February 23, 2019

Christie Minervini | Author

Running Scared?

Nov. 3, 2018

Earlier this month, six of seven Republican candidates for the Grand Traverse County Commission abruptly pulled out of a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area (LWVGTA). While they expressed no qualm with the local organizers or their long history of ... Read More >>

Adorable little kitty or stone-cold killer?

Sept. 6, 2018

Three years ago, our family moved into a newer home in a quiet neighborhood on the south side of Traverse City. We fell in love with the mature trees in the front yard, and my husband and I looked forward to having an attached garage for the first time in our adult lives. But our favorite... Read More >>

“We Really Ought to do Something About This.”

July 7, 2018

2011 was a tough year for me, both professionally and personally. I had purchased a gallery in downtown Traverse City two years prior and was struggling to save it while my marriage was deteriorating. As a result, I was pretty self-absorbed and unpleasant to be around.

One morning...

Social Media Misuse and Incivility is Hurting Democracy

May 5, 2018

We've all experienced it. An unkind remark while scrolling through the online comment section; then another, even more provocative. Finally, the attacks get personal as trolls disrupt the conversation, making unfounded claims and spinning conspiracy theories in an attempt to challenge oth... Read More >>

What Does it Mean to be a Progressive?

March 17, 2018

Early in 2017, I joined Woman2Woman TC (W2WTC), a local non-partisan group formed to take action on protecting human rights, ensuring civil liberties, preserving the influence of evidence and reason, and promoting public policy through the election of progressive candidates.

As th...

Tipped Wages Set the Table for Poverty, Sexual Harassment

Feb. 17, 2018

At a recent conference in Detroit, I had an opportunity to meet Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and hero of the gender equality movement. She was presenting at session titled “Closing the Gender Equity Gap.”

While...

Small-town Character is a State of Mind

Jan. 6, 2018

As we move past the November Traverse City election and look forward to 2018, the close vote totals illustrate that there is no clear mandate for future decisions regarding growth. Like many other communities, Traverse City continues to wrestle with issues of development and change. ... Read More >>

Leadership is Bigger Than any one Issue

Oct. 21, 2017

In the lead-up to election day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, I'd like to share some thoughts about our representative democracy and what makes a good mayor or city commissioner.

In reality, most citizens are not very familiar with what our local representatives do on a day-to-day basis. We ... Read More >>

Housing Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

Aug. 12, 2017

My interest in the problem of homelessness in Traverse City was born out of a casual friendship with two men who spent many nights sleeping on the back deck of a downtown business I opened in 2009. 

I remember thinking, “How is it possible that we have people living on ... Read More >>

Antidote for Hate? More Free Speech

July 1, 2017

Think about it. It’s always easy to defend someone’s right to say something with which we agree. But in a free society, we also have a duty to defend speech with which we strongly disagree. Contrary to popular belief, there is no “hate speech” exception to the Firs... Read More >>

Equal Representation Equals Better Results For All

April 22, 2017

Though it's been nearly 100 years since the 19th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote, women are still greatly underrepresented in public office. Now more than ever we need equal representation – not just to more accurately reflect the electorate, but also to encourage better perf... Read More >>

Peaceful Protests Are Democracy In Action

March 4, 2017

Shortly after a date was set for the Women's March on Washington, I started making plans to attend. Despite my aversion to crowds, I felt driven to participate, and as I told my husband, “I need to be counted. I need to be a pinpoint in the aerial photos documenting the event.&rdquo... Read More >>

Resolve to get involved

Dec. 31, 2016

I’ve noticed that as I get older, my New Year’s resolutions have become less about self-improvement and more about doing my part to give back and strengthen our community. I’m pushing 50, so the idea of a legacy — how I am remembered and what I leave behind, is imp... Read More >>