Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...


A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween Happenings!

Features Kristi Kates Oct. 29 A trio of Mackinaw-area venues combine for three times the fun this Halloween. From 9am to 1 1pm, the McGulpin Point Light-house, decorated for Halloween this year in a Wizard of Oz theme, will offer special lighthouse events and eerie surprises.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Healthy Food for Healthy Pets At Pets Naturally

Features Kristi Kates When Kathy Hyland’s Boston terrier, Lucy, became ill with intestinal and skin problems, Hyland began researching foods to help her ailing pet. That cause, close to her heart, would become the catalyst for opening Pets Naturally, a shop focused on feeding and caring for the “whole pet.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Creepy Clown Production Coming to Cheboygan

Features Patrick Sullivan When artist Eddie Renner and aspiring filmmaker Haynze Whitmore met at a Cheboygan restaurant to discus their latest project, a film centered around a creepy clown, they had no idea they had just tapped into what would become a zeitgeist; today,...
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Life In This Dog’s Army

Features Kristi Kates Merrill, who started working in the finance industry right out of high school, was attending college in pursuit of an MBA in finance when a simple addition to her family took her life down an entirely new path: She adopted a German Shepherd, Zuri.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Taking On The Big Dog

Features Patrick Sullivan Dr. Randy Wysong, a part-time Traverse City resident, has been trying to make healthier pet foods for 35 years by carefully studying which ingredients should be included and which should not. Now his company, the Midland-based Wysong Corporation, is taking on six companies that he contends use misleading packaging on dog and cat food.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Struggles of a Blind Man

Features Patrick Sullivan Now he’s got a job, and he hopes to soon have his own apartment..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feel Fabulous This Fall

Features Beth Milligan From cutting-edge skincare treatments and new hair and makeup services to rejuvenating massage therapies and luxurious spa getaways, here’s your guide to getting — and feeling —gorgeous in northern Michigan this fall..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Up North Instagrams!

Features Kristi Kates Spending half of the year in Grand Rapids, where she teaches, and the other half on the Leelanau Peninsula, Alt finds she appreciates northern Michigan’s beauty even more when she’s been away for a while.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Microscopic Masterpieces

Features Kristi Kates You might have glimpsed the surface of this world before, if your eye doctor had a certain kind of imaging camera, or if you’ve ever broken a bone and viewed your own X-ray. But a group of professors, scientists and students at the University of Michigan are taking the photography of what’s inside our bodies to a whole new artistic level.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall/Winter Races 2016/17

Features SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 Orchards at Sunset 5K & Fun Run 3672 N. Stowe Rd., Suttons Bay https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orchards-at-sunset-fun-run-and-5kregistration-25516309970.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

It’s Apple Season!

Features Kristi Kates APPLE MONTH Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared October 2016 as Michigan Apple Month. More than 11.3 million apple trees on over 800 family-run Michigan farms fuel the state’s commercial production of apples, and this year’s crop is expected to hit a record-breaking 31 million bushels.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Who’s The Carpetbagger?

The race for the 1st District congressional seat is proving to be a knock-down, drag-out fight.

Features Patrick Sullivan Airwaves have been inundated with ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee that claim the Democrat running in the 1st District congressional race doesn’t live in northern Michigan, but rather, in a Detroit penthouse. The ads end: “For Lon Johnson, it’s all an act.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Two For Brew!

Features Kristi Kates Cost: $15 admission includes a complimentary glass and drink ticket Don’t Miss: A side trip to the always gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore next door is the perfect morning activity before you indulge in this microbrew extravaganza. More Information: www.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Preserving Fall’s Bounty In Jars: Canning With Crosshatch

Features Kristi Kates On a sunny afternoon on the piazza at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons farmers market, a small but focused crowd gathered. They weren’t there to shop, nor to admire the grounds; they could be seen busily cutting vegetables, pouring liquid into jars, and carefully submerging the fruits of their labors into steaming hot water — all at a mobile kitchen that’s revolutionizing how locals are learning to preserve healthy food.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Winemakers Looking at Strong Bounce-Back Year

Features Ross Boissoneau Lee Lutes wasn’t worried the lack of rainfall this past summer would threaten the wine grape harvest. The head winemaker at Blackstar Farms said the warm, dry weather in June and July was actually beneficial for the grapes, and if it held form, he said, “There will be a bunch of winemakers dancing a jig.