Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs

Dining Kristi Kates You might catch one of Pigs Eatin’ Ribs’ four food trucks on the road or at various events around northern Michigan. You'll recognize them by their burgundy color and their signature pig logo, but their casual restaurant on US 31 in Charlevoix is just as unique and interesting.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Letters 08-17-2015

Letters Ask Questions First Planned Parenthood has come under attack as an undercover video shows an awkward conversation with a Planned Parenthood representative who believes she is talking with someone wishing to secure some fetal tissue for medical reasons. The video was edited to suggest the woman was callous and trying to sell fetal tissue illegally. With this brief video clip, several politicians have rushed to defund Planned Parenthood...

Corrections An Aug. 3 Express article titled “Local Food: An Industry Made From Scratch” should have made clear: The 2012 MSU study on farm availability, The Farm Succession Study, assisted the Leelanau Conservancy’s recent regional study of farmland viability which was funded by Rotary Charities. An “innovation hub” to foster the local food industry was created and is overseen by the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance. Taste the Local Difference manages the hub under contract...

In regards to our recent article “You Can Learn Anything: Satellite Campuses of Northern Michigan,” Central Michigan University’s main Northern Michigan hub is in Traverse City at the NMC University Center, though they do also have a satellite campus in Petoskey at NCMC. Contact http://global.cmich.edu for more info.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Saved In the Line of Duty

A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company

Features Beth Milligan The morning of Aug. 5, 2012, Lt. Brian Murphy responded to a disturbance at a local Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As he approached the complex, working what he’d anticipated would be a quiet Sunday shift, Murphy had no idea his life was about to be upended.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Sun Frog

Fast Growing New Company Could Turn Gaylord into the T-Shirt Capital of the World

Features Patrick Sullivan

In a nondescript industrial park on the outskirts of Gaylord, young workers have their fingers on the Internet’s pulse. For instance, take their approach to March 14, 2015.

“I didn’t think anything of Pi Day, but when Pi Day hit, we sold tens of thousands. I’m going to guess we sold 50,000 Pi Day T- shirts, and that just came out of left field,” said Josh Kent, founder and CEO of Sun Frog Shirts, an online T-shirt store. “I was like, ‘Wait, what’s Pi Day? Oh yeah, the day of Pi, 3.14.’ I love it when they go viral.”

Friday, August 14, 2015


More Than Just A Number

Features Clark Miller Aging gracefully doesn’t have to mean accepting a steady decline. Today, men have ways of fighting back, especially when it comes to testosterone, the hormone with a profound effect on quality of life.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bay View Bohemians

Music Kristi Kates If you love the Broadway play “RENT,” chances are you'll also like “La Bohème.” Based on Henri Murger's novel “Scènes de la vie de Bohème” – a collection of short stories about youthful bohemians living in Paris in the 1840s – “La Bohème” was the inspiration behind “RENT,” which is about youthful bohemians living in New York City.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Getting Ready for Petoskey's Festival on the Bay

Music Kristi Kates Walker’s eventual job staging and working the door at Flint’s Capital Theater, then his efforts helping to kick-start Petoskey’s own Battle of the Bands a dozen years ago, plus his current work with Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City make him a perfect fit to oversee Petoskey’s summer highlight, Festival on the Bay.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

High Rises, Piers and Dead Fawns

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle One would think TC would have some kind of height ordinance for its downtown area so these debates would be easily resolved. Oh wait, there is exactly such an ordinance that restricts building height to 60 feet, five or six stories depending on how the thing is constructed.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Afghanistan’s Elusive Peace

Other Opinions Jack Segal Omar went underground in 2001 and fled to Pakistan. With a $10 million bounty on his head and U.S. drones buzzing 24/7 over his reputed hideout in Pakistan, he had not appeared in public since his escape.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dates 08-08-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Enjoy a unique outdoor setting around a fire while sharing & hearing poetry, storytelling & music during Stone Circle Gatherings every Sat. at 9pm through Sept. 5. Located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr. & follow signs.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Letters 08-10-2015


Disclose Pipeline Details Pipeline companies have billions of dollars of equipment in their to maintain the safety and integrity of lines. Enbridge Energy of Canada, you can be sure has the “smart PIG” tool, a device with onboard diagnostics that can be run inside the pipe. The tool can identify problems with the pipe wall due to corrosion, cracking and other sources of damage...

The Downward Slope Of Morality To Leonard Page (who wrote a letter here) and everyone else who buys into what is condemned in the mainstream media and by the corrupt politicians in D.C.! How many people have been killed by the Confederate flag in the last couple of years? How many people in America have been killed during that same time by Muslims? How many of the killers have been on prescribed psychotropic pharmaceuticals? And what is blamed for the killings? The gun, the firearm! Not the drugs that cause homicidal and suicidal tendencies...

The Other Traffic Problem As I sat down for my morning coffee and opened up Northern Express, I read “Parking Corrected,” in which Mr. Bacigalupi acknowledges that there is some consternation about parking in this town. He wrote, “As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases.” He mentions that the DDA manages parking to balance the needs of the thousands of Up North locals and the millions of visitors...

Two For One Columnist Stephen Tuttle recently stated the following: “Donald Trump is a narcissistic blowhard who has no platform other than whatever flies off the top of his head...