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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Five Music Tech Standouts for 2016

Features Kristi Kates You’re running, listening to your motivational tunes, and that cord just keeps getting in the way or you just don’t want to be tethered to anything in the first place.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Back With Arms Wide Open

Music Kristi Kates The alternately feted and maligned ‘90s rock band, the weight of mental illness, the public breakdown, the estranged bandmates, the reality show — singer Scott Stapp’s been through it all, but the confessional nature of his music and the support of his family have revived his career.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Hair Trends for 2016

Features Kristi Kates Knotted hair was another trend seen from a plethora of designers during runway season, mostly of the disheveled kind. Make a knotted bun at the back of your head and then undo it slightly, and you’ve got the look. It’s easy, but also semi-polished, as seen at Jason Wu via Allure, Edun, Lela Rose, Rachel Antonoff, and Rag and Bone.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Makeup Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2016 is not going to be a subtle fashion year. From bright lip treatments to exaggerated facial features, from cartoon-colored eyes to glitter on just about everything, the calm tones of the past couple years are making way for some loud and fanciful visual statements.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrate Snowmobiling at New Gaylord Festival

Features Kristi Kates “Gaylord is located in the snowbelt of Michigan and we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are the premier destination for snowmobiling,” explained Kelly Combs, special events coordinator for both the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Be Picture-Perfect With Airbrush Makeup

Features Kristi Kates Makeup, whether it’s for daily wear, a wedding or stage, is usually applied with sponges and brushes. Another method of cosmetic application is called airbrush makeup, and it’s sweeping both the country and northern Michigan. The result is a flawless face — or even more.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Organic Beauty Products: For Better or Worse?

Features Kristi Kates HEY, FDA Organic beauty products, in the simplest of terms, are supposed to derive their ingredients from natural sources (living matter), with no synthetic compounds, chemicals or pesticides included, but the U.S.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Elio Motors Says the Future is Now

Features Kristi Kates Super-compact cars and electric vehicles are the stuff of the future, as everything from trade magazines to sci-fi movies would attest. They’ve had a slow start in the U.S., although they’re already commonplace in much of Western Europe. However, a new, innovative American car company has their GPS pointed in the direction of change.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Astronomy

What to See in Northern Michigan's Night Skies

Features Kristi Kates Skygazing is a frequent pursuit in the summer months, when the weather’s warm and it’s easy to sit outdoors well past midnight. In the winter, it takes a little more effort to get out there and see what the night sky has to offer. Is it worth it? Our two experts definitely think so.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clip N’ Keep: 2016 Car Shows Guide

Features Kristi Kates There are car shows aplenty all summer long in northern Michigan, as soon as the weather gets mild and car owners feel brave enough to bring their prized vehicles out of winter storage. Want something automotive to look forward to? Clip and keep this guide to plan your route to some of the biggest car shows in the region for 2016!.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Catching Up with Jim Hawley

Music Kristi Kates Music has always been a part of Jim Hawley’s life. When he was a kid, he’d listen to his grandmother play piano. In grade school, he’d find local bands practicing in their garages, and would sit and listen. By high school, he’d become friends with a guy who played guitar, and that friend started teaching Hawley how to play.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paleo Or No?

A look at “The Caveman Diet”

Dining Kristi Kates “High blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, digestive issues,” she listed. “I, myself, was approaching middle age, so I wanted to find out, how do I avoid those things? Is there something we’re doing our whole lives that finally catches up...
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

From Jurassic Park to Hemingway: Northern Michigan’s Skiable Feast

Features Kristi Kates IT ALL STARTS WITH SKIS Developed by Treetops’ General Manager Barry Owens, the creator of several fun culinary jaunts for Treetops guests, the Skiable Feast (name borrowed from the Hemingway novel “A Moveable Feast”) covers six kilometers of...
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Exploding Career of Chic Gamine

Music Kristi Kates Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne and Annick Bremault all grew up in the French Quarter of Winnipeg, Manitoba and all had an interest in music. It wasn’t long before they all found themselves in a big a cappella group. When that group disbanded, the three friends decided they wanted to keep making music, and so they became Chic Gamine.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Reformation Jazz Band Brings Big Sound to CTAC

Music Kristi Kates “It was such a sound,” he said. “After the service, we all gathered in the dressing room and we were all like, wow. And just like Peggy Lee sang, we were asking each other ‘is that all there is?’ So we stuck with it, started playing pubs, and it grew from there.
 
 
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