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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wonderful Waterfalls!

Features Kristi Kates There are over 200 named waterfalls in Michigan, each as unique as their name. Our state’s waterfalls glisten and glimmer as they tumble through rocks and cliffs, burble past stands of trees, and add a little extra something special to Michigan’s scenery.
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Auto Race For Everyone

Features Kristi Kates VOLUNTEER SPIRIT Today, the drag races run a little differently, although the spirit behind them is still the same.
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Orleans, Represent!

Music Kristi Kates Shorty will share the brewfest limelight with a buzz band Rolling Stone called one of the Ten New Artists You Need To Know for 2016: The Revivalists, another New Orleans act that lean more toward horn-sprinkled alt-rock along the lines of Alabama Shakes or Galactic, thanks in part to the bellowing vocals of frontman David Shaw.
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Heapin’ Helpin’ Of Country Fun At The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair

Features Kristi Kates As American as apple pie, the annual Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair has been a beloved Up North summer tradition for more than a century.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Five Great Beach Reads

Books Kristi Kates There’s still about a month of summer left, which means there’s plenty of time left to enjoy Michigan’s lakeside destinations. In addition to sunscreen and a cool beverage, you’ll of course need something to read — something light enough that lets you to pause for dips in the lake and ice cream breaks, then resume reading without missing a beat.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Happy With the Sounds of the ‘60s

Music Kristi Kates The Happy Together Tour is arriving at Little River Casino Resort in August, and with it an impressive list of ’60s hits all polished up and ready for singing along. It’s no wonder this has become one of the most popular vintage package tours in North America; the musicians included boast more than sixty Top 40 hits between them.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Maureen Abood's Hot Weather Treats

Dining Kristi Kates Pulling from the kitchen traditions and exotic ingredients of her Lebanese heritage, Maureen Abood’s recipes and food memories have been published and lauded everywhere from The New York Times and Chicago Tribune to NPR and Saveur magazine.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Social at the Super Swirl!

Features Kristi Kates But while every Swirl is well worth attending, CTAC’s once-per-summer Super Swirl engages CTAC fans on another level entirely, throwing open its doors to 600+ attendees for a giant, interactive art and music party where they can eat, drink, explore the arts center, view the summer exhibitions, and watch artists and musicians in action.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Her Best Shot

Music Kristi Kates The story of singer and four-time Gram-my Award winner Pat Benetar isn't your clas-sic rags-to-rock-n-roll legend. Benetar's interest in music started in Lindenhurst, Long Island, N.Y., where she pursued musical theater and trained as an accomplished soprano.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Farmfest and Hoxeyville

Music Kristi Kates Got time for a little more music? August offers up two major music festivals here in northern Michigan, so you’d best get out there while you still can. Whether you choose Farmfest’s countryside cool or Hoxeyville’s forest festivities, you’ll find plenty of great performances and fun amenities.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Runway Report: Top Picks For Fall 2016

Features Kristi Kates 2 Whether your fall involves plucking apples, buying boots, or strutting your stuff at your local cider house, you’ll need some great new autumn wear for the brand new season. So here are some just ripe for the picking: this fall’s top trends, right from the runway.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Get Smart!

Features Kristi Kates At first glance, the term smart clothing might drum up visions of your clothing assembling itself onto your body, transporting itself to the washing machine, or voluntarily lying across the iron until all wrinkles have disappeared.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer Steps

Features Kristi Kates Where do ballet dancers go on vacation? For many, their summer destination has become Traverse City, where the Traverse City Dance Project, under the artistic direction of Jennifer McQuiston Lott and Brent Whitney, is changing the way local people think about ballet, as well as the places they can go to see it.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Yearbook Memories

Features Kristi Kates Pretty much everybody has some unforgettable yearbook photos. The question is, are you brave enough to share them? Thankfully for the Express, some well-known locals certainly are.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hawaiian Musician Brings Unique Sound to Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates When you hear the words “musical virtuoso,” the vision of a musician jamming on a ukulele probably doesn’t come to mind. But a skilled musician from Honolulu, Hawaii, is changing that perception with his unique performance and composition style on the instrument.
 
 
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