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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...

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Norte! Hits A High Gear

Sports 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.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nothing Tastes Better Than Home Cookin’ (that someone else makes)

Features Ross Boissoneau What’s for dinner? That familiar lament can bring the response “Let’s order pizza,” “Whatever you’re fixing,” or everyone’s favorite: “Leftovers.” With busy lives focusing on work, school, vacation, visitors and the like, folks today seem to have less time than ever to fix a healthy, appealing meal.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Main Man At Main Street Market

Dining Ross Boissoneau Gary Kosch might blanch at the label, but he is in fact the main man at the Main Street Market, as well as several other establishments.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gaylord’s Alpine Building Motif

Features Ross Boissoneau “It got started with some of the business community in the early ’60s,” said Gaylord City Manager Joe Duff. Thanks to the opening of I-75, which bypassed Gaylord rather than ran right through it, as old US-27 had, travelers were driving right past the town, and business was suffering, he said.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Is the Yacht Club Life for You?

Features Ross Boissoneau The approximation is simply because not everyone agrees what the term “yacht club” even means. Harbor West Yacht Club, for example, isn’t a club at all. It’s simply the name give to a group of owners of slips at Harbor West in Traverse City. “It’s a private marina,” said harbormaster John Melichar.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Heritage Parade Return Highlights Cherry Festival

Features Ross Boissoneau Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s 1931 hit, “I Love a Parade,” wasn’t written with the thousands of National Cherry Festival parade-goers in mind, but the song’s sentiment is as timeless today as the trio of traditional marches through Traverse City’s downtown:.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Elk Rapids Vibrant, Growing

Features Ross Boissoneau Some people think of Elk Rapids as a sleepy little town just north of Traverse City — if they think of it at all, that is. As US-31 bisects the village’s two main business areas, those driving north or south might notice only the chamber of commerce office next to Elk Lake, with its enormous swan statue.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cherry Capital Chorus Celebrates a Half-Century

Music Ross Boissoneau McCall boasts a wealth of experience. She has a degree in voice education and has directed numerous choirs. But she didn’t come to be a member of the men’s group until, as a member of the GT Show Chorus, she found herself in need of a male chorus for a presentation of White Christmas at Old Town Playhouse.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Farming the Peninsulas

Features Ross Boissoneau Heirlooms are treasures passed down from generation to generation. Families like the Wunschs of Old Mission Peninsula and the Noonans of Leelanau County pass on more than just old chairs or china hutches — they bequeath a sense of pride, hard work, and a means of sustenance for themselves and others through the family farm.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Promise of Harvest and New Tasting Rooms Excite Local Wine Enthusiasts

Features Ross Boissoneau Frigid winter temperatures, heavy snows, late frosts, and the wind and hailstorm last August all added up to two years with little to no harvest for area vineyards. With Mother Nature at last smiling down upon them, local vintners are looking forward to a successful growing season this coming year.
 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Breaking Ground on a New Cultural Icon

Features Ross Boissoneau Five years later, a community cultural plan for Emmet and Charlevoix counties noted both the need for cultural activities and the absence of a suitable venue for year-round programming. It suggested Bay Harbor, a relatively central point, as a possible location.
 
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 16, 2016

Father and son team up with boat kits

Art Ross Boissoneau Al Jankowski has been enamored with boats most of his life, a trait he passed to his son Kurt. Now the two are sharing that love with others through the Old Mission Boat Company, a startup that sells boat kits. The hook: They say the boats are designed so that someone can start the build one weekend and have it in the water the next.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Old School Golf on the Upswing

Features Ross Boissoneau Golfers are always looking to improve their game, but Howard Vogel and Tom Thornton don’t believe that means 300-yard drives down the fairway — quite the opposite, in fact. The pair has traded the dream of crushing the ball with oversize club heads and graphite shafts for the feel of hitting it just right with hickory shaft golf clubs.
 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Road Projects Ahead

Features Ross Boissoneau Everyone knows there are two seasons in Michigan: winter and road construction — an old joke, but one that residents acknowledge has more than a little truth to it. Weather ravages and the steady erosion of pavement from cars and trucks mean detours, flag persons, and signs bearing the dreaded words “One Lane Road Ahead.
 
 
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