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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

HARD TIMES FOR HORSES

Features Anne Stanton Hard Time for Horses: Veterinarian Tanja Molby works to make a difference
By Anne Stanton
On the outskirts of Kingsley, there was this weird scene last Sunday
of riders and their horses sauntering down the shoulder of the road
and turning into a dirt driveway that was already lined with
four-wheel drive cars, trucks, and horse trailers.
 
Monday, October 25, 2010

The race for judge: Stepka & Elsenheimer

Features Anne Stanton The Race for Judge: Mike Stepka vs. Kevin Elsenheimer for 86th District Court
By Anne Stanton
The race for 86th District Court has turned out to be a hot one if the
countless and searing letters to the editor at local newspapers are
any indication.
Soon after the two candidates emerged from the five-way race in
August, supporters of Mike Stepka, 47, began sending letters to local
newspapers bashing Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer’s court experienc, which
didn’t include his years as assistant prosecutor. And Elsenheimer, 45,
recently organized a robo call with statements that Stepka said are
blatantly false and partisan (see below).
 
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?
 
 
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