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Letters 04-14-14

Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Ticked off over tips

Features Anne Stanton Ticked-Off Over Tips
By Anne Stanton
A former teen employee of Kilwin’s said that the candy shop in
Traverse City takes most of the tips that are intended for the
workers, and has filed a lawsuit to get her money back.
“People were leaving tips, thinking they were going to the kids. Not
only were they ripping the kids off, they were deceiving the public.
That’s what really bothers me, “ said Marvin Hagelberg, who helped his
daughter file the suit.
 
Monday, October 18, 2010

The battle for the 104th

Features Anne Stanton The Battle for the 104th: 3 State Rep candidates share their views
By Anne Stanton
With the campaign season in full swing, Northern Express is emailing
questionnaires to find out how candidates feel about alternative
issues like climate change and train travel.  The 104th District race
for State Representative has three candidates, including a Republican
incumbent, a retired teacher and union leader, and a young school
board member, who has been relatively fearless in her opinions and
votes. Here’s what they have to say.
 
Monday, October 4, 2010

Nifty at 90: Sue Garthe

Features Anne Stanton Nifty at 90: In perfect health, Sue Garthe shares her surprising advice
By Anne Stanton
As the weather grows colder and the days a little shorter, Sue Garthe
offers this wisdom for getting old with your body intact. Go outside
and walk every single day -- no matter if the sun is shining or the
rain is pouring down in blinding sheets.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

A run for Tatas

Features Anne Stanton A run for the ta tas!
• • • Run or walk for breast cancer awareness on October 2 • • •
By Anne Stanton
The mammography technologists whose job it is to position dozens of
breasts each day to search for telltale masses and calcifications have
both sad and inspiring stories to tell.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Fresh voices vie for Bart Stupak‘s seat

Features Anne Stanton Fresh voices vie for Bart Stupak’s Seat
By Anne Stanton
Usually, the Democrats and Republicans are sure to differ on one
issue and that’s how they stand on the issue of abortion. In the case
of the First Congressional race—U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak’s current
seat—all three candidates oppose legalized abortion, even in the case
of rape and incest.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Fighting for Gay Rights

Features Anne Stanton Fighting for Gay Rights: Jim Carruthers weighs in on TC’s hottest controversy
By Anne Stanton
Jim Carruthers is feeling the heat.
The gay activist and Traverse City commissioner was having coffee the
other day at Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse. He was telling a woman
friend how he needed to get out of town for a while.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Finding Dad

Features Anne Stanton Finding Dad: lifelong search turns up long lost father
By Anne Stanton
Over the years, Pier Dannals Wright, a painter and a rather quiet
sort, would impulsively pick up the phone and dial information of a
random big city. He’d ask the operator for a listing of his dad, a man
with his own name, whom he hadn’t seen since the age of five. The
operator would always say the same thing. Nothing.
 
Monday, August 16, 2010

Joni Holbrook

Features Anne Stanton Joni Holbrook: From One Jail to Another Years of torment end with a 6-year sentence
 By Anne Stanton
*Warning—there is explicit adult content contained in this article.*
 
            Joni Holbrook, a diminutive legal secretary who shot her
husband three times as he slept in his bed in their Benzie County home,
was sentenced to a minimum prison term of six years last week.
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Happiness U

Features Anne Stanton Happiness U: How to get into the college of your dreams
By Anne Stanton
A couple of months ago, a surgeon was making small talk as he put six
stitches into my head.
“So,” he said, inquiring of my 14-year-old daughter -- stitch, stitch,
stich --  “where does she want to go college?”
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Scholarship search

Features Anne Stanton Scholarship Search: how to find college money
By Anne Stanton
Even if you can get into the college of your choice, there is the big
question of affording it. Finding scholarship money takes dedication
and time with your efforts paying off most in your senior year.
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

From rags to riches: Wayne Lobdell

Books Anne Stanton From Rags to Great Riches
By Anne Stanton
Traverse City entrepreneur Wayne Lobdell is known as a full-throttle
kind of guy when it comes to running his empire of fast-food
franchises. But he’s been more laid back when it’s come to promoting
his autobiography, “Climb from the Cellar,” which was published in the
Spring of 2009 with sales of a couple thousand copies.
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

Feeling the heat

Features Anne Stanton Feeling the Heat: TC Compassion Club meetings put on hold
By Anne Stanton
In light of the August raids of medical marijuana clinics in Oakland County and suspected local police surveillance, the Traverse City Compassion Club is putting its weekly private meetings at the Crema coffee shop on hold.
“Because of the extreme position of the Oakland County prosecutor, there’s definitely a climate of fear here in Traverse City,” said Bob Heflin, a member and former president of the Compassion Club.
At the club’s last Monday meeting on August 30, one of the compassion club members observed that six plain clothes police officers—dressed in short pants and polo shorts with visible side arms—were sitting in a van with electronic surveillance equipment. The compassion club has its own plain-clothed security person who roams the sidewalk outside of the meetings to make sure there are no illegal drug transfers, said Kevin Plamondon, president of the Compassion Club.
“We have our club’s integrity to protect,” he said.
 
Monday, August 2, 2010

Munson Medical Facility

Features Anne Stanton A most delicate Operation: Munson Stitches a Deal with Spectrum
By Anne Stanton
Last week, the Northern Michigan Regional Health System in Petoskey
ended affiliation talks with Spectrum Health, saying it didn’t want to
lose local control of its health services.
So what does that mean for Munson Healthcare, which is also trying to
negotiate an affiliation?
 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Eric VanDussen

Features Anne Stanton An Unlikely Reporter: Roughed up by a cop 18 years ago,
Eric VanDussen has never forgotten
By Anne Stanton
If you missed watching Archie Kiel’s marijuana trial reported this
week in the Express, you can still turn to Channel 97 and catch it in
its entirety on Up North TV. Same with Joni Holbrook’s admission to
second-degree murder earlier this month when she confessed to
“snapping” after years of her husband’s alleged emotional, sexual, and
physical abuse.
 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Archie Kiel found guilty

Features Anne Stanton Pot Farmer Archie Kiel Found Guilty
By Anne Stanton
Archie Kiel—whose story and photos in Northern Express triggered a
raid by the Traverse Narcotics Team nearly a year ago—was found guilty
in a jury trial for the manufacture of less than 20 marijuana plants.
The normal prison term for the charge is four years, but the maximum
is double that for Kiel since he was convicted once of a drug-related
misdemeanor.  It could have been worse. He was originally charged with
more than 20 plants, which carries a maximum of 14 years.
 
 
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