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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nutcracker Notes

Features “The Nutcracker” ballet marked the first use of the celesta in an orchestral score. The celesta produces sounds much like bells. It was a new instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris. He wanted it for the character of the sugar plum fairy to characterize her “heavenly sweet sound.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Meet Joseph Morrissey

Features Joseph Morrissey came to Interlochen in August, having recently served as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre..
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Letters 11-16-2015

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A Constitutional Mess Stephen Tuttle, in his Nov 2nd column, shows again that he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Article 3, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution says absolutely nothing about power of constitutional review. Neither does any other part of Article 3, which deals with the judiciary...

Applause For All First Ladies Great article and well-deserved attention in a recent cover story about Sandra Carden and her contributions to yoga in our community since the 1970s. However, there are several other talented and generous women yoga instructors who have brought yoga to our area for as long, and deserve such attention...

 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Letters 11-09-2015

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Sensibility From Hardy Scott Hardy writes sensibly about growth in Traverse City in your October 26th issue. Stephen Tuttle describes the lunacy and non-responsiveness of city commission members around the paint-laden joke that Traverse City roads are becoming under their supervision...

Dredging a River Mouth In A National Lakeshore For most of the past 45+ years the DNR and the National Park Service have been dredging the mouth of the Platte River to make it easier for small boats to access Lake Michigan. They usually dredge in September for Salmon season...

Celebrating Scott Traverse City is going to lose one of its most amazing residents in a few days and it shouldn’t be ignored. Scott Fallick is a devoted husband, caring father, model employee, champion of gin, a master of storytelling, a steward of wine, a promoter of humor, a bringer of happiness, a lover of animals, a huge fan of great music, a Cubs die-hard...

 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saluting Veterans

Features Welcome to our own demonstration of appreciation and support for U.S. veterans! Northern Express readers purchased the stars on these pages to honor active military and veterans in our lives. All star sales proceeds will go to Goodwill of Northern Michigan’s veterans services.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Letters 11-02-2015

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Show Us The Pipeline Data I really want to believe Enbridge engineer Tom Prew. His newspaper ads says Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Straits crossing is the most monitored “segment” of its entire system. Despite being a decade beyond its anticipated life, all is supposedly fine: “As engineers, we can clearly see from the data...”

My Climate Heroes Thank you Express for the story on local climate change activism. And thank you for featuring everyday folks instead of celebrities or politicians. I’m OK with “prominent” people touting their green agenda. It certainly doesn’t hurt, and it might motivate some. But you know who motivates me? The person right here, in my neighborhood, the one I see beside me at work, school, or on my favorite trail...

Other Pipeline Possibilities Everyone seems to be focused on Line 5 pipeline’s safety and probability of corrosion or other failures devastating the Great Lakes. Let’s not focus only on the failure of the line itself, but on other types of line breaches that could cause the same results. In my memory there have been two incidences of ships dropping anchor in the Straits and hooking electric lines. One was a U.S. Navy ship that took out the power to Mackinac Island; the other was, to my memory, a freighter that snagged an unused line between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas..

Rent Too High The rent is too damn high in and around Traverse City. I will be on my way out of the region in pursuit of a more affordable living situation congruent with affordability...

Drugs Mean More This letter is directed to those folks who use recreational drugs. I would like you to realize that when you are buying recreational drugs that come from or through Mexico, you are financing organizations that are just as guilty of horrendous, depraved atrocities that are being committed by ISIS (the Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq)...

 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Potential Indicators of Trafficking Victims

Features 1. Not free to leave or come and go as he/ she pleases 2. Works excessively long hours, paid through tips 3. Owes large debt and is unable to pay it off 4. Recruited through false pretenses concerning the nature and condition of work 5. High security exists including opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, security cameras 6.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Letters 10-26-2015

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Send The America Haters Away ISIS continues to recruit an increasing number of our American youth. The message they send through social media is “come or kill.” In other words, kill Americans here or go to the Middle East and engage in atrocities there...

Real Facts About Guns And Shooters  Gun lovers across the country are quick to say that mass killings keep happening because the U.S. is full of “gun-free zones.” Did you know that there is absolutely no evidence to support this assertion? Most killings occur at the killer’s past or present workplace, and in all but one of the recent school shootings, the killer had a personal tie to the school he struck...

Ike Was Right In one of his recent columns (“Ike Warned Us,” 10/5/15), Jack Segal structured an argument against unnecessary and excessive defense spending around President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address in early 1961 in which he famously stated that we “must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Guns And Law-Abiding Citizens It is unfortunate that (letter writer) Lee Trucks of Manistee had the misfortune of knowing four murderers, thereby changing his perception of law-abiding citizens who carry a firearm for the protection of themselves and their families...

 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letters 10-19-2015

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True Activists Must Act I take strong exception to the letter writer who said that activists are self-motivated. My social activism and that of many others is driven by genuine concern for others, especially the working class. The fact that there are many in this country who greedily put the screws to others to better themselves disgusts me!

115th Year of Remembrance There are two northern Michigan historical myths that keep being perpetuated through rural legend, rumor, and gossip. The first one is that the Good Hart Robison family murders of 1968 were never solved. The second is that somehow, the burnout of the Cheboiganing Band’s Indian Village at Burt Lake in 1900 was legal...

Cuckoo Vs. Grandfather Clock? In David Newhouse’s delightful Letter to the Editor, he entertained us with wit and humor likening the Republican presidential candidates to crazy, out of touch citizens who have missed the obvious truth only the left can recognize. This comparison suggests that perhaps the “grandfather clock” represents the other side...

Keep Dollars In The City The Oct. 5 “Spectator” by Stephen Tuttle was right on in its entirety. The most compelling question Mr. Tuttle posed to the next Traverse City Commission is: “Why is Hickory Hills, completely outside the city limits, the responsibility of the city, and the Civic Center, completely within the city limits, the responsibility of the county?”

Demand Pipeline Transparency 

After 62 years of corrosion and stress, Enbridge pipeline 5 is a toxic oil disaster waiting to happen, not just for the Great Lakes, but for almost the entire length of Michigan — all the rivers, lakes and wetlands near it. Pipelines are safer than trucks, trains and barges. But this begs the question of our desperate need to transition to non-carbon sources of energy...

Your Guns, My Safety People do not realize that when they carry a weapon for their own protection, they reduce my perception and reality of safety...

We Need Activism I would like to respond to the letter in the Oct. 12th issue by RD Johnson titled “Know the Root of activism.” Really RD, activism is simply action by those who are self-serving? I assume that you believe the comments by Rabbi Kushner since you used them as reference. I might ask that you do a little research...

Northport Sewer Deficit Fact Check The Northport sewer deficit is $2.7 million and growing. Under law, the sewer was to be affordable and not a burden. a Northport financial expert predicted the deficit before construction began. Northport government was warned of the deficit in October 2010 and advised to implement cost changes then. They did nothing and the public was not made aware...

 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Letters 10-12-2015

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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...

 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Life in Rugby: An Interview With Phillip Thiel

Features Phillip Thiel grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School. He played rugby for the first time his senior year (for Traverse City Alliance) and today he plays at the sport’s top level. He now lives in Atlanta and is a member of the Eagles, the U.
 
Friday, October 2, 2015

Letters 10-05-2015

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Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Letters 09-28-2015

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Adult Science Literacy In Trouble Adult science literacy in America is in real trouble, when more adults know who Juan Pablo (the latest from Bachelor) than know Dr. Neil DeGreese Tyson (astrophysicist and host of Cosmos). Mainstream media reinforces social drama and romanticizes emotional decisions. What Americans really needs is to think critically and be effective problem solvers...

Just The Facts  Obama is an American citizen. He is a Christian. He’s not taking your guns. He has not destroyed America. Tax cuts for the rich do not trickle down. The U.S. was thrown out of Iraq per a SOFA agreement signed by Bush; Obama did not abandon Iraq...

 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Letters 09-21-2015

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A Role Model, Indeed In defense of Jada Johnson, whose show Big Boy Adventures I have watched, I feel offended by a small-minded Meagan Neil. Jada comes across as a caring and conscientious young person on TV and is an excellent role model for young women in the outdoors...

Embrace Climate Change How shortsighted and ignorant can our Michigan State Senate be? Are they so willing to compromise our environment and economy that they will stifle all real efforts to deal with climate change...

Goodbye Downtown TC Dear Downtown TC: I am giving you a fond farewell during parking enforcement hours due to hyperactive ticket writing. I received one too many tickets written within five minutes of my meter expiring...

Implications Here is another thought on Ms. Smith’s letter on the State Theater. If one of these gay people were members of a church and one of them died, would you boycott that church because they were buried from that church? A church is a public building, as is the State Theater. These people chose to be married in the theater...

Helping True Refugees Jack Segal’s recent column about refugees is interesting but offers no realistic suggestions as to what exactly we are supposed to do about the mess called the Middle East (and to a lesser extent, North Africa)...

Praise for Roundabouts I am responding to Christie Minervini’s well thought out, factual Opinion on roundabouts for Division Street. For most of the past four years, I have been overseas counseling with military families. Roundabouts were everywhere (on and off installation). One quickly became used to them (and favored them) with surprising ease...

Creating a Windfall The outstanding student federal loan balance is $1.2 trillion, and the program under which it is administered is out of control. Piecemeal attempts to adjust interest rates, arbitrary grace periods and repayment based upon income percentage and other political maneuvers only serve to exacerbate the situation and create a bubble akin to the home mortgage fiasco that led to a recession...

Last Word On Rights And Diversity Many letters addressed the hate-fueled bigotry regarding the State Theater. I felt compelled to write but others did so far more eloquently than I could have...

 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

What To Do With All That Squash

Features She often uses squash in things like soups or a rich Moroccan stew, and local vegetables are often included as accompaniments to both her starters and entrees, but she finds that it takes more than a little effort to shape squash into something more complex or exotic.
 
 
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