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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Here and There, But Not Everywhere

Features Patrick Sullivan Cooney is no marijuana booster, however. He believes pot’s wider acceptance has led to an increase in use among high school students. And he notes that most people with medical marijuana cards are under 40 (the average age is 27) — indicators, he believes, of abuse of the law.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

No Bus at the Station

Emmet County fights for its own public transportation

Features Patrick Sullivan “I have heard of that in the past, but never really investigated because it didn’t seem like there was that much of a service,” said Michael Mann, a buyer at the Grain Train Natural Foods Market who has lived without a car since he moved to Petoskey from Ann Arbor.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Winter is Coming

Is another ‘Polar Vortex’ coming along with it?

Features Patrick Sullivan 2014 also left us with a lot of questions — did it signal a new trend for colder winters? Was winter 2014 a record-breaker? Where did ‘polar vortex’ originate? What happened to global warming? What should we expect this winter?
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Features Patrick Sullivan The dramatic decrease in northern Michigan’s migrant worker population in recent years can be attributed to many factors, but, regardless of the reasons, there is no question this trend could change the face of the region’s signature fruit industry, making the way we harvest cherries, wine grapes, apples, peaches and berries a thing of the past.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Bay Harbor

How It Happened Twenty Years Ago: An Industrial Wasteland Becomes a $1 Billion Resort

Features Patrick Sullivan

For most of the 20th century, the behemoth cement plant south of Petoskey was an economic driver that offered well-paying jobs for generations of workers. After the plant closed in 1980, the property sat idle for years and went into decay, coughing up powdery kiln dust and oozing leachate into the bay. Many saw the parcel’s development potential with its five miles of shoreline on Little Traverse Bay, beautiful views and easy access to Petoskey.

 
Monday, September 8, 2014

(Ultra) Marathon Man

Features Patrick Sullivan “My dad made a joke, ‘What could he do if he trained? Look how good he does now,’” Kaupas said. “One of my cousins goes, ‘You should come out and do the Leadville.’” That was in 2013. At first, Kaupas thought he could just sign up for the 2013 race and try it with little training.
 
Monday, September 8, 2014

Peace on the Vasa?

SEPARATE TRAILS FOR SKIERS AND FATBIKERS COMING SOON

Features Patrick Sullivan Photo: Michael Poehlman Photography / Traverse City Tourism.
 
Monday, August 25, 2014

Northport Busts Out

The county’s northernmost village went from bust to boom, but how?

Features Patrick Sullivan

New businesses have appeared up and down Waukazoo St., eager to serve the 500- plus people who live there year-round as well as waves of summer visitors.

 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Grading Our Schools

Money, scores drive inequities across district lines

Features Patrick Sullivan

As parents are well aware, selecting a school district is hardly black and white. Funding formulas and test scores – though widely available – are confusing even to the adminstrators that adhere to them. Although the State of Michigan readily provides this information online, navigating it can be another story.

 
Monday, August 4, 2014

Turf Wars

The farmers market life is getting tougher for growers reselling produce

Features Patrick Sullivan

A turf war is simmering in local farmers markets over exactly where that cherry, tomato, or radish was picked. Some say the argument is just splitting hairs; others decry the trucked-in produce as undercutting the small local grower.

 
Monday, July 28, 2014

A Traverse City Film Festival Oral History

PART II OF II

Features Patrick Sullivan After the success of that first TCFF in 2005, organizers decided to try for a second act. And — critical for downtown Traverse City — they set their sights on taking over the State Theatre, a classic American movie house that had fallen on hard times..
 
Monday, July 21, 2014

A Traverse City Film Festival Oral History

The Traverse City Film Festival, now among the most noted in the nation, began as a whim a decade ago.

Features Patrick Sullivan

It appeared from nowhere. It crawled from dinner party conversations. It took shape at a lunch at Amical. It quietly made its way onto the city agenda. Soon scores of volunteers knocked down cobwebs, scrubbed floors and walls and alighted the sparkling marquee of the State Theatre.

 
Monday, July 14, 2014

Solar Golf

Michigan’s first solar course opens after a three-year statewide drought of new courses.

Features Patrick Sullivan Bigger players are also getting into solar. Consumers Energy announced July 1 that they had selected 22 solar projects across the Lower Peninsula as part of their Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. The program enables participants to sell excess energy back to Consumers.
 
Monday, July 7, 2014

Lighting it Up on Torch

For summer fun, nothing quite holds a candle to Torch.

Features Patrick Sullivan As Michigan’s second-largest inland lake, its 41 miles of sandy shoreline have hosted countless bonfires, sing-a-longs, midnight swims, and family gatherings. And most summer weekends, its giant southside sandbar draws thousands of boaters, families, and partiers.
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'Tourist Train' Could Be Just a Few Years Away

For $1.7 million, a tourist train could once again chuff back and forth from Traverse City to Williamsburg.

Features Patrick Sullivan LOTS OF WORK AHEAD The 11-mile stretch of track in question is seldom used and is barely in good enough condition to carry freight. The tracks are maintained at the lowest standard allowed by the Federal Railroad Administration and trains are forbidden to carry passengers or travel more than 10 miles per hour.
 
 
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