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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blissfest Preview

Music Kristi Kates Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Artist Murphy Hendry Reflects On His Glasswork Creations

Art Al Parker Hendry’s works range from scenic landscapes to insightful portraits to sports team logos — he just finished a Michigan State piece for a client — to colorful abstracts. All are painstakingly created with hand-cut shards of glass and mirrors carefully attached, one by one, onto pine boards.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Terrorism – Is Religion the Cause or the Cure?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer A thorn by any name? Ideology isn’t faith. President Obama avoids the modifier “Islamic” when speaking about Al-Qaeda, ISIL and other terrorist groups. He isn’t being politically correct; he’s identifying a fundamental difference between ideology and faith.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Gibby’s Dilemma

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian Last year was my 26th Cherry Festival as a Traverse City resident. For those twentyplus years I had puzzled over one of the great dilemmas of the ages. It was consuming my waking hours and it was time to heal myself and make a final decision.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Closing Doors

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The European Union is 28 mostly European countries that have come together to create a single economic and political entity. It has its own elected government, enacts rules member nations must obey, levies taxes, regulates trade and has its own judiciary.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dates 07-02-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Poetry, storytelling and music featuring a unique outdoor setting around a fire. Ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. $5 adults $3 kids. Every Saturday at 9pm through Labor Day. terry-wooten.com.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stormcloud Bright Skies Ahead

Dining Janice Binkert Situated next to the nearly century-old Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort, just two blocks from Lake Michigan, Stormcloud Brewing Company is a reincarnation of another famous local landmark, albeit in a completely new guise.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Letters 07-04-2016

Letters

Anti-Air Shows I have spoken to many people over the last year regarding the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds. Feedback: 

• Money: Various charities fundraise for new beds at Walter Reed Hospital for our wounded veterans, but the annual Blue Angels taxpayer cost is $100,000,000? How many beds would that buy?

• The noise level the Blue Angels emit is over 140 decibels, a deafening level, far exceeding Traverse City laws. Any level over 85 is considered dangerous and can cause hearing loss or damage...

Cherryland Is Wrong A recent decision by the Cherryland Electric Board merits the attention of all who care about our air, land and waters. The Cherryland Directors, charged with setting policy for this “member driven” cooperative, has adopted a new rate structure that is fundamentally unfriendly and unfair to new solar installations. If it stands, it will virtually kill new installations in the Cherryland service area and the jobs that work supports and may well serve as a model of regressive policy for other utilities to follow as well...

Thanks For Highlighting Tim Green Many thanks for providing the space to an “outside” writer so he could tell the marvelous story of Tim Green’s fight for the civil rights of America’s largest minority. Wonderfully personal article, full of life -- like the subject..

Bring The Housing Gary Howe’s guest opinion last week is spot on! Traverse City is no longer the little Cherry/tourist town I grew up in. Today TC is a fast growing city and thus needs close, in-town housing. Ten to fifteen story condo buildings would add great property taxes and reduce auto traffic. The ideal buildings would be on the west...

Due Process Revisited Reading last week’s “Allow Due Process” letter, I am concerned with the author’s conclusion as to why it’s OK to be on the “No Fly List” and not OK to be on a “No Buy List.” Suggesting that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights make the “No Buy List” the same as the “No Fly List” fails to understand the issue.

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments grant a Constitutional right to each citizen to “due process,” which means we are guaranteed a fair legal process when the government tries to interfere with a person’s protected interests in life, liberty, or property, and that Constitutional right will not be encroached on by either the Federal or State government...

Ignore Campaign Financed Ads As a registered 1st District voter, choosing an effective U.S. House district voice is a big challenge. Something is wrong when national and state outsiders try to “buy our primary.” Large outside contributions to local elections is a serious problem. You’d expect parties to wait to endorse until after the primary. Yet state and national Republicans and Democrats are already funding candidates. For example, DNC and state PACs are backing Lon Johnson in the primary...

 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Worthy Cherry

Features Kristi Kates Detroit’s cars, the cherry is likely Michigan’s bestknown export. Michigan is the primary tart cherry-producing state, accounting for nearly 74 percent of the nation’s tart cherry production.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Is the Yacht Club Life for You?

Features Ross Boissoneau The approximation is simply because not everyone agrees what the term “yacht club” even means. Harbor West Yacht Club, for example, isn’t a club at all. It’s simply the name give to a group of owners of slips at Harbor West in Traverse City. “It’s a private marina,” said harbormaster John Melichar.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Heritage Parade Return Highlights Cherry Festival

Features Ross Boissoneau Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s 1931 hit, “I Love a Parade,” wasn’t written with the thousands of National Cherry Festival parade-goers in mind, but the song’s sentiment is as timeless today as the trio of traditional marches through Traverse City’s downtown:.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Decades of a Fruitful Partnership

Features Kristi Kates “It’s hard to believe that much time has passed already,” said Ed O’Keefe, president of Chateau Grand Traverse (CGT). “It started when we went to Cherry Fest 20 years ago and talked to them about getting local wines into the festival. Back in 1996, most wineries up here weren’t even in business yet; they mostly started around 1998 and later.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Oh Fudge!

Features By most accounts, the first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880s. It wasn’t long after that when father and son Henry and Jerome “Rome” Murdick were commissioned to create canvas awnings for the new Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

“My Home Away From Home, My Sanctuary”

Kingsley’s The Rock Gives Teenagers a Safe Place to Hang Out

Features Patrick Sullivan Isabel and Justin plan to attend Northwestern Michigan College this fall. Isabel hopes one day to open a therapeutic daycare to help troubled kids; Justin wants to be an engineer. Both teenagers believe they might be on a much different track had they not had the refuge of The Rock while growing up in Kingsley.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

What's Happening

Features Kristi Kates Cherry Festival is so big, one parade simply isn’t enough. Enjoy three separate parades, each one stuffed with floats, marching bands, flags, and music, and each with their own unique parade personality: the return of the local favorite Heritage...
 
 
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