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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

TC Election

What the candidates have to say on bicyclists, Division Street, parks, festivals…

Features Patrick Sullivan The Northern Express asked and got answers to several questions we thought could help distinguish one candidate from another. Two candidates for mayor of Traverse City and six of the seven candidates for city commission responded to our survey. We did not hear back from commission candidate John Reid.
 
Monday, September 30, 2013

City of the Dead

Petoskey’s history lies below and above ground at Greenwood Cemetery

Features Patrick Sullivan Crawford has some experience at the cemetery; you could say it is in his blood. Crawford’s grandfather was superintendent beginning in 1920. His father worked there for 17 years before he was born. Crawford, current superintendent of the municipal facility, started there in 1961 mowing grass and digging graves at age 14.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013

A Billion Gallons of Water

A project planned on a private hunting property in Kalkaska could push water use for Encana wells to over a billion gallons

Features Patrick Sullivan For decades, the mission of the corporation remained committed to conservation and stewardship of hundreds of acres that the association’s membership could use for hunting and fishing, according to a review of Black River’s articles of incorporation..
 
Monday, September 16, 2013

‘A Community Responsibility’

Features Patrick Sullivan If you’ve driven into Traverse City on Silver Lake Road this summer, you’ve seen the site of the new YMCA transformed from a hole in the ground into a sprawling complex, soon to be home to an aquatics center, health and fitness center, tennis courts and lounges.
 
Monday, September 9, 2013

Pot Doctor Convicted, But Avoids Jail

Features Patrick Sullivan A doctor who came out of retirement to run three medical marijuana clinics around Michigan -- including one in Cadillac -- pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges after police and prosecutors said he ran the clinics as forprofit certification mills.
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not a Small World After All…

TOWNSHIP DASHES COUPLE’S GREEN DREAM WITH 800 SQUARE FOOT MINIMUM

Features Patrick Sullivan The attention set the couple on a course that saw them get cited with a civil infraction for a zoning violation and be refused a variance from the township zoning board of appeals. Ultimately, despite early, optimistic signs, they failed to see through a change in township zoning that would have enabled them to live a simpler, green lifestyle.
 
Monday, August 26, 2013

The Fireworks over Fireworks

Lots of noise, but little trouble thanks to a patchwork of local ordinances

Features Patrick Sullivan Instead, despite a patchwork of local laws that make the discharge of exploding or flying fireworks okay one place but against a local ordinance elsewhere, fireworks have generated noise complaints, but apparently not a lot of other trouble in Northern Michihan.
 
Monday, August 19, 2013

A Furrier for the Modern World

Michael Fridrich Henke practices an age-old profession

Features Patrick Sullivan It happens, though, that the fur trade is the Great Lakes region’s oldest profession. The first European settlers came here and established relations with Native Americans to buy and sell furs and trap beaver that could be sold in the east or in Europe.
 
Monday, August 12, 2013

Renewable Riesling

State’s first solar ‘net-zero’ winery goes live

Features Patrick Sullivan The 430-square-foot tracking panels make Crain Hill the first “net-zero” winery in Michigan, meaning the operation produces as much electricity as it uses to make and sell its white and red wine blends, Reislings, Pinot Noirs, cherry wine and other batches from 22 acres of grapes.
 
Monday, August 5, 2013

‘Nothing  for People That Age’

Heroin took a ‘good kid’ in Benzie County

Features Patrick Sullivan Smith said he learned that from Traverse Narcotics Team detectives, who helped bring a case against a 33-year-old Detroitarea man who allegedly sold Justin Smith the dose of heroin that led to his death on May 15. Charges that bring life in prison are pending against that man.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Intentional Act or Drunken Negligence?

Mystery still shrouds hit and run death of Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert

Features Patrick Sullivan Police reached over 400 tips in the case of the July 5 hit and run death of Kellyann (Boyce) Hurlbert, but all of that information from the public so far hasn’t helped investigators get any closer to solving the case.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Deadly Consequences

‘Bruiser’ accused of supplying lethal drugs in Benzie County

Features Patrick Sullivan The woman said she was best friends with Justin Smith, the Benzonia man who died of a suspected drug overdose and whose body was found on a rural road on May 15. She had talked to Smith that day on the phone. She had last seen him three days earlier, on Mother’s Day.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Remembering Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert

Parallel stories unfolded in Traverse City last Thursday afternoon.

Features Patrick Sullivan At F&M Park, under a gorgeous deep blue sky, a memorial service celebrated the life of Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert.
 
Monday, July 8, 2013

The House on the Beach

Home relies on a nonexistent ‘Shore Avenue’ on the beach

Features Patrick Sullivan When the Smiths packed up for the season in 2011 and left Northern Michigan for their homes elsewhere in the country, the building in front of their cottage was little more than a falling-down shack, something that had been there as long as anyone could remember.
 
Monday, July 1, 2013

A TIME-BOMB at the Straits?

Rally hopes to draw attention to an aging underwater oil pipeline.

Features Patrick Sullivan The pipeline turned 60 this year. It is owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, the same company that owns and operates a pipeline that failed and caused the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
 
 
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