Letters 10-05-2015

Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Michigan Products Go Global!

Features Kristi Kates WE CHOOSE TO STAY IN MICHIGAN BE- CAUSE: “As a kid, my father (Spoon Foods co-founder Justin Rashid) summered at a farm in Wildwood, 12 miles east of Petoskey. When it came time to figure out where to settle, he remembered what a wonderful childhood he’d had here, so that’s where he and my mother ended up, and that’s where Spoon Foods began.
Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Beth Milligan From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Are You Kidding?

Features Patrick Sullivan Local improv group Good On Paper offers workshops in on-the-spot performance and two standup comedy promoters, Falling Down Stairs and Rotten Cherries, run open mic nights that give would-be wags a chance to test their stuff. Now, locals can watch comics take to the stages around town several nights each month.
Monday, February 9, 2015

February Festival

Features Kristi Kates The first day of spring is only about six weeks away, but there’s still a whole lot of winter fun to be had around northern Michigan! Check out these February winter festivals that’ll have you dining, bowling, skating, dating and more.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Skating is Great!

Features Kristi Kates Got a chill? Warm up in the lodge’s cafeteria or snag pizza in the Slopeside Lounge. COST: Complimentary COOL FACTOR: The ski hill towering above the rink as you skate is as close as you can get to an alpine feel without heading to the U.P. It’s got the highest vertical drop in lower Michigan at 552 feet.
Monday, February 9, 2015

A Freshwater Valentine

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City’s popular Chocolate-Covered Boyne event takes place Valentine’s weekend (February 13-14) and, in addition to all of the shop sales and foodie fun, the city’s Freshwater Gallery is putting on its annual themed concert to amp up the holiday..
Monday, February 9, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates Princess Bride. And, in case you didn’t get your tix quickly enough, the State will air a simulcast of Bill Maher’s performance. Also returning to Comedy Fest are Doug Benson and his roster of guest comedians in the must-see “Doug Loves Movies,” a hilarious podcast all about movies that’ll be recorded live at the Old Town Playhouse.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Discomfort in the Spotlight

Features Patrick Sullivan Fisher: I’m a dock installer. I have not been in trouble in 20 years. I do my job. I go home every night. I raise my son by myself. My ex-wife, we raised one 50-50; I raised one all by myself. He turned out to be a great kid. Graduated high school. He’s now playing junior hockey.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Keys to Attracting YPs

Features Beth Milligan In December 2011, Governor Snyder delivered an address to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s “talent disconnect.” .
Monday, February 2, 2015

How Much do We Change in High School?

Features Katie Gray, Petoskey High School Last Halloween my best friend with a 3.9 GPA lay passed out cold, surrounded by her own vomit. The circumstances that lead to this weren’t unique by any means. She drank a lot, she smoked a lot, then she ate a lot, and no one was surprised by the result.
Monday, February 2, 2015

What's Next For Me

Features “Next.” Such a broad word. There are tons of things that could be next. I’ve learned while growing up, that often times, the things that are next for me or things I’m looking forward to are very different from other kids my age. With that in mind, I want to talk about something I think every kid eventually considers: deciding whether to go to college.
Monday, February 2, 2015

We're All the Same

Features Jillian McCreery-Piotrowski, Petoskey High School Imagine you’re this guy: I reach for his hand, and watch as fear trembles through the twitch of his thigh to the convulsion of his arms. We’re taught to be afraid of them, but all I feel is anger. Over my left shoulder sit two teenagers smacking their lips together as if their tongues were the last piece of gum on the earth.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Questioning our Defenders

Features Brett Kimbrue, Petoskey High School Think of it this way. A solider comes home after a tour, having lost friends who are basically family members he fought and bled with for nearly a year or more. He stays awake at night, sleeps alone; the smallest things can bring him back to where he was.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Weight of the World

Features Tara Canda, Gaylord High School Teenagers also feel pressure from the inside. Not only are we pressured by the secular world around us, but teenagers are being pressured by themselves. The pressure to conform to society’s standards weighs down on teens around the globe. Teenagers are self-conscious to a fault.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Learning Online

Features Jodee Taylor Nearly one third of high school students in Traverse City Area Public Schools take an entire class online, says Dan Overski, the district’s online learning coordinator and an assistant principal at West Senior High. He says flexibility in scheduling is the biggest reason students sign up for an online class.