Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Welcome Aboard the Floating Classrooms of Grand Traverse Bay

Features Patrick Sullivan “I was doing that and going to college, trying to figure out what I was doing with my life, and I saw this unique experience occurring and I just loved it. I watched kids learn and all I could think about was, ‘Man, why wasn’t school like that for me?’ I hated school,” Sitkins said.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Local Food

An Industry Made From Scratch

Features Patrick Sullivan “I think people are definitely becoming a lot more aware of where their food is coming from and I think that has definitely opened up the potential,” he said. “With water shortages out west and all that, pretty soon, it will be a necessity to source all food locally.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gay From Gaylord

A Coming-(Out)-of-Age Story

Features Patrick Sullivan This winter, Ryan made a short documentary with some classmates about his transformation called “Gay From Gaylord.” The film can be seen on YouTube and it will be shown as part of the Traverse City Film Festival on July 30 at 6pm at the Inside Out Gallery.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Brownfield Dollars

Features Patrick Sullivan There’s never been a time when so many large-scale developments were proposed, or in progress, in Traverse City. The incredible number of projects that could develop in the next year — and the requests for Brownfield funding expected to accompany them — means development and public incentives are slated to be a hot topic.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Licensed To Perform

Permits No Longer Required to Sing and Play in TC

Features Patrick Sullivan Maayingan and Kewayden Brauker’s grandmother had enough one day last June. She told the teenagers to get out of the house and do something. The brothers took acoustic guitars to the Jay Smith Walkway on Front Street in Traverse City. Maayingan played while Kewayden listened. They didn’t have a guitar case open on the ground to collect money; they were just hanging out.
Friday, July 3, 2015

A Piece of the Pie

Features Patrick Sullivan The tin used to bake a one-time world record pie sits proudly on the southern edge of Traverse City, just as the tin used to bake Charlevoix’s record-setting pie sits at its border, but these records are no more.
Saturday, June 27, 2015


Features Patrick Sullivan The Michigan Land Use Institute celebrated its 20th birthday in an unconventional way: by changing its name. Now called Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Executive Director Hans Voss said he hopes to continue the same nonprofit advocacy work the organization focused on during its first two decades.
Friday, June 19, 2015

Iconic Northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan Phil Balyeat lives in a different northern Michigan than the rest of us — one where the sun always shines, the colors are richer and the lines are sharper.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Blazes New Paths

Features Patrick Sullivan Since the late 1970s, dreams of a multi-use trail in the park have been alive in the community and, for nearly 10 years, the trail has been an actual work in progress.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Snapshots of Life at the Skate Park

Features Patrick Sullivan Tyler Franz is as close to skateboarding legend as Traverse City has. He’s sponsored by Pyramid Skateboards, an Arizona company that sells decks, wheels, T-shirts and hoodies. That means the 26-year-old, along with other sponsored skaters, will spend several weeks this summer in Detroit, Toronto and New York, where he will skate and shoot videos.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Next Up at Dennos: Skateboards as Art

Features Patrick Sullivan The Dennos Museum Center in TC is looking to expand its audience with an exhibition in part inspired by a the Civic Center skate park across the street. Sideways: Exploring Skateboard Art + Culture features skateboard decks turned into art, skateboard photography and other street art.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meijer Appears in Acme, but the Fight Rages On

Features Patrick Sullivan Steven Smith has been consumed by an Acme Township development for 14 years. The site where a new Meijer store is emerging from a former farm field has been the subject of lawsuits and bitter political battles, the scene of environmental violations and the source of fervent discussions about growth.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Acme Activist Faces Charge

Features Patrick Sullivan In April, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) named him Volunteer Activist of the Year. In March, he was charged with misdemeanor trespassing by Grand Traverse County prosecutors for an alleged intrusion into the Grand Traverse Town Center in Acme.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Booze Flowed Freely Through

Features Patrick Sullivan Authorities in here enforced Prohibition with as much zeal as they did elsewhere in the country. For much of the 1920s, police in the Traverse City area made many Volstead Act arrests, but it appears most attention was paid to out-of-town bootleggers or moonshiners who peddled poison.
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.