Letters

Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Local Forests Under Siege

Features Nick Beadleston While trees play an enormous aesthetic role in the character of our community, they are much more than just pretty scenery. Trees -- particularly those adjacent to bodies of water -- are integral components of a stable ecosystem. Their loss can have a devastating impact on the health of entire landscapes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Gardeners of All Stripes

Features Ross Boissoneau HOBBY GONE WILD Chris Hoos and Jill Yaple, Maple City Years gardening: 20 plus years each Favorite flowers/vegetables to grow: Chris – frying peppers and fava beans Jill – peas and peppers, sunflowers and zinnias Sources for plants/seeds: We buy a few seeds in stores as we see them, but mostly we order seeds from catalogs, e.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Get Started

Features Ross Boissoneau Shuker says the easiest plants to grow are the ones that require the least amount of water and maintenance, and that will grow in soil conditions that are not ideal. Some examples are succulents, sedums, lavender and ornamental grasses. All prefer hot, dry conditions and need little attention or deadheading.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Where to Turn

Features Ross Boissoneau First, there is a plethora of gardening stores. From Crystal Gardens in Frankfort to Garden Goods in Traverse City to Elk Rapids Floral and Greenhouses to the grocery stores and big box stores that stock seeds, plants and tools, you can find most everything you need and advice on what and how to plant.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Fashion Color Forecast

Features Kristi Kates “Soft” and “cool” are the buzzwords for this year’s spring/summer season. Colors are running more subdued than in previous warm weather seasons and there is no neon in sight. From Pantone (fashion’s color authority), Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com and the pages of Vogue, let’s learn what colors fit this description so you can prep for your summer clothing shopping spree. Hint: you’ll see a whole lot of earth tones and a ton of dresses.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Case That Haunts Kalkaska

Features Patrick Sullivan For years, stacks of evidence and pages of arguments piled up. In 2013, newly-elected Kalkaska County prosecutor Michael Perreault agreed to honor requests from wrongful conviction clinics at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University to authorize new DNA tests.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Going to Market

Features Kristi Kates Hyde has been buying fashions since the early ‘80s. Before moving Up North, she worked in retail downstate and then opened Molly’s in 1981. Daisy Jane came later in 2010. Both of Hyde’s stores carry an eclectic mix of clothing, which is the result, she said, of catering to a resort area.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

From Garbage to Glamour

Features Kristi Kates Students from Mancelona, Onaway, and Benzie as well as the local Traverse City schools are invited to participate, and Trashion Fashion is an equal opportunity celebration - as long as the basic guidelines are followed, there’s no prejudging, so all of the fashions submitted will actually be showcased on the runway.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Student Style

Features Kristi Kates It’s the age-old debate: do school uniforms make students focus on “the right stuff,” or are they meaningless yet expensive? While mostly associated with private and parochial schools, 19 percent of public schools now require students to wear uniforms, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (U.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Linda Heller Thrives in a Male Dominated Sport

Features Mike Terrell “Nationwide, the percentage of female anglers is growing. Statistics suggest that women who fish tend to prefer fly-fishing at a higher proportion than men,” said the longtime fly-fishing proponent. “There’s nothing masculine about it.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

How to get up... and Come down fast

Features Kristi Kates “There’s military, which is a static line attached to the plane that pulls the parachute cord for you; tandem, in which you’re attached to an instructor who does all the work; and AFF, or Accelerated Free Fall, in which you go out with two...
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Maximize Your Training!

Features Kristi Kates Whether you’re a high school athlete, a college player, a local triathlete, or a weekend warrior, specialized sports performance training can help take you to the next level.
 
 
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