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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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Monday, May 4, 2015

Foster Family Odyssey

Features Patrick Sullivan Melissa and David West wanted to expand their family of four. With two biological children already, they decided to embark on the adoption process through the foster care system. They had one caveat: they didn’t want to become a revolving door for foster kids.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Swing into Swirl!

Features Kristi Kates CITY SUPPORT Swirl was an immediate hit with the Petoskey community. As the events evolved, they were also refined; sometimes CTAC would connect the food and wine to the art with a theme, other times the refreshments would take advantage of seasonal ingredients.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Clayton Brown

Features Kristi Kates Clayton Brown wasn’t always the small business powerhouse he is today. As a young man, he was like so many others in the Saginaw area who came north in to ski. But while visiting Boyne Mountain and Nub’s Nob, Brown was falling in love with life Up North and searching for a way to make the area his permanent home.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother Jarvis’ Crusade

Features Bridgette Steele Anyone planning to purchase a gift and a greeting card this Mother’s Day owes Anna Jarvis an apology. For the woman credited with establishing Mother’s Day in the U.S.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Zipping Along at the Zoo-De-Mack

Features Kristi Kates “It didn’t start out as a business,” Greg Drawbaugh laughed. “We just thought it was such a cool road! So we went back and biked it ourselves with a few friends, had a lot of fun, and thought, hey, maybe we should get some other people here to have fun, too.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Real Estate {Power} Brokers

Features “I’ve been selling real estate for 42 years. 4000 properties and 65,000 showings. I joke that I might not know where you live, but I’ve probably been in your house.”.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Art of Home Staging

Features Kristi Kates If you’re trying to sell your house, there are a lot of factors to consider. One element that’s often overlooked can make the difference between selling your home and watching it languish on the market: home staging. This art of preparing a private residence for sale improves the property’s appeal, making it a more desirable place to live.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Helping one of The Earth’s Oldest Species

Features Mike Terrell Instead of roaming the Great Lakes, Black Lake sturgeon are now confined to their namesake lake behind the Alverno Dam, limiting their gene pool even further with only a small number left in that body of water. Fish can go downstream to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, but can’t come back up.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Holly Hack, A Woman’s Voice

Features Holly Hack, broker-owner of Traverse Citybased EXIT Realty Paramount, was invited to participate in the realtors’ roundtable, but a scheduling conflict kept her away. Still, we wondered about her perspective on real estate growth and life as a woman owner.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Fracking Debate

Features Patrick Sullivan Cheap natural gas and slowed industry activity have quieted the fracking debate in northern Michigan recently, but that calm may soon be over. In March, The Sierra Club declared fracking should be banned in Michigan, and another group seeking to end the practice plans to collect signatures to put an anti-fracking initiative on the ballot in 2016.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Divine Intervention

Features Ross Boissoneau When selling a home, the first thing most people do is stick a sign in the yard declaring it FOR SALE, but some sellers put a little something extra in the ground for some additional help: a statue of St. Joseph. According to legend, burying the patron saint of the home and family will help a home sell quickly.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Food Sovereignty for the Odawa

Features Kristi Kates TROUBLING TREATIES “Before the land session treaties of 1836 and 1855, the Odawa tribe was self-sufficient, growing our own food, supporting and maintaining ourselves,” explained John Keshick III, Odawa Tribal Council member and also a member of the LTBB’s ad hoc Agricultural Workgroup crew.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Northern Michigan Environmental Watchlist

Features Patrick Sullivan “One of the hurdles we face with the lakes, particularly in our region, is the beauty of them,” Inland Seas Educational Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins said. “Because there’s not a large floating garbage patch out there, it’s not there in a lot of people’s eyes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Earth Day Celebrations Roundup

Features Kristi Kates April 22nd, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! First held in 1970, this annual event features celebrations held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the earth and its resources, and Michigan is no exception. Here are a few upcoming highlights.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

What’s New at Raven Hill Discovery Center

Features Kristi Kates High windows let in abundant natural light, but allow for uninterrupted exhibit space; whitewashed wooden planks line the walls, so each exhibit can have a serene background. And the floors – currently being made ready for their first appearance – are a story all their own.
 
 
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