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, September 19, 2015

Changing it Up at Taste of Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates The premise of Taste of Harbor Springs has remained the same throughout its 22 years, a testament to Hughes’ careful research and planning in the early days, but as new restaurants and chefs find their way to the city and carve out their own...
Friday, September 11, 2015

Fremont John's Contrary Highway

Music Kristi Kates Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fremont John is a Michigan guy, born in Lansing and raised in Ludington. Inspired by a musical family, including a mother who played keyboards and a sister and brother who played piano and trombone, he’d soon find that music would be the one through-line in his life.
Friday, September 11, 2015

St. Ignace Welcomes The Big Rigs

Features Kristi Kates If you like to 10-10 in the wind (listen to CB radio while driving), appreciate a good hundred-mile coffee (to keep you awake on those long stretches of road) and wish your fellow travelers “good numbers” or “keep it shiny side up,” then you’d better get rolling at double nickels (55 mph) up to St. Ignace for the 20th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show Sept. 18–20.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Two at TC’s City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer the sound stylings of an acclaimed Minneapolis singersongwriter or the comedy of a legendary Midwestern stand-up and television comedian, these upcoming shows at Traverse City’s City Opera House are sure to sell out quickly. By Kristi Kates.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Sleder’s Updates Their Sound with Concert Series

Music Kristi Kates Sleder’s Tavern, the self-proclaimed “oldest restaurant in Michigan,” may stick to its vintage guns on many things, including its eclectic décor and a few of its menu items, but they’re definitely showing their progressive side via their On the Porch concert series.
Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 Fall Color Tour

Art Kristi Kates Cool, liquid shades of blue and earthy browns were fashion hallmarks of spring. The former have washed out past the horizon now that autumn is on the way, and those earth tones have returned with a more subtle, faded look, adding tints of green and gold.
Friday, September 4, 2015

B. May’s Career is in the Bag

Features Kristi Kates She started with pillows and has found her way to bags, leveraging her fine arts degree into a new life as a designer of fine leather goods. Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Barbara May is now firmly entrenched in Petoskey, where she’s headquartered her B.
Friday, September 4, 2015

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Multilevel Marketing

Features Kristi Kates Many of these companies pay out even more as each representative recruits and enrolls more people as part of the "team," which can mean multiple levels of income depending on which level you attain, plus bonuses such as free products, gifts and travel.

With so many dazzling incentives, many local women are hopping on the multilevel marketing bandwagon. We profiled a few to find out more.

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Fall 2015 Hat Trends

Features Kristi Kates

While fall-focused runways weren’t quite as full of unique headwear as the summer’s, there are still stacks of hats to top your fashionable fall and winter looks.

Here are some of the biggest trends in hats for fall/winter 2015.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Grand Hotel Gets Jazzy

Music Kristi Kates Enter Arturo Sandoval on Friday evening, opening the weekend with his performance at the Grand Hotel Theater.
Friday, August 28, 2015

Sleeping Bear Farm: A Year in Beekeeping

Features Kristi Kates Today, Kirk Jones is the owner of Sleeping Bear Farms honey operation in Beulah, where he presides over hundreds of hives, the bees that live in them and the products they make together, but his story really begins back on the bayou.
Friday, August 28, 2015

15 Fun Facts About the Mackinac Bridge Walk

Features Kristi Kates You say potato, I say potahto… Mackinac Island was considered shaped like a turtle, so it was given the early Native American name Michilimackinac (Great Turtle), a moniker that eventually came to represent the entire Straits of Mackinac region. By the early 1800s, it was shortened to Mackinac.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three Shows for the Weekend

Music Kristi Kates Led by Detroit flutist and singer Kelly McDermott, who worked for years as an orchestral and chamber musician with not one, but three, flute degrees to her credit, Nessa is an unusual and colorful hybrid band that combines Celtic, classical, jazz and world music, creating a pop-folk fusion.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Invasion of the '80s

Features Kristi Kates

One is a San Francisco glam-punk band whose stage presence includes flashing sunglasses, platform shoes, wild stage antics and questionable lyrics. The other is an alternative power-rock outfit from New Jersey who favors black T-shirts and got its name from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase.

Opposite coasts, and most definitely contradictory approaches to being a band, but you’ll hear similar sounds because they both crafted some of the most familiar songs of ’80s rock radio, which is probably why they’ve hit the road together for their 2015 Rock of the ’80s Tour. They’re making a stop at the Little River Casino Resort this weekend.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Microbrew and Music and More

Music Kristi Kates It’s time for this year’s summer Microbrew and Music Festival in Traverse City, and Porterhouse Productions guru Sam Porter is in a never-ending cycle of organizing and promoting, but don’t let the surrounding chaos fool you; Porter loves every minute of it.