Letters

Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

Features

Local Transgender Community Strives For Understanding And Acceptance

Clark Miller

Even within the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, one subgroup is arguably the least understood and most marginalized: transgender folks.

There have been clear steps forward for many members of the non-straight world in many ways — same sex marriage, health benefits, and other protections. But understanding, accepting — let alone embracing — trans-specific issues seems to lag behind.

Features

Unemployed and Under Attack

Patrick Sullivan

Martin was later exonerated. Her attorney, Mark Risk of Traverse City, said Martin was snared by an out-of-control computerized fraud-detection system developed by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) in 2012 that automated determinations of fraud and sought to collect penalties without legal findings of guilt.

Features

An Auto Race For Everyone

Kristi Kates

VOLUNTEER SPIRIT Today, the drag races run a little differently, although the spirit behind them is still the same.

Sports

Five to Watch

Al Parker

The high school football season is upon us, and teams and coaches across northern Michigan are gearing up for the season. Some already have held their season openers.

Sports

Norte! Hits A High Gear

Ross Boissoneau

Instead, there were long lines of cars snaking in and out of the parking lot at Eastern Elementary as parents drove their children to school, then headed off to work or back home. A school survey detailed things: 15 percent of students took the bus, 12 percent rode their bikes, and six percent walked.

Features

Wonderful Waterfalls!

Kristi Kates

There are over 200 named waterfalls in Michigan, each as unique as their name. Our state’s waterfalls glisten and glimmer as they tumble through rocks and cliffs, burble past stands of trees, and add a little extra something special to Michigan’s scenery.

Other Opinions

Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Moral Authority – The Word of God or Legal Statute?

Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

The traditionalist reserves the lifeboat for women and children first (a thought that would chafe my daughter). The evolutionist chooses the strongest. Survival of the fittest! The pragmatist searches for flotsam for the odd person out. The egalitarian has everyone take a turn swimming beside the boat.

Other Opinions

The Fraud Of Voter Fraud

Stephen Tuttle

Donald Trump says if he loses in Ohio or Pennsylvania, both of which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it will be because of “rigged” voting. That makes him the first presidential candidate in memory, and maybe ever, making excuses for a loss months before the election takes place.

Other Opinions

Power And Arrogance

Thomas Kachadurian

In 2006 the developer of Cambria Suites in Traverse City requested a zoning variance to allow them to build beyond the established setbacks. The project and variance included the razing of an apartment building that we would now call “workforce housing.

Music

New Orleans, Represent!

Shorty will share the brewfest limelight with a buzz band Rolling Stone called one of the Ten New Artists You Need To Know for 2016: The Revivalists, another New Orleans act that lean more toward horn-sprinkled alt-rock along the lines of Alabama Shakes or Galactic, thanks in part to the bellowing vocals of frontman David Shaw.
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Dining

Maureen Abood's Hot Weather Treats

Pulling from the kitchen traditions and exotic ingredients of her Lebanese heritage, Maureen Abood’s recipes and food memories have been published and lauded everywhere from The New York Times and Chicago Tribune to NPR and Saveur magazine.
Saturday 13, 2016 | Comments 0
Art

Twists and Turns

Working in acrylics on canvas, Acme artist Marcia Hales creates colorful paintings full of sweeping curves and contours. Her current works are jam-packed with layers and lines that attract and challenge a viewer’s eye. “I’ve done other media, including print making, pastel chalk and gouache, but now I really enjoy acrylics,” she explained.
Saturday 13, 2016 | Comments 0
Books

Five Great Beach Reads

There’s still about a month of summer left, which means there’s plenty of time left to enjoy Michigan’s lakeside destinations. In addition to sunscreen and a cool beverage, you’ll of course need something to read — something light enough that lets you to pause for dips in the lake and ice cream breaks, then resume reading without missing a beat.
Saturday 13, 2016 | Comments 0
 
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