Childish Arguments Close Door on Discussion

I am a Yooper, raised in Hancock. My dad was raised in Iron Mountain. My mother, though, was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. Growing up, our vacations meant driving to Natchez to visit Mom's side of the family. Ten minutes after seeing...

TC’s Future Bright or Burdened

In recent years many cities and governmental units in Michigan have been forced to drastically reduce services in addition to raising taxes. Over the last several years, Traverse City through careful management of resources and prudent city commission decisions has been able to avoid tax...

Responsive Web Design-Fad or Future?

TRAVERSE CITY - If your website fills your customers' smartphones with teeny script, then it's time to get on the responsive web design bandwagon."It's the latest buzzword," said Tim Barrons, co-owner of Byte Productions in Traverse City."It's the ability to have a website that's...

E-Books Boost Revenue

A recent Pew Research Center survey said fully one-third of American adults now own an e-reader, a trend that concerned many in the publishing world at first.Fresh sales opportunities have morphed this initial wariness into excitement, local bibliophiles say."It is true, many of us in...

Big Brothers Blindfold

It's officially illegal: Michigan employers can no longer request access to the private online accounts of potential or current employees as part of hiring or review practices.This past December, Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5523 - also known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act...

Old School No More

It may have taken a little while, but some of the area's most venerable institutions - such as tourism, governmental and public safety agencies - have turned to Facebook as a primary source of customer engagement.Once the stomping grounds of in-the-know 20-somethings, having a...

Business Intelligence is Not An Oxymoron

For many, the words "business intelligence" leads to thoughts of expensive technologies used by billion-dollar corporations to gain a competitive edge or just a blank stare of ignorance. So, what is BI? And, more importantly, what does it mean for your business? BI is...

East Bay or the Middle East

Roads get worse; state legislators' inaction might create the Gravel Road State.The two main roads between my house and U.S. 31 appear to have been carpet-bombed. It's as if the maintenance has been turned over to the Wheel and Alignment Center instead of the...

Book Review: How Starbucks Saved My Life

Gotham Books, 2007 - Softcover $14 - Kindle or Nook Version $11.99Life does not always allow us to read certain books when we want to read them. I had heard about "How Starbucks Saved My Life" when it was first published in 2007, but had...

Turning Cherry Waste Into Gold

Michelle White began her career working with cherries in a food processing plant, an experience that would catapult her development of Michelle's Miracle Original Tart Montmorency Cherry Concentrate.White was dismayed by farmers having to dump their cherries on the ground to get paid for the...