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Letters 05-18-2015

Will History Repeat Itself? What large patterns or trends can guide our ideas about the next century? We can look at the history of Easter Island as a warning about the dangers of a future crisis.

Applauding Michigan’s Renewable Standards Recently, state legislators introduced dueling initiatives that would impact the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) expiring at the end of the year very differently.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Blinding Whiteness of Northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan isn’t just white in the wintertime. It’s white all year round. Depending on your exact location, it’s between 94 and 97 percent white. That makes it an interesting and complicated place for the few African Americans who call northern Michigan home.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

Bestseller

Features Patrick Sullivan DO-IT-YOURSELF STEPHEN KING Wright is sort of a do-it-yourself Stephen King. The 50-year-old has sold more than 5 million books in 15 years. He writes the Freddie Fernortner series for lower elementary-aged readers and the “Chiller” books for upper elementary ages, both under the Rand pseudonym.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Foster Family Odyssey

Features Patrick Sullivan Melissa and David West wanted to expand their family of four. With two biological children already, they decided to embark on the adoption process through the foster care system. They had one caveat: they didn’t want to become a revolving door for foster kids.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Fracking Debate

Features Patrick Sullivan Cheap natural gas and slowed industry activity have quieted the fracking debate in northern Michigan recently, but that calm may soon be over. In March, The Sierra Club declared fracking should be banned in Michigan, and another group seeking to end the practice plans to collect signatures to put an anti-fracking initiative on the ballot in 2016.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Northern Michigan Environmental Watchlist

Features Patrick Sullivan “One of the hurdles we face with the lakes, particularly in our region, is the beauty of them,” Inland Seas Educational Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins said. “Because there’s not a large floating garbage patch out there, it’s not there in a lot of people’s eyes.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Case That Haunts Kalkaska

Features Patrick Sullivan For years, stacks of evidence and pages of arguments piled up. In 2013, newly-elected Kalkaska County prosecutor Michael Perreault agreed to honor requests from wrongful conviction clinics at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University to authorize new DNA tests.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

It’s Profane and Anonymous and It’s Come to NMC

Features Patrick Sullivan There is round-the-clock, semi-secret, anonymous commentary running every day on the Northwestern Michigan College campus. The social media app Yik Yak has landed at NMC and, throughout the day, students post to a live feed about everything from sex to the weather to classes.
 
Monday, March 30, 2015

A Bridge and a Divide

Features Patrick Sullivan APRIL DECISION DUE Chuck Korn, Garfield Township supervisor and Hartman-Hammond’s biggest proponent of late, wants to see the Cass Road bridge project scuttled. He believes environmentalists want it built to ensure the Hartman-Hammond project never happens.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Burnout

Features Patrick Sullivan Efforts for Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition have failed since the 1980s, but what’s now known as the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians continues to work for reaffirmation. This year, with the help of former U.S. representative Bart Stupak, the Burt Lake Band (BLB) hopes to find legitimacy through the BIA or an act of Congress.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Congregation Beth El

Features Patrick Sullivan Terry Tarnow: It was built in 1885 by a group of Russian immigrants, mostly. They wanted a synagogue. They were very religious Jews. We’re not the oldest congregation. There are older congregations in the metropolitan Detroit area, but they’ve switched buildings a half a dozen times.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Licensed to Drill

Features Patrick Sullivan The stylist who cuts your hair needs a license from the state. So does the person who sells your house or gives you a massage, but that’s not the case for the trainer who leads you through rigorous workouts several times a week. In fact, Michigan has no minimum requirement for allowing someone to hang up a shingle as a personal trainer.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

Michigan’s Craft Beer Explosion Leads To New University Programs

Features Patrick Sullivan This boom means something exciting where career paths are concerned: more people are needed to brew beer. Previously, would-be brewers in the Midwest were limited to opportunities at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

National Treasures

Features Patrick Sullivan The renovation of an Earl Young home on a block filled with the celebrated mushroom houses has people talking in Charleviox. The once low-slung home now rises over the Park Avenue block. A modern addition is sandwiched between Young’s original first floor stone walls and a fantastical, flowing roof that’s being hand woven by a Scottish thatcher.
 
Monday, February 23, 2015

Inside Northern Michigan’s Chef-Making Machine

Features Patrick Sullivan “That whole system was kind of outmoded,” Laughlin said. “I think in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, more things were processed. The trend was — with a lot of restaurants, except your very high-end ones — that you had a kitchen manager that scheduled lowskilled line cooks that were basically preparing almost prepackaged stuff, heating things up.
 
Monday, February 16, 2015

Still Pure Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan The East Lansing native assumed brand leadership of Pure Michigan on Dec. 1, following a 15- year career teaching at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia and serving as vice president of marketing for the Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau.
 
 
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