Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Modern Rock: Then and Now

Music Kristi Kates What was going on in music back when Northern Express first got its start compared to where the scene is now? In some cases, a lot has changed. In others, we’re nearly back where we started. Let’s wind up the Modern Rock time machine and take a look back at music news happenings from 1991.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Retreating to Calm

Features Kristi Kates With 800 acres of pristine Pigeon River State Forest and 15 miles of trails at their disposal, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat is in exactly the kind of place you would expect a yoga retreat to be.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Foods from the Wild

Features Kristi Kates Winter foraged foods are pretty scarce in northern Michigan, relying primarily on things like pine needles (check the variety of pine first, as several are poisonous) and cattails, as most others are buried under the snow, but spring, summer and fall are prime for an eclectic list of wild foods found across our region.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo

Features Kristi Kates Already digging out your camping gear and cleaning your tackle box? If so, you’ll love the second annual Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo, an event to help you make that yearly transition from winter to spring with a host of vehicles, products and activities all aimed at making the most of the great outdoors.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

1991: What Else Happened?

Features Kristi Kates Express founders Bob Downes and George Foster had big news in 1991. In addition to their day jobs, the friends had decided to invest their respective life savings (about $2,000 each) in a new venture, called Northern Express Weekly. So what else was going on as 1991 — and 25 years of Express — began? Here’s a look back.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Local Music Spotlight On: Turbo Pup

Music Kristi Kates MEET THE BAND They started gigging as Turbo Pup in late August 2015, after singer/guitarist Aaron Dye and violinist Brett McDowell had done a few rounds of performance as a guitar/fiddle duo. The two friends found common ground after learning they had both spent time out west (Dye in Bozeman, Mont.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gene Jenneman Shifting Focus at the Dennos

Art Kristi Kates Rumors fly fast in northern Michigan. Lately, one of the rumor mill’s favorite subjects has been the Dennos Museum’s longtime Executive Director Gene Jenneman; the grapevine says he’s stepping down. While Jenneman is definitely looking toward the future, his next step is merely a shifting of roles, not an entire changing of the guard.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Noggin Room

Dining Kristi Kates The Perry Hotel has a long and storied history, starting in 1899 when it was built as one of 20 luxury resort hotels in Petoskey. Today, it’s the only one of those 20 still in operation and it’s diversified its offerings by adding three levels of restaurants to its properties: one upscale, one outdoors and one very popular pub.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mr. Weather: Jim Keysor

Features Kristi Kates Driving to work is an autopilot program for most people, especially when their workday begins in the dark, as Jim Keysor’s does much of the year. When you’re a meteorologist, though, carefully observing the road conditions and precipitation on your way to the office is part of your job.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

What Exactly Is El Niño?

Features Kristi Kates Meteorologists still aren’t sure what causes this climate cycle that seems to recur every few years; this round of El Niño, one of the strongest on record so far, ramped up last fall. It typically causes a milder winter and has done just that in many areas this season.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patty Larkin’s Natural Evolution

Music Kristi Kates Patty Larkin’s soulful, contemporary brand of music is easily woven into things like latenight public radio shows, compilation albums and supper parties. It’s there she makes her strongest mark, with tunes that catch the ear so well, you’ll find yourself Googling or Shazaming to learn just who is making this music.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

And Don’t Miss Chris Smither

Music Kristi Kates When singer-songwriter Chris Smither hit 50 years of singing and songwriting in 2014, he marked the occasion with Still on the Levee, a two-disc career retrospective recorded in New Orleans and featuring fresh versions of two dozen songs from the entire stretch of his career, including “Devil Got Your Man,” the first song he ever wrote.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet The Great Lakes!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, relocated here, fly up to ski or drive up just for the summers, how much do you really know about the lakes that surround us? The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world — each in their own separate basin — forms a connected body of fresh water that continues to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. While the lakes are similar in some ways, they also each have their own unique characteristics and highlights.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Speed Across Lake Michigan

Features Kristi Kates The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — not always so easy to follow when you’re in a state surrounded by water and you’d like to get to another state sooner rather than later. That’s where the Lake Express comes in. Here’s the scoop.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Lakes Cruise Company

Features Kristi Kates With ship names like the Grande Caribe and the Pearl Mist, you might picture yourself plying the warm currents between Cozumel and Miami or perhaps making the rounds of the jeweled islands of the Bahamas, but one company is marketing cruises that echo the vessels, amenities and activities of more tropical locales — on the waters of our own Great Lakes.