- To Traverse City for deciding to fix city streets and sidewalks in the Pine and State street area before Labor Day. The area is close to the city's River Terrace housing complex, which is home to many senior residents and people with disabilities. The decision ensures the repairs will be made this year. The project includes Traverse City Light & Power upgrades, which require an earlier start date to finish the work in early November. The project will reconstruct Pine Street from the West Front intersection around the corner to State to the Union Street intersection. Plans call for bike lanes, on-street parking and sidewalk repairs. The State and Union intersection will get a new pedestrian signal that counts the seconds. The traffic island at the Pine and West Front intersection also will be enlarged to make it easier for pedestrians to stop as they cross.
- To Traverse City illustrator and graphic artist Gabe Augustine who spent 200 hours creating this year's Traverse City Film Festival poster — a strip of film forming a figure 8 and the words "just (infinitely) great movies." The design is used on the festival guide, merchandise signs, buttons and other items. Augustine is the festival's volunteer art director. His work and that of full-time graphic design interns Chelsea Benson and Maris Taphouse saves the festival thousands of dollars, organizers said.
- To all the volunteers who help make possible the Traverse City Film Festival and the daily operation of the State Theatre. The eighth annual film festival starts Tuesday and ends Aug. 5.
- To the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter air crew that last week rescued a South Manitou Island maintenance employee with heart attack symptoms from the island to the Traverse City air station and then on to Munson Medical Center.
- To Grand Traverse County for ranking sixth in the state for maternal and infant well-being, according to Right Start in Michigan 2012. The information was released by the Michigan League for Human Services and was based on 2008-2010 data.
- To the Cherry Capital Men's Chorus for its upcoming benefit concert Sunday at First Christian Church. Proceeds go to the Foundation for Mental Health, which advocates for affordable housing, public awareness of mental health issues and support services for people with mental health needs.
Editorial: Fairness in enforcement must apply to meters
The issue: TC increasing Saturday parking meter enforcement. Our view: This can’t be a sometimes proposition.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/24/2013
Not listening?; We have been duped.Continued ...
Forum: Time to act now on military sexual assaults
America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts are truly frightening.Continued ...
Editorial: Investing in roads, schools will help Mich. recovery
The issue: State surplus to go mainly to roads, schools. Our view: Both areas need major new investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/23/2013
Proud of veterans; Allow flexibility.Continued ...
Forum: Two numbers about climate change we ignore
At Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, scientists are charting the passage of a milestone that, if ignored, heralds a future for civilization both tragic and chaotic.Continued ...
Phil Power: A route to new road dollars
Finding money to fix our crumbling roads has been by far the biggest (ahem) roadblock in Lansing for many months.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Editorial: Sewer investment could pair with road repairs
The issue: TC is considering a road bond. Our view: Marrying road and sewer work may be best investment.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/22/2013
Rules violate the law; Send some to jail.Continued ...
Another View: Abusing authority inexcusable
When people talk about government posing a threat to citizens, a common topic these days is unmanned drones.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Editorial: Earnings-based tuition an artificial construction
The issue: Some NMC programs to see stiff tuition hikes. Our view: Don’t base tuition on artificial ‘earnings’ projections.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/21/2013
Who awarded contract?; Who could want more?Continued ...
Forum: State gets ‘F’ for hidden campaign money
Just how much money was spent independently of candidates on elections for Michigan state office last year?Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
To the late Bill Russell, a businessman who broke barriers all his life, including opening the region's first Indian-owned manufacturing plant in 1975.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/20/2013
In decline ever since; What I didn’t know.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
Editorial: Airport should give vets prominent recognition
The issue: Cherry Capital relegates veterans sign to luggage area. Our view: Either do it right or not at all.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 05/19/2013
Franz unresponsive; No Russian roulette.Continued ...
Forum: Clean energy, energy forums crucial
Developing a long-term energy plan and investing in clean energy is crucial to Michigan’s future. Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent energy forums are important first steps in developing such a plan.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Pleasing voters not a priority
Once upon a time, legislators felt they had to try to give voters the laws they wanted. True, once in a great while. some took stands on principle that risked angering their constituents.Continued ...
George Weeks: Camp, Levin address IRS scandal
As Washington deals with cascading scandals, Michigan lawmakers are among leaders seeking bipartisan solutions.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 05/18/2013
A positive revision; What a legislature.Continued ...
Another View: Work to bring region together
It seems state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, doesn’t understand the meaning of “regional cooperation.”Continued ...
Another View: Animal neglect of any kind unacceptable
According to the Humane Society of the United States, Americans own about 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats.Continued ...
Fact Check: Is Pentagon court-martialing on basis of faith?
Q: Has the Pentagon recently declared that sharing one’s faith is punishable by court-martial?Continued ...
- Friday, May 17, 2013
Editorial: Obama must set tone for IRS, Justice Dept.
The issue: IRS, Justice Department have much to answer for. Our view: Leadership begins and ends with President Obama.Continued ...
- Editorial: Fairness in enforcement must apply to meters