Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gop Clown Car Isn’t Funny Any More

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni The bizarre GOP primary season has caused a lot of head scratching on my head that is already over-scratched. It’s far too simple to dismiss the long list of candidates as silly or stupid; that doesn’t really help us understand what has happened to the Republican Party.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ignoring Reality

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Except we’re actually experiencing a net annual reduction in the number of illegal immigrants according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More are leaving voluntarily or being deported than are arriving. More like a backwash than a flood.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dates 12-05-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge examines the state of fibers & textiles in the fine art world today. Featuring work by 79 artists in 25 states in the U.S., plus many other countries. Runs Dec. 13- March 6 at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chef Charles

Dining Janice Binkert With the culinary experience chef Charles Egeler acquired by the age of 40 — studying at the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticing in a Jewish bakery, being mentored by a former White House chef, holding high positions in both gourmet eateries...
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Letters 12-07-2015

Letters Defining Art Appreciation to Delbert Michel for so succinctly stating what art is, should, and can be and also for calling out area arts groups, galleries, and media outlets for not promoting it. You missed one though, Delbert, that being the Northern Express, who seems to go out of it’s way to seek out the dullest of the dull, the beigest of the beige...

Don’t Tie Muslims To Barbarians I am totally appalled by the column about “how to tell the difference between ISIS and a Muslim. “ I am an area representative for a foreign exchange organization and have hosted ten students as well. I hosted a young lady from Pakistan; she was an angel and we still communicate to this day. She and her family left Pakistan because they fear for their life...

Climate Thoughts As the Paris climate talks get underway, we learn the response to falling gas prices in the U.S. to be (drum roll) record sales of SUVs and trucks for the month of November, of course! While this behavior might seem irrational in the face of what increased carbon emissions mean for our future and the future of our children, it is predictable given the short-term perspective that is pervasive in our culture of immediate, insatiable consumerism. It is our right as long as we have the cash to pay for it..

I Love Socialism Let me rephrase that. I love Democratic Socialism. I like the idea of boarding an airliner that’s regulated, health care for all, my Social Security, Medicare, driving on good roads (Michigan being the exception), public schools, national and state parks, and yes, our county parks, the Eisenhower Interstate highway system, national cross country hiking trails, and our own socialist Leelanau trail...

This Is America Thomas Kachadurian’s recent assessment of Islam is timely and accurate. Early waves of European immigrants blended in to American life. There seems to be a different attitude with Muslim immigrants, that America should assimilate to them, rather than they assimilate to the U.S. In Dearborn, public schools have had to change to halal meats in their cafeterias (more costly), and now have to break for Ramadan in addition to Christmas, due to Muslim demands...

Reject The Fringe On Friday, Nov. 27, Robert Lewis Dear attacked a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three innocents, including a University of Colorado police officer. Dear was heard yelling, “baby parts” during the attack. The continued willingness of these “fetal fetishers” to kill postnatals in their misguided attempt to save prenatals suggests that the label “Right To Life” should be narrowed to “Right To Fetal Life” in order to more accurately label those fringe persons so violently motivated by the inflammatory rhetoric of mainstream “Right To Life” members against Planned Parenthood...

Visual Arts Solutions Redux In his guest column, Delbert Michel (Nov. 30) is correct in suggesting that the success of any work of art depends on more than its subject matter. He is helpful in alluding to the formal elements (shape, value, color, and texture) that comprise the compositional basis of the art of painting. It is feasible for him to assert that all visual art is abstract...

References For TC In reference to the “Nine Stories” feature in the Nov. 23 Northern Express, anyone interested in helping design TC’s future should consider watching the YouTube videos “The Value of Downtown” and “Joe Minicozzi in Traverse City”...

Rural Fire Extinguished Green Lake Township will be withdrawing from the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department now that Long Lake has dealt the fatal blow to its continued existence. That is the only logical decision because the remainder of Rural Fire is now on the far side of the county...

Act Intelligently About Vaccines Sarah Stagray’s letter in the Nov. 20 issue hit it right on the head. Yes, far too many unnecessary, untested, potentially dangerous vaccines are being pushed on children and the general public, and parental rights are being stripped away by mandates. Medical schools do in fact teach how to strong-arm hesitant parents to conform...

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Resorts Looking Forward to Winter

Features Ross Boissoneau Given the warm November and December we’re experiencing, you can imagine the eagerness at places like Caberfae, Crystal Mountain, Boyne and other northern Michigan winter resorts. “Bring on winter, already!” But recent warm weather aside, winter is likely just days away, and area resorts can’t wait.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Keeping Things Kool at the Kalkaska Kaliseum

Features Kristi Kates SUPER DIRECTOR The guy overseeing the fun at the Kaliseum is Alan “A.J.” James. A 35-year veteran of the motorcycle industry, James started his career at a motorcycle shop in Ann Arbor and moved to Traverse City in 1978, where he worked at Grand Traverse Honda and Suzuki, now Great Escapes.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fun on Ice

Features Patrick Sullivan The USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) has been implemented in an effort to reverse the trend of fewer kids playing hockey each year. Despite being greeted warily by some parents, after five years, ADM seems to be paying off for the Grand Traverse Hockey Association (GTHA).
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Traverse City Curling

Features Nick Beadleston Ice rinks around northern Michigan are bustling with hockey players and hobbyist ice skaters. But now a new sport has swept onto the scene: The Traverse City Curling Club (TCCC), making its home at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena, is building a passionate following.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter 2015/16 Race Calendar

Features SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 The Vineyard Race - 3.2M fat bike race Forty-Five North, Lake Leelanau http://www.shortsbrewingfatbikeseries.com/forty-five-northvineyard-race/.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

Music Kristi Kates It’s intriguing that BeauSoleil bills themselves as “with Michael Doucet” because it’s hard to think of BeauSoleil without Doucet, the bandleader whose instinctive, emotive vocals and standout fiddle playing are the heart of this wide-ranging group of top-shelf devoted players.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Meet The Art Guy: Paul LaPorte

Art Kristi Kates If you’ve ever listened to WTCM Radio, visited the Crooked Tree Arts Center or attended any number of local art events, chances are your path has crossed with Paul LaPorte’s.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Visual Arts In Northern Michigan And What To Do About It

Other Opinions Delbert Michel I have seen good galleries come and go very quickly, having to shift from showing serious and challenging forms of art to works that have an easy tourist appeal. Such works often focus on subjects that are readily understood but not necessarily artistic in nature.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

More War

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle A group of murderers claiming affiliation with ISIS or ISIL or ISI, or whatever it is we’re calling them now, massacred 130 people in various locations in Paris — and since ISIL is in Syria, we’ll go to war in Syria, despite the fact that none of the attackers in Paris were Syrian; they were all European nationals.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dates 11-28-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Younce Guitar Duo & Miriam Pico bring the sounds of jazz & rhythm of world music to traditional holiday tunes at a holiday concert at the Elk Rapids Historic Town Hall on Sunday, December 6 from 3-5pm. Advance tickets: $10-$15. mynorthtickets.com.