Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Letters 07-27-2015


Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Traverse City Film Festival

Features Just Great Movies, Doug Loves TC, New Media, Ticket Info
Saturday, July 25, 2015


The path a movie takes from film to Film Fest

Features UNOFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS “Most film festivals post a submission period where anyone can submit their films. There’s a form and a fee, and then the festival watches the film and gets back to you with feedback and whether or not it will get into the festival.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Letters 07-18-2015


Real Facts About Affordable Housing “The standard definition for affordability is that households should pay no more than 30% of their income for housing, including utilities.” Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development...

Thanks To BATA I would just like to express my gratitude to BATA and the National Cherry Festival for providing the free shuttle bus to the visitors center from NMC and Thirlby Field. If not for this service my wife would have not been able to attend any of the concerts due to health issues. We managed to make it to all but one. Three generations of our family were represented at the Joan Jett concert and we had an awesome time...

Heritage, Not Hate A few weeks ago, a crazy white boy killed some black folks and suddenly the Confederate Battle flag must be removed from everywhere. That flag is a symbol of historical heritage, not a symbol of hate. Karl Marx once said, “If you can cut people off from their history they can be easily persuaded.”

Housing Problem Is Real Contrary to columnist Thomas Kachadurian’s belief, affordable housing is not identical to low-income, federally subsidized housing. The latter was directed to inner-city populations of poor, disabled, and elderly Americans. The former targets primarily younger workers and families, particularly service workers and others whose contributions to local economies are necessary to its functioning...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Catching Up with Local Filmmakers

Features ON GETTING STARTED: Crouse has been broadcasting since he was 16, when he co-hosted a weekend radio program in his hometown of Lima, Ohio. “Then, in 1987, when I was 35, I had a chance encounter in NYC with Norman Vincent Peale,” Crouse said. “He was at the end of his career and spoke a sermon at the church he’d preached at for 52 years.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Letters 07-13-2015

Letters Support Benzie Jail On August 4 the residents in Benzie County will be asked to vote on a millage renewal of .9000 for six years to fund the Benzie County Jail...

Fair, Smart, Sustainable & Affordable Let’s agree for a moment with Thomas Kachadurian (Words of Warning, July 6) that terms such as ‘fairness,’ ‘smart,’ ‘sustainable’ and now ‘affordable’ resurrect “old ideas that have been tried and failed.” To be sure, whether it’s healthcare, child care, elder care, education or housing, what we have is a system that fails to deliver basic human needs at an affordable cost to a widening number of citizens...

Science, God and Love In response to “Faith in Politics” June 29, the spiritualization of thought transcends a building, a religion, race, culture, gender. Love is the “universal solvent.” It is the natural spirit within humanity. This “voice” of love cannot be silenced by yet another bigoted group fussing about rubbing elbows with people not of their “belief.”

America the Good Stephen Tuttle’s indictment of America shows his true colors, so to speak. “Flag-waving patriotism?” I suppose he thinks burning it is the thing to do. His liberal buddies sure do. Indians were mistreated and still are? Oh please. Would Tuttle rather be a serf on some European noble’s estate...

War Machines For Family Entertainment Does no one in the Traverse City Commission or National Cherry Festival see the warmongering and pollution spewing caused by military demonstration teams so called Thunderbirds and Blue Angels? They are instruments of war...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jim Gillespie

A Beatnik’s Love Affair with Blissfest


For folk music fans looking to tour the past, a must-stop on the northern Michigan scene is 421 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey.

Today, that address houses the Julienne Tomatoes cafe, where you can snag a great sandwich. But back in the mid-’80s, it was the Spectrum Center artist collective and coffeehouse — where Blissfest was born. It’s also where Bliss Executive Director and festival guru found his calling.

Gillespie and his crew wrapped up another successful Blissfest this past weekend, the event’s 35th happening. We talked to him about how the whole thing began.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Letters 07-06-2015


Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Presidential Pie, The Original World Record?

Features A newspaper explained, “The two men reported that they were held up in Canada by a police officer for traveling at high speed, but they were permitted to proceed when they explained their mission and urged consideration of international comity.”.
Monday, June 29, 2015

Top Cherries

Features Only five people have been served as executive directors of the National Cherry Festival since its beginnings 89 years ago. It’s a job that comes with parades and smiles and crowds – but also with lots of logistics and high expectations.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Letters 06-29-2015


The Truth Within Cartoons  Thank you, Northern Express, for printing the current cartoons by both Jen Sorensen and Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling!

Faith and Politics: A Recipe for Disaster Government, religion, and ultra conservative politics is an alliance that if it stays the present course will be the demise of our great republic.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Letters 06-20-2015

Letters Benishek Hurting Medicare, Workers

I see today, 6-12-15 that Dan Benishek just voted to cut Medicare. Medicare is not a slush fund, and it is not an entitlement. Medicare is insurance that working Americans pay for with every hour that they labor...

Celebrate Your Environmentalist

Environmentalists get a bad rap. I’ve heard us called “hippies, libtards, wackos, tree huggers, un-American” and the rest. The environmentalists I know are caring people. We care about our children, our grandchildren, and future generations...

Reexamine Military Recruiting

Thanks Christine Minervini for a well-researched column on military recruiting in our schools. Indeed, the fact that the No Child Left Behind Act requires public high schools to open their campuses and student records to military recruiters or risk losing federal funds points out how militarized our society has become...

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Letters 06-15-2015


Military In Schools Regarding Christine Minervini’s column, I have an issue with the idea that the military is a bad influence in our schools. What world do you live in

Pristine Freshwater Is Ours Seeing the “Acme Debate Rages” convinced me to grab a copy to take home to read in the privacy of my Williamsburg rental.

Diversity And Soccer Thomas Kachadurian’s “Sunday in the Park” seems to be trying to delineate contrasts between the well-groomed and financed Traverse City Little Leaguers and soccerplaying “migrant workers” who both use Bowers Harbor Park’s fields.

It’s All About The Water The Great Lakes are not a renewable resource. They are the product of glacial melt over 10,000 years ago.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Letters 06-08-2015


The Truth In Acme I write in response to your article “ Meijer Appears In Acme but the Fight Rages On,” which reported on the fact that this massive development adjacent to a designated cold water trout stream was fined $40,000 by the DEQ for the pollution to the stream and East Bay due to clay and nutrient runoff after several storms last fall.

Don’t Destroy Leelanau’s Beaches  Many Grand Traverse area residents enjoy traveling up the Leelanau Peninsula to enjoy the orchards, wineries and beaches.

Ignorance, Stupidity & Racism Jack Dancer’s letter of May 25 stating his view that people of color do not like Traverse City because they don’t like or tolerate the cold is significantly the most ignorant and racist remark I can recall reading in a northern Michigan publication.

Offensive Letter Vs. Real Truths In the May 25th issue letter “Cold Paradise,” the author proposed that northern Michigan is full of diversity, which in his mind consists of white northern Europeans the author’s conclusion was that there are no African Americans because of the cold climate.

My Pipeline Solution Reading Mr. Tuttle’s article about the aging pipeline infrastructure in the United States and what that means for getting natural gas delivered to our homes and oil delivered to refineries so I can fuel my car, tractor and lawn mower, I was struck by the difficulty in finding a reasonable solution.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Letters 06-01-2015


Truth About Inner City Violence It’s quite amazing how far off the mark someone like Stephen Tuttle can travel simply by ignoring all the elephants in the room.

Cold Not To Blame Regarding the opinion letter that we are not diversified in northern Michigan because of cold weather, here are the average highs and lows of each city from December through February: Traverse City December 32 and 15, January 27 and 14, February 30 and 14 Detroit December 35 and 21, January 31 and 19, February 32 and 18 Doesn’t hold much weight with me as a reason that African Americans do not feel at home “up north.”

Brainless Response, Provocative Article The May 25th editorial response by reader Jack Dancer couldn’t be more off the mark. He states that the reason there are not more African-Americans living in Traverse City is because it’s too cold?

Not So Black And White The article “Why...so white?” in a recent issue is a very simplistic approach to considering the notion of diversity in our region.