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, August 20, 2016

Dates 08-20-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Award-winning/locally made film One Simple Question will make its northern MI debut at the State Theatre, TC on Sun., Aug. 28 at 1pm. This film about a seagoing adventure in search of a record-breaking iceberg includes a musical performance by the composers, The Accidentals, followed by a discussion with the creative team.
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.