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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Safest Place for Christmas

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We seem to have almost made it to Christmas without those darned liberals trying to kill it. At least they are accused of attempting to do so every year around this time. Since no one is trying to kill it this year, we’ve been mercifully spared any books by anyone claiming to save it.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Free to Choose

Other Opinions Jack Segal I was in Los Angeles recently and found my way to the “Museum of Tolerance,” a beautiful complex in West L.A. that also houses the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Outside, a line of beat-up Los Angeles County school buses were parked, having brought loads of inner city kids to the museum to learn about this complicated issue of “tolerance.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dates 12-19-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Spend your New Year’s Eve with folk, jazz, funk, blues & soul by Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair while supporting the ‘Pipe Up’ Campaign at Betsie Bay Furniture, Frankfort from 7-10pm.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Letters 12-21-2015

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Too Much Attention Our culture has entered into the theater of the absurd. Because it has become popular to distrust anything and everything our government and Obama are doing, we have given in to an angst that makes us do and say ridiculous things...

Care for Others At a time of year when we normally hear calls for peace and love, we are inundated with harsh and hostile rhetoric from politicians and presidential candidates calling for endless war, carpet bombing, closing mosques, barring refugees, and deporting immigrants. Cutting any and all assistance for the poor and their children also seems to be on the agenda...

Climate and Our Congress The United Nations has approved unanimously, by almost 200 nations, a landmark climate accord which promises to move our planet forward to preserve our way of life and those of our children and progeny (New York Times, 12/12/15)...

Dangerous Worldviews Letter writer Gordon Lee Dean should be reported for possible inclusion on the terrorist watch list, immediately. I am serious. He calls our twice-elected president a “tyrant.” He believes he has a “Godgiven right” to use his arsenal against not only terrorists, but also against “government gone wrong,” whomever that may be, and however he happens to define that phrase...

The Real Muslim Facts Contrary to the assertions made in a letter in the Dec. 7th issue, most Muslim immigrants assimilate to mainstream American culture just fine, and they are more law-abiding and productive than almost any other immigrant group. The most educated female religious group, only behind Jewish women? Muslim women. Most importantly, the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are against religious violence and against ISIS. All of these facts come from Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

9 Stories of Rebranding We love Traverse City because it’s beautiful and offers so much to all of us. We can see the skyline and the nature around it. People of all ages object to River West because we don’t want tall buildings, a crowded city, and more traffic that would destroy our quality of life. This project will turn our lovely downtown into another big city with tall apartment complexes, condos, and business developments. Goodbye, pretty town...

Ending Wars Will End Terrorism We are such a frightened people. We are inundated daily with fear: In our local and national news, packaged as entertainment in which we have no way to defuse except to be uninformed. Consider now we want to build an actual/virtual wall around the U.S. Our politicians are building up the fear as we speak. Fear works! It separates us and makes being different become bad and dangerous. Fear makes it easy to control our thinking and hence control our decisions...

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Behind The Bell Ringers

Features Kristi Kates The year was 1891. It was a damp and dark Christmas Eve in San Francisco. The officer in charge of the city’s Salvation Army office had noticed the poor folks down at the wharf — the disadvantaged and the homeless, alone and struggling on this holiday night.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Here’s Your Guide to Welcoming 2016!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you like lots of glitter, the great outdoors, casual street food or gourmet goodies, northern Michigan has several options for your Dec. 31 celebration. Here are highlights from some of the bigger events around the region so you can pick your location to welcome 2016.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Crystal Ball

Features Patrick Sullivan Development, big and tall, will be the hottest topic in Traverse City for the foreseeable future. Debate has raged for months over whether the city should allow the construction of a nine-story building, a project that would either promote density,...
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Detroit Auto Show Revving up for Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Despite a major recession and retooling, Detroit is still the Motor City and it’s still the site of the biggest car show in the country. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), aka the Detroit Auto Show, takes place Jan. 11–24 at the newly renovated (to the tune of $300 million) Cobo Center.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Raise a Glass to 2016

Features Beth Milligan Nothing says New Year’s Eve like champagne. But picking up a few bottles of high-end bubbly can quickly add up. Beverage Manager and Sommelier Travis Tache of Petoskey’s Seventeen says several brands in the $30-$40 range “knock out” their more expensive counterparts in both quality and taste.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Local Spartans, Wolverines Catching Bowl Fever

Features Al Parker

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have a special significance this year for University of Michigan and Michigan State University football fans.

Both squads are matched up in high-profile bowl games and football fever is growing among Wolverine and Spartan fans.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Here’s Our Too Early Oscars Scorecard

Features Meg Weichman The critics weighed in, year-end lists have been made, guild nominations are being revealed, and shortlists have been announced. Yes, it’s that time of the year again — awards season. So while you can have your Golden Globes, your Independent Spirit Awards, and your BAFTAS, when it comes down to it, there’s only one show that matters: the Academy Awards.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 New Year of the Monkey

Extra Kristi Kates While you will probably have to return to work on Monday, Jan. 4, most Chinese will get at least five days off to celebrate their New Year’s holiday. The Chinese New Year is aligned with the Chinese zodiac, with each of its 12 animal signs representing a year and running a 12-year cycle before repeating.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Mainstay's Musical Rebirth

Music Kristi Kates From the roots of the downstate party band Funktion has arisen a new musical outfit that’s added folk and grunge to an already-established funk-soul sound.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues with Music

Music Kristi Kates JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Modest Proposal

Other Opinions Grant Parsons You swallow that nonsense about Hitler’s victims going meekly? Well, the NRA has made U.S. citizens meek. The assault weapon, a human-killing machine, is sold everywhere. We can’t ban this retail product, sold for profit, that kills cops and kids indiscriminately, repeatedly, horribly, predictably, time-after-time, because the NRA won’t let us.
 
 
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