- Thursday, January 30, 2014
Editorial: Expanding degree programs good for colleges, students
It’s not often — or not often enough — that common sense and the public good prevail over entrenched interests with the money and clout to lobby lawmakers.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Editorial: Incident doesn't help feds improve credibility
When the guys doing the talking are from the federal government, “trust us” just doesn’t carry the clout the government likely wishes it did.Continued ...
- Monday, January 27, 2014
To: Austin Wolfgram, an Elk Rapids High School junior, who attained a top score of 36 on the Dec. 13 ACT college admissions exam; he missed just two questions out of 210, a testament to his self-direction, said his dad, Vern.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 26, 2014
Editorial: Region must prepare for dual growth spurts
A detailed economic analysis of northwest Michigan’s economy predicts strong growth and a population boom over the next quarter-century.Continued ...
- Friday, January 24, 2014
Editorial: Evolving food truck rules could burnish foodie image
Year one of Traverse City’s experiment with food trucks has come and gone without the most dire consequences predicted by those who worried the trucks would harm the city’s growing food industry.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 23, 2014
Editorial: Sleeping Bear tree plan would attack bad bugs
The National Park Service may take some heat if visitors to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore see crews cutting down what appear to be healthy beech and ash trees.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Editorial: Past time for NMC to air board meetings
In discussing whether Northwestern Michigan College should electronically record or broadcast its board meetings, trustee and policy committee member Susan Sheldon said last week that while she personally favors creating a permanent record, “I was just waiting to hear if there’s a need. Who’s asking for it?”Continued ...
- Monday, January 20, 2014
To the late Connie Binsfeld of Leelanau County, a pioneer for women in Michigan politics and a longtime advocate for children, women and the environment.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 19, 2014
Editorial: 42% fund balance must be brought into line
Traverse City residents have heard talk of staffing shortages in the city’s police, fire and Public Works departments and the need to merge the fire department with surrounding townships to save money.Continued ...
Editorial: Snyder initiatives a mixed bag
In his fourth State of the State address, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday night said he is going to create what he called the Office for New Americans, which will offer immigration services, including a regional center for the EB-5 visa program, which aims to attract talented immigrant entrepreneurs.Continued ...
- Friday, January 17, 2014
Editorial: Plant decisions must start with financial basics
The issue: L&P board wants power finances spelled out. Our view: Costs will help drive any power plant decisions.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 16, 2014
Editorial: Projects should decide Trust Fund proposal
The issue: City Commission wants panel to weigh Trust Fund proposals. Our view: Only compelling projects can justify going forward.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Editorial: City must quickly address wastewater plant fixes
The issue: Wastewater plant needs operational fixes. Our view: Raise the money now to pay for fixes over the long term.Continued ...
- Monday, January 13, 2014
To those who reached out to support area food pantries and meal programs through the Christmas holiday.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 12, 2014
Editorial: Lathrop owes voters more than 'I changed my mind'
The issue: GT Commissioner Dan Lathrop thumbs his nose at ethics standards. Our view: County policy is so weak almost anything goes.Continued ...
- Friday, January 10, 2014
Editorial: Army Corps' Asian Carp report short on specifics
Four years ago politicians and environmentalists loudly complained that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was planning to take much too long -- up to four years -- to come up with a comprehensive plan to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. Their cContinued ...
- Thursday, January 9, 2014
Bijou avoids parkland vote, but it's only a 10-year deal
Mark one up for Traverse City staff and the City Commission. A circuit court judge ruled the city properly allowed the Traverse City Film Festival to open the Bijou by the Bay theater in the old Con Foster museum building at Clinch Park. Former MayorContinued ...
- Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Editorial: Clinch Park review firm must be best of the best
The issue: City wants to hire firm to review Clinch Park work. Our view: Much is riding on making the right choice here.Continued ...
- Monday, January 6, 2014
To the organizers of the fifth annual CherryT Ball Drop, which raised $7,000 for charity, primarily Goodwill Industries and the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 5, 2014
Editorial: DEQ's failure to address brine 'loopholes' unacceptable
The state Department of Environmental Quality’s investigation of an incident in which toxic industrial waste was sprayed on Benzie County roads raises questions as to whether state environmental officials are failing in their charge to regulate, not just observe, the state’s oil and gas industry.Continued ...
- Friday, January 3, 2014
Editorial: NMC must give voters reason to say 'yes'
The issue: Analysis shows young people avoided NMC election. Our view: For millage to succeed, college must improve its outreach.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Editorial: State must again analyze if wolf threat justifies hunt
The issue: U.P. wolf hunt falls short of goal. Our view: State must look again at justification for hunt.Continued ...
- Monday, December 30, 2013
To Brad Culver and Dirk Alpers, who created a 25-foot-tall snowman that smiles at drivers on West Silver Lake Road west of Traverse City.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 29, 2013
Editorial: Desire to reach out doesn't have a season
The issue: Lots of people reaching out to help. Our view: The 'invisible' among us need a hand.Continued ...
- Friday, December 27, 2013
Editorial: GT board's meeting and travel costs increase
Doing the public's business isn't always easy. The meetings, the scrutiny and the second-guessing can take a toll. But Grand Traverse County commissioners don't do it for nothing. They're considered full-time employees and most get an annual salary oContinued ...