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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, December 3, 2016

Bring a Mate, Lace Up Your Skates

Features Kristi Kates Centre Ice Arena, Traverse City The dual rinks primarily host team ice sports, so if you’re into hockey and/or curling, this is your destination. Hockey teams congregate here, including the local Midwest Junior Hockey League, and you might spot a Detroit Red Wings player, as the team’s NHL training camp is held here.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bahle's at 140

Features Patrick Sullivan When Bahle’s of Suttons Bay celebrated its centennial in 1976, Owen Bahle’s five children had moved away, and the business was struggling in a village filled with shuttered storefronts. Bahle decided his store needed to be reinvented. And maybe if he turned around his store, Suttons Bay would turn around with it.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Resorts Looking Forward to Slopes Season

Features Ross Boissoneau “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let snow!” goes the refrain of the popular holiday song, and that’s certainly the mantra for resorts across the region. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, whither Boyne Mountain or Shanty Creek, the hope this year is for plenty of snow and cold weather — though please, not too cold.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gaylord Shop Tunes Up Drag-Racing Snowmobiles

Features Sheri McWhirter The local company strictly works on dragracing sleds, not so much for long-distance endurance racers such as those who compete in the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Price also serves clients who seek to improve the durability of their trail-riding snowmobiles but admits the most exciting work is for the racers.
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Immersive Play Lights Up With History at Wellington Farm

Features Kristi Kates When you visit Wellington Farm in Grayling, you’ll find yourself smack dab back in the middle of the Great Depression, whether you’re old enough to have experienced it the first time or have only read about it in history books.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ride the Rails With Santa Claus at Castle Farms

Features Kristi Kates Santa Claus has been visiting Castle Fams every Christmas season since 2009. But over the past several years, ol’ Saint Nick has been taking something of a backseat to his train collection, which has been drawing a big crowd of adult model train aficionados right alongside the kids.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Millions of Donors' Dollars Flow Through Northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan “We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign; there are an amazing number of campaigns going on,” said Phil Ellis, executive director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “I think some of them are potentially transformational for our region.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Past, Present and Future of ‘A Christmas Carol in Prose’

Features Kristi Kates She’s referring, of course, to Parallel 45’s upcoming production, “A Christmas Carol in Prose,” known to most as simply “A Christmas Carol,” the classic Victorian-era morality tale of a bitter old London-dwelling miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghostly holiday experience that.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Ballet Awakens At Interlochen: ‘ The Sleeping Beauty ’

Features Kristi Kates “The Nutcracker” is known worldwide as the traditional Christmas ballet and a must-see for many. But this year, Interlochen Center for the Arts has decided to do something a little different for the holiday season and will be telling the story of “The Sleeping Beauty” in a way that’s at once elegant and unexpected.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Behind the Bells

Features Beth Milligan The donation pots — typically placed in front of well-trafficked local businesses and accompanied by an volunteer or paid bellringer — have become such a familiar sight that the reaction from passersby is often automatic. Hear a bell, reach for loose pocket change or a dollar from the billfold to put in the kettle.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Beneficial Backpacks: Two Local Programs Help Children

Features Kristi Kates The first three are the food bank; the food rescue program, in which Manna rescued and redistributed a half-million pounds of useable food last year; and the food pantry that serves 100 families every week, functioning much like a grocery store where families can shop for food but with no bill at the end.
 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

‘The Nutcracker’ Times Two

Features Kristi Kates At Traverse City’s Dance Arts Academy, Company Dance Traverse is readying its production of the ballet in a traditional format, with choreography from former ballet mistress Melinda Baker, direction from new ballet faculty member Catrina Choate, and poster art by local talent Glenn Wolff.
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Irish Christmas In America Arrives At Dennos

Features Kristi Kates Five years ago, Oisin Mac Diarmada and his traveling variety show, “An Irish Christmas in America,” made not one, but two journeys — one by plane across the Atlantic to get from Ireland to America, and the second a twohour boat ride to Beaver Island, Michigan’s own “Emerald Isle.
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sun, wind and a cutthroat business on the bay

Features Patrick Sullivan An extortion case that sprung out of bad blood between a resort owner and a parasail operator could help determine when aggressive business tactics become criminal
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Irish Holiday Traditions

Features Kristi Kates Nollaig Shona Duit! (“Happy Christmas!” in Gaelic.) There are many Irish Christmas customs today, some rooted in the old, and others inspired by the new.
 
 
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