INDIVISIBLE DULUTH

March 22, 2018

Northern MI newspaper addresses and LTE word limits

We can expand our influence related to developing a progressive agenda for America by writing letters to editors. Courtesy of Sylvia, here’s a list of addresses of northern Michigan newspapers and word limits for their LTE’s.

Newspapers, Contacts, and Letters to the Editor

Grand Traverse County

Northern Express

129 E Front St Ste 200

Traverse City, MI 49684-2508

231-947-8787 – Telephone

Luke Haase is the Publisher of the Northern Express in Traverse City Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Record-Eagle

120 W Front St

Traverse City, MI 49684-2202

231-946-2000 – Telephone

Nathan Payne is the Executive Editor of the Record-Eagle in Traverse City Michigan.

npayne@record-eagle.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 200

First Congressional District (Northern Mi & UP)

Alpena News

130 Park Pl

Alpena, MI 49707-2828

989-354-3111 – Telephone –

Steve Murch is the Managing Editor of the Alpena News in Alpena Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Antrim Review

4470 S M 88 Hwy

Bellaire, MI 49615-5111

231-533-5651 – Telephone

Dave Lein is the Editor of the Antrim Review in Bellaire Michigan

231-533-5651 ext. 209

editor@antrimreview.net

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Boyne City Gazette 5 W Main St Unit 7

Boyne City, MI 49712-3700

231-582-2799 – Telephone

Benjamin J. Gohs is the News Editor of the Boyne City Gazette in Boyne City Michigan.

editor@boynegazette.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 350  flexible

Charlevoix Courier

112 Mason St

Charlevoix, MI 49720-1314

231-547-6558 – Telephone

Lonnie Allen is the Managing Editor of the Charlevoix Courier in Charlevoix Michigan.

news@charlevoixcourier.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Daily Tribune

308 N Main St

Cheboygan, MI 49721-1545

231-627-7144 – Telephone

Richard Crofton is the Publisher of the Daily Tribune in Cheboygan Michigan.

Richard Crofton         rcrofton@cheboygantribune.com

Managing Editor    Brady Hebert    bhebert@cheboygantribune.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Daily Press 

600 Ludington St

Escanaba, MI 49829-3830

906-786-2021 – Telephone

Brian Rowell is the Managing Editor of the Daily Press in Escanaba Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Benzie County Record Patriot

PO Box 673

Frankfort, MI 49635-0673

231-352-9659 – Telephone

Michelle Graves is the Editor of the Benzie County Record Patriot in Frankfort Michigan.

recpat@pioneergroup.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Gaylord Herald Times

2058 S Otsego Ave

Gaylord, MI 49735-9422

989-732-1111 – Telephone

Jeremy Speer is the Editor of the Gaylord Herald Times in Gaylord Michigan.

editor@gaylordheraldtimes.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 350

Crawford County Avalanche

PO Box 490

Grayling, MI 49738-0490

989-348-6811 – Telephone

Linda Golnick is the General Manager of the Crawford County Avalanche in Grayling Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Harbor Light News 211 E 3rd St

Harbor Springs, MI 49740-1534

231-526-2191 – Telephone

Charles O’Neill is the Editor of the Harbor Light News in Harbor Springs Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300?

Daily Mining Gazette

PO Box 368

Houghton, MI 49931-0368

906-482-1500 – Telephone

Craig Peterson is the Managing Editor of the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: unknown

Straitsland Resorter

PO Box 579

Indian River, MI 49749-0579

231-238-7362 – Telephone

L. Scott Swanson is the Editor and Publisher of the Straitsland Resorter in Indian River Michigan.

editor@resorter.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Daily News

215 E Ludington St

Iron Mountain, MI 49801-2917

906-774-2772 – Telephone

Jim Anderson is the News Editor of the Daily News in Iron Mountain Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: unkonwn

Iron County Reporter

PO Box 311

Iron River, MI 49935-0311

906-265-9927 – Telephone

Margaret Christensen is the Publisher of the Iron County Reporter in Iron River Michigan.

Editor/News/Features/Sports: Jerry DeRoche, news@ironcountyreporter.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Ironwood Daily Globe        – 400

PO Box 548

Ironwood, MI 49938-0548

906-932-2211 – Telephone

Larry Holcombe is the Managing Editor of the Ironwood Daily Globe in Ironwood Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Leelanau Enterprise

7200 E Duck Lake Rd

Lake Leelanau, MI 49653-9779

231-256-9827 – Telephone

Alan Campbell is the News Editor of the Leelanau Enterprise in Leland Michigan.

info@leelanaunews.com.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300?

Manistee News Advocate

75 Maple St

Manistee, MI 49660-1554

231-723-3592 – Telephone

231-723-4733 – Fax

Michelle Graves is the Editor of the Manistee News Advocate in Manistee Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Pioneer-Tribune

212 Walnut St

Manistique, MI 49854-1445

906-341-5200 – Telephone

Ashley Hoholik is the Editor of the Pioneer-Tribune in Manistique Michigan.

editor@pioneertribune.com

Lisa A. Demers  ldemers@pioneertribune.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 500

Mining Journal

249 W Washington St Publisher:

Marquette, MI 49855-4321

906-228-2500 – Telephone

Bud Sargent is the Managing Editor of the Mining Journal in Marquette Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Ontonagon Herald

326 River St Ontonagon, MI 49953-1612

906-884-2826 – Telephone

Maureen Guzek is the Editor and Publisher of the Ontonagon Herald in Ontonagon Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Petoskey News-Review

319 State St

Petoskey, MI 49770-2746

231-347-2544 – Telephone

Jeremy McBain is the Executive Editor of the Petoskey News-Review in Petoskey Michigan.

jmcbain@petoskeynews.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

St. Ignace News

PO Box 277

Saint Ignace, MI 49781-0277

906-643-9150 – Telephone

Ellen Paquin is the Editor of the St. Ignace News in Saint Ignace Michigan.

www.stignacenews.com

Evening News

109 Arlington St

Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-1901

906-632-2235 – Telephone

Richard Crofton is the Editor of the Evening News in Sault Sainte Marie Michigan.

Richard Crofton  richard@sooeveningnews.com

Brenda Rigotti    brigotti@sooeveningnews.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 400

Northern Express

129 E Front St Ste 200

Traverse City, MI 49684-2508

231-947-8787 – Telephone

Luke Haase is the Publisher of the Northern Express in Traverse City Michigan.

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 300

Record-Eagle

120 W Front St

Traverse City, MI 49684-2202

231-946-2000 – Telephone

Nathan Payne is the Executive Editor of the Record-Eagle in Traverse City Michigan.

npayne@record-eagle.com

Word Limit for Letters to the editor: 200

Our Home Town News  ** discontinued??

540 E Main St

Vanderbilt, MI 49795-9784

989-983-0234 – Telephone

Thomas A. Serino is the Editor of the Our Home Town News in Vanderbilt Michigan.

ourhometown@hotmail.com

March 14, 2018

2018 Endorsement Policy of Indivisible TC

Indivisible TC Policy and Procedure for Endorsing Candidates

Committee: Lynne Van Ness, Paul Singer, Maggie Singer, Sylvia McCullough, Allen McCullough, Linda Pepper, Bill Gittlen

History:

Beginning in December 2017, Indivisible TC members were encouraged to review the Indivisible publication, A Practical Guide for Endorsing in Primaries and Beyond.  At the end of December, Bill presented a review of this guide to the steering committee, and the officers discussed the advantages and disadvantages of endorsing.  The consensus was that someone would make a similar presentation to the membership. Bill did this on March 4 and the membership recommended that a committee be formed to develop a procedure.  This document is a result of the discussion this committee had following the  March 4 membership meeting.

Underlying Principles:

The committee agreed that the process should be fair to all members and supporters, be transparent, be in keeping with our energy limits and our unavoidable time constraints, and whenever possible, include other Indivisible groups.  The plan will be to only endorse a limited number of candidates. We will consider their values, who the candidates represent, and their viability.  The goal will be to nominate our endorsed candidates (for Governor and Congress) to national Indivisible HQ with the hope of earning national endorsement.

The committee decided to make guidelines that will apply to the 2018 election cycle only.  We would start by considering endorsing a candidate for four federal and state positions only: Governor, Congressional Representative for the First District, and State House of Representatives for the101st (Leelanau) and 104th (Grand Traverse) Districts. In addition, we will consider endorsing any Indivisible member who is a candidate for a local office, if they so request. We may consider an entire slate of candidates in the final weeks preceding the general election if we feel that will help create broader progressive change.

The committee agreed that in order to give strong endorsements and to void splintering our group, a consensus will be needed to earn an endorsement. That means the vast majority will be in favor, and those who are not in favor must be willing to agree to accept the group’s endorsement. An announcement about an upcoming vote to endorse will be posted on our website blog and on Facebook at least 10 days prior to any vote.

The Policy:

The committee agreed that because of our limited meeting time, we will encourage our members to individually learn about the federal and state candidates on their own time, rather than having candidates come to speak to us. We will advertise the many forums and other opportunities when candidates are appearing in our area.  We believe our endorsed candidate should support our main issues: common sense gun reform, decommissioning Line 5, repealing and replacing Jack Bergman, supporting voting rights, and exposing the bias and distortion of local news by Sinclair Broadcasting. We also expect our endorsed candidates to be in favor single payer health care, a living minimal wage, a path to citizenship, environmental protection, and renewable energy development.

The committee agreed that the timeline for endorsement will vary according to the nature of each individual race. At this time, our membership needs more opportunities to see and learn about the candidates for Governor.  Hopefully, by June 1, the membership may have gathered sufficient information to explore whether there is one candidate the membership wants to endorse before the primary. If not, this decision can be revisited monthly.

 

The committee agreed that we also need more exposure to the State House of Representatives candidates. We will wait sufficient time until an Indivisible Traverse City member lobbies for an endorsement.

Lynne is already working on the campaign for Matt Morgan and feels that since he is unopposed in the primary, now would be a good time to endorse him.  At this time, there are no other candidates in the race except Jack Bergman. Matt spoke to our group last year, and completed our 38-question form, essentially agreeing with all of our crucial issues. In April, Lynne will present his views, who he represents, his viability and reasons why we should endorse now.  Maggie and Berta will explore whether other Indivisible groups want to join us by also formerly endorsing Matt. After a discussion, our membership can decide whether they want to hold a vote at the next meeting. If so, an announcement of the upcoming vote will be posted on our website blog and on Facebook.  If the group does reach 100% consensus to endorse, it will mean we will actively support his candidacy.  We will need to create a press release, do media outreach, hold some events (with our partners), do GOTV drives prior to the election, and nominate him for national Indivisible endorsement.  If we eventually decide to endorse other candidates, in each case we will need to have a supporter of the endorsement present the candidate to our membership and then we will follow the same process.

We will present this procedure and policy to the group for its approval at the March 18 meeting.  This policy can be amended by a vote of a majority of the members at any time.