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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Table tennis/Petoskey/Temp bike path closure/Dennos/TSO

Region Watch Kristi Kates TABLE TENNIS FOR ALL
A new table tennis training center has opened in Williamsburg at 5549 S. Bates Road near the High Pointe Golf Club. The Hayden Table Tennis Training Center will offer tournaments, lessons and leagues, as well as strength training and a pro shop. Don Hayden Jr., whose late father started High Pointe, has remodeled the former Heights Machinery building to make way for the Center and its 15 world championship tables; he and long-time table tennis partner Paul Everts talked for years about building a center dedicated solely to table tennis, and have now reached their goal.
Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though paddles are available for rent/sale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-9; Saturday, 10-8; and Sundays, 10-4. Daily and membership rates are available. Danny Seemiller, five-time U.S. Table Tennis Champion and current Olympic coach, will be holding clinics next year. For more information, call 888-456-PONG.
 
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bird species hit hard

Region Watch A new analysis by the National Audubon Society reveals that some of America’s most familiar birds have taken a nosedive over the past 40 years, with some populations down as much as 80%.
The dramatic declines are attributed to the loss of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and other critical habitats from environmental threats such as sprawl, energy development, and the spread of industrialized agriculture. These threats are compounded by the escalating effects of global warming.
 
Thursday, July 5, 2007

New rules for anglers/Goodwill exits/Filmaking workshop/Leelanau bus

Region Watch Katie Huston New rules for anglers
A foreign pathogen that causes fish to bleed internally will have a big impact on recreational anglers this summer.
Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is not a native disease to Michigan waters, but it was discovered in Lake Huron in 2005. Department of Natural Resources biologists believe the disease has also found its way into Lake Michigan. It has the potential to devastate entire fish populations.
To prevent the spread of VHS, anglers must make sure they do not release fish caught in VHS-infested waters into any waters that are listed as free of the disease. The transport of bait is prohibited, and anglers must make sure bait obtained in a VHS-positive area is only used on other VHS-positive areas.
“The invasion of exotic species is one of the gravest dangers facing the Great Lakes today,” said Jennifer McKay, a policy specialist at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes since the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Chicago Shipping Canal. Currently, a new invasive species enters the Great Lakes every eight months.
 
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dark waters/Volunteers wanted/Pig farm mess

Region Watch Something Fishy: James Crossman, a student with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, netted a 25 pound sturgeon as part of a Sturgeon Viewing Guided Tour hosted by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Sturgeon for Tomorrow in the Black Lake watershed.
Each spring, the sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) head up select rivers to spawn along the rocky riverbanks, almost oblivious to nearby human activity, making these rare fish susceptible to poachers and illegal harvest.
The lake sturgeon is a threatened species in Michigan and a rare species throughout the United States. That’s why a group of conservation officers, volunteer off-duty National Guard personnel, and other volunteer groups concentrate in these areas 24-hours a day during spawning season to safeguard the fish from poaching. Photo by Marci Singer.

 
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Earth Day Action

Region Watch Staff & Greg Reisig For the 19th consecutive year, Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) will be giving away free blue spruce seedlings starting at 8 a.m. at the Sara Hardy Farmer’s Market in Traverse City (Union & Grandview Parkway) on Saturday, April 21.
The seedling giveaway is part of local Earth Day celebrations. L&P will also be donating 10,000 white pine seedlings to local school children and youth groups through their partnership with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.
 
Thursday, April 12, 2007

Holiday Inn West Bay/Sleeping Bear Weighs Options

Region Watch The Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City is trying to stamp out a destructive rumor that has been whispered around town over the past year. In short, there’s no truth to the claim that the landmark hotel will be sold and turned into condos.
“These rumors could not be further from the truth. We have recently entered into an agreement to extend our Holiday Inn franchise until 2012,” said William Wolfe, president of the Castrop Wolfe Development Company, which manages the hotel. “The Holiday Inn West Bay is a long-standing Traverse City landmark. We are committed to being a Holiday Inn and maintaining a standard of excellence in serving the people and visitors of Traverse City, both now and in the future. The Holiday Inn West Bay is here to stay.”
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Calling all volunteers for the Governer‘s Conference

Region Watch Anne Stanton If you’re a political junkie—Republican or Democrat—you might want to consider volunteering at the National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting in Traverse City on July 20-23 at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Volunteers will meet and greet state governors, along with cabinet officials, business leaders, and national and local media representatives.
Conference organizers need about 200 volunteers in total. There are two requirements: volunteers must pass a criminal background check conducted by the Michigan State Police and attend a July 19 mandatory volunteer orientation to learn about their specific duties.
 
Thursday, January 4, 2007

Grease could be the word for Dominic Fortuna

Region Watch Take a careful look at commercials airing on NBC for the new “Grease: You’re The One I Want” reality TV series and you‘ll spot Northern Michigan’s own Dominic Fortuna.
The series premieres Sunday January 7, and based on the commercials and a photo of Fortuna at NBC Grease website, it appears that he is a potential major player in the new series.
Fortuna has signed a confidentially agreement and is unable to comment on his potential participation. He did acknowledge that he tried out and was sent out to the “Grease Academy” in California.
 
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Peace breaks out in Petoskey

Region Watch Northern Michigan People for Peace, the Little Traverse League for Peace & Freedom, Blissfest Music Organization, and Tara’s Meadow of Beaver Island will present the first annual “Solstice Celebration for Life & Peace” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, in Petoskey.
“Our intention is to celebrate the ‘family of humankind’ — to uplift, to educate and entertain during this season of light returning to our hemisphere,” said NMP4P member Jim Norgaard.
Friday’s activities will feature a concert headlined by Earthwork musicians Seth Bernard, Daisy May, and “Breathe Owl Breathe.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Ross Stoakes Theatre, 461 E. Mitchell St. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (231) 348-7074 for advance tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Grain Train Natural Food Co-op (220 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey) and at the door. Proceeds from the concert will support NMP4P and the Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom.
 
Thursday, December 7, 2006

Closing the loop

Region Watch Anne Stanton Get ready, set, rev ... or maybe do a slow boil of disappointment. It all depends on who you are.
Thanks to a decision to open a 12-mile railroad grade along Mullet Lake, snowmobile enthusiasts can now make a complete loop around Northern Michigan. The trail connects snowmobile trails in Indian River and Cheboygan. With the gap closed, the snow machines can tour from Indian River north to Mackinac City, south to Alanson, and then back to Indian River, said Mike Grisdale, executive director of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sinking Ship

Region Watch Anne Stanton As one activist group puts it, the U.S. Coast Guard has proposed plans to “turn the Great Lakes into the world’s largest freshwater shooting range.”
The Coast Guard plans to fire a mounted M-240B machine gun and an M16 rifle on boats and targets in order to prepare for potential terrorist attacks on bridges, canals, and locks—not to mention 13 nuclear power plants—situated on the Great Lakes. In fact, it has already held 24 weapons training exercises without hurting anyone.
The Coast Guard says it will make safety a paramount concern, but boaters and fishermen fear getting shot. A group called Citizens for Lake Safety proposed that the Coast Guard practice with closed shooting ranges on land.
Illinois attorney Steven Pollack, who just passed the bar this month, says that the best way to stop the plan is with a legal challenge. He believes the lead bullets will pollute the Great Lakes, the source of drinking water for 42 million Americans. (The Coast Guard has countered that an environmental analysis by the consulting group, CH2M Hill, predicts the lead concentrations would be well below EPA standards.)
Here’s a quick interview with Pollack.

 
Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pie & Peace

Region Watch Express Staff More than just autumn aromas will fill the Grand Traverse Pie Company this
Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors will find jazz filling the air as
selections from the region’s newest CD, “Your Peace Counts” are played.
The benefit CD with a pie-friendly theme will be on sale at the GT Pie
Company through the holidays.
 
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Payday in the State House

Region Watch Anne Stanton Did a Georgia-based company that makes “payday loans” try to influence a Northern Michigan representative?
Dan Scripps thinks so. Scripps is running against David Palsrock (R-Manistee), the incumbent Republican state representative whose 101st District includes all or part of Mason, Manistee, Benzie and
Leelanau counties.
 
Thursday, September 28, 2006

It‘s time to party

Region Watch Rick Coates On Saturday, October 7, Goodwill
Industries will host their third annual “THE PARTY” a “fun-raiser,” as they bill it, to benefit their Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter program.
While Northern Michigan is perceived as an affluent part of the state and the region lacks many people
living on the streets, THE PARTY organizers point to the growing homeless community as an “invisible” reality of the area.
 
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The vice tightens

Region Watch Anne Stanton Record-Eagle detractor Ross Childs has succeeded in putting pressure on Record-Eagle editor Bill Thomas—but Thomas said his staff hasn’t backed off a whit from doing its job and he’s not intimidated.
And thanks to a counter–effort to applaud the Record-Eagle’s investigative journalism, the newspaper’s corporate office “has just been flooded with letters of support,” said Publisher Ann Reed. “I want to thank people for caring about our newspaper.”
In late August, the newspaper’s parent company announced that it was putting the Record-Eagle up for sale, along with five other papers. Dow Jones & Co. owns Ottaway newspapers, which owns the Record-Eagle along with 51 other newspapers and publications.
 
 
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