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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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.
 
Thursday, December 16, 2004

Put on Your Tanooki Suit

Music Beth Milligan Tanooki Suit has worked the last three years on creating a strong presence in the area music scene through touring and frequent local appearances. This energetic indie rock band is comprised of four high school students from Traverse City: Patrick Carroll on guitar and vocals, Will Thomas on drums, Colin Campbell on bass guitar, and Andrew Rosinski on guitar. Northern Express sat down with Tanooki Suit to talk about music, the local scene, and what comes next.
 
 
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