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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, September 24, 2016

If We Build Them...

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The study by the University of Pennsylvania was especially salient since researches looked at smaller communities, too. They compared increased road capacity — new roads and the widening of existing roads — with traffic patterns and congestion. They discovered that traffic almost always increas es.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dates 09-24-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold “A Touch of Fall” by Thomas Legault is one of the many pieces of art that will be on display at Twisted Fish Gallery during Elk Rapids Art Beat: Fall Art Splendor on Sat., Oct. 1. from 10am-5pm. This open house gallery walk also includes The Blue Heron Gallery & Mullaly’s 128 Gallery.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Letters 09-26-2016

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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...

 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

State of the Odawa

Features Patrick Sullivan A timeline of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ history, as chronicled on the bands’ website, begins in the 1600s, when the ancestors of the people who would make up the modern tribe first settled in northern lower Michigan.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Into the Past

Features Kristi Kates The first steam locomotive is thought to have gone into operation in 1804, a new travel innovation for the time that produced its power via a steam engine, which was in turn fueled by burning combustibles (usually coal, wood, or oil.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Petoskey’s Hidden Sport

Whitewater Kayaking

Features Kristi Kates In the heart of the City of Petoskey is an attraction that would perhaps be more expected in the wilds of the Colorado River, the Nenana River in Alaska, or the Rogue River in Oregon: the Bear River Valley Recreation Area Whitewater Park, specifically crafted for kayaking fun and said to be the only whitewater park in northern lower Michigan.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Carlin Smith’s Tour Of Petoskey

Features Carlin Smith It’s likely that nobody will correct you if you call Carlin Smith “Mr. Petoskey.” He’s lived in the town for almost thirty years and has served as Chamber President since 2003. Prior to that, he led Petoskey’s downtown.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Vibrancy of Color, Nature

Art Al Parker Working in his home studio, White uses bold colors and contrasts, along with layers of transparent glazes. He varies his methods of adding and subtracting paint from the canvas. Most of his color mixing is done directly on the canvas, working wet into wet or wet over dry.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

In The Basket

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian On September 9, 2016, Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.” Her smug notion that those who oppose her are disgraceful, dishonorable, and inexcusable (or any other synonym for deplorable) is exactly what’s wrong with contemporary politics.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Speaking Of Speech And Forgetting The Unforgettable

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers National Football League (NFL) team, has created a bit of a brushfire by refusing to stand when the national anthem is played prior to games. He says he’s protesting police violence against minorities. Several NFL players and other athletes have joined him.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dates 09-17-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold A survivor of Rob Hall’s May 1996 Mount Everest expedition, Lou Kasischke will speak about how this was the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history, during a Harbor History Talk on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 5:30pm on the second floor of the Harbor Springs History Museum.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sharpen Your Knives!

Dining Kristi Kates Some chefs learn by inheritance, perhaps working their way up from dishwasher or prep cook, eventually apprenticing with a more experienced chef.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Ridge

A VIEW WITH A RESTAURANT? NOT ANYMORE.

Dining Janice Binkert The breathtaking view of West Grand Traverse Bay from the buffet venue Eagle’s Ridge used to be the property’s main attraction, said George Weir, executive chef of the site’s latest incarnation, The Ridge. But Weir and his staff are determined to turn that perception around.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Letters 09-19-2026

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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...

 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Get Microbrew Fever In Cadillac!

Features Kristi Kates Last year the Cadillac Craft Beer Festival sold out at 1,200 tickets. This year it’s upping the available tickets to 1,500 but expecting to sell out again. If you’re a fan of sampling new and unique microbrews from around Michigan, those numbers are all the more reason to get your tickets early for this popular Cadillac gathering.
 
 
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