-cut shards of glass and mirrors carefully attached, one by one, onto pine boards.
Saturday, July 2, 2016


A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Terrorism – Is Religion the Cause or the Cure?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer A thorn by any name? Ideology isn’t faith. President Obama avoids the modifier “Islamic” when speaking about Al-Qaeda, ISIL and other terrorist groups. He isn’t being politically correct; he’s identifying a fundamental difference between ideology and faith.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Gibby’s Dilemma

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian Last year was my 26th Cherry Festival as a Traverse City resident. For those twentyplus years I had puzzled over one of the great dilemmas of the ages. It was consuming my waking hours and it was time to heal myself and make a final decision.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Closing Doors

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The European Union is 28 mostly European countries that have come together to create a single economic and political entity. It has its own elected government, enacts rules member nations must obey, levies taxes, regulates trade and has its own judiciary.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dates 07-02-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Poetry, storytelling and music featuring a unique outdoor setting around a fire. Ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. $5 adults $3 kids. Every Saturday at 9pm through Labor Day. terry-wooten.com.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stormcloud Bright Skies Ahead

Dining Janice Binkert Situated next to the nearly century-old Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort, just two blocks from Lake Michigan, Stormcloud Brewing Company is a reincarnation of another famous local landmark, albeit in a completely new guise.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Letters 07-04-2016


Anti-Air Shows I have spoken to many people over the last year regarding the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds. Feedback: 

• Money: Various charities fundraise for new beds at Walter Reed Hospital for our wounded veterans, but the annual Blue Angels taxpayer cost is $100,000,000? How many beds would that buy?

• The noise level the Blue Angels emit is over 140 decibels, a deafening level, far exceeding Traverse City laws. Any level over 85 is considered dangerous and can cause hearing loss or damage...

Cherryland Is Wrong A recent decision by the Cherryland Electric Board merits the attention of all who care about our air, land and waters. The Cherryland Directors, charged with setting policy for this “member driven” cooperative, has adopted a new rate structure that is fundamentally unfriendly and unfair to new solar installations. If it stands, it will virtually kill new installations in the Cherryland service area and the jobs that work supports and may well serve as a model of regressive policy for other utilities to follow as well...

Thanks For Highlighting Tim Green Many thanks for providing the space to an “outside” writer so he could tell the marvelous story of Tim Green’s fight for the civil rights of America’s largest minority. Wonderfully personal article, full of life -- like the subject..

Bring The Housing Gary Howe’s guest opinion last week is spot on! Traverse City is no longer the little Cherry/tourist town I grew up in. Today TC is a fast growing city and thus needs close, in-town housing. Ten to fifteen story condo buildings would add great property taxes and reduce auto traffic. The ideal buildings would be on the west...

Due Process Revisited Reading last week’s “Allow Due Process” letter, I am concerned with the author’s conclusion as to why it’s OK to be on the “No Fly List” and not OK to be on a “No Buy List.” Suggesting that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights make the “No Buy List” the same as the “No Fly List” fails to understand the issue.

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments grant a Constitutional right to each citizen to “due process,” which means we are guaranteed a fair legal process when the government tries to interfere with a person’s protected interests in life, liberty, or property, and that Constitutional right will not be encroached on by either the Federal or State government...

Ignore Campaign Financed Ads As a registered 1st District voter, choosing an effective U.S. House district voice is a big challenge. Something is wrong when national and state outsiders try to “buy our primary.” Large outside contributions to local elections is a serious problem. You’d expect parties to wait to endorse until after the primary. Yet state and national Republicans and Democrats are already funding candidates. For example, DNC and state PACs are backing Lon Johnson in the primary...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Worthy Cherry

Features Kristi Kates Detroit’s cars, the cherry is likely Michigan’s bestknown export. Michigan is the primary tart cherry-producing state, accounting for nearly 74 percent of the nation’s tart cherry production.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Is the Yacht Club Life for You?

Features Ross Boissoneau The approximation is simply because not everyone agrees what the term “yacht club” even means. Harbor West Yacht Club, for example, isn’t a club at all. It’s simply the name give to a group of owners of slips at Harbor West in Traverse City. “It’s a private marina,” said harbormaster John Melichar.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Heritage Parade Return Highlights Cherry Festival

Features Ross Boissoneau Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s 1931 hit, “I Love a Parade,” wasn’t written with the thousands of National Cherry Festival parade-goers in mind, but the song’s sentiment is as timeless today as the trio of traditional marches through Traverse City’s downtown:.