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Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

State of the Odawa

Features Patrick Sullivan A timeline of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ history, as chronicled on the bands’ website, begins in the 1600s, when the ancestors of the people who would make up the modern tribe first settled in northern lower Michigan.
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Not Your Granddad’s Rehab

Features Patrick Sullivan In the years since, the spectrum of services offered by ATS has broadened as much as the variety of clients it serves. It’s spread across nine properties throughout Traverse City. And in recent years it’s attracted national attention as an innovative treatment provider.
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016

If You Seek A Pleasant Peninsula

Features Patrick Sullivan The Boursaw property on East Bay — perched near the unincorporated community of Old Mission, at the northeast end of the peninsula — was first tapped for maple syrup, and then it became a dairy farm. In the 1930s, along with the other farmers on the peninsula, the Boursaws planted cherry trees.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Was a Sexual Predator Employed at a Strip Club?

Features Patrick Sullivan Ten days passed before the exotic dancer told police she’d been violently raped on the men’s room floor inside Fantasy’s strip club. The lawyer for Christopher Kingsland, the man accused of the sexual assault, wanted to know why she waited so long to contact police.
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Unemployed and Under Attack

Features Patrick Sullivan Martin was later exonerated. Her attorney, Mark Risk of Traverse City, said Martin was snared by an out-of-control computerized fraud-detection system developed by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) in 2012 that automated determinations of fraud and sought to collect penalties without legal findings of guilt.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wildfire

WILL VIGILANT FOREST FIRE PREVENTION BURN NORTHERN MICHIGAN?

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan’s success in preventing forest fires worries wildfire fighter and expert Jed Jaworski. We’ve done so well keeping our forests intact, he said, we’ve created a situation where wildfires could emerge as the region’s greatest threat. Counterintuitive? On the surface, maybe. But dig a little deeper into the symbiosis of the forest environment, where all elements coexist to create a balanced ecosystem...
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Big Changes at the Women’s Resource Center

Features Patrick Sullivan Staff has turned over, and some former employees and supporters don’t like the direction the Women’s Resource Center Grand Traverse Area (WRC) has taken.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

An Extra Dime For Every Lunch

Features Patrick Sullivan One dime per meal might sound like peanuts, but it can have a drastic impact on the quality of food and on the local farm economy, said Diane Conners, a Groundwork senior policy specialist. Consider that the amount spent on food for each school lunch is just $1.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Free Parking?

Features Patrick Sullivan Take an experiment in June, when the city proposed a pop-up park at Lot O, at the corner of State and Cass streets. Intended as a three-day dry run for a theoretical city square, the pop-up park sparked impassioned debate over whether space in the city should be reserved for parking or could be used for other activities.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Parking Is A Problem

Features Patrick Sullivan From Petoskey to Frankfort, towns that attract tourists are dealing with the same conundrum: How do you make sure parking is available for visitors when they arrive? How do you encourage more people to bike or walk into town? How do you get employees to park in satellite lots?.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Century of Stories

Features Patrick Sullivan When Traverse City’s Lyric Theatre opened its doors on July 4, 1916, it already had competition. Two other theaters had long since staked claim to Front Street. But it was evident from the moment the Lyric’s long line of gilt front doors swung open to the enraptured public, this particular movie house was special.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

The North’s New Powerhouse

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan’s newest power plant, a massive twin-tower complex tucked into the woods between Elmira and Gaylord, goes online this month. It will be northern Michigan’s largest power plant, generating over 400 megawatts. The hope of officials at Wolverine Power Cooperative: that it will satiate their customers’ energy appetite for years to come.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

“My Home Away From Home, My Sanctuary”

Kingsley’s The Rock Gives Teenagers a Safe Place to Hang Out

Features Patrick Sullivan Isabel and Justin plan to attend Northwestern Michigan College this fall. Isabel hopes one day to open a therapeutic daycare to help troubled kids; Justin wants to be an engineer. Both teenagers believe they might be on a much different track had they not had the refuge of The Rock while growing up in Kingsley.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Conservation districts are turning to voters for new sources of funding

Features Patrick Sullivan Not to be confused with nonprofit organizations, conservation districts are actually government offices created across the United States in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an environmental catastrophe that saw fertile Great Plains farmland swept away by wind, drought and poor farming practices.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Tour Of Northern Michigan’s Nonprofits

Features Patrick Sullivan We’ve compiled lists of the 10 largest nonprofits in Traverse City and Petoskey. The organizations are ranked based on annual income, as stated in the nonprofit’s most recent Form 990 filing to the Internal Revenue Service, according to records compiled by Guide star, a website that tracks nonprofits.
 
 
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