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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Life on the 45th

Features Kristi Kates The 45th parallel north is a line of latitude running all the way around the globe. To northern Michiganians, it’s also a very special mark of the region where we live, as evidenced by its use in such local projects and companies as Parallel 45 Theatre, Latitude 45 Cycling Store, Parallel 45 Vines and Wines, Studio 45 Dance and 45th Parallel Realty.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Modern Day Take on Strang

Features Patrick Sullivan A Strangite Mormon Diaspora occurred after James Jesse Strang was assassinated in 1856. There was no census taken to determine what happened to his followers; they are thought to have scattered to Utah and Wisconsin and elsewhere. For a time, the Mormon religion seemed to vanish from northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

What’s New in Boyne and Charlevoix

Features Kristi Kates With the success of their taproom on Union Street in downtown Traverse City, opened in 2011, Jim Smolak and Matt Cozzand have made the decision to expand their venture farther north.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Short’s Brewery Hits a Dozen Years

Features Kristi Kates Joe Short discovered a passion for brewing in college. After doing some homebrewing, he left school and went to work for some “real” breweries to learn more; before long, he decided he wanted to break out of the mold and do his own thing.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beaver Island’s Historical Divide

Features Patrick Sullivan Once, the island was home to a Mormon king, a charismatic and despotic leader who commanded that his followers adhere to his strict, splinter brand of Mormonism. James Jesse Strang’s followers were chased from the island following his assassination in 1856 and, since then, the place has cultivated an Irish identity, one that’s survived to this day.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Green One Percent

Early Adopters of Solar Technology Worry About a Utility Backlash

Features Patrick Sullivan Electric utilities are pushing back against incentives encouraging people to go solar and conserve energy. The latest local example of this nationwide struggle flared up in March, when Cherryland Electric Cooperative’s board of directors approved a measure to slash what it pays for solar panel-generated kilowatts beginning in November.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Travels with Bob Downes

The Great Outdoors Everywhere

Features Kristi Kates Want to get outdoors? How about getting outdoors in as many countries as possible? Now add your favorite sporting activities and you’ve really got a unique adventure.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School

Features Sheri McWhirter The couple from Caledonia, Mich., makes for an allround outdoorsy pair; they canoe and kayak, cross-country ski and snowshoe, hike and travel. They even own a cottage on the Clam River out of Lake Cadillac.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Old School Golf on the Upswing

Features Ross Boissoneau Golfers are always looking to improve their game, but Howard Vogel and Tom Thornton don’t believe that means 300-yard drives down the fairway — quite the opposite, in fact. The pair has traded the dream of crushing the ball with oversize club heads and graphite shafts for the feel of hitting it just right with hickory shaft golf clubs.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Shore-to-Shore

Features Kristi Kates Developed by trail riders in the early ‘60s with the help of Michigan Sen. William Milliken, the subdued Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail (officially established in 1962) is perfect for those who want to see both northern Michigan legendary shorelines.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 Spring, Summer And Fall Races

Features Here’s a look at upcoming races in the Northern Express readership area through October. We hope it encompasses most public races, but please forgive us if we’ve missed a few!.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival

Features Kristi Kates 3 Predictions from that first Earth Day in 1970 included impending mass starvation and widespread famine, the reduction of sunlight to Earth by half by 1985, the looming disappearance of crude oil and an 11-degree decrease in planet temperature by the year 2000.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Road Projects Ahead

Features Ross Boissoneau Everyone knows there are two seasons in Michigan: winter and road construction — an old joke, but one that residents acknowledge has more than a little truth to it. Weather ravages and the steady erosion of pavement from cars and trucks mean detours, flag persons, and signs bearing the dreaded words “One Lane Road Ahead.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

All of These T-shirts Were Born in Northern Michigan

(But Not All of Them Were Made in America)

Features Patrick Sullivan Go anywhere in the country and you can find a quirky T-shirt shop that celebrates that particular place. Go to a tourist town and there will be several. Look at Traverse City; it’s got M-22, High Five Threads, the Roth Shirt Co., Tee See Tee, not to mention shops, wineries and breweries that create their own designs.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Your “It” Items For Spring 2016

Features This light cotton voile dress from Star Mela ($228) is embellished with both lace and striking Mexican embroidery, with a low elastic waist for an easy fit in warmer temperatures, and it’s available in a wide spectrum of color combinations, whether you’re out at the beach or strolling the local farmers market.
 
 
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