Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Northern Michigan’s Orange Angels

Orange, usually the color of caution, is the color of comfort for those who enjoy Northern Michigan skies and inland seas.

Features Patrick Sullivan The airbase itself dates to 1941, when two aircraft carriers sailed Lake Michigan. The Navy used the base during World War II so that pilots could practice difficult landings fter 1945, the Navy left and the next year the Coast Guard – itself established by the U.
Monday, June 16, 2014

Fantasy Islands

Michigan’s island life doesn’t begin and end at Mackinac. Those who crave a unique summer getaway have myriad options just out their back door.

Features Patrick Sullivan Whether you’re a spendthrift day tripper or covet your own private getaway, there are plenty of Michigan islands to visit, rent … or even buy.
Monday, June 9, 2014

When Bath Salts Hit Cadillac

Highly addictive psychoactive drug linked to one man’s tragic end.

Features Patrick Sullivan “On the Fourth of July, he was really upset about something, and I know, who’s to say if it’s real or not. Was somebody after him? Or was it the drugs? How do you know? How do you determine?” Edson said. “He told me somebody was after him. He said, ‘They.
Monday, June 2, 2014

Storming Ahead

How two Northern Michigan weathermen wound up running for political office

Features Patrick Sullivan “I literally walked into [the station] and met the general manager who happened to be standing in the lobby,” he said. Although nothing was available right then, the station manager must have seen something telegenic in him. In the summer of 1981, he brought Barrons back to the studio for an audition.
Monday, June 2, 2014

A One-Woman CSI Unit

Polly Penwell has autism – and the passion to solve cold missing persons cases

Features Patrick Sullivan “The pain that you see those families going through … I would always just be watching the show [“Disappeared” in the ID Network] and just be bawling,” she said. “I felt so much sadness for them. I’ve always been very sensitive – compassionate, I guess – even as a little kid.
Monday, May 26, 2014

Swimming Upstream

Features Patrick Sullivan “I can’t really put a reason on the decline, except for, I would say, small-town politics,” he said. “People would get bitter and then the bitterness would go to their friends, and before you know it, people would only show up to one event or the parade.
Monday, May 19, 2014

‘Sacred’ Land or a Fair Swap?

Word of a state park land deal worries some Charlevoix neighbors

Features Patrick Sullivan Indeed, a secret land swap wouldn’t be possible, said Rich Hill, Gaylord district supervisor of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. Hill said it is not unusual for talks to take place between a company and the department prior to the submission of a formal proposal.
Monday, May 12, 2014

Howard Schelde

Traverse City’s Original Restaurateur Looks Back, Ahead

Features Patrick Sullivan In Chicago, Schelde discovered Mr. Steak restaurants, opened one in Grand Rapids, and bought the franchise rights to Traverse City before ever coming here. In 1973, while Mr. Steak was under construction on Munson Ave., Schelde learned of a sprawling Victorian mansion/restaurant for sale on Old Mission Peninsula.
Monday, May 5, 2014

The News Graveyard

Old news from Petoskey gets new life online

Features Patrick Sullivan The archive chronicles a rich newspaper history. At least eight papers were started in Petoskey by 1900. In the year 1883, Petoskey saw editions of the Northern Independent, the Petoskey City Record, the Emmet County Democrat, and the Daily Resorter hit the streets.
Monday, May 5, 2014

Want A Donut?

There’s an App for That

Features Patrick Sullivan He worked around the world in telecom and real estate until he returned to Michigan a few years ago to start a tech company with his brother. That company – Front Door Insights – worked with restaurants and solons and retail businesses to use text message marketing to keep customers engaged.
Monday, April 28, 2014

Timeline of Tolerance

Traverse City’s history of gay life

Features Patrick Sullivan In the not-so-distant past, a hot debate flared over a city commissioner’s comments that homosexuals were “the filthiest, dirtiest people on the face of the Earth.” (see actual timeline on next page) While that story earned the city national notoriety in the late 80s, today Traverse City’s gay-friendly reputation is something different.
Monday, April 28, 2014

Gay Up North

Features Patrick Sullivan “We’re like every other couple. We met like other couples meet. We do the exact same things that other couples do,” Thomson said. “We’re not asking to be treated differently. We just want to be treated the same. We want to be treated like the majority of America.
Monday, April 14, 2014

Homeless in Northern Michigan

Where they go and what’s available in our region.

Features Patrick Sullivan Amid the debate, the Northern Express decided to look at whether providing better services could draw more homeless to an area, why the problem has gotten so bad recently and what services for the homeless are offered in other communities in our region.
Monday, March 31, 2014

Shark Tank, Angels and More

Local Investing Groups Booming

Features Patrick Sullivan “We’re not really a fundraising platform,” he said. “We’re really a networking group. We try to connect the business owners with local investors.” He said ALAP watched as Grand Traverse Culinary Oils owner William Koucky has pitched ideas that turned into a developed product.
Monday, March 24, 2014

Bata Turns the Corner

With Loop and Link, Traverse City’s bus service has become a viable alternative for more commuters

Features Patrick Sullivan They’ve gotten surveillance cameras on buses to cut down on liability and so that drivers can concentrate on driving. They’ve installed mobile data terminals and electronic fare boxes. They’ve redesigned the buses and route signs so the system is easier to use.