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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 16, 2016

Statewide Screenings

Features Kristi Kates The Ann Arbor Film Festival: March 21–26, 2017 Art and avant-garde blend in one of the state’s most eclectic cities More information: aafilmfest.org Ann Arbor’s artistic heritage runs deep, with this fest having already screened early works by such big names as James Benning, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, and Agnes Varda.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Brandi and Old Crow Medicine Show Have Your Summer Remedy

Music Kristi Kates The band’s turning point is the stuff of music industry legend. The band was out busking in front of the Boone Drug pharmacy in Boone, N.C., when happenstance led legendary American folk musician Doc Watson to them. Old Crow, on the spot, performed “Oh My Little Darling,” an old-time song they thought Watson might like.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Destination: Aten Place

Features Kristi Kates When asked about this year’s Aten Place concert lineup, you can almost see Bill Aten’s grin beaming through the phone. “I honestly think this is one of our very best seasons,” Aten said. “It’s just got such a good variety of performers of all different genre — about half new acts, and the other half, some of our favorites returning.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Meet Me By The Main Stage!

Features Kristi Kates There’s a whole host of things to do at Gaylord’s Alpenfest, the annual summer celebration of the city’s Alpine heritage. The 52nd Alpenfest will run July 12–16 this year, with every day stuffed full of food, carnival rides and games.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

History Underwater

Features Kristi Kates There is an incredible amount of history beneath the Great Lakes’ depths, and scuba divers are some of the people who know the lore best. As they descend into the fresh waters that we are all so familiar with, ghosts of the past slowly come into view: hulking freighters and broken masts.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Trusting His Instincts

Features Kristi Kates “Music was really my only friend as a kid,” Jones explained. “So here I was, living in this small town and listening to the music everyone else was listening to at the time. Then I started reading Thrasher (a skateboarding/music magazine) in sixth grade and found out about bands like Sonic Youth and The Dead Milkmen.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner

Music Kristi Kates One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blissfest Preview

Music Kristi Kates Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Worthy Cherry

Features Kristi Kates Detroit’s cars, the cherry is likely Michigan’s bestknown export. Michigan is the primary tart cherry-producing state, accounting for nearly 74 percent of the nation’s tart cherry production.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Decades of a Fruitful Partnership

Features Kristi Kates “It’s hard to believe that much time has passed already,” said Ed O’Keefe, president of Chateau Grand Traverse (CGT). “It started when we went to Cherry Fest 20 years ago and talked to them about getting local wines into the festival. Back in 1996, most wineries up here weren’t even in business yet; they mostly started around 1998 and later.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

What's Happening

Features Kristi Kates Cherry Festival is so big, one parade simply isn’t enough. Enjoy three separate parades, each one stuffed with floats, marching bands, flags, and music, and each with their own unique parade personality: the return of the local favorite Heritage...
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Retro Rock And Cool Country

Music Kristi Kates Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is going mostly retro this year, hitting five decades’ worth of music with a round of ’60s nostalgia, a little ’70s rock, and some sounds from both the ’80s and the ’90s — plus some current Nashville acts thrown in for good measure.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jackson Browne Standing Strong

Music Kristi Kates Even Rock and Roll Hall of Famers get the flu. Legendary singer-songwriter and longtime activist Jackson Browne, on his way to Interlochen this week, is skipping press obligations in favor of saving his voice for performing.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Petoskey Rocks!

Music Kristi Kates PETOSKEY ROCK CITY Each week brings a different band — everything from ’80s dance rock to jazz to blues, all by Michigan musicians familiar to Petoskey listeners. “The music is in Pennsylvania Park on a stage close to the cannon,” Manthei said.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nonna Lisa’s

Dining Kristi Kates Named after owner Joe Lieghio’s grandmother, Nonna Lisa’s is the place to go in Mackinaw City for Italian cuisine, woodfired pizzas, and some of the most unusual décor you’ll see at a northern Michigan restaurant.
 
 
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