July 28, 2021

Stephen Tuttle | Author

Livin', Smokin', Drinkin' and Fishin'

July 24, 2021

The country seems to be devolving into near insanity with election deniers trying to delude us and anti-vaxxers trying to sicken us. It might be safer to look at things a little closer to home.

Kudos to the Traverse City Housing Commission (TCHC) for their plan to help build 210 a... Read More >>

Another Depressing Campaign

July 17, 2021

The Republican campaign strategies for the 2022 midterm and 2024 presidential elections are now coming into sharper focus. They will push the notion that Democrats are in thrall to the extreme left and here, they say, is the proof:

Democrats support CRT – Cr...

Will This Bubble Burst?

July 10, 2021


There is a housing shortage, at all price points, locally and nationally. Materials needed to build housing are also in short supply, as are capable, skilled trades workers, a product of shutdowns during the height of the pandemic. With supply and demand in play, prices hav... Read More >>

Dishonoring our Country

July 3, 2021


We like to celebrate the Fourth of July though we typically do so superficially. We've all been taught the basics: unfair taxation from an oppressive absentee government, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere, Lexington and Concord, Washington's ultimate vi... Read More >>

Still Asleep

June 26, 2021

Are you woke? Are you part of the woke culture? Do you know what that's actually supposed to mean?

In its simplest definition, to be woke is to be aware of social injustice, and to be part of the so-called woke culture is to somehow act to remove that social injustice.

One...

Long-term Headache

June 19, 2021

The Michigan Legislature is contemplating yet another bad decision. This time they'd like to strip away the right of local communities to regulate short-term residential rental properties. It is, they say, all about private property rights. 

It would mean Traverse City's some...

Ending the Filibuster

June 12, 2021


The filibuster, much in the news lately, has an interesting if not usually glorious history.

From the French word filibustier, it was first used as a negative descriptor of pirates marauding French colonies in the Caribbean in the early 17th Century. It wou... Read More >>

A Full Accounting

June 5, 2021

So, what is critical race theory (CRT)? 

CRT is the notion that categorizing race into subgroups is an artificial construct designed specifically to oppress minorities, especially Black Americans, while maintaining control for an existing, mostly white, power structure, espec... Read More >>

The Right to Exist

May 29, 2021

Israel and Hamas have, at least temporarily, finished one of their somewhat regular skirmishes, with predictable results. We've seen this before. Hamas, the elected government in Gaza, almost wholly funded by Iran and declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. and others, finds a reaso... Read More >>

Double Trouble

May 22, 2021

At least two local school districts find themselves trying to find a punishment or resolution or intervention that is a fitting response to what has been reported as a sickeningly racist and misogynistic online chat among students at three local high schools.

The desire to enslave...

Loyalty to a Lie

May 15, 2021

Some Republicans have fallen down and they can't, or won't, get up. 

This isn't the party of Lincoln, and it's not likely Ronald Reagan would be welcome, either. The governing principles that once underpinned the GOP — small government, balanced budget, strong defense, ... Read More >>

Is Water a Commodity?

May 8, 2021


There will be one overriding issue in the next couple of decades, one of the few that is literally an existential threat to our future. It isn't terrorism, or white supremacy, or socialism, or Trumpism. It's water, or the lack of it. 

The looming water crises &...

Do the Math

May 1, 2021

We're making some progress against Covid-19, but if this were an athletic contest, we'd still be behind. 

Nearly 10 percent of the country's population, almost 32.5 million Americans, have been infected. We continue to assume that number is low, as not everyone, or even most ... Read More >>

Give Reform a Shot

April 24, 2021

2020 wasn't a very good year. At all.

Aside from the horrific toll of the pandemic and the post-election insanity, we became a lot more violent. Murder rates were the highest in the last two decades, according to the FBI. Other violent crimes increased comparably. 

Ch...

Wrong and Expensive

April 17, 2021

Tucked away in the southeast corner of Cuba is a natural harbor wedged between hilly terrain. Called Guantanamo Bay — guantanamo means “land between two rivers” in Taino, the language of indigenous Taino people — we leased it from the Cubans in 1900, and t... Read More >>

Spring Cleaning

April 10, 2021

It would seem winter has timidly departed, probably, so some local spring cleaning is in order. 

Traverse City's proposed fish pass project becomes more and more mysterious. No one can yet tell us which fish species will be allowed passage and which, other than sea lampreys, ... Read More >>

A Long History

April 3, 2021

The media, and much of the public, have suddenly become aware of discrimination against Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants. This newfound awareness comes on the heels of a nightmarish massacre in Atlanta. Eight people, six of them Asian women, were gunned down in three separate location... Read More >>

Immigration Futility

March 20, 2021

Congressional Republicans say President Joe Biden is “entirely to blame” for a growing mess on our southern border. That's quite an accomplishment given that Biden has only been in office a couple of months.

It wasn't Biden who left 3,000 unaccompanied non-citizen chil... Read More >>

Do You Recall?

March 13, 2021

Recall elections, or at least the threat of them, are suddenly all the rage. We'll recall Republicans who supported the Donald Trump impeachment and recall Democrats who initiated pandemic-related restrictions. Almost none will succeed.   

In California, Gov. Gavin ...

Cancel This

March 6, 2021

It seems we are either part of what's being called “cancel culture” or we're claiming we must cancel cancel culture while merrily doing our own canceling. 

To be sure, we are quicker than ever to demand someone be fired, recalled, or impeached, or some company be ... Read More >>