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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 6, 2016

Farmfest and Hoxeyville

Music Kristi Kates Got time for a little more music? August offers up two major music festivals here in northern Michigan, so you’d best get out there while you still can. Whether you choose Farmfest’s countryside cool or Hoxeyville’s forest festivities, you’ll find plenty of great performances and fun amenities.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Is Turkey A Friend?

Other Opinions Jack Segal On July 15 a coup attempt erupted across Turkey that briefly threatened the stability of that long-time United States and NATO ally. The attempt has shaken Turkey’s relationship with NATO and the U.S. and raised questions about Turkey’s role in the ongoing struggle within the Islamic world.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Least Candidate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle When Stephanopolis pointed out that Putin had, in fact, already gone into Ukraine and occupied the Crimean Peninsula, Trump made a dazzlingly fast pivot. He said it was weak leadership, NATO and President Obama who were to blame for the action he just said would never happen.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dates 08-06-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Help support Grow Benzie at Bayou on the Bay: Blues & Zydeco Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 13. Luke Winslow-King (pictured) performs original New Orleans blues, jazz & gospel. Others include the Gabriel Brass Band, K Jones & the Benzie Playboys, Barefoot, & The Standing Hamptons.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gaijin - East Meets Midwest

Dining Janice Binkert Thanks to gastro-entrepreneur Simon Joseph, your culinary horizons, your cultural insight, and your food vocabulary are all about to expand. Or they may have already, if you’re one of the lucky ones who has discovered Gaijin, Traverse City’s first and only Japanese ramen shop, since it opened on June 10 on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Letters 08-08-2016

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Downtown Parking An Embarassment In his recent column “The Parking Windfall,” Thomas Kachadurian hit the proverbial nail squarely on the head. The only thing he missed was the process of using the new parking pay stations. I cannot imagine someone standing in the rain or in a blinding snowstorm waiting for their credit card to be authorized so they can input the meter number, a number probably forgotten by the time the card is approved, waiting for acceptance, and deciding if they wish to have a receipt, or not...

Threats To Education System In a few weeks, school will start. Another year of the P-20 (prenatal to age 20) system, and another year of Common Core. I am wondering how long it will take before parents do homework of their own and see how damaging this system is. Nobody voted on it. Nobody even knew it was coming. Written by test company employees and not state-led, many states signed on to the program before these “standards” were written, just to get the “Race To The Top” funding promised if they signed on...

More To Be Done On Gender A recent Detroit News editorial praised the recent advances of women in politics and business. Hillary Clinton’s victory “shattered the glass ceiling” of male domination of candidates for president, said the editorial, and constituted “an accomplishment American women in the 20th century could only dream of.” So far, so good...

Avoiding The Parking Empire Thomas Kachadurian deserves a standing ovation for shedding light on the monopoly the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority has over parking...

 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Runway Report: Top Picks For Fall 2016

Features Kristi Kates 2 Whether your fall involves plucking apples, buying boots, or strutting your stuff at your local cider house, you’ll need some great new autumn wear for the brand new season. So here are some just ripe for the picking: this fall’s top trends, right from the runway.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Get Smart!

Features Kristi Kates At first glance, the term smart clothing might drum up visions of your clothing assembling itself onto your body, transporting itself to the washing machine, or voluntarily lying across the iron until all wrinkles have disappeared.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

An Ally for Special Ed Families

Features Those trying to navigate the ins and outs of special education have an ally: Nicole Miller and the Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF). The statewide network offers expertise and fellowship, both of which are crucial for parents of children with disabilities.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer Steps

Features Kristi Kates Where do ballet dancers go on vacation? For many, their summer destination has become Traverse City, where the Traverse City Dance Project, under the artistic direction of Jennifer McQuiston Lott and Brent Whitney, is changing the way local people think about ballet, as well as the places they can go to see it.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Yearbook Memories

Features Kristi Kates Pretty much everybody has some unforgettable yearbook photos. The question is, are you brave enough to share them? Thankfully for the Express, some well-known locals certainly are.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Big Changes at the Women’s Resource Center

Features Patrick Sullivan Staff has turned over, and some former employees and supporters don’t like the direction the Women’s Resource Center Grand Traverse Area (WRC) has taken.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Westwind Promise: “Build Momentum”

Sponsored “We provide a one-stop service for our clients,” said Peter Taghon-Oleszczuk, Greg’s son and vice president of operations for the company. “We work closely with architects and engineers, so there’s a high level of value we bring as a single source. We manage it all.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hawaiian Musician Brings Unique Sound to Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates When you hear the words “musical virtuoso,” the vision of a musician jamming on a ukulele probably doesn’t come to mind. But a skilled musician from Honolulu, Hawaii, is changing that perception with his unique performance and composition style on the instrument.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Parking Windfall

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian I don’t shop in downtown Traverse City anymore. It’s not a personal conviction or political statement. It happened little by little. When I run errands, the last place I think to go is downtown, and there is only one reason: parking. Downtown parking makes shopping too time consuming and expensive.
 
 
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