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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, May 7, 2016

Meet the Wine Guys

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You might think Wine Guys Restaurant Group sounds like something big and corporate; but it’s actually just a bunch of friends who run local businesses. And you might think it sounds like a group of men, or a collection of wine shops. No, and no.

Wine Guys is the “umbrella name” for the owners of City Park Grill, Palette Bistro, and Roast & Toast Coffee & Café in Petoskey.

 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Top Mushroom-Hunting Tips From Tony Williams, Local Morel Expert

Features Kristi Kates 1. “Listen to what people are saying and gather info on where other people are picking. If you have all kinds of time to go out into the woods and scout, that’s great, but otherwise I wait until I hear the morels are out; I wait until I hear that my friends and colleagues are finding them.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Civil Disobedience In Gaylord

Features Patrick Sullivan Something strange happened after authorities signaled stricter enforcement of medical marijuana laws with May 2015 raids in Gaylord. Afterward, the number of dispensaries went up, not down. There were seven dispensaries operating before the raids and there were nine operating this March when police returned for another round of enforcement.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Celebrating the Mighty Morel!

Boyne City Fest Returns for 56th Year

Features Kristi Kates May, mushroom hunters from around the state and around the country converge at Boyne City for the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, an ode to everything mushroom, from savory foods made of this earthy treat to tales of secret mushroom spots, music, dancing and, above all, the thrill of the mushroom hunt.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Your Guide To The Food Trucks

Features Kristi Kates THE LANDING CRAFT A spinoff of Charlevoix’s popular restaurant, The Landing, The Landing Craft offers up a mixed menu from their custom-designed “mobile kitchen” that features summer favorites, plus selections from the restaurant’s main menu. Two to try: The Beach Fries with Old Bay seasoning and fry sauce; chicken salad sliders.
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Food Trucks On The Radar Throughout Northern Michigan

Features Felicia Topp Food truck revenue has grown nationally by nearly 13 percent in recent years — and mobile dining is a red-hot trend throughout northern Michigan, anchored by a strong food truck scene in Traverse City. Now other communities are tackling the issue, deciding to embrace the concept, put rules in place, or forego food trucks altogether.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nailed It!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, summer’s around the corner and, with it, the arrival of a whole new slate of nail colors perfect for the bright days of the new season. But, don’t just swipe on a single shade; this year, it’s all about nail art, from abstract to precise.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tribute to Moms on Mother’s Day

Features Felicia Topp They play many roles in children’s lives, from cook to chauffeur to dispenser of endless advice. And ultimately, they are the women who will have the biggest influence on our lives. In tribute to moms everywhere, we asked area residents and community leaders to share their stories and recollections of their own moms.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Conscious Style from Yana Dee

Features Kristi Kates From the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. to Traverse City, Yana Dee has made quite a journey to become a successful fashion designer. Even though she’s built a strong local following, this is one fashionista who won’t be pinned down.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Step On It!

Features Kristi Kates Laced high up the calf with that distinctive criss-cross, gladiator sandals are back in vogue this season, whether you prefer them plain or jazzed up with details worthy of a night on the town.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

“Danish Girl”

Author David Ebershoff Visits National Writers Series

Features Clark Miller A masterful study of conflicted sexual identity and the many forms love can take, “The Danish Girl” explores the lives of Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener (1882–1931) and his wife, the artist Gerda Gottlieb (1886–1940). The novel also served as the basis for the award-winning feature film by the same name.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Help Wanted

Features Patrick Sullivan PHOTODETECTOR MAKERS WANTED A few years ago, Traverse City’s Electro- Optics Technology, Inc. needed people to make things like photodetectors, optical isolators, fiber collimators and other laser technology you’ve never heard of. It appeared it would take a type of worker that didn’t exist in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain Maurie and Crew Look Forward to Another Half-Century

Features Ross Boissoneau “Blessed” might not be a word you hear often in a business discussion, but it’s one you hear over and over in conversation with Allen, his family and staff at the landmark haberdashery in downtown Traverse City.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Buoyancy of Boyne City

Features Beth Milligan In the last 10 years, something has shifted in this community of just less than 4,000 residents. Visitors still flock to the resorts, but now they’re also likely to be strolling Boyne City’s downtown streets in the summer, taking in winter concerts...
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meet Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix

Features Kristi Kates While the exact dates may not be certain, the namesake is. Originally named Pine River, both the city and the county of Charlevoix were later renamed, sometime between 1836 and 1854, in honor of Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, a fascinating character whose name would carry on in northern Michigan, as well as across Canada.
 
 
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