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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, June 25, 2016

Up Up and Away!

Features Kristi Kates Looking to take to the quiet skies in a hot air or gas balloon just like Phileas Fogg in the film version of Around the World in Eighty Days, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard, or modern day gadabout Richard Branson? Two places in northern Michigan offer balloon flights to the public, complete with expansive and amazing aerial views.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cherry Treats For All!

Features Kristi Kates A rich maroon skin encasing a dark, juicy red fruit, the Balaton cherry’s striking color is matched only by the intensity of its cherry flavor. Spoon Foods preserves the flavor power of these little fruits in a rich cherry syrup spiked with brandy, vanilla, and spices, creating a topping that’s perfect for spooning over crepes or ice cream.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Shakespeare Festival Focuses on Love

Features Kristi Kates Such is the legacy of the now nine-yearold Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, led by Interlochen’s Director of Theater Bill Church and featuring a core cast of Interlochen faculty, staff, and returning alumni that work tirelessly to celebrate Shakespeare’s works and bring them to a new audience.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Not Your Typical 4th in the North

Features Kristi Kates Parades, picnics, bright fireworks and sunny beach days. Block parties, barbecues, hot dogs and ice cream. They’re all essentials for a classic Fourth of July celebration.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

There's Something Fishy Going On at the Oden State Fish Hatchery

Features Kristi Kates The Oden State Fish Hatchery does a lot of good work for northern Michigan. Not only is it a major rearing facility for brown and rainbow trout, it also helps teach people about the lake and rivers in their own backyard through the awareness and educational components made available at the hatchery’s on-site visitor center.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Big Ticket

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking for an upbeat, family friendly festival with a positive message, the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord is for you. A threeday music festival chock full of some of the biggest names in Christian music, this fest is focused on faith and backed by a wide range of additional festival experiences sure to affirm your spiritual side.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Antique-Lovers’ Paradise Returns to Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates Dave Fraser is a longtime antiques dealer with over 30 years of experience, and he manages this year’s pair of Petoskey antiques shows with his wife, Lena, from their home in Torch Lake. “Petoskey’s been running this show for 22 years, and I took it over after Emmet County revamped the fairgrounds,” Fraser explained.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Changing it Up at the SOBO Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates The SOBO arts district in Boyne City has truly become a mini local phenomenon. As this formerly quiet neighborhood has evolved, adding more events, shops, and opportunities to downtown Boyne City, so, too, has the district’s SOBO Arts Festival.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

High-Tech Treasure Hunt Geocaching Up North

Features Kristi Kates Also common in caches are disposable cameras finders can use to capture and leave a photo of themselves, as well as tiny takeaway gadgets called hitchhikers, generally TravelBugs or GeoCoins that are trackable, enabling the person who placed the cache to track how far his or her hitchhiker gets.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nathan Scherrer’s Behind The Screen Life

Features Kristi Kates He grew up “absolutely obsessed” with music videos, at a time before the internet offered on-demand musical hubs like YouTube and Vevo. Today, he’s crafting music videos of his own for such big pop names as Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. He’s Northport’s own Nathan Scherrer.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Simply Sweet by Jessica

Dining Kristi Kates Jessica Stubbs’ love for baking started close to home in 2012. Baking casually for family members and friends at church was something that Stubbs found immediately rewarding, so when some local nonprofit organizations and country clubs asked if she baked for special events, the answer was a swift yes.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Boyne Appétit

Dining Kristi Kates When Cynthia Boal Janssens moved to Boyne City a couple of years ago, she was stunned to find that the culture in her new adopted hometown was a lot more expansive than she’d anticipated. “I found out that for a small town of less than 4,000 people, we have so, so many great restaurants and food purveyors!” Janssens said.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summertime Means Street Musique!

Features Kristi Kates of musicians playing each night by adding locations, as well as rotating some of our locations to give the musicians and visitors different spots to enjoy different types of music without stepping on each other,” she said. The music also has been diversified, and now includes everything from string quartets to world music to indie-rockers.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Downstate Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While the list of shows Up North is long and varied each summer, some bands and artists never quite make it up this far, so you have to road trip downstate to see them live. But which ones are worth the drive? We’ve sifted through the scads of shows and selected all the can’t-miss concerts worth the ride.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Go Mobile for More Music!

Features Kristi Kates So you’ve bought your tickets and set your plans for all of northern Michigan’s great summer concert events, but you still want more music? No problem! The rest of the Midwest is alive with outdoor music festivals too. Behold, the best within an eight-hour drive:.
 
 
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