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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Anne Avery Miller

Features Anne Stanton Anne Avery-Miller’s Suicide: Friends and lawyer say jail hanging was totally preventable
 By Anne Stanton
The woman who once jokingly called herself the Britney Spears of
Northern Michigan is now dead, after hanging herself in an Antrim
County jail cell.
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Ruffled Feathers

Features Anne Stanton Ruffled Feathers: Wings of Wonder fights Leelanau Road Commission plan to shoot down bird sanctuary
By Anne Stanton
Spirits soared like an eagle at the Wings of Wonder (WOW) bird
sanctuary last week, thanks to a forthcoming restraining order against
the Leelanau County Road Commission, whose actions threatened the
existence of the bird sanctuary and raptor hospital.
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Pellston‘s Palace

Features Anne Stanton Pellston’s Palace
Locals love it, but is quiet airport a boon or a boondoggle?
By Anne Stanton
On a Yahoo website, a woman asked how to get from Mackinaw City to the
Pellston Regional Airport without having to pay taxi fare.
A man suggested she take the shuttle bus service, Wolverine Stages, to
Pellston airport. “By the way, when you get to Pellston, you’ll see just
what a $7.5 million log cabin can look like.”
 
Monday, April 19, 2010

Exvolution, pollution and boys

Features Anne Stanton Are you feeling peppy for no good reason these days? Chances are there’s
caffeine in your drinking water. Not to mention trace amounts of hormones,
acetaminophen (Tylenol), herbicides, anxiety medications and antibiotics
(to name a few) that are routinely flushed down the drain and end up
coming back out of your tap.
 
Monday, April 12, 2010

An evening with Mary Karr

Books Anne Stanton An Evening with Mary Karr? Author of The Liar’s Club talks about life,drinking, poetry, recovery and God
By Anne Stanton
I have a ritual when trying to find a book of cracking it open and
reading a random paragraph. If I find the writing amazing in at least
one of my openings, I check it out of the library. If the writing
soars on every random page, I buy it.
 
Monday, April 12, 2010

Biodebate

Features Anne Stanton BioDebate: A point/counterpoint on the biomass issue
By Anne Stanton
A decision on a proposed $30 million biomass gasification plant in
Traverse City will come to a head on April 20 when the Traverse City
Light and Power (TCL&P) board votes on whether to proceed. It’s part
of the utility’s plan to achieve a 30% renewable energy portfolio by
2020.
 
Monday, April 5, 2010

Kristy Beyer‘s training blog

Features Anne Stanton Kristy Beyer’s Training Blog: From couch potato to the Chicago marathon in six months
By Anne Stanton
When Kristy Beyer decided to run the Chicago marathon last year, she
was a bona fide couch potato. She couldn’t even walk on a treadmill
for five minutes without getting seriously winded.
 
Monday, April 5, 2010

100% Renewable Energy

Features Anne Stanton 100% Renewable Energy? Northport is the little town that thinks it can
By Anne Stanton
Northport Village, population 648 (or so), at the tip of Leelanau County is a perfect little test town for renewable energy with its cluster of homes, quaint stores, a school, an assisted living facility, a marina, and a waste treatment plant—all within a mile of each other. It doesn’t hurt that high winds routinely whip around the village, which sits on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Michigan.
That’s why a group of villagers believes they can achieve an ambitious goal for the town: 100% renewable energy in the future, beginning with two wind turbines that will hopefully go up by the end of this year. Their ultimate goal is to also power outlying Leelanau Township (population 2,139) with renewable energy.
 
Monday, March 29, 2010

Mind made up on Biomass?

Features Anne Stanton Mind made up on biomass?
By Anne Stanton
Traverse City Light and Power promised residents that it would fully
consider all alternatives before deciding on how to replace 30% of
its coal-powered energy with renewable energy by 2010.
But environmentalists say it looks like the utility has already made
up its mind to build a $30 million biomass plant based on a letter it
just sent out to customers. The head of the utility countered that no
decision’s been made, but added that biomass stands as the most
affordable option.
 
Monday, March 29, 2010

Best of the Idealists

Features Anne Stanton Best of The Idealists
Two guys plan to run 240 miles across Ethiopia
By Anne Stanton
Hans Voss and Chris Treter aren’t the fastest ultra marathoners in
Northern Michigan, but they certainly qualify as the craziest—and
most idealistic.
 
Monday, March 22, 2010

Snapshots of recovery

Features Anne Stanton Snapshots of RECOVERY
By Anne Stanton
Last week, Northern Express reported on those who found comfort and
refuge in methadone and other drugs, but were ultimately killed or
nearly destroyed by them. As the reporting went along, the Express
also came across stories of recovery and hope for drug addicts and
alcoholics. Here they are.
 
Monday, March 22, 2010

Sara Caldwell

Features Anne Stanton Sara Caldwell Pays It Forward The 30-year-old opens her home to deeply troubled teens
By Anne Stanton
While most single women in their 20s are playing the dating game and
exploring the night life, Sara Caldwell took a different route. She
welcomed her one-year-old cousin, Cory, into her home as a foster
child and kissed her social life good-bye.
 
Monday, March 15, 2010

Methadone

Features Anne Stanton Methadone:the quiet killer
Daniel Pagel, at the age of 21, wasin a downward spiral of his short life. Formerly a fun-lovingsnowboarder, his deepening addiction to drugs wascrushing him.
 
Monday, March 8, 2010

The rush to Biomass

Features Anne Stanton The Rush to Biomass
Environmentalists plead: ‘Slow down!’
By Anne Stanton
Al Gore wrote recently that we can’t wish away climate change. “We are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere—as if it were an open sewer,” he wrote in a New York Times editorial.
Environmentalists have long embraced Gore’s message. But the alternatives to coal? Not an easy answer. Arguments are flaring nationally because alternatives can also poison, upset, and degrade the environment.
Traverse City is no different. A proposal by Traverse City Light and Power (TCL&P) to build a biomass plant in town was largely opposed in two heavily attended public meetings held two weeks ago. If built, the $30 million plant would burn primarily wood chips culled from the forests in the Grand Traverse region. It would also compete with a number of other current or proposed biomass plants in the region for sources of wood -- a situation which opponents say would put too much stress on Northern Michigan’s forests.
 
Monday, March 1, 2010

Atkins is dead...pass the bread

Dining Anne Stanton “Atkins is dead… Pass the bread!”
By Anne Stanton
If you were in the area in 2003, perhaps you saw the bumper stickers printed up by my old friend, Bob Pisor, who founded and ran Stone House Bread in Traverse City.
Pisor, who has since sold the business, was peeved over the Dr. Atkins’ no-carb caveman diet, which has helped people peel off pounds fast. So he struck back with a bit of dark humor.
Despite the temporary hit to bread sales, the Atkins diet did play a vital educational role, said Gerard Grabowski, who with his wife, Jan Shireman, opened Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, the area’s first artisan bakery, in 1993.
The gregarious couple, who make their home in Pleasanton, north of Bear Lake, bake naturally leavened bread with organic flour, water and salt. But no yeast. The crusty, chewy loaves are distinctly different in taste and texture than the sugary, squishy, non-crusty bread you’ll find at the grocery store.
 
 
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