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Letters 09-19-2026

81 Concerns The “81 on East Bay” proposed development on Peninsula Township is primitive and outdated in not having central water and sewage systems that a modern and updated zoning code would call for. The streets in the development, being in a snowbelt area, will probably be dedicated to the county. The school system will feel an impact as will police and fire services...

Common Core Truths I just read an article from the Associated Press regarding both presidential candidates and their stances on education. The author was under the impression that Common Core was developed by the states and adopted; not so. Governors did not get together to create national standards and nor should they. The folks who wrote these national “standards” were test company employees, none of whom ever taught K-12...

Disruption Ahead I would like to respond to the comments from W.D. Bushey in the September 12 issue regarding his hypothetical bee sting scenario. While I do not disagree with the premise, I would like to let you know there is hope for an alternative Epinephrine very soon. Pending approval by the FDA there may very soon be an inhalable form at a much lower cost...

Solutions For Old Mission In a recent article, Peninsula Township Supervisor Manigold responded to complaints that proposed developments are priced out of reach for working families with the retort that the township can’t do much about that. But the township’s zoning has a big role in shaping the type of new housing on OMP, while current zoning, which favors single-family homes on large lots, is partly to blame for consistently highpriced new homes...

Real World Voting This letter is in response to A.J. Fasel from Traverse City, who wrote that since there are many things that require identification, such as fishing, opening a bank account, etc., being able to vote should require identification as well. The problem with this viewpoint is that being able to vote is a right. It’s a right guaranteed by our Constitution. It’s more important that buying alcohol or cigarettes, more important than over-the-counter-medications or any of the other things he mentioned...

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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.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Porn – Public Health Crisis or Harmless Activity?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

Rev. Myers: No harm, no foul! I understand the saying. I played ball. At 6’4” and 240 lbs., a finesse player I’m not. Incidental contact should be ignored. Let them play! But I question this as a philosophy for life when it comes to sexual trafficking...

Singer: When Bill and I agreed to take up this topic, I imagined I would be writing about how innocuous pornography is and that -- like other personal activities -- there should be no restrictions on its use for adults. I have always felt that porn can be detrimental to children’s emotional development and that parents must control its access (which is simple to enact)...

 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dates 07-30-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Ann Arbor’s The Moxie Strings put their fresh spin on Celtic & Americana music as part of the Manitou Music Festival at Studio Stage, Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor on Wednesday, August 3 from 8-10pm. Tickets: $13 GAAA members, $15 non-members. glenarborart.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Etta’s Diner

Dining Kristi Kates These were the steps that led Steve Erber to his latest venture: the expansion of the aforementioned Etta’s Food Truck to the brick-and-mortar Etta’s Diner in Harbor Springs, where he’s serving up eclectic recipes inspired by his grandmother Henrietta Thompson, stuffed full of fresh, locallysourced ingredients.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Short's Brewery Rolls in the Dough

Dining Kristi Kates Pizza is everywhere in northern Michigan and across America. So it’s a challenge for any restaurant, pub, or pizza place to make their pie standout. Popular local microbrew destination Short’s Brewing Company found a way, and all it took was looking in their own proverbial backyard.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Letters 08-01-2016

Letters

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Eat Like a Chef

Features Kristi Kates With all of that culinary knowledge at their disposal, do you ever wonder what our local chefs prefer to prepare … and eat … at home? We tapped some of the region’s top chefs to find out the go-to meals they make when they’re off the clock and have a hankering for something delicious.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two Foodies Aim at a Fruit Juice Revolution

Features Kristi Kates The amount of sugar in most fruit juices today rivals that of manufactured sodas — a problem that turns off many health-minded consumers, and one that friends and foodies Chad Anderson and Luc Hobson decided to tackle with their new product, Edit Fruit Juice, made right in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

An Extra Dime For Every Lunch

Features Patrick Sullivan One dime per meal might sound like peanuts, but it can have a drastic impact on the quality of food and on the local farm economy, said Diane Conners, a Groundwork senior policy specialist. Consider that the amount spent on food for each school lunch is just $1.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nothing Tastes Better Than Home Cookin’ (that someone else makes)

Features Ross Boissoneau What’s for dinner? That familiar lament can bring the response “Let’s order pizza,” “Whatever you’re fixing,” or everyone’s favorite: “Leftovers.” With busy lives focusing on work, school, vacation, visitors and the like, folks today seem to have less time than ever to fix a healthy, appealing meal.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Michigan’s Ironmen

Features Kristi Kates Fundraising and planning takes place year-round for the festival, which takes many volunteers and hundreds of manhours to make happen. It’s also a reunion of sorts, as men who worked on the bridge, as well as many other ironworkers from across the United States and Canada, meet up for this annual event.
 
 
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