Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Letters 08-22-2016


Historically Wrong In regard to Mary Keyes Rogers’ column about the downtown charter amendment, neither Samuel Adams nor Thomas Jefferson were at the Constitutional Convention...

The Film Possibilities I was surprised that none of the Traverse City Film Festival films addressed the most pressing and dangerous issue of the day: radical Islamic Jihad. Perhaps a storyline could have illustrated how the West brought this on themselves, or if we could only find jobs for those fellows! Perhaps put it down to global warming...

Helmets Save Lives The facts are in. Wearing a helmet is the most effective tool to save your brain in a motorcycle accident. The bonus? Helmets also save hearts. Nearly two yrs ago, on Aug. 26, 2014 our son lived...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Heapin’ Helpin’ Of Country Fun At The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair

Features Kristi Kates As American as apple pie, the annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair has been a beloved Up North summer tradition for more than a century.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

20 Fascinating People

Features Welcome to our third annual look at twenty of the most interesting people around. We’ve featured the likes of astronauts and ten-year-old prodigies, and this year we have a full-time Elvis, an arts legend, and one of the world’s best sailors. What all twenty all have in common? They call northern Michigan home.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Five Great Beach Reads

Books Kristi Kates There’s still about a month of summer left, which means there’s plenty of time left to enjoy Michigan’s lakeside destinations. In addition to sunscreen and a cool beverage, you’ll of course need something to read — something light enough that lets you to pause for dips in the lake and ice cream breaks, then resume reading without missing a beat.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Happy With the Sounds of the ‘60s

Music Kristi Kates The Happy Together Tour is arriving at Little River Casino Resort in August, and with it an impressive list of ’60s hits all polished up and ready for singing along. It’s no wonder this has become one of the most popular vintage package tours in North America; the musicians included boast more than sixty Top 40 hits between them.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Twists and Turns

Art Al Parker Working in acrylics on canvas, Acme artist Marcia Hales creates colorful paintings full of sweeping curves and contours. Her current works are jam-packed with layers and lines that attract and challenge a viewer’s eye. “I’ve done other media, including print making, pastel chalk and gouache, but now I really enjoy acrylics,” she explained.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Save Our Downtown’s Charter Amendment Is Bad Government

Other Opinions Mary Keyes Rogers Traverse City’s anti-tall building group, “Save Our Downtown,” presents residents with a charter amendment that is bad government and undermines the very principles of our constitutional republic. While too few citizens do anything more than bellow from bar stools, I do applaud their passionate engagement in local government.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

County Woes And City Votes

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Its leaders continue the sad journey of trying to solve its budget woes on the backs of current employees. The latest indignity will increase employees’ share of their health insurance costs by more than 300 percent in January. That’s a pretty significant economic hit for deficits they had no part in creating.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dates 08-13-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Traverse City Triathlon, presented by Endurance Evolution, happens Sunday, August 21. The race starts off with a swim in Bowers Harbor on West GT Bay at 8am, followed by biking on Old Mission Peninsula & running on Neahtawanta Rd. Sprint & Olympic distances.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Maureen Abood's Hot Weather Treats

Dining Kristi Kates Pulling from the kitchen traditions and exotic ingredients of her Lebanese heritage, Maureen Abood’s recipes and food memories have been published and lauded everywhere from The New York Times and Chicago Tribune to NPR and Saveur magazine.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Letters 08-15-2016


Parking Column Exactly Wrong [Express columnist] Tom Kachadurian, a Peninsula Township resident, complains that he has to pay too much for parking in downtown TC so he simply parks in one of the neighborhoods and then walks from there to enjoy one of the free city parks. Last year the city’s taxpayers subsidized the parking system to the tune of about $120,000. Next year’s projected subsidy is over $500,000...

Sad Goodbye It is sad to hear that long-time 13th Circuit ADR Clerk and Deputy Court Administrator Julie Arends is resigning. She has done an outstanding job for Grand Traverse County...

Cherryland Solar Policy Bad News Cherryland Electric Cooperative (CEC) has established a new policy on the valuation of residential solar energy production that will effectively stop all new installations of solar within their service area. The policy becomes effective on November 1 and could be copied by other Michigan utilities, further preventing any additional solar projects by homeowners throughout the state...

Tuttle Was Right About Trump I agree with columnist Stephen Tuttle that “Donald Trump is the least informed, thinnest skinned and most temperamentally unsuited of any potential president in memory.”

Voter Verification Necessary The letter from a few issues back claiming that Republicans are trying to suppress the vote is so full of hyperbolic misrepresentation that I must respond. I have no idea what the writer is talking about when he says that the Supreme Court “knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act.” It did nothing of the sort, unless you like no controls or verification on voting. But wait, that’s exactly what Democrats want...

Three WRC Leaders I had the honor of serving on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse region for 11 years, first with executive director Mary Lee Lord, then with Jo Bullis. Juliette Schultz and I served together before my term expired...

No To Tuttle, Clinton [Columnist] Tuttle’s liberal bias is well known among Express readers. I have gone to fact check and noted it’s liberal bias, too. He week after week pounces on Trump and glosses over the escapades of Hillaryious Clinton. Let’s check the facts...

Cooperate With Solar I accept the reality of man-made climate change. I believe dramatic changes are necessary to avert serious damage to our planet, and feel compelled to do what I can to reduce my contribution to our dependence on fossil fuels. Due to these concerns, our household purchased a rooftop solar system. These systems are costly, and to its credit, our federal government recognizes the importance of solar by providing a tax credit to households that install rooftop systems...

Join The International (Fair) Solar Movement I am a resident of Leelanau County and Melbourne, Australia and a Cherryland customer. As a grandfather, I want my eight grandchildren to live on a planet with “normal” weather. As a responsible citizen, I want to do my part to alleviate climate change...

Good Samaritan Friends and family members drove to your beautiful “city on the bays” the first Saturday of July (as we’ve done for several years) to view the Blue Angels and the evening fireworks. Between these two events, we usually find a place to eat and sit down to enjoy a meal. This year we chose the Cracker Barrel and were not disappointed. As we stood in line to pay, we were behind a casually dressed, middle-aged gentleman in a t-shirt, shorts, and baseball cap...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Social at the Super Swirl!

Features Kristi Kates But while every Swirl is well worth attending, CTAC’s once-per-summer Super Swirl engages CTAC fans on another level entirely, throwing open its doors to 600+ attendees for a giant, interactive art and music party where they can eat, drink, explore the arts center, view the summer exhibitions, and watch artists and musicians in action.
Saturday, August 13, 2016



Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan’s success in preventing forest fires worries wildfire fighter and expert Jed Jaworski. We’ve done so well keeping our forests intact, he said, we’ve created a situation where wildfires could emerge as the region’s greatest threat. Counterintuitive? On the surface, maybe. But dig a little deeper into the symbiosis of the forest environment, where all elements coexist to create a balanced ecosystem...
Saturday, August 6, 2016

National Writers Series: Big Season Ahead

Books Clark Miller GRANDMOTHERS WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN On Sept. 17 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Milliken Auditorium, legendary photojournalist Paola Gianturco will discuss her book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon. The book praises grandmas around the world who have done their part to protect native cultures, the environment, human rights and education.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Her Best Shot

Music Kristi Kates The story of singer and four-time Gram-my Award winner Pat Benetar isn't your clas-sic rags-to-rock-n-roll legend. Benetar's interest in music started in Lindenhurst, Long Island, N.Y., where she pursued musical theater and trained as an accomplished soprano.