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Letters 02-02-2015

History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Court Tester

Why did Ryan Gubbins throw his business (and maybe his freedom) away?

Features Patrick Sullivan At first, when people at the court learned that the woman, who had pled guilty to impaired driving in 2011, had missed daily PBTs, they didn’t suspect wrongdoing on Gubbins’ part, according to testimony and court filings.
 
Monday, November 11, 2013

Fatbike Faceoff

Skiers hope to head off a conflict over trail use

Features Patrick Sullivan “We did not build a groomed trail for mountain bikes,” said Lombard, who still skis every day each winter. “Mountain bikes are welcome there six months a year, but in my opinion, they are not welcome when we’re grooming the trail.”
 
Monday, November 4, 2013

Tales of Miss Fortune

Features Patrick Sullivan She followed the case against him and his subsequent flight from the state to a level that got Hunter’s attention -- he became a disgruntled commenter on her blog while he was on the run. She said he threatened her in an effort to get her to stop writing about him.
 
Monday, October 28, 2013

The Iceman Returneth

Q&A with the original Iceman cyclist Steve Brown

Features Patrick Sullivan When Steve Brown got a group of friends together a couple of dozen years ago to ride on trails and two-tracks from Kalkaska to just outside of Traverse City, no one could have imagined what the race would become. Brown charged each rider $5 to cover the cost of the barbecue he threw after the event.
 
Monday, October 21, 2013

Iintrigue at a Cafe

Cadillac’s race for mayor heats up over alleged election violation

Features Patrick Sullivan This year, the one-time friends are squaring off again in what has become a bitterly contested election. Sparks flew in 2011 over a dustup that began when Barnett appeared on WKLT’s morning radio show, Omelette and Finster, and the host called Filkins “sleazy.
 
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.
 
 
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