Letters

Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Saved In the Line of Duty

A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company

Features Beth Milligan The morning of Aug. 5, 2012, Lt. Brian Murphy responded to a disturbance at a local Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As he approached the complex, working what he’d anticipated would be a quiet Sunday shift, Murphy had no idea his life was about to be upended.
 
Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals

Features Beth Milligan Wish you could eat healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? Crave a homemade dinner, but don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch every night? Meet three companies who are taking over the shopping, prepping and cooking — all so you don’t have to.
 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate

Features Beth Milligan This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tired of the City? Visit the Farm

Features Beth Milligan Need a reprieve from the noise, traffic and summer crowds of the city? Consider visiting one of the region’s many beautiful working farms.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Eau de Vie: The Water of Life

Features Beth Milligan French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.
 
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours

Features Beth Milligan Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan to tour the more than 35 wineries dotted across Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. But, for locals living with the vineyards in their backyards, it can be easy to take such amenities for granted — or to dismiss winetasting as an activity only for tourists.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Beth Milligan From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Keys to Attracting YPs

Features Beth Milligan In December 2011, Governor Snyder delivered an address to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s “talent disconnect.” .
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Gone Truckin'

Features Beth Milligan Many northern Michiganders consider themselves experienced drivers in treacherous conditions, but for die-hard gearheads, wintry roads pale in comparison to roaring over steep hills, spinning through mud pits, climbing over boulders and racing up ski slopes. We spoke to the region’s most passionate (dare we say obsessive?)off-roading enthusiasts about the events – and vehicles – that drive them.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Healing Vanguard

Features Beth Milligan Three regional oncologists are leading the charge to battle cancer in their communities. Whether working to open the region’s first cancer center, exploring alternative therapies to relieve cancer’s debilitating side effects or being motivated by a...
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners

Features Beth Milligan While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone

Features Beth Milligan Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Grand Rapids

Features Beth Milligan With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.
 
Monday, April 14, 2014

Bottoms Up

ELIXIR’S FRESH CONCOCTIONS

Dining Beth Milligan Owned by holistic chiropractor Dr. Jena Hullman, the café’s approach to juices, smoothies, coffee and other beverages is to use only wholesome ingredients, strictly avoiding refi ned sugars and carbs, gluten, and artifi cial sweeteners..
 
Thursday, February 3, 2005

Indy Film Scene Guide: Arthouse flix, foreign films and documentaries are making their mark, even in Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan At the Golden Globes this year, there were a number of A-list stars who received nominations: Leonard DiCaprio for best actor (“The Aviator”), Uma Thurman for best actress (“Kill Bill Vol. 2”), Clint Eastwood for best director (“Million Dollar Baby”). No surprises here: award shows revolve around successful names.
Box office revenue often correlates directly with nominations… which raises an interesting question: who, exactly, is Imelda Staunton? She was nominated for best actress for her work in “Vera Drake” -- competing against the likes of Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger -- but there didn’t seem to be one red carpet reporter who knew who she was. And what about “Hotel Rwanda”? It was up for best picture, but unlike “The Aviator” or “Finding Neverland,” I’ve never seen it playing at any of the theaters I’ve been to. In all of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown ceremonies, where do these dark horse nominations come from?
The Globes this year reflected a growing trend in the movie industry: public acknowledgement of independent films. Previously restricted to film festivals and cable channels like HBO, independent filmmaking is finally claiming its rightful place in the Hollywood spotlight… and audiences are sitting up and taking notice. Films like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Napoleon Dynamite” have shown that it doesn’t take a bloated budget to bring in big box office; it’s not special effects but a good story that draws people to theaters. And big-name stars are giving up their inflated paychecks to be a part of these smaller films, hungry for challenging roles and well-written scripts.
 
 
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