Young People, Welcome To TC

"Enjoy our hip film festival and cool restaurants. See Mario Batali eating a pastrami sammy! You’re never more than a block away from a coffee shop or brew pub. Also, we don’t have anywhere for you to live!" In Traverse City there are competing forces at...

A Simple Case Of Supply And Demand

On August 8, BP unexpectedly shut down part of its Whiting, Indiana refinery where crude oil is turned into gasoline and transported throughout the Midwest. As a result, gas prices jumped – in the Traverse City region from $2.54 to $2.99 per gallon. Consumers were...

Commentary: “Decline To Sign” Anti-Fracking Petition

You may be approached this summer and asked to sign a petition that seeks to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan. The group Let’s Ban Fracking claims the process used to extract oil and gas is a danger to human health...

Of Sharks and Inspiration

I like to watch ABC’s "Shark Tank." It’s a day brightener, even while viewing at night. "Shark Tank" is an unapologetic salute to capitalism and the American way. Each week a few brave entrepreneurs enter the Tank trying to convince the multimillionaire Sharks to invest...

Job Creation Promise? More Political Rhetoric

I’ve been pondering this new paradigm that has government granting tax breaks to businesses that promise to create jobs. Business benefits from lower taxes, politicians can benefit by posing as job creators, and taxpayers…well, if there are any benefits, they’re offset by paying the price...

Michigan’s Energy Future: Get Real, Or Lights Out

By 2016, Michigan will lose 1.3 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power the combined populations of Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing! That alarming factoid is found in a new report on electric reliability from Public Sector Consultants (PSC) of Lansing. The report states that Michigan...

Pipelines and the Great Lakes: What’s the Problem?

The Michigan Land Use Institute wants it removed. The National Wildlife Federation and Mark Schauer, democratic candidate for governor, want it replaced. Yet, there’s nothing wrong with it. As Andy Griffith might say, “What it is, is a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.” Why all...

Festival Fatigue or Killing the Cash Cow?

Festival Fatigue or Killing the Cash Cow?By Ron JollyIf you google "Traverse City festival fatigue" you'll find dozens of newspapers, radio stations and blog sites across the country posting stories about city resident Lou Colombo's attempt to reduce festival frequency and noise. His unrealized hope...

Fracking Ignites Fiery Debate

Two films square off on fracking, an issue that could possibly surface on the state's November ballot.There is a movement to ban fracking in Michigan even though oil and gas companies have fracked about 12,000 wells in the state over the past 50 years. Fracking...