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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Letters 03-21-2016

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Earth to Trumpsters Our technical team set out to make preliminary plans for the big wall that President Trump will build on the Mexican border. We arrived in Brownsville, Texas to discover, much to our surprise, that the border there consists of a river called the Rio Grande. Extensive research by our experts (on Wikipedia) revealed that the border meanders northwesterly for 1,248 miles along this river to the city of El Paso, Texas (or only 889 miles if you don’t measure every little bend)...

The Social Security “Problem” Social Security needs fixing. But before we embark upon a “fix,” perhaps we should look back on what happened to this great program so history will not repeat itself. Where did the money go? The answer lies in 1983, when the Great Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the Social Security Amendments. This increased payroll taxes, ostensibly to invest and fund Social Security’s future. However, it allowed the government to remove nearly $3 trillion over time for use within the General Fund...

Bring Some Civility I find it ironic that Northern Express publishes an issue decrying a lack of civility, polarization, anger and bigotry while at the same time, in that very same issue, it publishes insulting mean spirited cartoons aimed at conservatives...

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Small Airports Offer Fun and Flight

Features Ross Boissoneau People fly to get from one place to another, but for users of the area’s smaller airports it’s about more than that. Cherry Capital Airport, Manistee’s Blacker Airport and Pellston Regional Airport may handle the most passengers, but pilots of small planes — sometimes very small planes — have numerous other options scattered across the region...
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet The Great Lakes!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, relocated here, fly up to ski or drive up just for the summers, how much do you really know about the lakes that surround us? The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world — each in their own separate basin — forms a connected body of fresh water that continues to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. While the lakes are similar in some ways, they also each have their own unique characteristics and highlights.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Speed Across Lake Michigan

Features Kristi Kates The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — not always so easy to follow when you’re in a state surrounded by water and you’d like to get to another state sooner rather than later. That’s where the Lake Express comes in. Here’s the scoop.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bringing Light Back to the South Fox Island Lighthouse

Group Hopes to Make One of the State’s Least Accessible Parks a Little More Welcoming

Features Patrick Sullivan

Bruce Rollins always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. That romantic and isolated occupation was a dying job even back when he was in high school in the 1960s, though. He became an engineer and eventually retired in Texas. A year ago, he spotted a two-line classified ad in a boating magazine that read, “camper-keepers wanted.”

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Lakes Cruise Company

Features Kristi Kates With ship names like the Grande Caribe and the Pearl Mist, you might picture yourself plying the warm currents between Cozumel and Miami or perhaps making the rounds of the jeweled islands of the Bahamas, but one company is marketing cruises that echo the vessels, amenities and activities of more tropical locales — on the waters of our own Great Lakes.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Break Staycation Spots

Features Sheri McWhirter

Northern Michigan offers a lot of options for those who choose a staycation spring break. Many local residents don’t experience much of what the area offers unless they’re hosting out-of-town guests. Spring break is the ideal time to visit local points of interest, whether that includes whole family outings or day-trip dates, and many of the following suggestions will cost little or nothing at all.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

All Aboard the Badger

Features Kristi Kates For a more leisurely kind of lake crossing, try the S.S. Badger; the steamship cruise launched in 1953 and runs between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. At 410 feet in length, it dwarfs the Lake Express ferry, carrying 180 vehicles (including commercial trucks and tour buses) and 600 passengers.
 
Monday, March 14, 2016

Dates 03-12-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Museum Center, NMC, TC. Tickets, $12. All proceeds benefit the NMC Children’s Choir by providing scholarships for NMC participants in grades two through nine. http:// www.mynorthtickets.com/organizations/.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Matuto Brings Bluegrass and Brazil to the Dennos

Music Kristi Kates He was particularly inspired by the music he was hearing coming out of Brazil and he traveled to that country to study it further; coupled with his jazz roots, bluegrass flatpicking abilities and wry lyrics that recall the Talking Heads, he conjured up quite a mix for his individual sound.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Frank Caliendo: A Career in Comedy

Art Kristi Kates Frank Caliendo’s career includes plenty of tomfoolery, or should we say Frankfoolery? You’ve probably seen the American comedian and actor on any number of shows, especially if you’re a sports fan; in addition to appearances on MADtv, The Bob and...
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Moth Mainstage

Art Kristi Kates The Moth Mainstage is a non-scripted, but carefully constructed, show all about true stories — true stories told live, onstage and without prompters or notes. At each performance, a selection of curated storytellers from all walks of life share their personal vignettes uniting under one theme.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

CROSSED: Did Jesus actually exist?

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Almost fifty years ago, my grandmother taught me this prayer. Recently I mentioned it in a sermon. Most knew the prayer. How could this be? They didn’t know my grandmother; she didn’t know them. They must have learned the prayer somewhere else, perhaps their grandmothers.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

TCAPs’ Sinking Ship

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian For the second time in ten years, Traverse City Area Public Schools are closing facilities. In 2007 they shuttered Oak Park, Norris, and Sabin Elementary schools. When they made that move, TCAPS lost students to Elk Rapids Schools and to charter, private, and religious schools.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Imaginary Trump Voter

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Not since 1800 when a newspaper created by supporters of Thomas Jefferson accused John Adams of being an hermaphrodite has male genitalia been a campaign issue. But two weeks ago during the GOP presidential debate in Detroit, Donald Trump thought it was an appropriate topic.
 
 
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