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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, April 9, 2016

Two by Tennessee

Plays by Williams Set to Take the Stage at Interlochen and Parallel 45 Theatre

Art Kristi Kates American playwright Tennessee Williams may have been slow to success, toiling for years before receiving any recognition, but once he hit it, he really hit it with a series of plays that are considered stage essentials even today, with many of them also adapted to film.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival

Features Kristi Kates 3 Predictions from that first Earth Day in 1970 included impending mass starvation and widespread famine, the reduction of sunlight to Earth by half by 1985, the looming disappearance of crude oil and an 11-degree decrease in planet temperature by the year 2000.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Runway Report: Six Stylish Must-Haves

Features Kristi Kates What was shown on the runways last fall is finally ready to trickle down — or Up North, rather — to our local fashionistas. So let’s take a look at a few of the new style trends you’ll see heading your way for spring 2016.
 
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.
 
 
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