Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

If You Seek A Pleasant Peninsula

Features Patrick Sullivan The Boursaw property on East Bay — perched near the unincorporated community of Old Mission, at the northeast end of the peninsula — was first tapped for maple syrup, and then it became a dairy farm. In the 1930s, along with the other farmers on the peninsula, the Boursaws planted cherry trees.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Photojournalist Visits National Writers Series

Features Clark Miller Gianturco, author of Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon comes to Traverse City on Sept. 17 to show how grandmothers are doing their part to help the next generation. Gianturco will appear in Milliken Auditorium on the Northwestern Michigan College campus as part of the National Writers Series.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Fall Finale: Autumn’s Music Festivals

Music Kristi Kates Michigan is fortunate to have not one but two major folk and world music fes-tivals every year: Blissfest in Bliss, and Wheatland in Remus. Blissfest got its start in 1981, via a dozen area folk musicians and dancers who staged the first event in a fallow field.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Breakthrough Acts

Music Kristi Kates Breaking out of northern Michigan to achieve a major career in music takes more than talent. While our communities are avid supporters of all kinds of music, and our region’s beauty inspires many a tune, the hard facts are that there are fewer venues, auditions, music managers, record labels, and other resources here than in larger cities.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

What is the Northern Michigan Sound?

Music Kristi Kates “From my perspective, it seems like Traverse City is almost becoming a mini Nashville. Every night, you walk down Front Street, and you witness live music permeating though nearly every door. I’d say it’s a big ol’ pot of acoustic soup, with many rock elements thrown in.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Land Deals And School Buses: Proceed With Caution

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The basis of this is a “housing target market analysis” LandUseUSA completed in 2014 for Networks Northwest, an organization representing 10 counties in the northwestern lower peninsula. (It used to be called the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Save the Children

Other Opinions Jack Segal Germany has resettled a million refugees and asylum seekers this year, including 41,000 Syrians. Most Germans are proud of the sacrifices they are making to address this humanitarian crisis.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dates 09-03-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Cirque Movement comes to the Old Art Building, Leland on Saturday, September 10. A theatrical cirque-style circus show that includes acrobatics, juggling, stilt-acrobatics, live music & more is made up of dynamic duo Maggie Racich & Jimmy Linenberger. Shows are at 2pm & 8pm.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Letters 09-05-2016


ID Required You need ID for the following! Purchase of alcohol, purchase of tobacco, applying for welfare, applying for ObamaCare, applying for a job, driving/ purchasing/renting a car, purchasing some over-the-counter medicines, R-Rated movies, entering most bars, purchasing a gun or applying for a firearm license, opening a bank account, renting a hotel room...

Political Football A man walks into the offices of a professional football team and tells them he wants to be the team’s quarterback, and that he will make the team “great again.” He says that the team will score so often that “your head will spin,” and that they would win every game “bigly.” They ask about his experience and he tells them he learned the game by watching it on TV...

No To Milliken, Clinton I support the Grand Traverse County Republican Party’s actions regarding former governor William Milliken. Former Governor Milliken, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are not ordinary citizens. If Mrs. Clinton was, she might be serving time for lying to Congress. For this reason alone, Governor Milliken should not have recommended her, even if she was a Republican...

Stay Within The Laws Traverse City is a beautiful and thriving community. This is by design. Over the years, city staff, citizens and elected officials have drafted and approved the City’s Master Plan and zoning to help shape the physical character of our city. It’s a slow, deliberate, imperfect but very public process in accordance with Michigan law..

Appealing To The Uninformed Regarding his column of Aug. 22, “The Bug and The Elephant,” Steve Tuttle knows that leftist ideas will never be successfully accepted by rational persons, so he knows better than to try to delude reasoning minds. He knows he must convince persons of a different mentality, so he looks for opportunities to excite the bigotries in the minds of some of his readers that are, to put it mildly, less reasoning. In order for Tuttle’s writing to succeed, he first has to have readers like the ones I mentioned, but he also must write from a position of open evasion of reality...

Logic At The WRC I re-read Patrick Sullivan’s article about the Women’s Resource Center as suggested in the letter submitted by the former “downright terrified” employees. So, Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine are responsibly directing the organization while making operations and services less reliant on government funding and the whims of legislators...

Correction: In our recent report on the local transgender community, the quote from Seren Aurora, “Being transgendered, for me, never seemed like a choice…” should have used the word “transgender” instead of “transgendered.” We regret this error.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

It’s A Harvest Of Beer And Wine!

Features Kristi Kates With the Mackinac Bridge towering in the background, and everything from savory pasties to fudge just around the corner, the annual Hopps of Fun Beer and Wine Festival in Mackinaw City helps stretch out summer just a little bit longer, offering...
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Up North Venues Sampler

Features Kristi Kates While many northern Michigan restaurants, coffeeshops, bars, and nightclubs showcase the occasional musical act, there are also some venues that make concerts and big music shows their major focus. So if you’re looking for some places to hear new sounds and standout headliners, get these hot spots on your radar:.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Happy Anniversary, COH!

Features Kristi Kates Back in the 1800s, you knew a town had grown from mere settlement to a proper city once it acquired its own opera house. In 1892, Traverse City joined the Michigan branch of that elite club. It cost $50,000 — a fortune at the time — to build City Opera House, one of only 48 opera houses in Michigan at the time.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Future Sounds

Features Kristi Kates Brian Chamberlain, musician, recording engineer, and owner of Studio Anatomy in Traverse City: “Over the past few years, this area has seen a huge growth in the singersongwriter/folk/indie folk scenes. Anyone looking through the weekly Nightlife section of Express can easily see the local staples making the rounds.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Old Guard

Features Kristi Kates Streisand may have been singing about a faded love. But memories of northern Michigan’s early music scene are the ones we want to know about. Much like Streisand herself, our local musical celebs have been making music for decades, but they still have an ageless quality about them.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Next Wave: Local Artists to Watch

Features Kristi Kates in equal measure, then you’ll be glad to hear Biomassive, because this group combines both genres so smoothly you’ll never find the seam. They’ve actually been knocking around the scene since 2012, but with a brand new self-produced album and aims outside the state, they’re headed for bigger things.