- To Jake Melvin, a seventh-grader at Traverse City West Middle School who is battling a rare form of cancer with the help of parents Steve and Linda Melvin, friends, classmates and school employees who are providing moral support and financial help to defray costs of travel and treatment at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. As of last week, about $3,400 had been raised by a bake sale, candy sales at ball games, a Jog for Jake and a "Jake-A-Palooza" spaghetti dinner organized by students and staff at Long Lake Elementary School, where Linda teaches and Jake was a student.
- To Addiction Treatment Services for resuming Phoenix Hall, a short-term, residential treatment program for women in Traverse City. The re-opening allows ATS to serve more women and also provide therapy geared to their recovery. In 2011, ATS served 346 people, including 98 women, in its program. Ninety percent came from Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau counties.
- To local YMCA philanthropist Robert Foster of Frankfort, who died in a boating accident near Kenora, Ontario, while fishing June 2 along the rocky coast of Lake of the Woods, a large inland lake bordering northern Minnesota. Foster, 71, was president and CEO of West Michigan Bank & Trust from 1987 to 2006 when he retired. He and his wife, Phyllis, anonymously pledged $2 million for the new Grand Traverse Bay YMCA if the community could raise $4 million by the end of 2011. The YMCA announced in January that it had met its $17 million goal to build a center on Silver Lake Road in Garfield Township.
- To the late Matthew Hazelwood, who conducted the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra from 1993 to 2008. He died at age 57 last week in Bogota, Columbia, where he was artistic director of a youth orchestra that is part of the arts education program for nearly 50,000 young musicians in over 135 centers across the country. Hazelwood also was music director and conductor of the professional Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey that draws musicians from all over northern Michigan.
- To the region's thousands of high school graduates. Congratulations.
- To Don Cunkle for the June 2 Recycle-A-Bicycle. The second annual sale of about 160 used bicycles brought in about $16,000 for Recycle-A-Bicycle. Sellers get 75 percent of the sale and Recycle-A-Bicycle receives 25 percent. Cunkle founded and is volunteer coordinator of the swap and program, which operates under the umbrella of TART Trails. Recycle-A-Bicycle also has collected, repaired and distributed more than 660 bicycles to the homeless and needy throughout the community since 2007.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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: TBAISD hoards money as schools struggle
The issue: TBAISD’s millions. Our view: Big changes needed.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Editorial: Food trucks will help build reputation
The issue: Traverse City OKs food trucks. Our view: New choices will enhance city’s reputation as a foodie haven.Continued ...
- Monday, May 13, 2013
To the Northwestern Michigan Colleges Associate Degree in Nursing Program for celebrating its 50th anniversary. The first graduates of the program were recognized at a reception and dinner.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 12, 2013
Editorial: TCAPS bond requests reflect voter feedback
After a $100 million bond issue took a beating at the polls in November, the Traverse City Area Public Schools board of education gave itself a homework assignment:Continued ...
- Friday, May 10, 2013
Editorial: Tax debate will decide winners, losers
The issue: Lansing, Washington consider online sales taxes. Our view: There may be winners, but consumers will pay.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 9, 2013
Editorial: EPA gives Badger a pass to pollute Lake Mich.
The issue: The SS Badger is sailing again. Our view: No way should the EPA allow this pollution to continue.Continued ...
Editorial: NRA president ready to fight
Anyone who perhaps hoped new leadership at the National Rifle Association would bring a chance for dialogue on the gun issue should think again.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Editorial: State obliged to provide criminal defense for indigent
They are ugly statistics that paint a picture of a state heading down an unsustainable — and unjust — path.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Editorial: Congress must better defend military women
The issue: Military brass may lose right to reverse convictions. Our view: It’s the right and ethical thing to do.Continued ...
- Monday, May 6, 2013
To four area high schools — Traverse City West Senior High School, Leland Public School, Traverse City Central High School and Benzie Central High School — which ranked among the top public high schools in Michigan, according to nationwide rankings.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 5, 2013
Editorial: Cherry Capital wise to use reserves for project
For years, those who fly in and out of Cherry Capital Airport have been complaining about high air fares.Continued ...
- Friday, May 3, 2013
Editorial: Drop-off boxes getting pills off streets
Drop boxes that give residents a place to get rid of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs have proven their worth in just a few months.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 2, 2013
Editorial: Peninsula must untangle zoning maze
The issue: Old Mission zoning growing more complex. Our view: Simpler way to navigate rules is a must.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Editorial: Path along Boardman could be link to downtown
The issue: City wants to upgrade Boardman River path. Our view: With pedestrian bridge, it could be new link to Warehouse District.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Editorial: Fireworks-weary should put onus on Legislature
The issue: Some Leelanau residents want fireworks curbed. Our view: The best way is to change state law.Continued ...
- Monday, April 29, 2013
To The Goodwill Inn homeless shelter, which as of May 1 will offer ready-made meals to those unable to afford food.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 28, 2013
Editorial: Don't let threatening behavior derail democracy
An ugly incident occurred in the Record-Eagle’s lobby last week, an intimidation effort carried out against one of the newspaper’s writers by a Leelanau County commissioner’s husband.Continued ...
- Friday, April 26, 2013
Editorial: NMC adopts dangerous policy to curb free speech
The issue: NMC adopts ‘Campus Expression’ policy. Our view: It’s a direct assault on free speech.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
Editorial: New library would boost Kalkaska
The issue: Kalkaska County wants a new library. Our view: 70-year-old building can no longer serve the community.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Editorial: Starting small a smart solution
After at least one failed start, Traverse City has finally found a place to try out an idea that has been percolating for a couple years now - allowing homeowners in one neighborhood to create small, self-contained apartments inside their home or garage.Continued ...
Editorial: Deal between county, Cherryland makes sense
The old “win-win” thing is so tired it hardly has meaning any more. But the deal between Grand Traverse County and the Cherryland Humane Society qualifies.Continued ...
- Editorial: Earnings-based tuition an artificial construction