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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Tour Of Northern Michigan’s Nonprofits

Features Patrick Sullivan We’ve compiled lists of the 10 largest nonprofits in Traverse City and Petoskey. The organizations are ranked based on annual income, as stated in the nonprofit’s most recent Form 990 filing to the Internal Revenue Service, according to records compiled by Guide star, a website that tracks nonprofits.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Different Way To Give

Features Patrick Sullivan Cameron Clark operates hometown giving.com from Beulah. It’s a website dedicated to connecting northern Michigan consumers with local businesses and nonprofits. Nonprofits can register for free on the site; businesses pay a small fee.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Antique-Lovers’ Paradise Returns to Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates Dave Fraser is a longtime antiques dealer with over 30 years of experience, and he manages this year’s pair of Petoskey antiques shows with his wife, Lena, from their home in Torch Lake. “Petoskey’s been running this show for 22 years, and I took it over after Emmet County revamped the fairgrounds,” Fraser explained.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Changing it Up at the SOBO Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates The SOBO arts district in Boyne City has truly become a mini local phenomenon. As this formerly quiet neighborhood has evolved, adding more events, shops, and opportunities to downtown Boyne City, so, too, has the district’s SOBO Arts Festival.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

High-Tech Treasure Hunt Geocaching Up North

Features Kristi Kates Also common in caches are disposable cameras finders can use to capture and leave a photo of themselves, as well as tiny takeaway gadgets called hitchhikers, generally TravelBugs or GeoCoins that are trackable, enabling the person who placed the cache to track how far his or her hitchhiker gets.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nathan Scherrer’s Behind The Screen Life

Features Kristi Kates He grew up “absolutely obsessed” with music videos, at a time before the internet offered on-demand musical hubs like YouTube and Vevo. Today, he’s crafting music videos of his own for such big pop names as Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. He’s Northport’s own Nathan Scherrer.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Dangerous Road

Features Patrick Sullivan Goch told police that she had felt unsteady when she reached the top of the curve, so she hit her brakes, causing her car to slide across the center line of the rain-coated highway. The vehicles crashed head-on. Anthony Erving died at the scene; Deanna Erving died later that day at the hospital.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gills ’N Thrills Lures

Features Al Parker The 1,972-acre lake is about six miles long and relatively shallow — averaging less than 10-feet deep with a maximum of 23 feet at its deepest point. In spots, its bottom is littered with the remnants left from the long-gone lumber mills that once lined the shores.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summertime Means Street Musique!

Features Kristi Kates of musicians playing each night by adding locations, as well as rotating some of our locations to give the musicians and visitors different spots to enjoy different types of music without stepping on each other,” she said. The music also has been diversified, and now includes everything from string quartets to world music to indie-rockers.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Downstate Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While the list of shows Up North is long and varied each summer, some bands and artists never quite make it up this far, so you have to road trip downstate to see them live. But which ones are worth the drive? We’ve sifted through the scads of shows and selected all the can’t-miss concerts worth the ride.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Go Mobile for More Music!

Features Kristi Kates So you’ve bought your tickets and set your plans for all of northern Michigan’s great summer concert events, but you still want more music? No problem! The rest of the Midwest is alive with outdoor music festivals too. Behold, the best within an eight-hour drive:.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

U.P. Road Trip: 10 Must-see Sights

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve lived in or visited Michigan for any length of time, chances are you know about many of the Upper Peninsula’s highlights: Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Bay, the Hancock copper mines, and Pictured Rocks. But there are plenty of lesser-known sights that also deserve a spot on the U.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Park Performances in Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series, a summer staple, really begins in February. That’s when the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) starts receiving phone calls from music fans wondering when their favorite musicians will perform … in June.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

2016 Up North Music Festival Roundup

Features Kristi Kates Music, dancing, food and fun — who could ask for anything more? Summer is back, and with it the return of all of northern Michigan’s seasonal musical festivals. From Bay View to Microbrew, Rootenanny to Manitou, it’s all happening Up North!.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Up North Farmers Markets Summer Highlights

Features Kristi Kates ’Tis the season for everything fresh, direct from our local farms to you! Here’s a guide highlighting some of the major farmers markets across northern Michigan — pick your pleasure:.
 
 
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