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Letters 11-24-2014

Dangerous Votes You voted for Dr. Dan. Thanks!Rep. Benishek failed to cosponsor H.R. 601. It stops subsidies for big oil companies. He failed to cosponsor H.R. 1084. There is an exemption for hydraulic fracturing written into the Safe Drinking Water Act. H.R. 1084. It would require the contents of fracking fluids to be publicly disclosed to protect the public health.

Solar Is The Answer There have been many excellent letters about the need for our region, state and nation to take action on climate change. Now there is a viable solution to this ever-growing problem: Solar energy is the future.

Real Minimum Wage In 1966, a first class stamp cost 5 cents and minimum wage was $1.25. Today, a first class stamp is 49 cents, so federal minimum wage should be $11.25.

Doesn’t Seem Warmer I enjoy the “environmentalists” twisting themselves into pretzels trying to convince us that it is getting warmer. Sure it is... 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ragbirds Are a Travelin' Machine

Music Kristi Kates Multiple appearances at Blissfest and other Up North venues have made the Ragbirds familiar faces around the northern Michigan music scene, despite being based in Ann Arbor. The last time Northern Express spoke with the band, they were in the middle of promoting their then-new album, Finally Almost Ready, and were taking their sound to stages in 20 states.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

African Rhythms

Guitar Summit Offers Journey Through the Sounds of a Continent

Music Kristi Kates “A producer named Todd Fraracci decided to put together a recording project with the best, in his opinion, African guitar players who lived in Canada,” explained Donné Roberts. “It was like a round table. Each of us introduced himself and his song, and we played together like a jam session.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday With the Reeds: 1,000 Michigan Moments

Art Kristi Kates UNEXPECTED CAREERS Todd Reed began his writing career by first attending Northwestern Michigan College and then Michigan State University, where he earned a journalism degree. A job at the Ludington Daily News sidetracked him to photography when he was handed a camera to go with his typewriter.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Say Cheese: Macaroni N’ Cheese Bake-Off Pairs Wine with Creative Comfort Food

Dining Kristi Kates Macaroni and cheese has been around a lot longer than you might think—since the 14th century, to be exact. The ancient treat is documented by pasta-and-cheese casserole recipes found in the medieval “Liber de Coquina,” one of the oldest cookbooks ever discovered.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Man Takes on a Classic

Features Kristi Kates

Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own Snow Shoes

Art Kristi Kates

Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.

While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Going Back to Oz with P45

Features Kristi Kates

In 1978’s The Wiz, Diana Ross was Dorothy Gale, Michael Jackson was the Scarecrow, and a snowstorm swept Gale out of her Harlem, NY apartment.

In the 2007 TV series Tin Man, big-eyed Zooey Deschanel turned Dorothy into “D.G.” and Oz became “The Outer Zone” in a more surrealistic, dark approach to the story.

In the stage musical Wicked, the focus has been twisted around to the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and her good sister, Glinda.

And now, a new Parallel 45 version of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Traverse City to take Dorothy and her friends down yet another road in The Oz Project.


 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Tom Daldin’s Under the Radar Success

Features Kristi Kates

“Here we were, two longtime friends, up the financial creek without a paddle,” Daldin said.

Yet, along with adversity, can come innovation. According to Daldin, he and Edelman had to reinvent themselves to survive and that’s exactly what they did with a PBS show they dubbed “Under the Radar Michigan.”

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jetty Rae's Determined Climb

Music Kristi Kates Today, she’s leaps and bounds from her early songwriting efforts. While hints of her talent could be faintly heard on a few of the Blackberries songs, since then, she’s heavily expanded on her potential with four additional albums—the newest, 2013’s Climbing Clouds and another (2012’s Drowning in Grain) that made the CMJ Top 200 radio chart.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The 2014 Women of Rock

Music Kristi Kates While the field of women in rock typically turns over more slowly than that of the men (many female artists hold onto their crowns from year to year with few surfacing to challenge them), this year’s list is a pretty solid mix of stalwarts and newcomers.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mary Ellen Hughes: Keeping the ‘50s Alive

Features Kristi Kates Hughes loved the 1950s look of the soda fountain in Linehan’s, which she’s meticulously kept intact, including the red padded counter stools, the working gooseneck spigots (one for still water, one for soda water) and the blenders, on which Mary Ellen’s staff of soda jerks receive plenty of training.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Mix!

Music Kristi Kates You’ve played all of your Sound FX tracks on CD, streamed Pandora’s Spooky Symphonies channel for three hours and danced to the “Monster Mash.” Now you’re in dire need of some more modern music to entertain your Halloween guests. Never fear! Express is here with a monstrous mix of two dozen essential cuts for Halloween 2014.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking to get out of town for Halloween, take a road trip to N’awlins for the 2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival, perfectly timed from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This year’s edition of the fest will include headliners Foo Fighters and OutKast, plus additional sets from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Manchester Orchestra, Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex, Zedd and plenty of others. Bring your own costume and spend your Halloween modern rockin’.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Lord of the Gourd

Art Kristi Kates Sometimes artistic success arrives with time, patience and focus. Other times, it shows up almost by accident. Pat Harrison of Leelanau County shares the story of his coincidental journey from graphic designer to pumpkin-carving expert.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

North Perk Brews Up An Open Mic

Music Kristi Kates Open mics can be great platforms for musicians to try out new tunes, get experience in front of an audience or just have a little fun. In Petoskey, however, open mic nights have become something of a rarity. Red Sky Stage and Beards Brewery do hold them occasionally, but North Perk Coffee has just started a regular open mic happening that’s poised to be a Gaslight District hit.
 
 
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