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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting tough on grandma/ Elaine Vanderberg

Features Anne Stanton Getting Tough on Grandma: Prosecutor drags on case against pepper-sprayed great grandmother
By Anne Stanton
It sounds like a send-up from a David Letterman show: Why did the deputy pepper spray a 79-year-old great grandmother?
Yet it isn’t a joke to either to Elaine Vanderberg or to Frankfort Village Police Officer Jason Wolfe, who pepper sprayed Vanderburg twice in the eyes and arrested her on a felony charge for resisting and obstructing a police officer. The charges were dismissed in May, but Benzie County Prosecutor John Daughtery filed a motion with the state Court of Appeals last week to reinstate the felony charges.
Vanderberg’s problems began last May when she asked her nephew, Andrew Haas, then 27, to come help her with her badly crippled husband, who “had every single disease and disorder that a human being can have—throat cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, Parkinson’s, gout, scoliosis, bones replaced with screws, a pacemaker and dementia.”
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Throw for Joe

Features Anne Stanton Throw for Joe! Disc golf tournament will honor fallen teen
By Anne Stanton
The family of a teen killed in an alcohol-related car accident has invited disc golf players of all skills to take part in a July 31 tournament at Hickory Hills in Traverse City.
The family of the late Joe Welburn is holding a “Throw for Joe” tournament to promote the message of responsible driving, to provide band scholarships, and to help maintain the Hickory Hills disk golf course.
Most of all they wanted to honor the memory of Joe Welburn, a 2008 Traverse City High School graduate, who played in the drum line of the Traverse City West Marching Band. He loved listening to Led Zeppelin, attending music festivals, skiing and playing disc golf at Hickory Hills, a wooded area located in the heart of Traverse City.
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Natural Gas

Features Anne Stanton Natural gas: Will drilling create a big fracking problem?
Last week, Northern Express covered a potential boom in natural gas
exploration, known as fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing), that
has some people excited over the money to be made, while others worry
about potential water contamination. This week, area
environmentalists—fractured over the Traverse City biomass
proposal—weigh in on this new issue.
By Anne Stanton
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Fear of Fracking

Features Anne Stanton Fear of Fracking: Residents wonder whether to allow deep drilling on their land
By Anne Stanton
In the course of a few weeks, a Leelanau Township landowner was
approached by landmen representing 10 different natural gas companies.
They were pressuring him to sign a lease that would allow natural gas
drilling on his property. Some weren’t so polite.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Blowin‘ in the wind

Features Anne Stanton Blowin’ in the Wind: Coupling wind power & natural gas may provide answer to region’s energy search
By Anne Stanton
Under dark storm clouds, reporters last week visited a wind farm at
Stoney Corners outside of Cadillac where graceful turbines dwarfed the
barns and silos dotting the countryside.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Afghanistan: Our Second Viet Nam?

Features Anne Stanton Afghanistan: Our Second Vietnam?
NATO diplomat Jack Segal offers a view from the “graveyard of empires”
By Anne Stanton
Last week Jack Segal was trying to figure out how to pump a shallow
pool of gray water out of the basement of the Traverse City house he
and his family had recently moved into.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Afghanistan: Our Second Viet Nam?

Features Anne Stanton Afghanistan: Our Second Vietnam?
NATO diplomat Jack Segal offers a view from the “graveyard of empires”
By Anne Stanton
Last week Jack Segal was trying to figure out how to pump a shallow
pool of gray water out of the basement of the Traverse City house he
and his family had recently moved into.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Lyme disease

Features Anne Stanton Lyme disease in Northwest Michigan? Hikers are cautioned to check for disease-carrying deer ticks
By Anne Stanton
The State of Michigan has reported for the first time that deer ticks
have been found in northwestern Michigan — the type of ticks that
potentially carry Lyme disease.
Local health officials say they have no confirmed reports of Lyme, but
 hikers need to respond by taking a few precautions.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Wave Riders

Features Anne Stanton Wave Riders The New Rage: stand-up paddle boarding
By Anne Stanton
When Beryl and Frank Scrocki learned they were expecting a third child, they decided to pack it in as far as downstate living goes, sell their house, and move north to Empire to open a … surf shop.
“We didn’t know anything about surfing or whether anyone surfed here, but I spent summers here, and I knew you could surf. I’d spent a lot of times playing in the waves. Everyone thought we were crazy. ‘Such a liability!’ But it’s working!”
Beryl, a fit and fresh-eyed blonde, is now the proud owner of Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak, a colorful store in Empire that’s packed with surfboards and surfer clothing. It’s not their full-time income by any means (her husband works a full-time day job in the environmental field), but it’s been a blast, plain and simple since opening the shop in 2004, she said.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

These Dam Decisions

Features Anne Stanton These Dam Decisions
By Anne Stanton
When Traverse City Light and Power proposed building a 10 megawatt biomass
plant (or three or four) earlier this year, people wondered about the
wisdom of removing the three Boardman River dams, which once produced more
than 2 megawatts of energy each year, enough to power 1,400 homes. The
owners, the city of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County, voted last
year to dismantle them, but people wonder if it’s too late to reconsider.
The cost to remove the dams is about the same as to bring them into
compliance and add upgrades to get the river colder.
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Why the Dam Hurry? Biomass controversy sparks a kinder, gentler look at hydropower

Features Anne Stanton Why the Dam Hurry? Biomass controversy sparks a kinder, gentler look at hydropower
By Anne Stanton
Fred Kiefer, an older gentleman from northern Indiana, walked down the
path of Lone Pine Trail off Keystone Road in Traverse City with his
wife, to a place they held dear in their memories. Hung around his
neck was a camera, ready to capture a picture of the blue herons,
swans, mergansers, and, if he was lucky, a pair of loons.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Will subsidies go poof?

Features Anne Stanton Will Subsidies go Poof? EPA decision sends ‘chilling message’ to the biomass industry
By Anne Stanton
 An EPA final rule issued last week did not exempt biomass power from
greenhouse gas permitting requirements, sending a “chilling message” to
the biomass industry, the New York Times reported last week.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

A case of mistaken identity: Christopher Phillips

Features Anne Stanton A Case of Mistaken Identity: Christopher Phillips copes with the ‘other’ Christopher Phillips
By Anne Stanton
 Back a dozen years ago, Christopher David Phillips, 30, was pulled out of
his algebra class at Traverse City Central High School and hauled down to
the office. The principal accused him of getting in a fight with a guy
he’d never heard of.
 
 
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