Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Friday, August 28, 2015

15 Fun Facts About the Mackinac Bridge Walk

Features Kristi Kates You say potato, I say potahto… Mackinac Island was considered shaped like a turtle, so it was given the early Native American name Michilimackinac (Great Turtle), a moniker that eventually came to represent the entire Straits of Mackinac region. By the early 1800s, it was shortened to Mackinac.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three Shows for the Weekend

Music Kristi Kates Led by Detroit flutist and singer Kelly McDermott, who worked for years as an orchestral and chamber musician with not one, but three, flute degrees to her credit, Nessa is an unusual and colorful hybrid band that combines Celtic, classical, jazz and world music, creating a pop-folk fusion.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

No Debate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It’s less than a month until the next Republican presidential debate extravaganza but you still have time to make plans. And the organizers of these things still have time to create something meaningful instead of the ten-ring circus we saw last time..
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Prisoners of War in the Michigan Gulag

Other Opinions Grant Parsons Right-wing politicians use imprisonment as the answer to poverty, mental illness, addiction… you name it. Taxpayers are stuck with the cost – the wasteful cost of warehousing non-violent people who otherwise might be sentenced to community service or rehab.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dates 08-22-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, The Euclid Quartet performs at Oliver Art Center, Frankfort on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm. Presented by Chamber Music North.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Letters 08-24-2015


Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Does Religion Reduce or Promote Discrimination?

A local pastor and a local atheist debate

Features Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.” We will find it in Benjamin Jowett’s translation of Plato’s Republic from 1856: “Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.” We will find examples throughout nature.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Invasion of the '80s

Features Kristi Kates

One is a San Francisco glam-punk band whose stage presence includes flashing sunglasses, platform shoes, wild stage antics and questionable lyrics. The other is an alternative power-rock outfit from New Jersey who favors black T-shirts and got its name from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase.

Opposite coasts, and most definitely contradictory approaches to being a band, but you’ll hear similar sounds because they both crafted some of the most familiar songs of ’80s rock radio, which is probably why they’ve hit the road together for their 2015 Rock of the ’80s Tour. They’re making a stop at the Little River Casino Resort this weekend.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

20 Fascinating People


Jada Johnson, Bill Bustance, Al Bakker, Lou Mettler, James McDivitt, Matt Myers, Zoe Rashid-Marshall, Dennis Wiggins, Maureen Abood, Nick Carman, Brad Bensinger, Bernie Rink, Mardi Link, Christopher Morey, Rebecca Lessard, Sally Van Vleck, Vicky Long, Sue Kurta, George Golubovskis, Leo Gillis.

Local Activists, Astronauts, Authors, Archivists, Cheesemakers, and more.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Microbrew and Music and More

Music Kristi Kates It’s time for this year’s summer Microbrew and Music Festival in Traverse City, and Porterhouse Productions guru Sam Porter is in a never-ending cycle of organizing and promoting, but don’t let the surrounding chaos fool you; Porter loves every minute of it.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Avett Brothers Amplify Festival Appeal

Music Kristi Kates One of the coolest things about Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival headliners The Avett Brothers is their slow ascent to fame.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Josh Skeel: Super Illustrator

Art Kristi Kates “And, of course, I was hooked on any kind of superhero cartoon, like Masters of the Universe or the Superfriends,” he said. “I remember the first time my dad brought me a handful of comics on his way back from work. I looked through them until the covers came off, even though I was too young to read them yet.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Move Beyond Controversy And Embrace Public Art

Other Opinions Christie Minervini

Nearly eighteen years later, our community has a YMCA of which we can be proud and festival opportunities have quadrupled. But public art? Still lacking, and I think I know why. You might recall the controversy surrounding Dewey Blocksma’s “River Guardian” proposed public art piece in 1999. About 12-feet from its base, the figure’s shoulders are made of an aluminum canoe, the head created with a rounded piece of weathered wood, and eyes represented by seashells.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fooling Mother Nature

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Food activists have zeroed in on their next target: Genetically modified organisms (GMO; it’s plural). They must be labeled, we’re told, because we don’t know if they’re safe.

It must be true because Neil Young has written a song about it and Gwynyth Paltrow has declared it to be so (Ms. Paltrow also believes the molecular structure of water changes depending on whether you’re nice or mean to it. Seriously).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Dates 08-15-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Cristian Laverde Koenig & Jennifer McQuiston Lott rehearse for Traverse City Dance Project’s performances on Thurs. & Fri., Aug. 20-21 at 7:30pm in Millken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Professional dancers from across the country will gather to perform this program of dance, featuring Delicate Balance.