- Sunday, April 27, 2014
Editorial: Community deserves better from NMC
The issue: NMC continues to defend OMA violations. Our view: It’s time for new leadership at the college.Continued ...
- Friday, April 25, 2014
Editorial: Events ordinances can protect neighborhoods
The issue: Townships considering event ordinances. Our view: Doing it now is better than later.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
Editorial: Septic tank owners not ready to forget
You’ve heard it dozens of times: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” What gives adages like this one long life is that they’re essentially true.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Editorial: Eighth Street won't work until key issues resolved
Traverse City Commissioner Tim Werner was probably right. Unfortunately. During a recent walking tour of Eighth Street from Union to Woodmere, Werner jokingly objected to characterizing the argument about whether Eighth should be reduced from four to three lanes as the “never-ending debate.”Continued ...
- Monday, April 21, 2014
To Matthew Failor, 12, a seventh-grade student at Traverse City East Middle School, and William Kalajian, 13, an eighth-grade student at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, who finished second and 10th respectively in the Michigan National Geographic Bee at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Editorial: To hear NMC tell it, public doesn't care
To hear some members of the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees tell it, the public — that’s you — has virtually no interest in the board’s business and even less in having board meetings aired on public access television or videotaped as a permanent record.Continued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Cigar bar liquor license a smoking ban loophole
When Michigan lawmakers finally did the right thing in 2009 by voting to ban smoking in virtually all public places, including bars and restaurants, they couldn't completely kick the habit. In a nod to the bad old days when Big Tobacco's big lobby qContinued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Editorial: Surgery Center's business model a template for future
Imagine an additional 10,000 patients per year cycling through Munson Medical Center’s main campus. And not just people there to get a broken arm looked at, but surgery patients.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Editorial: Board's email gyrations can't keep public out
The issue: GT Road Commission buys ipads, sets up own email addresses. Our view: Communications about official business are public, no matter the address.Continued ...
- Monday, April 14, 2014
To Traverse City Central and Traverse City West high schools for ranking among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on the Washington Post’s annual rankings.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
Editorial: Public must have major say in coal dock's future
Now that the decision of what’s going to happen to the old coal dock property on West Bay is with the Traverse City commission, it’s time for the city, the public and local advocacy groups to talk about how best to keep the property in public hands and accessible to the maximum number of people.Continued ...
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Editorial: Recent BATA changes put accountability first
The Bay Area Transportation Authority is undergoing some needed accountability changes that should improve service to some while rewarding others for playing by the rules.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
Mental health services face new round of cuts
Back in the late 1980s the state of Michigan closed virtually all of its state-run psychiatric hospitals, including the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Center, now generally known as the Grand Traverse Commons. It was a controversial move that waContinued ...
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Editorial: Road Commission can't pretend there isn't work
The issue: GT Road Commission lays off 17 as it gives raises to others. Our view: There’s no lack of potholes to be filled.Continued ...
- Monday, April 7, 2014
To the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is expected to pour more than $5 million into public recreation sites in the region.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 6, 2014
Editorial: Growing inmate population key to any talk of new jail
Before Grand Traverse County officials expend a lot of time and energy toward justifying a new $30 million jail, they need to answer some essential questions:Continued ...
- Friday, April 4, 2014
Editorial: Without a compelling project, forget about 2014 ballot issue
The issue: City Commission may again delay Trust Fund ballot request. Our view: This is an effort in search of a great idea.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Editorial: Camp won't seek re-election; Mich. losing more clout
The issue: Rep. Dave Camp won’t seek reelection. Our view: Camp won wide respect for his knowledge, demeanor.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Editorial: BATA needs suggestions for improving City Loops
The issue: Bay Area Transportation Authority looks to update its City Loops service. Our view: The better the suggestions, the better the service can be.Continued ...
- Monday, March 31, 2014
To the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center which for decades provided a 24-hour suicide and prevention services hotline and provided free legal aid, Pete’s Shellter for homeless youth, outreach to high-risk and homeless teens and a program for gay and lesbian youth.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 30, 2014
Editorial: Keeping public in dark doesn't serve justice
Using Grand Traverse Prosecutor Bob Cooney’s logic, no one’s record for a prior arrest could ever be made public on the off chance that on some future day he could be charged with another crime and knowledge of the prior arrest could jeopardize his chance for a fair trial.Continued ...
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Editorial: Overdose deaths will rise as long as there's a market
The issue: Heroin use, overdose deaths on the rise. Our view: Crisis will continue as long as there's a market.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
Editorial: DDA should move quickly to establish wi-fi network
The issue: DDA: Light & Power may create wi-fi network. Our view: It’s time to act on long-debated plans.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Editorial: County needs to let public in on Power Island plans
Peninsula Township officials are probably not the only ones caught off-guard by a Grand Traverse County proposal for the township to take over operations of Power Island. County residents may be surprised the county's most high-profile recreation assContinued ...
- Monday, March 24, 2014
To Traverse City’s Frank Hagerty, who with his wife Louise co-founded Hagerty Insurance in 1984. Frank Hagerty died at age 79 last week after a battle with cancer. The couple founded Hagerty in 1984 after they couldn’t find insurance for their wooden boats.Continued ...