The Summer of Transition

by Warren Call July means Cherry Festival and a welcome return to normal zaniness after the not-normal zaniness of the pandemic. July could also mark another important milestone: the end of standing meetings for the Grand Traverse County Joint Operations Center (JOC). This collaborative group of public and...

Make It Possible Here

June marks the return of visitors and seasonal residents ready to enjoy our weather and water. Our lakes, bays, and rivers will once again be the highlight of every Pure Michigan moment. But of course, no visitor can truly appreciate warm weather and getting on the...

A Broken Link: Early childhood education is ripe for reform

January welcomes the reopening of high schools and, while pandemic precautions remain very important, we can applaud the return of in-person instruction. Parents, teachers and administrators recognize the significant social, emotional and educational benefits kids get from actually being in the classroom. Though the return of...

We Can’t Wait for the Cavalry

Mark Duplass, a successful filmmaker and actor, was the keynote speaker for the South by Southwest conference and festival in 2015. His speech focused on his self-realization about personal responsibility, exemplified by the mantra, "The cavalry is not coming." The phrase refers to the danger of...