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Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Get Literary At The New Harbor Springs Festival Of The Book

Books Kristi Kates Founded by a local group of fans of the written word, a new festival is launching in Harbor Springs in celebration of all things books. The idea behind the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book was simple: Create something unexpected that would put the city on the map as a literary hub.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Marc Cohn’s Journey To Memphis and Beyond

Music Kristi Kates begins singer-songwriter Marc Cohn’s huge 1991 hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” the song inspired by Cohn’s own journey to that very city in the mid-‘80s, where he has said he became “baptized in the world of Blues” when he was in his early 20s. As the lyrics of the song go, Cohn actually did set his feet on the famed Beale Street.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Into the Past

Features Kristi Kates The first steam locomotive is thought to have gone into operation in 1804, a new travel innovation for the time that produced its power via a steam engine, which was in turn fueled by burning combustibles (usually coal, wood, or oil.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Petoskey’s Hidden Sport

Whitewater Kayaking

Features Kristi Kates In the heart of the City of Petoskey is an attraction that would perhaps be more expected in the wilds of the Colorado River, the Nenana River in Alaska, or the Rogue River in Oregon: the Bear River Valley Recreation Area Whitewater Park, specifically crafted for kayaking fun and said to be the only whitewater park in northern lower Michigan.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sharpen Your Knives!

Dining Kristi Kates Some chefs learn by inheritance, perhaps working their way up from dishwasher or prep cook, eventually apprenticing with a more experienced chef.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Get Microbrew Fever In Cadillac!

Features Kristi Kates Last year the Cadillac Craft Beer Festival sold out at 1,200 tickets. This year it’s upping the available tickets to 1,500 but expecting to sell out again. If you’re a fan of sampling new and unique microbrews from around Michigan, those numbers are all the more reason to get your tickets early for this popular Cadillac gathering.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fantastic Food Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2015 was all about cold brew coffee, avocado toast, fried chicken sandwiches, and poke (the marinated raw fish dish popular in Hawaii). So what are the latest foods and beverages to taste before 2017 arrives? Here’s a sample:.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shrine of the Pines

Art Kristi Kates Mirror and window frames made of twisted branches worthy of an Edward Gorey tale. A wooden rocking chair so carefully crafted it rocks for minutes from a single push. A 300-pound door made of pine logs that pivots on a wooden ball. And a 700-pound handmade table carved from a single tree root.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bike Share North

Features Kristi Kates WHEEL FUN “It was something I had been thinking about for a long time after seeing these programs at other places,” Rick-Biddick said. “I actually left WATCH in order to exclusively work on the bike share program with the city of Charlevoix. I love fitness, and I especially love cycling!” Three years ago, she launched the program.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Star Light, Star Bright

Features Kristi Kates The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is one of the true gems of northern Michigan. Located north of Harbor Springs and just south of Mackinaw City, it’s one of only about 40 certified dark sky parks around the world, offering unspoiled views of...
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

WVBI Radio:The Voice of little Beaver Island

Features Kristi Kates The comparisons are many, and vary wildly, in describing WVBI-FM. Radio Beaver Island as it’s known, has been called many things: a mini-National Public Radio, Northern Exposure “without the moose,” an island version of Prairie Home Companion, and a musical take on Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates — because you never know what you’re going to get.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Fall Finale: Autumn’s Music Festivals

Music Kristi Kates Michigan is fortunate to have not one but two major folk and world music fes-tivals every year: Blissfest in Bliss, and Wheatland in Remus. Blissfest got its start in 1981, via a dozen area folk musicians and dancers who staged the first event in a fallow field.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Breakthrough Acts

Music Kristi Kates Breaking out of northern Michigan to achieve a major career in music takes more than talent. While our communities are avid supporters of all kinds of music, and our region’s beauty inspires many a tune, the hard facts are that there are fewer venues, auditions, music managers, record labels, and other resources here than in larger cities.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

What is the Northern Michigan Sound?

Music Kristi Kates “From my perspective, it seems like Traverse City is almost becoming a mini Nashville. Every night, you walk down Front Street, and you witness live music permeating though nearly every door. I’d say it’s a big ol’ pot of acoustic soup, with many rock elements thrown in.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

It’s A Harvest Of Beer And Wine!

Features Kristi Kates With the Mackinac Bridge towering in the background, and everything from savory pasties to fudge just around the corner, the annual Hopps of Fun Beer and Wine Festival in Mackinaw City helps stretch out summer just a little bit longer, offering...
 
 
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