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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, April 25, 2011

Luxe Line in Petoskey: b.may bags

Features Kristy Kurjan Luxe Line in Petoskey: b.may bags
By Kristy Kurjan
A luxury handbag designer in Petoskey- Yes, it’s true! B.may bags, by
Barbara May, are handcrafted in Northern Michigan and sought after by
women throughout the country. The chic bags and accessories are created
out of opulent materials including crocodile, python, and soft leathers,
which make these highly coveted handbags simply stunning.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Jeans gone green

Features Kristy Kurjan Jeans Gone Green:Eco-Friendly Footwear
By: Kristy Kurjan
“Good for the earth- Good for your sole,” is Jeans Gone Green’s motto.
Keeping denim out of landfills through stylish sandals is the idea behind
the local sandal company. Founded April 2009 by Jen Lett, Adam Lett and
Mike Kittendorf, Jeans Gone Green provides eco-friendly footwear. The
hand-crafted sandals are known for their comfort as well as their
innovative way of turning rescued denim into fashionable flip-flops and
shoe bags.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

The M-22 Look 4/11/11

Features Kristy Kurjan The M-22 Look: The Myers brothers capture the mood of Northern Michigan
By: Kristy Kurjan
Fresh water, beaches, bonfires, and comfortable clothing. That is exactly what kiteboarding co-founders Matt and Keegan Myers had in mind for their M-22 clothing company based out of Traverse City. For the brothers, M-22 is a way to express appreciation for the region through comfortable fashion.
M-22 is not just a road; it is a way of life. The Myers brother’s line of cotton apparel is a reflection of the simplicity and natural beauty that Northern Michigan gives its visitors.
“Loving the beaches and Northern Michigan summers, that is the feeling our clothing represents,” says Keegan. “It is easy for people to relate to the road because of its cool location and most people already have an attachment to it- M-22 is a special place for people, good memories.”
The company has a diverse customer base consisting of locals as well as out-of-towners. The brand also appeals to a wide age spectrum from 10-year-old boys to 80-year-old grandmas. And, with over 5,000 fans on facebook.com, the brand is growing in both size and popularity.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Fashion 4/11/11

Features Kristy Kurjan Spring Fashion: Time To Smile
By Kristy Kurjan
This spring is all about wearing clothes that make you feel good. It’s
bold colors, fun accessories and the simple joy of less coverage. When the
tulips start to bloom, it is time to put away those winter coats and fur
boots. Then break out the short skirts and flip-flops. Smile, knowing you
made it through another winter and that spring has arrived! Here is a
roundup of the best fashion pick-me-ups this season:

 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Best look of 2011 3/28/11

Features Kristy Kurjan Best Look for 2011? Hint: chances are it’s your favorite style…
By Kristy Kurjan
When you pick up a copy of Northern Express, do you flip directly to the
“My Style” article to check out the featured style that week? For many of
us fashionistas, this is a ritual that brings delight
 
Monday, January 24, 2011

Bridal Fashions 2011

Features Kristy Kurjan Bridal Fashions for 2011 1/24/11
By Kristy Kurjan
Planning a wedding is an exciting time in any couple’s life. The event
is an outward celebration of the love and joy between two people.
After the proposal, what’s at the top of most brides’ to-do list?
Fashion, of course! No matter the wedding style... Black tie, casual
attire, beach party, or eloping in Vegas - fashion is intrinsically
important on the big day.
 
Monday, January 24, 2011

Silk & Satin/ Ali Frankhouse

Features Kristy Kurjan Silk &Satin: Meet custom wedding dress designer Ali Frankhouse 1/24/11
By Kristy Kurjan
What is a bride to do when the gown she craves doesn’t exist? Have one made.
 Enter Ali Frankhouse, a Northern Michigan designer who creates custom
gowns for the bride-to-be. Her one-of-a-kind wedding dresses have
graced weddings from New York to Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter fashion forecast

Features Kristy Kurjan Winter Fashion Forecast: Boots, Faux Fur, Sparkles, and Snow!
By Kristy Kurjan
When Jack Frost starts nipping at our already freezing toes it is time
to break out the winter boots, jackets, and party clothes. This winter
season the trends are not only stylish but practical. You’re going to
love the few fresh pieces, like the faux-fur vest. The current
direction is more about smart styling than spending big bucks.
 
Monday, November 1, 2010

Creative women in business

Features Kristy Kurjan Creative Women in Business
By: Kristy Kurjan
Crisp fall air kisses rainbow leaves and a bald eagle soars overhead
to welcome the coming day. It’s no wonder Northern Michigan has a
reputation for beauty and inspiration -- and these are among the
reasons why creative minds flock to the area. The gorgeous landscape,
friendly people, and laid-back life style provide a dream environment
that fosters innovation.
 
Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to school style

Features Kristy Kurjan Back to School Style… On a Budget
It is that time of year again, back to school... Starting this month,
students everywhere are beginning to trade in their beach attire for
more classroom-friendly clothi
 
 
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