Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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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.
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.