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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Trump Presidency

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle He will round up and deport all 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. Or he will round up and deport everybody but children. Or he will round up everybody but children and their law-abiding parents. Or he will identify, round up and deport all the criminal illegal immigrants.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Judging The Candidates

Other Opinions Jack Segal The first Presidential debate is history and the pundits have declared a “winner.” Actually, more likely, both candidates “won,” depending on which news shows you watch.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dates 10-01-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold 13TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN PETOSKEY SHOPPING SCRAMBLE:.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Cidery Built For Two

Dining Kristi Kates So what brought this robust cider house here? “The main reason we moved to Michigan was that Nikki grew up here. She was born and raised in Kingsley,” Young said. Rothwell had been at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and met Young while he was co-owner of a local brewpub, where he’d spent 12 years utilizing his food-science background.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Letters 10-03-2016

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Truths And Minorities While I appreciate Stephen Tuttle’s mention of the Colin Kaepernick situation, I was disappointed he wrote only of his right not to stand for the national anthem but not his reason for doing so. Personally, I commend Mr. Kaepernick for his courageous attempt to bring issues of concern to the forefront. As a white male baby boomer, I sadly realize I am in a minority among my peers...

“Yes” Means Your Rights It has been brought to my attention that some people in Traverse City are being asked to put “no” on Proposal 3 signs in their yards, and are falsely being told this means they do not want tall buildings downtown. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you vote no, you will be giving up your right to vote on future projects involving buildings over 60 feet in height...

Shame On NMC, Nelson The Northwestern Michigan College board and President Tim Nelson should be ashamed of their bad faith negotiations with the faculty. The faculty have received no raise this year, even though all other college staff have received raises. Mr. Nelson is set to receive a $20,000 raise...

 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Two For Brew!

Features Kristi Kates Cost: $15 admission includes a complimentary glass and drink ticket Don’t Miss: A side trip to the always gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore next door is the perfect morning activity before you indulge in this microbrew extravaganza. More Information: www.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Preserving Fall’s Bounty In Jars: Canning With Crosshatch

Features Kristi Kates On a sunny afternoon on the piazza at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons farmers market, a small but focused crowd gathered. They weren’t there to shop, nor to admire the grounds; they could be seen busily cutting vegetables, pouring liquid into jars, and carefully submerging the fruits of their labors into steaming hot water — all at a mobile kitchen that’s revolutionizing how locals are learning to preserve healthy food.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Winemakers Looking at Strong Bounce-Back Year

Features Ross Boissoneau Lee Lutes wasn’t worried the lack of rainfall this past summer would threaten the wine grape harvest. The head winemaker at Blackstar Farms said the warm, dry weather in June and July was actually beneficial for the grapes, and if it held form, he said, “There will be a bunch of winemakers dancing a jig.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lost at Sea

Features Patrick Sullivan Murdick remembers that his father’s story especially resonated in 1975, when he saw the classic film Jaws at the movie theater in Charlevoix. One of the characters, Quint, portrayed by Robert Shaw, played an Indianapolis survivor who hauntingly described what had happened.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Into Fun at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

Features Kristi Kates Fall Into Fun at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Color Your Fall Fantastic

Features Kristi Kates Golden yellows, rich reds, vivid oranges, earthy browns. These are the colors of fall in northern Michigan, the annual happening that delights locals and attracts a whole new round of tourists.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Get Literary At The New Harbor Springs Festival Of The Book

Books Kristi Kates Founded by a local group of fans of the written word, a new festival is launching in Harbor Springs in celebration of all things books. The idea behind the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book was simple: Create something unexpected that would put the city on the map as a literary hub.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Marc Cohn’s Journey To Memphis and Beyond

Music Kristi Kates begins singer-songwriter Marc Cohn’s huge 1991 hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” the song inspired by Cohn’s own journey to that very city in the mid-‘80s, where he has said he became “baptized in the world of Blues” when he was in his early 20s. As the lyrics of the song go, Cohn actually did set his feet on the famed Beale Street.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Does Religion Solve the Mystery of Life After Death?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Theist or non-theist, every person fears death; those who don’t live in denial. We are hard-wired for self-preservation. Death is our mortal enemy. While the pain of life may become too great and death becomes a welcome friend, we will, yet, have lived striving to avoid death and died fearing we have nothing to show for it.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Stadium, A Community

Other Opinions Carlin Smith It was a warm, pleasant evening and the people started coming…and they kept coming and coming. The crowd grew to around 4,000. The people strolled the new facility and soaked it in. They stood in very long lines for brats and hot dogs and then ate at the new picnic tables placed along the stadium’s promenade.
 
 
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