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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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.

 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pugsley

Features Patrick Sullivan The 38-year-old convict was several years into a 5-to-30-year sentence for running a downstate meth lab, keeping his head down as chance for release approached. Then, the unthinkable happened at Pugsley Correctional Facility, the low-level security prison near Kingsley.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Another Slice of Life Inside

Features Patrick Sullivan

One former northern Michigan resident ended up at Pugsley while serving a five-to-ten-year sentence after a felony conviction. The ex-con, who talked in the condition of anonymity, recalls his time spent in prison as an extraordinary waste of taxpayer dollars noting recidivism rates that exceed 40 percent within three years.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bringing Light Back to the South Fox Island Lighthouse

Group Hopes to Make One of the State’s Least Accessible Parks a Little More Welcoming

Features Patrick Sullivan

Bruce Rollins always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. That romantic and isolated occupation was a dying job even back when he was in high school in the 1960s, though. He became an engineer and eventually retired in Texas. A year ago, he spotted a two-line classified ad in a boating magazine that read, “camper-keepers wanted.”

 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Brewers Getting Together at Breweries Having Brews

Features Patrick Sullivan

In the early years of northern Michigan’s craft beer scene, beer makers from competing breweries used to gather to talk shop.

They’d meet once a month at someone’s brewpub, have some beer and swap ideas.

After Traverse City’s Workshop Brewing Company opened in 2013, owner Pete Kirkwood heard about those meetings and decided he wanted to try to revive them.
 
 
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