Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

There's Something Fishy Going On at the Oden State Fish Hatchery

Features Kristi Kates The Oden State Fish Hatchery does a lot of good work for northern Michigan. Not only is it a major rearing facility for brown and rainbow trout, it also helps teach people about the lake and rivers in their own backyard through the awareness and educational components made available at the hatchery’s on-site visitor center.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Elk Rapids Vibrant, Growing

Features Ross Boissoneau Some people think of Elk Rapids as a sleepy little town just north of Traverse City — if they think of it at all, that is. As US-31 bisects the village’s two main business areas, those driving north or south might notice only the chamber of commerce office next to Elk Lake, with its enormous swan statue.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Tour Of Northern Michigan’s Nonprofits

Features Patrick Sullivan We’ve compiled lists of the 10 largest nonprofits in Traverse City and Petoskey. The organizations are ranked based on annual income, as stated in the nonprofit’s most recent Form 990 filing to the Internal Revenue Service, according to records compiled by Guide star, a website that tracks nonprofits.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Different Way To Give

Features Patrick Sullivan Cameron Clark operates hometown giving.com from Beulah. It’s a website dedicated to connecting northern Michigan consumers with local businesses and nonprofits. Nonprofits can register for free on the site; businesses pay a small fee.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Antique-Lovers’ Paradise Returns to Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates Dave Fraser is a longtime antiques dealer with over 30 years of experience, and he manages this year’s pair of Petoskey antiques shows with his wife, Lena, from their home in Torch Lake. “Petoskey’s been running this show for 22 years, and I took it over after Emmet County revamped the fairgrounds,” Fraser explained.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Changing it Up at the SOBO Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates The SOBO arts district in Boyne City has truly become a mini local phenomenon. As this formerly quiet neighborhood has evolved, adding more events, shops, and opportunities to downtown Boyne City, so, too, has the district’s SOBO Arts Festival.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

High-Tech Treasure Hunt Geocaching Up North

Features Kristi Kates Also common in caches are disposable cameras finders can use to capture and leave a photo of themselves, as well as tiny takeaway gadgets called hitchhikers, generally TravelBugs or GeoCoins that are trackable, enabling the person who placed the cache to track how far his or her hitchhiker gets.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nathan Scherrer’s Behind The Screen Life

Features Kristi Kates He grew up “absolutely obsessed” with music videos, at a time before the internet offered on-demand musical hubs like YouTube and Vevo. Today, he’s crafting music videos of his own for such big pop names as Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. He’s Northport’s own Nathan Scherrer.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Dangerous Road

Features Patrick Sullivan Goch told police that she had felt unsteady when she reached the top of the curve, so she hit her brakes, causing her car to slide across the center line of the rain-coated highway. The vehicles crashed head-on. Anthony Erving died at the scene; Deanna Erving died later that day at the hospital.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gills ’N Thrills Lures

Features Al Parker The 1,972-acre lake is about six miles long and relatively shallow — averaging less than 10-feet deep with a maximum of 23 feet at its deepest point. In spots, its bottom is littered with the remnants left from the long-gone lumber mills that once lined the shores.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summertime Means Street Musique!

Features Kristi Kates of musicians playing each night by adding locations, as well as rotating some of our locations to give the musicians and visitors different spots to enjoy different types of music without stepping on each other,” she said. The music also has been diversified, and now includes everything from string quartets to world music to indie-rockers.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Downstate Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While the list of shows Up North is long and varied each summer, some bands and artists never quite make it up this far, so you have to road trip downstate to see them live. But which ones are worth the drive? We’ve sifted through the scads of shows and selected all the can’t-miss concerts worth the ride.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Go Mobile for More Music!

Features Kristi Kates So you’ve bought your tickets and set your plans for all of northern Michigan’s great summer concert events, but you still want more music? No problem! The rest of the Midwest is alive with outdoor music festivals too. Behold, the best within an eight-hour drive:.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

U.P. Road Trip: 10 Must-see Sights

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve lived in or visited Michigan for any length of time, chances are you know about many of the Upper Peninsula’s highlights: Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Bay, the Hancock copper mines, and Pictured Rocks. But there are plenty of lesser-known sights that also deserve a spot on the U.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Park Performances in Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series, a summer staple, really begins in February. That’s when the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) starts receiving phone calls from music fans wondering when their favorite musicians will perform … in June.