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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, June 18, 2016

A Different Way To Give

Features Patrick Sullivan Cameron Clark operates hometown giving.com from Beulah. It’s a website dedicated to connecting northern Michigan consumers with local businesses and nonprofits. Nonprofits can register for free on the site; businesses pay a small fee.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Dangerous Road

Features Patrick Sullivan Goch told police that she had felt unsteady when she reached the top of the curve, so she hit her brakes, causing her car to slide across the center line of the rain-coated highway. The vehicles crashed head-on. Anthony Erving died at the scene; Deanna Erving died later that day at the hospital.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Quarter Century Of Conservation

Features Patrick Sullivan To mark two milestones — the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy turns 25 this summer; the Leelanau Conservancy turns 27 — the Northern Express sat down with the nonprofits’ executive directors to talk about the deals they’ve made, the ones they didn’t, and what they see on the horizon.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Showdown at Deer Park

Features Patrick Sullivan The two-acre enclosure, which was created in 1946 to house injured deer, allows children come face-to-face with one of northern Michigan’s signature creatures.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Inside Northern Michigan’s Real Estate Boom

Features Patrick Sullivan Reamer started selling real estate in Traverse City in 1978, but with additional experience as a builder and an appraiser, he knows all too well the ups and downs of the region’s market. He said the only thing he’s certain of is that the ups are always followed by downs.
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Snapshots From Around the Region

Features Patrick Sullivan “Everybody has to have a place to live, and every day there’s going to be a real estate transaction of some sort, because of birth or a death or a transfer or retirement — you have to live some place,” Richardson said. “But as far as someone moving up, I’m not seeing a lot of that in the Cadillac area.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fish Farms in Lake Michigan?

Features Patrick Sullivan Competing bills have been introduced in the state legislature, one that would ban fish farms on the big lakes outright and one that would allow as many as 10 of the facilities to be established in Michigan. The bills were introduced late last year and seem to be languishing.
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fish Farm Flap Makes a Stink in Grayling

Features Patrick Sullivan A Department of Environmental Quality permit that would enable a large-scale aquaculture facility in Grayling spurred a group that reveres the river into action. The Anglers of the Au Sable challenged the permit on environmental grounds, leading to an 18-day hearing in Lansing and thousands of pages of exhibits.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Civil Disobedience In Gaylord

Features Patrick Sullivan Something strange happened after authorities signaled stricter enforcement of medical marijuana laws with May 2015 raids in Gaylord. Afterward, the number of dispensaries went up, not down. There were seven dispensaries operating before the raids and there were nine operating this March when police returned for another round of enforcement.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Help Wanted

Features Patrick Sullivan PHOTODETECTOR MAKERS WANTED A few years ago, Traverse City’s Electro- Optics Technology, Inc. needed people to make things like photodetectors, optical isolators, fiber collimators and other laser technology you’ve never heard of. It appeared it would take a type of worker that didn’t exist in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Modern Day Take on Strang

Features Patrick Sullivan A Strangite Mormon Diaspora occurred after James Jesse Strang was assassinated in 1856. There was no census taken to determine what happened to his followers; they are thought to have scattered to Utah and Wisconsin and elsewhere. For a time, the Mormon religion seemed to vanish from northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beaver Island’s Historical Divide

Features Patrick Sullivan Once, the island was home to a Mormon king, a charismatic and despotic leader who commanded that his followers adhere to his strict, splinter brand of Mormonism. James Jesse Strang’s followers were chased from the island following his assassination in 1856 and, since then, the place has cultivated an Irish identity, one that’s survived to this day.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Green One Percent

Early Adopters of Solar Technology Worry About a Utility Backlash

Features Patrick Sullivan Electric utilities are pushing back against incentives encouraging people to go solar and conserve energy. The latest local example of this nationwide struggle flared up in March, when Cherryland Electric Cooperative’s board of directors approved a measure to slash what it pays for solar panel-generated kilowatts beginning in November.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

All of These T-shirts Were Born in Northern Michigan

(But Not All of Them Were Made in America)

Features Patrick Sullivan Go anywhere in the country and you can find a quirky T-shirt shop that celebrates that particular place. Go to a tourist town and there will be several. Look at Traverse City; it’s got M-22, High Five Threads, the Roth Shirt Co., Tee See Tee, not to mention shops, wineries and breweries that create their own designs.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

What’s Happening in Greilickville?

Turns Out...A Lot.

Features Patrick Sullivan

As traffic volume nears a level suggesting M-22 become a five-lane highway, township planners hope to turn the village into a tourist destination with small-town appeal. Here are two visions for Greilickville’s future.

 
 
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