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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, May 14, 2016

Kevin Nealon’s Not Overwhelmed

Art Kristi Kates only 8:30am in Los Angeles, but if Kevin Nealon isn’t a morning person, you’d never know it by the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone. Comedian/actor Nealon, whose specialties include observational comedy and satire, is embarking on a U.S. stand-up tour in a few days.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Father and son team up with boat kits

Art Ross Boissoneau Al Jankowski has been enamored with boats most of his life, a trait he passed to his son Kurt. Now the two are sharing that love with others through the Old Mission Boat Company, a startup that sells boat kits. The hook: They say the boats are designed so that someone can start the build one weekend and have it in the water the next.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Two by Tennessee

Plays by Williams Set to Take the Stage at Interlochen and Parallel 45 Theatre

Art Kristi Kates American playwright Tennessee Williams may have been slow to success, toiling for years before receiving any recognition, but once he hit it, he really hit it with a series of plays that are considered stage essentials even today, with many of them also adapted to film.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gene Jenneman Shifting Focus at the Dennos

Art Kristi Kates Rumors fly fast in northern Michigan. Lately, one of the rumor mill’s favorite subjects has been the Dennos Museum’s longtime Executive Director Gene Jenneman; the grapevine says he’s stepping down. While Jenneman is definitely looking toward the future, his next step is merely a shifting of roles, not an entire changing of the guard.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Frank Caliendo: A Career in Comedy

Art Kristi Kates Frank Caliendo’s career includes plenty of tomfoolery, or should we say Frankfoolery? You’ve probably seen the American comedian and actor on any number of shows, especially if you’re a sports fan; in addition to appearances on MADtv, The Bob and...
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Moth Mainstage

Art Kristi Kates The Moth Mainstage is a non-scripted, but carefully constructed, show all about true stories — true stories told live, onstage and without prompters or notes. At each performance, a selection of curated storytellers from all walks of life share their personal vignettes uniting under one theme.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Getting Wild at CTAC

Art Kristi Kates WILD WORKS As curated by artists Dani Knoph and Courtney Michalik, Wildhearted: A Fresh Take on Northern Michigan’s Environment will feature a selection of environmentally-conscious artists and creative professionals who are aiming at pushing the boundaries of artistic convention.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Art Identity

Art Kristi Kates Ontario-born William H. White came to northern Michigan in 1859 to manage a sawmill in East Jordan. In 1881, that business failed and White was out $600 in wages; he was given $450 in merchandise in lieu of earnings. In January 1883, he shipped his goods by sleigh, over 4 feet of snow, to Boyne City.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Handmade Michigan

Selling Your Wares Online

Art Kristi Kates Whether you’re a consumer of handcrafted goods or you create your own, chances are you’re looking for somewhere to buy or sell them.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Author James Rollins' Unique Method

Art Clark Miller A 500-year-old mummy that’s not supposed to be there; solar flares triggering huge natural disasters; a derelict Russian scientific base buried, with many of its secrets, in an iceberg; gun-toting special ops soldiers trained to understand and...
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Meet The Art Guy: Paul LaPorte

Art Kristi Kates If you’ve ever listened to WTCM Radio, visited the Crooked Tree Arts Center or attended any number of local art events, chances are your path has crossed with Paul LaPorte’s.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

For the Love of Rust

Art Al Parker “I saw this old Ford truck sitting deserted in the woods and took a photo of it,” she said. “And one time I sent my granddaughter to a junkyard to get me photos of old cars. Then I work from the photos. In addition to the cars, I really love doing portraits.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sheryl Langdon's Beautiful Balancing Act

Art Al Parker “When I’m making jewelry, certain stones literally seem to tell me what to do with them,” she said. “I try to balance the raw with the refined, the heavy with the iridescent, the old with the new, the dull with the sparkle to help them to be seen in a different and elegant way.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emmet County’s Biggest Fan Beth Eckerle

Art Kristi Kates One way to honor state, county or municipal employees who have helped preserve Michigan’s history beyond the duties of their official jobs is by presenting them with the Michigan Historical Commission’s Governor John B. Swainson Award.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don Butkovich and the Art of Appreciating Art

Art Nick Beadleston His resume is encyclopedic and includes accomplishments logged across Michigan and the northeastern United States and Canada, and it also details his expertise in numerous artistic mediums. Today, imbued with the wisdom of a life fully lived, he quietly runs Don Butkovich Antiques & Appraisals from his Traverse City home.
 
 
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