Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...


Microscopic Masterpieces

Kristi Kates

You might have glimpsed the surface of this world before, if your eye doctor had a certain kind of imaging camera, or if you’ve ever broken a bone and viewed your own X-ray. But a group of professors, scientists and students at the University of Michigan are taking the photography of what’s inside our bodies to a whole new artistic level.


Feel Fabulous This Fall

Beth Milligan

From cutting-edge skincare treatments and new hair and makeup services to rejuvenating massage therapies and luxurious spa getaways, here’s your guide to getting — and feeling —gorgeous in northern Michigan this fall..


Struggles of a Blind Man

Patrick Sullivan

Now he’s got a job, and he hopes to soon have his own apartment..


Fall/Winter Races 2016/17

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 Orchards at Sunset 5K & Fun Run 3672 N. Stowe Rd., Suttons Bay https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orchards-at-sunset-fun-run-and-5kregistration-25516309970.


Up North Instagrams!

Kristi Kates

Spending half of the year in Grand Rapids, where she teaches, and the other half on the Leelanau Peninsula, Alt finds she appreciates northern Michigan’s beauty even more when she’s been away for a while.

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Interesting Election

Stephen Tuttle

We have a county commissioner race in which a Green Party candidate is likely to garner more votes than any Green Party candidate in memory. We have odd legislative races in which candidates from one district are ubiquitous, and candidates from the other are nearly invisible.

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The Signs Of “PROP 3”

Grant Parsons

There were many signs. I’m not talking about yard signs; I’m talking about signs of opposition that started 18 months ago, when city hall joined forces with real estate developers to promote a “tall buildings” project at Pine and Front in Traverse City.


Three Legendary Women Authors Take to the National Writers Series Stage

Three legendary women writers will visit the National Writers Series in Traverse City this month. Margaret Atwood, Ann Patchett and Jodi Picoult will talk about their work and lives on October 20, 22 and 23, respectively. Atwood’s appearance marks the 100th interview in the popular series.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0

Parsonsfield Blooms at Red Sky Stage

Freeman, Antonio Alcorn, Harrison Goodale, Erik Hischmann, and Max Shakun became a band almost before they knew that they were one. They met in college, in a folk music club, congregating together each week to jam out old tunes, from bluegrass and Celtic music to Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0

Mission Table

has it that the stately structure housing Mission Table, which in the early 1900s served as a wealthy Chicago lumber baron’s summer home, is haunted by the ghost of his jealous wife, Genevive. But what’s legendary about the restaurant these days is the food being conjured up in the kitchen by Chef and General Manager Paul Olson and his crew.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0

A Conversation With 2015 ArtPrize Winner Ann Loveless

In 2015, in an unprecedented accomplishment, Loveless won again, snagging the grand prize honor and another $200,000 for her co-entry, a 5-foot-tall, 25-foot-long “photo fiber” work called Northwood Awakening.
Saturday 8, 2016 | Comments 0