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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, November 21, 2015

A $ 15 Million Gift to Educate a Community

Features Nick Beadleston It’s not often that a single gift continues to touch countless lives for an untold number of years. However, that was the goal of Central Lake native Cleo Purdy when she left nearly $15 million to the children of the small, financially challenged northern Michigan village.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Exploring the Wonder of Dolphins

Features Clark Miller Dolphins are athletic and cute; they are even said to smile. Seen by many New Age devotees as spiritual guides and by children and adults alike as excellent swim buddies, dolphins have held a special place in the human imagination as far back as 5,000 years ago in Minoan culture.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Off-Season Shopping Fun

Features Kristi Kates The Petoskey Chamber of Commerce farmers market may have ended Sept. 29, but that’s not the end of farmers market season for the city. A new market operated by Crooked Tree Arts Center is taking over for the winter, allowing farmers to vend and shoppers to buy well into the colder months.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Licensed to Carry, Reason to Worry?

Features Patrick Sullivan County gun boards, the gatekeepers who decide whether a person should be given a concealed pistol permit, will disappear at the end of the month. Beginning in December, state police will conduct background checks and county clerks will process the paperwork to issue licenses to carry handguns.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Flu Fighters!

Features Kristi Kates Cold and flu season has arrived and, with it, the yearly conundrum of how to keep from catching it and, if you do, how to get over it — fast. Your best bet, of course, is always your doctor, especially if your symptoms are severe, but if you’d like to try a different approach, herbal remedies can be an effective option.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saluting Veterans

Features Welcome to our own demonstration of appreciation and support for U.S. veterans! Northern Express readers purchased the stars on these pages to honor active military and veterans in our lives. All star sales proceeds will go to Goodwill of Northern Michigan’s veterans services.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

What Happens to the Ones Who Serve When They Come Home?

Features Patrick Sullivan A surge of veterans — that’s what Northwestern Michigan College expected when the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect in 2008. In 2012, NMC established a Veteran Services Office and, since then, the aim of its leader Scott Herzberg has been to make the school a more welcoming place for students who come from the military — and it’s working.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Expanding Health Care Services for Our Veterans

Features Al Parker If all goes as scheduled, northern Michigan veterans will soon have a new annex providing some specific health care services. Officials have agreed to lease a 16,000-square-foot building at 880 Munson Ave. in Traverse City to house services for veterans needing physical therapy, primary care and mental health services in their homes.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Snapshots: Three NMC Vets

Features Patrick Sullivan In January 2014, Frederick rejoined civilian life in Traverse City after his wife found a job as a social worker at Bethany Christian Services. They are expecting their first child in April. Frederick is in his third semester at NMC and holds a work-study job in Scott Herzberg’s Veteran Services Office.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

The USO’s Mobile Message

Features Kristi Kates United Service Organizations Inc.— popularly known as the USO — laid its foundation during World War II, beginning a tradition of entertaining the troops to support the war effort, supplying food, drink, music and dancing as a much-needed break from the terrifying realities of war.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Traverse City’s Unsung World War II Hero

Features Nick Beadleston Citizens of Traverse City often point to the region’s history as a source of local pride. However, many are completely unaware that one of northern Michigan’s own sons received the United States’ highest military honor during one of the nation’s most trying times.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Re Entry

Features Ross Boissoneau Playwrights Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez boiled down the interviews into a stage play featuring the stories of U.S. Marines and members of their families. The docudrama explores the challenges of re-entering family, community and country with honesty and occasional humor.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

WNMC House Concerts Focus on the Music

Features Kristi Kates FROM IDEA TO REALITY Walker grew up in the Detroit area and moved north around 2007. He was at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery a few years ago with WNMC Station Manager Eric Hines. He mentioned he might be interested in “doing the house concert thing” and Hines said the radio station would definitely get behind it.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Michigan Women Who Rock

Features Kristi Kates While the majority of Michigan’s well-known musical success stories are men (think Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, Kid Rock, Eminem, techno producer Carl Craig, most of Motown), the ladies are slowly but surely catching up.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sex Trafficking Slowly Spreading Into Northern Michigan

Features Nick Beadleston Northern Michigan has long been a haven for tourists, transplants and locals to escape big city life, but despite our beautiful beaches and small town character, we are not immune to some of the world’s ugliest problems, including a practice that has been defined by many as “modern slavery.
 
 
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