Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Four “Waves” at the TC Boat Show

Features Kristi Kates “Increased power and streamlined engineering have made them much more appealing to the market,” MacDonald explained. Tri-tubes — which add an extra pontoon to the middle of the boat — make today’s pontoon boats far more stable, and that’s only one of many new features.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Benzie Grad Rides Statistical Wave to Big Leagues

Features Ross Boissoneau The rise of baseball sabermetrics has taken things a step further, giving attention to even more complex statistical analyses, such as WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), BABIP (batting average on balls in play) and VORP (value over replacement player).
Monday, March 30, 2015

Community Collaborates for National Parks Centennial

Features Nick Beadleston “The natural beauty and the history that is preserved in these places — Sleeping Bear Dunes and the other parks — they make for a great playground for people,” said Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear’s deputy superintendent.
Monday, March 30, 2015

It Pays to Live Here

Features Jodee Taylor One aptly named discount is the “Tourist In My Own Town” card. For $60, you’ll get a card (mailed to your local address) that is good for a discount at more than two dozen businesses.
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours

Features Beth Milligan Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan to tour the more than 35 wineries dotted across Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. But, for locals living with the vineyards in their backyards, it can be easy to take such amenities for granted — or to dismiss winetasting as an activity only for tourists.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Road Trip: The U.P.

Features From the top of the tannin brown Tahquamenon Falls to the dark depths of a copper mine, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has its own quirky sights, traditional foods and plenty of backcountry beauty. Head up to visit the Yoopers and you’ll find a whole lot of rustic adventure.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Road Trip: Michigan’s Sunrise Side

Features Across the state from northwest Lower Michigan and its legendary sunsets lies the other side of the mitten. Often called The Sunrise Side or The Sunrise Coast, this region from Rogers City to Au Gres offers outdoor recreation opportunities that make for a whole new Up North perspective.
Monday, March 30, 2015

A Bridge and a Divide

Features Patrick Sullivan APRIL DECISION DUE Chuck Korn, Garfield Township supervisor and Hartman-Hammond’s biggest proponent of late, wants to see the Cass Road bridge project scuttled. He believes environmentalists want it built to ensure the Hartman-Hammond project never happens.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Five Family-Friendly Adventures

Features Kristi Kates Mystery Spot – St. Ignace mysteryspotstignace.com Since the 1950s, The Mystery Spot has been mystifying and baffling visitors, allegedly because the land where the Spot sits has unusual, mystical properties. The jury’s still out on that one, but the consensus of fun is certain.
Monday, March 30, 2015

8 Steps to Turn Your Home Into A Spa

Features word spa conjures images of ultimate relaxation, cleansing and renewal. Whether part of a fulllength vacation or just a day off, spas offer ways to detach from our stress-filled daily routines. However, a full spa experience can be expensive, making it difficult to incorporate if you’ve chosen a budgetfriendly staycation.
Monday, March 23, 2015


Features Patrick Sullivan Efforts for Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition have failed since the 1980s, but what’s now known as the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians continues to work for reaffirmation. This year, with the help of former U.S. representative Bart Stupak, the Burt Lake Band (BLB) hopes to find legitimacy through the BIA or an act of Congress.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Beauty S.O.S.

Features Kristi Kates “We were discussing adding some new things to Venus and we all got to talking about how we’d love to be able to go somewhere to get fast touchups before an event or dinner,” explained Manager Giovanna Infante, who worked closely with Venus President Susan Ruoff and Marketing Manager Corrina Leete on the new venture.
Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s All About the Goats

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City veterinarian Pamela Graves always had a love for animals — including goats. So, when she was offered a couple of female goats for sale, saying yes was an easy decision, although she didn’t know it would lead to a whole new business venture..
Monday, March 23, 2015

Cool Cosmetology Careers

Features Kristi Kates They range from their late teens to their 50s. They’re preparing first, second, or even third, careers. They land jobs anywhere from local salons to international destinations. These are the students of northern Michigan’s cosmetology schools and they’re a far cry from beauty school dropouts like Frenchy in the movie musical “Grease.
Monday, March 16, 2015

5 Gadgets to Get You in Shape

Features Kristi Kates the InBody Band. It’s similar to the Fitbit, but adds analysis of your body composition — muscle vs. fat mass, calculated via body water — with its BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) system.