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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Music Meets Movies at the TCFF!

Music Kristi Kates As the Traverse City Film Festival continues to grow, its offerings expand, and some of the coolest changes this year are in the TCFF’s music lineup. Local musician Jeff Bihlman is the new director of music for the festival, taking over for Mike Sullivan, and he’s been working hard to line up the talent.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Pointer Returns

Features Kristi Kates Constructed in Chassell, Mich., in 1934, the low-slung wooden water vessel known as The Pointer has been a longtime icon of Harbor Springs. It first served as a water taxi to tony Harbor Point, then later retired to the backyard bay waters outside Stafford’s Pier restaurant on Bay Street.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Changing Lives On The Red Dirt Road

Features Kristi Kates “Laura introduced me to [physicist/novelist/educator] Alan Lightman and his Harpswell Organization,” Eckstein said. “He was taking a trip to Cambodia to check on his work there and invited me to meet him there to see what he does with his foundation to empower women.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

History is Stored in Horton Bay

Features Kristi Kates After moving up to Horton Bay from Traverse City 35 years ago to open a deli in Boyne City, the Lorengers were drawn to the uniqueness of the general store, built in 1876. They purchased it in 2000, prepared to take on the renovations that the store badly needed.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Life in the Past Lane

Features Kristi Kates Deb Matthew is a charter life member of the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club. Her commitment to the club isn’t simply because she’s a fan of tractors, engines and other farming mechanics. Her parents, Larry and Darlea Matthew, founded the club back in the 1980s.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Catch Me If You Can Hits Interlochen Stage

Features Kristi Kates While we won’t spoil the ending for you, the penultimate scene of Steven Spielberg’s movie Catch Me If You Can is the opener, where protagonist Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo Di- Caprio) is a contestant on the old game show To Tell The Truth.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

See the Future at the Woz

Features Kristi Kates Started three years ago, The Woz — inspired by and named for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — already has grown by leaps and bounds, said TCFF Creative Director Meg Weichman.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Rhythms Of Upbeat Cadillac

Music Kristi Kates Not surprisingly, it was music that brought them together. Calhoun, born in Mississippi in 1921 and raised in Chicago, had a long and illustrious career, performing with the likes of Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Lennie Capp, and Ahmad Jamal. He, like many other black musicians of his era, spent time at northern Michigan’s Idlewild resort community.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sodalicious

Dining Kristi Kates Jordan couple Debbie and Marty Carey have long run a successful ice cream and broasted chicken stop, Marty’s Cones and Carry Out, on one side of the Jordan River. But when they spotted a building in need of renovation on the other side of the riverbank, they knew just what to do with it:.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Heart And Soul

Features Kristi Kates If you like contagious rock ’n’ roll that’s catchy enough to stick with you for days, you’ll dig Huey Lewis and the News — if you’re not already a fan.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Six Sensational Festivals

Features Kristi Kates July 16–23 The Venetian Festival got its start 86 years ago as a candlelit boat parade. That’s a far cry from the big, friendly bustle that now takes over Charlevoix, but according to organizers, in 2016, the city’s signature event is bigger and better than ever.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The First Female Behind The Camera

Features Kristi Kates Born in France, the woman who is considered the world’s first female director and filmmaker is Alice Guy-Blaché, who started in the film business as a secretary and made her directing debut with the film La Fée aux Choux (1896), a quaint magical tale about a fairy she did for Gaumont-Paris studios.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Guide To Northern Michigan Fruit Farms

Features Kristi Kates We live in a bountiful belt of orchards and farms that bear some of the best fruit in the nation — why would you spend a second of your summer standing in a grocery store line to buy berries? This summer, make it your mission to pluck your local...
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Summer Friends Lecture Series

Features Kristi Kates During the summer months, Harbor Springs residents and resorters often can be found reveling in the quiet northern corner of Little Traverse Bay, reluctant to head south into the busier community of Petoskey.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Girl Power

Features Kristi Kates It’s interesting that in this day and age, there’s even a need to pen an article specifically about women working in the film industry. But it’s also a reality that the majority of directors in Hollywood are still, in fact, men.
 
 
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