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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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Thursday, March 6, 2003

You Know You‘re from Northern Michigan When....

Features Express Staff -- November 15th is a holy day!
-- You go to a public place with “hat hair“ and don‘t care.
-- You collect unemployment.
 
Thursday, December 19, 2002

Protesters head for Washington

Region Watch Express Staff Protesters head for Washington

Citizens opposed to the pending war in Iraq will voice their opinions at a massive rally in Washington, D.C., on January 18, with a bus scheduled to make the round-trip from Traverse City.
Sponsored by the local Mideast: Just Peace organization, the 54 seat charter bus leaves Traverse City on Friday, January 17 for Washington D.C. returning mid-day on Sunday, January 19. Up to 500,000 people are expected at the demonstration.
 
Thursday, November 14, 2002

High school lesson in free speech

Region Watch Express Staff High school lesson in free speech

Quoting from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi can apparently put students in hot water in high school these days, as Troy Stewart found out when the Marquette High School senior was suspended for speaking out against the proposed war in Iraq at a pep rally.
The Oct. 18 suspension was put on hold by a Marquette County judge to determine whether the school had violated Stewart’s First Amendment right to free speech.
What kind of dangerous talk did Stewart fill his fellow students’ ears with? The beginning of his speech is as follows:
 
Thursday, November 7, 2002

Computer waste

Region Watch Express Staff Computer waste
What should a responsible person do with their electronic relics?
Recycle them at Grand Traverse County‘s Computer and Electronics Recycling
Event on November 9 in Traverse City.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 4.3 million tons of
electronic waste was discarded in 1999. They project that 63 million more
computers will require disposal by 2005. At present, 75% of our electronic
waste sits piled in basements and attics awaiting better disposal options
than the local landfill.
Residents who want to “do the right thing“ by recycling their old computers
and electronic equipment must make a reservation to attend the collection.
A $5 fee per item will be charged in order to help cover the cost
of shipping and recycling the equipment. Call the Resource Recovery hotline
at 922-2052.
 
Thursday, October 31, 2002

Vote in Bear Creek

Region Watch Express Staff A ‘precedent-setting vote’ in Bear Creek

The fate of a proposed shopping center and housing development outside Petoskey may hang in the balance of the Nov. 5 election when voters from Bear Creek Township decide a referendum on rezoning the site of the project.
Over one year ago, the township board voted against rezoning the Strathmore Co. site to allow a 175,000-square-foot “big box” store development along with 224 low-income housing apartments and 36 duplexes. Opponents of the project believe that threats of a lawsuit by Strathmore against the township prompted the board to reverse its position a year later.
 
Thursday, June 27, 2002

Double Vision: Twice the Musical Pleasure at the Cherry Festival

Music Express Staff If you‘re a veteran of Cherry Festivals past, you know that Traverse City‘s annual cherrypalooza offers not just one but two music festivals throughout the week.
That means several big-ticket, high-profile concerts held outside at Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg this year, as well as nightly almost-free concerts at the Open Space by the bay in downtown Traverse City.
Each concert series has its fans, and generally some surprises: last year‘s big concerts featured such offbeat notables as Fuel and Steel Pulse, while the downtown series always manages to unearth an archeological treasure from rock‘s substrata, with past performers including Eric Burdon, Maria Muldaur, Todd Rundgren and Leon Russell.
 
Thursday, March 7, 2002

The Very Best People

Features Express Staff When it comes to people, we‘ve got plenty. Hundreds of surveys for our annual Reader‘s Choice awards gave us thousands of names to choose from for everything from Best Waitperson to Top Cop. Just like the “Cheers“ song claims, Northern Michigan is a place where everybody seems to know your name, although often it‘s just a first name. Sometimes readers also like to pull our leg on the survey, voting for people who‘ve been controversial in their communities during the course of the year. Whatever, it‘s all good, so here‘s our readers‘ choices for the Best People of 2002:

Best Local Hero:
The year of the 911 Attack was a reflective one for readers who aptly chose local Firefighters and Postal Workers as Best Local Heroes. Look for stories on pages 10 and 20 on the reaction to 911 by firefighters in Petoskey and postal workers in Traverse City.
Other local heroes who received an above average number of votes included:
-- Marty Moody, Boyne City School Board Trustee and community service volunteer
-- Coach Larry Sellers of TC, who faced trial for a road rage incident
-- Ray Minervini, redeveloper of Building 50
-- Margaret Dodd, Mayor of Traverse City
 
 
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