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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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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Go Fighting Whities!

Is the use of Native American imagery in Petoskey sports teams offensive?

Features Patrick Sullivan

What would happen if a high school football team decided to call themselves the “Fighting Whities” and used a Caucasian stereotype as a mascot?

Fred Harrington said it wouldn’t fly — neither would mascots portraying Jewish, African American, Italian, Asian or any other racial identity. So why, he asks, are Native American mascots, like the one used by the Petoskey Northmen, acceptable?

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Crossfit Gyms: Training That Tests Your Mettle

Features Clark Miller This is about short, intense workouts. In fact, franchises like TC Total CrossFit and ColdFront CrossFit in Traverse City and CrossFit Petoskey aren’t even called gyms at all. They are known as “boxes,” a corporate designation that makes one thing clear: this is a place for people who are dead serious about getting in shape.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

From Jurassic Park to Hemingway: Northern Michigan’s Skiable Feast

Features Kristi Kates IT ALL STARTS WITH SKIS Developed by Treetops’ General Manager Barry Owens, the creator of several fun culinary jaunts for Treetops guests, the Skiable Feast (name borrowed from the Hemingway novel “A Moveable Feast”) covers six kilometers of...
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Center to Welcome Patients Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Cancer attacks people in numerous ways, from tumors that eat away bone or muscle to weakening immune systems, as well as leaving patients with little appetite or drive to fight. That’s why cancer specialists often work in tandem with specialists in other areas, such as nutrition, psychology and pain relief.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Coping

Features Sheri McWhirter Susan Ruoff closed her high-end cosmetics store, Venus, in downtown Traverse City near the end of 2015, but that doesn’t mean the extensively trained stylist won’t still be helping women feel beautiful. Ruoff simply has a new focus: women living with cancer.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Pursuit Of A Cure: Cancer Research In Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan For most, the term “cancer research” conjures up images of university laboratories, scientific institutes and metropolitan medical centers. Yet local community hospitals across northern Michigan are also playing a crucial part in the search to find a cure.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sitting, Sugar, Sun

THE NEW VICES

Features Patrick Sullivan Sitting too often, eating too much sugar or spending too much time unprotected from the sun can have harmful or deadly effects equal to more obvious dangers. The Northern Express talked to experts about how we can redefine these behaviors as vices in order to live healthier lives.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Place in the World

Cadillac’s After 26 Depot Helps Connect Disabled Adults to Their Community

Features Patrick Sullivan Forty-four-year-old Keith is finally in touch with the world. As he washed dishes, he thought about why he loves his job at After 26 Depot restaurant in Cadillac. Keith, who is cognitively disabled, once worked at a sheltered factory that employs disabled adults.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Spring Things Up at the Chili Cook-Off

Features Kristi Kates COMMUNITY BENEFITS Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $10 per person, which gets you eight 4-ounce samples of chili (and you can buy extras if you’d like.) To bolster the DTCA’s limited budget, the proceeds from this event help support other downtown events that are offered to the community at no cost, from Friday Night Live to Santa’s Arrival.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Faith, Family and Freedom: Traverse City’s Ukrainian Community

Features Nick Beadleston “They live here; they shop here; they go to our schools, our hospitals, but I don’t think most people in Traverse City know they’re here,” said lifelong northern Michigander Edward Richardson, who taught English to some of the area’s first Ukrainian immigrants.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Celebrate Winter in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates From Jan. 14–17, the yearly Winterfest takes over Mackinaw City with a full schedule of fun winter activities. The fest is without leadership this year, as the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hire a new director, but the chamber’s Kelly Vieau has stepped up to the plate and is doing her best to oversee much of the proceedings.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Head Over the Hills to Boyne to Try a New Winter Sport

Features Kristi Kates Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls are teaming up with the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council for Winter Trail Days, Jan. 9–10. The program promotes the silent winter sports: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hiking and fat-tire snow biking.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Blissfest's Winter Persona

Features Kristi Kates While the yearly Blissfest Folk and Roots Music Festival in Bliss, Mich. is more of an “all for one and one for all” kind of event, Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series, much like winter itself, is a little more subdued and focused.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Behind The Bell Ringers

Features Kristi Kates The year was 1891. It was a damp and dark Christmas Eve in San Francisco. The officer in charge of the city’s Salvation Army office had noticed the poor folks down at the wharf — the disadvantaged and the homeless, alone and struggling on this holiday night.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Here’s Your Guide to Welcoming 2016!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you like lots of glitter, the great outdoors, casual street food or gourmet goodies, northern Michigan has several options for your Dec. 31 celebration. Here are highlights from some of the bigger events around the region so you can pick your location to welcome 2016.

 
 
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