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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, July 9, 2016

A Tale Of Ten Stories

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We arrived at this seeming obsession with the need for 10-story structures in two ways: First, a two-decade old master plan calls for buildings up to 95 feet in certain areas with a special use permit.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dates 07-09-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Author Bonnie Jo Campbell will sign her latest release, “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters” at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey on Thursday, July 14 from 2-4pm, & at Darcy Library of Beulah for Off the Page on Friday, July 15 at 7pm. mcleanandeakin.com darcylibraryofbeulah.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Main Man At Main Street Market

Dining Ross Boissoneau Gary Kosch might blanch at the label, but he is in fact the main man at the Main Street Market, as well as several other establishments.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sugar Bowl

Dining Janice Binkert When Wendy Fleming took on a parttime job at the Sugar Bowl during Alpenfest just out of college years ago, waiting tables and bartending, she didn’t plan to stick around long, and she certainly never dreamed she would still be here a quarter of a century later.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Letters 07-11-2016

Letters

Applaud The Blue Angels I read in last week’s Express a letter by Tim Keenan. I have read several letters as of late, in fact, many in regards to the Blue Angels airshow and other demonstration teams like the Thunderbirds. I am appalled by peoples’ lack of respect for these teams and what they do. They put themselves on the line every day, performing for entertainment all over the country. They do it because they believe in America and everything she is supposed to stand for...

A Voice That Is Here I found the guest opinion in the 6/27 issue by Commissioner Gary Howe patronizing and condescending. It is in keeping with  the pro-business bias/agenda and dismissive attitude toward the residential community that has been so apparent with this commission. He tells us it’s critical not to disenfranchise those prospective employees “not yet here.” He claims “many currently travel long distances to fill our needed jobs. That is money and time not spent on family, health, education, or the future.” I want names! Pretty weak point, but it did make me laugh...

Watch What You Print (And Read) Please reconsider placing certain content in your magazine if not necessary. My 4th and 5th graders (at separate times) read the cartoon about the guy who “dry humped” the girl, and brought it to my attention about it being inappropriate. I realize this is in the news, but don’t feel it’s pertinent in this type of magazine...

$12 wage for Grand Traverse The Traverse City Commission and Grand Traverse County Commission should work in unison to pass local ordinances to raise the minimum wage in the city and county from the current statewide minimum of $8.50 to $12 per hour by 2018. While the state minimum will rise to $8.90 in 2017 and $9.25 in 2018, this level is insufficient for a high-cost area like Grand Traverse...

 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Destination: Aten Place

Features Kristi Kates When asked about this year’s Aten Place concert lineup, you can almost see Bill Aten’s grin beaming through the phone. “I honestly think this is one of our very best seasons,” Aten said. “It’s just got such a good variety of performers of all different genre — about half new acts, and the other half, some of our favorites returning.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Meet Me By The Main Stage!

Features Kristi Kates There’s a whole host of things to do at Gaylord’s Alpenfest, the annual summer celebration of the city’s Alpine heritage. The 52nd Alpenfest will run July 12–16 this year, with every day stuffed full of food, carnival rides and games.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

History Underwater

Features Kristi Kates There is an incredible amount of history beneath the Great Lakes’ depths, and scuba divers are some of the people who know the lore best. As they descend into the fresh waters that we are all so familiar with, ghosts of the past slowly come into view: hulking freighters and broken masts.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

The North’s New Powerhouse

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan’s newest power plant, a massive twin-tower complex tucked into the woods between Elmira and Gaylord, goes online this month. It will be northern Michigan’s largest power plant, generating over 400 megawatts. The hope of officials at Wolverine Power Cooperative: that it will satiate their customers’ energy appetite for years to come.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gaylord’s Alpine Building Motif

Features Ross Boissoneau “It got started with some of the business community in the early ’60s,” said Gaylord City Manager Joe Duff. Thanks to the opening of I-75, which bypassed Gaylord rather than ran right through it, as old US-27 had, travelers were driving right past the town, and business was suffering, he said.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Trusting His Instincts

Features Kristi Kates “Music was really my only friend as a kid,” Jones explained. “So here I was, living in this small town and listening to the music everyone else was listening to at the time. Then I started reading Thrasher (a skateboarding/music magazine) in sixth grade and found out about bands like Sonic Youth and The Dead Milkmen.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner

Music Kristi Kates One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.
 
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.
 
 
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