Kendall P. Stanley is retired editor of the Petoskey News-Review.

Kendall P. Stanley

Kendall P. Stanley


Tee em' up

October 14, 2013

It's been called a good walk spoiled, but almost no one walks a round of golf anymore, save the pros and some who frequent courses that allow walking.

  • Validation for our messiness

    October 7, 2013

    Finally, proof that messiness is next to godliness, or better yet, creativity.

  • Animus to the detriment of all of us

    September 30, 2013

    Why do I feel like I'm living in a clown show?

  • Who is responsible for Detroit's downfall?

    September 23, 2013

    Call me liberal/progressive, call me part of the "lamestream" media, call me old school but the Detroit Free Press hit the nail on the head on Sept. 9 when it published a look at why Detroit went bankrupt.

  • Syria our Syria

    September 16, 2013

    Confused about our role in Syria? Join a very large crowd.

  • A little education about education

    September 9, 2013

    With all of the fresh-faced youngsters now firmly entrenched in their school seats for another school year, it is well to ask a question about what we expect of them by the end of this year.

  • How much is too much?

    August 26, 2013

    As Congress stumbled away from Washington for its summer recess, part of the immigration reform bill was being amended to add $40 billion to border security -- on a border that is incredibly militarized already.

  • I just don't get it

    August 19, 2013

    I guess when you grow up in a time when vaccinations were very, very important you just don't understand parents these days that don't get their children vaccinated against diseases that can kill them.

  • First medical students arrive at Central Michigan University

    August 12, 2013

    They are 64 strong, 90 percent from Michigan and all are committed to staying put in Michigan to practice their profession.

  • A genetic quandary

    August 5, 2013

    It's a morning ritual -- pad over to the refrigerator, grab the orange juice and start your day with sunshine in a glass. Now picture a morning where juice is hard to come by and chances are it won't be Florida juice at all.

  • Here comes the bride and a broken system

    July 30, 2013

    Proud fathers shouldn't write about their daughter's wedding in a column but I'm going to nonetheless. If you're not into the ceremony or the institution, you can stop now and go on to other readings.

  • When technology meets teaching

    July 22, 2013

    Imagine a group of students sitting in a classroom with their computers, each intent on their studies which are really THEIR studies because it is work designed just for them. A monitoring teacher works with the students, giving special attention to those who need it and encouraging the rest of the class.

  • Welcome home Father Zorn and really, Boyne City?

    July 15, 2013

    History is fascinating, a look back to an earlier time before our own, and there are always those willing to capture that history and bring it to light.

  • The creepy disease spreader

    July 9, 2013

    The ticks are on the march, apparently setting their sights on Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Welcome to Lyme disease folks.

  • A great day for equality

    July 1, 2013

    Trust me when I say the world won't spin off its axis because of the Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 in California. Mark it down, however, as a great day for equality.

  • The power of pink

    June 24, 2013

    They are everywhere, the pink things working to raise awareness of breast cancer.

  • We should have known

    June 18, 2013

    Revelations in recent weeks that the government was taking note of e-mail, social media, Web surfing and phone calls made by U.S. citizens should have come as no surprise. Perhaps the scope of the info-gathering was large but we really didn't think the government wasn't paying attention, did we?

  • Blasphemy

    June 4, 2013

    It is a situation that can only be described as blasphemy.

  • Idiots on the loose

    May 20, 2013

    Has the administration gone completely off the rails in Washington?

  • Spring has sprung

    May 13, 2013

    Mama rabbit sits pretty in the back yard, bigger than her Arizona cousins but a full grown bunny nonetheless, contentedly munching on new grass.

  • The matter of immigration

    May 6, 2013

    Finally, an immigration package comes to Congress. Setting aside the demagoguery aimed at the act as a travesty of "amnesty," the act has much to recommend it.

  • Our country's greed and the bubble

    April 15, 2013

    An iconic line from the 1987 movie "Wall Street" is when Michael Douglas portraying Gordon Gekko says "Greed is good."

  • Time to head north

    April 8, 2013

    Like the swallows to Capistrano, the hummingbirds with their showy throats, the (ugh) starlings and doves, the snowbirds are heading north.

  • Momentous decisions

    April 1, 2013

    Pity the Supremes. Not Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson but Alito, Breyer, Roberts, Thomas, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Kagan, Kennedy and Scalia.

  • Lasater gets it right

    March 25, 2013

    Former Charlevoix County sheriff George Lasater and current county commissioner got it right recently when he expressed concerns about the public losing access to area lakes at the end of road rights-of-way.

  • Missing Carl already

    March 19, 2013

    To say U.S. Senator Carl Levin is as rumpled as an unmade bed is perhaps insulting to the bed but sartorial perfection has never been his calling. With reading glasses at the end of his nose and errant long hair swept across a balding head, you might be forgiven if first impressions left you wondering about the seriousness of the man.

  • The sequester, a historic move by the tribe and garage door people

    March 11, 2013

    I'd like to sequester myself under a rock until this whole "sequester" thing blows over if for no other reason than sequester isn't a noun and thus the whole sequester thing is not grammatically correct. I digress, however.

  • Gut check

    March 4, 2013

    How are your microbes doing today? Yes, your personalized, bazillion little bacteria working their magic in your stomach and intestines and -- if you're to believe many recent reports -- may be causing you problems with auto-immune issues.

  • The end of upward mobility

    February 25, 2013

    As Americans we like to think we with live in the land of opportunity where hard work and diligence pay off with a rise up the social and economic ladder to a standard of living that's the envy of the world. It's a myth.

  • State of the Union and the Post Office gets beat up

    February 18, 2013

    Aspirational was the word that came to mind listening to President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address last week.

  • A fine state indeed says State of the Community report, remembering Ed Koch

    February 11, 2013

    The recent State of the Community luncheon was headlined by four speakers who gave, if not glowing then surely positive, reports on where their organizations stand at the start of 2013 -- John Scholten of the Public Schools of Petoskey, Dr. Josh Meyerson of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Petoskey mayor Bill Fraser and Elaine Wood, chief executive officer of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

  • A fine state indeed

    February 11, 2013

    The recent State of the Community luncheon was headlined by four speakers who gave, if not glowing then surely positive, reports on where their organizations stand at the start of 2013 — John Scholten of the Public Schools of Petoskey, Dr. Josh Meyerson of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Petoskey mayor Bill Fraser and Elaine Wood, chief executive officer of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

  • Obama's second term, thoughts on Benghazi

    January 28, 2013

    A relaxed, confident and forward-looking president stepped to the podium last Monday to lay out a progressive agenda for the United States in his next four years as our chief executive -- as well he should.

  • Striking while the iron is still hot, Gov. Snyder tackles roads

    January 21, 2013

    After the Newtown, CT., shooting, President Obama said he would move forward quickly on gun safety and control matters and he did that just more than a month after the incident that killed 26, including 20 children.

  • Remembering

    January 15, 2013

    The bells rang throughout the area here last Tuesday at 10:10 a.m., the time shots were fired outside a Safeway store in Tucson where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords was meeting with constituents. It was an ugly welcome to Arizona two years ago.

  • How pathetic

    January 7, 2013

    It’s a mark of how pathetic the U.S. Congress is, that on New Year’s Day night, the House decided it could vote on a plan to end the so-called “fiscal cliff” after the Senate voted New Year’s Eve.

  • Paying for overreach

    December 18, 2012

    When unions in the state sought to put collective bargaining in the state Constitution voters took exception to that in November -- overwhelmingly as it turned out. And with that trick, state Republicans figured now is the time to make Michigan a right to work state.

  • Fall off the cliff, time is running out

    December 10, 2012

    I’m betting as I write this days prior to its publication that the “fiscal cliff” issue remains unresolved with the end of the year fast approaching. My, it’s been an interesting little bit of theater to keep us distracted after the November election.

  • Dismantling of our state's environmental protection

    December 3, 2012

    You gotta hand it to state Rep. Tom Casperson of Escanaba -— the man is a one-man environmental wrecking crew.

  • How low indeed

    November 26, 2012

    The News-Review reports Harbor Springs is lowering its docks to contend with ultra-low Lake Michigan water levels. The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council asks "How low can we go?" in its quarterly Current Reflections. For some of us we can still picture small fishing boats going under the Harbor dock back in 1964 when historic low water levels were recorded.

  • Go ahead, secede

    November 19, 2012

    So in the wake of the presidential election we now have petitions on a White House website asking that the petitioners' state be allowed to secede from the nation. Let 'em. Because most of the red states that voted for Mitt Romney receive more in federal funds than they contribute to the common wealth. So go ahead — and prepare to have a hugely bad quality of life because you get more from the feds than you pay.

  • Mr. Pretzel Man: Romney's twists, turns vex Republicans

    November 12, 2012

    Just a thought for Mitt Romney as he ruminates on his loss to President Obama last Tuesday —you should have been true to yourself!

  • Doing right by the environment

    November 5, 2012

    If you want to experience environmental protection done right go to Bonaire.

  • The language barrier

    October 29, 2012

    Nothing like a little trip outside the states to let you know how poor Americans are when it comes to having a second language. Basically for us it's English or nothing.

  • Pull the plug now

    October 22, 2012

    It is time to pull the plug on our involvement in Afghanistan — now rather than in 2014.

  • Peak car? Say it's not true!

    October 15, 2012

    Familiar with the term "peak oil?" That's the point when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached and the output continues to diminish from there on -- i.e., we run out of oil.

  • Sorry, Mr. President: Mitt Romney is coming after your job

    October 8, 2012

    Sorry Mr. President but your first debate appearance was rather, well, lame.

  • The angry white men

    October 1, 2012

    It was a chance encounter, me leaving my haircut and what can only be described as an angry white male running out an adjacent door to catch up with me.

  • Hands off the Constitution

    September 25, 2012

    There are some things you should do through the ballot box and some things you shouldn't — and the flood of Michigan constitutional amendment-adding ballot proposals come November is the latter of those.

  • Women have hard time finding balance in busy lives

    September 10, 2012

    The article has been the buzz of the blogs, the subject of scorn and on the flip side, a great commentary on one of the issues of the ages -- Why Women Still Can't Have It All.

  • Is there a Republican Party war on women?

    August 27, 2012

    Is the Republican Party really pursuing a war on women?

  • Hurray for Central Michigan University medical school

    August 20, 2012

    Starting in the fall of 2013, 60 lucky students out of a pool of about 3,000 will be chosen to be the first class at Central Michigan University's new medical school -- and Northern Michigan will be the better for it.

  • Guns, guns and more guns

    August 13, 2012

    There was a fatal shooting in my neighborhood early Saturday morning -- not my Petoskey neighborhood but my Arizona one -- but it is still a little disconcerting.

  • Hey! (Math) Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

    August 6, 2012

    Apologies for tinkering with the lyrics from Pink Floyd but I love Andrew Hacker for stating what should be obvious -- do we really need algebra? Or geometry, trigonometry and calculus, for that matter.

  • The very sinister side of nature

    July 30, 2012

    It's hard not to love nature this time of the year. Our forests are verdant, our rivers free flowing, the air clear and cool (OK, maybe not so much some days but stick with me) and our wildlife full of scamper and renewal.

  • Changing landscape

    July 23, 2012

    I know everyone thinks this upcoming presidential election is all about jobs, jobs and more jobs but really, is there anything a president can do to increase the employment in the country?

  • We are so blessed... it's July!

    July 19, 2012

    Think back, oh, maybe seven months ago. Remember the gray, cloudy skies and cold temperatures? Remember the boots, the snow, the heavy winter coats? Remember winter?

  • A healthy dose of skepticism

    July 9, 2012

    Armageddon has arrived.

  • Health care ruling: Don't buy rhetoric about a replacement

    July 2, 2012

    Last week was a busy week for the U.S. Supreme Court — reinforcing federalism by rejecting the Arizona immigration law and doubling down on the Citizens United ruling. Oh that they were so willing to say the federal government can extend health care to all Americans.

  • Letting the robots do it

    June 25, 2012

    Unless one is a Luddite, technology has been a great thing. We live longer, lead easier lives, can communicate with friends and relatives anywhere in the world and are safer whether we travel by car or plane because of the technology now available.

  • What is in Boomers' best interests?

    June 18, 2012

    Bummer man.

  • A little of this, a little of that

    June 4, 2012

    So Facebook offered itself up on the open market at $38 a share and it’s now way below that and people are wondering WHAT HAPPENED? Well, what’s Facebook worth to you?

  • Thinking about Congress

    May 21, 2012

    Sure we know we have a presidential election coming up in November but there's plenty at stake in the races for Congress — and what that will mean for continued gridlock.

  • Superior indeed

    May 14, 2012

    Ho boy the Yoopers are at it again — thinking about a separate state of Superior.

  • Still a menace?

    May 7, 2012

    To listen to some political candidates tell it, America is being overrun by illegal immigrants and we must stop the hordes before they ruin us. Except they aren't running over the borders like ants headed for a picnic.

  • Two good men gone

    April 23, 2012

    I was going to write this week about the group opposing Hayes Township's bid for state funds to buy a park but that was pushed aside by the recent deaths of two great guys.

  • Battle of the elites?

    April 16, 2012

    Rick Santorum's withdrawal from the Republican presidential campaign puts the stamp — barring any misalignment of the stars — on Mitt Romney as the party's nominee. So let the battle of the "elites" begin.

  • The spirit of the Old West lives on in Tombstone

    April 3, 2012

    I love Greenwood Cemetery, especially the programs Karl Crawford and his cohorts have done the past few summers that provide the history of the people who are buried there. But it's no Boothill.

  • Laughing with the weather gods

    March 26, 2012

    OK, OK -- I get the fact it's been warmer in Petoskey than here in southern Arizona for what, going on a couple of weeks now? But just you wait.

  • Arrest them, sentence them and lock 'em up

    March 19, 2012

    There's something wrong with our nationwide prison system when the Corrections Corporation of America, which runs private prisons, offers $250 million in a proposal to 48 states to buy up state prisons with several provisos -- one of which is states must maintain a 90 percent occupancy rate for 20 years.

  • Headed for Super Tuesday

    March 5, 2012

    Tomorrow is the so-called "Super Tuesday" where 10 states will hold presidential primary elections or caucuses and, hopefully, we can get a fuller picture of who might break out from the GOP pack and head for the nomination. Just. Can't. Wait.

  • Optimism that's warranted

    February 27, 2012

    Recent State of the Community gatherings in Petoskey and Charlevoix brought good messages from the presenters but, if you want more optimism, it's best to go through the "state of" reports from all areas of the community.

  • Sidling up to the trough

    February 20, 2012

    One of my “huh?” moments of the past couple years were the oldsters lining La Canada Boulevard here in Green Valley as the Tea Party movement started to gather steam. All they wanted, their signs explained, was for the government to get out of their lives, stop spending money and fly right.

  • And the attacks continue

    February 13, 2012

    When did public workers become the enemy of the state?

  • The data of our lives

    February 7, 2012

    Data: The word data is the plural of datum of the Latin dare, "to give," hence "something given." Also, data are representations of a fact, figure, and idea. Such usage is the origin of data as a concept in computer science: data are numbers, words, images, etc.

  • Inspired and inspiring

    January 30, 2012

    President Obama's third State of the Union address was inspired and inspiring -- and not just because our Congresswoman when we're in Arizona, Gabby Giffords, received a heartwarming and emotional welcome into the chamber she resigned from last week.

  • The new industrial way

    January 23, 2012

    Would you know that American manufacturing continues to grow?

  • Shutter snaps on another giant

    January 16, 2012

    Simon and Garfunkel lost the battle back in 2009 -- Kodak took the Kodachrome away all on its own. And now the former photographic giant is in a battle to stay a functioning business.

  • Only a year ago ...

    January 9, 2012

    The names Bill Badger, Patricia Maisch and Roger Salzgeber probably don't ring a bell with most people and after a year, their names have faded with time even out here in southern Arizona. But those three stopped a deadly shooting rampage from turning into a larger bloodbath by stepping up and showing the right stuff.

  • Stop the madness, or the governor has to

    December 19, 2011

    My esteemed former colleagues on the News-Review's editorial board had it right in their opinion last Monday when they railed against the "jobs, jobs, jobs" Republicans who had not approved plans for the state to participate in a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor. They just didn't go far enough in their criticism of the "jobs" legislators.

  • Trials and tribulations of the post office

    December 12, 2011

    There is joy in getting a letter in the mail -- that little thrill of what the envelope may hold that will delight the recipient. Unfortunately for the United States Postal Service, too few of us bother to send anything through the mail any more.

  • Time to share the blessings

    December 5, 2011

    Tis that time of the year where giving is better than receiving -- and there are plenty of organizations out there that could use a little giving on our part.

  • Told you so

    November 28, 2011

    A few months back I suggested the "super committee" set up by Congress to shave trillions to put the country on a better financial footing would be a failure and guess what -- it was!

  • Heaven help us

    November 21, 2011

    I'm normally a guy who's open to learning new things, keeping up with what's happening in my community, state, nation and world -- generally just open to the normal flow of information around me.

  • So what's a man to do?

    November 7, 2011

    For men of a certain age getting a PSA blood test -- to check for possible prostate cancer -- is an annual affair. If you're over 50, chances are you've had the test and if you haven't it's not because your doctor didn't mention it.

  • Pity the GOP candidates

    October 24, 2011

    Given the debate schedule the Republican candidates for president have subjected themselves to -- about one a week -- you have to feel sorry for them in terms of what new, fresh, exciting things they can come up with before each performance.

  • There's art and then there's ART

    October 3, 2011

    Summer finds many of us attending Art in the Park, the Portside Art Fair, the Charlevoix Art Fair and the annual Fourth of July art show in Harbor Springs but for the past three years, the art highlight of the year has to be Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize.

  • Saving us from 'the others'?

    September 26, 2011

    In many ways we're hard-wired by evolution to distrust others, a kind of a survival defense when meeting folks who aren't members of our "tribe." One of the legacies of 9/11 is a hatred of Muslims completely out of proportion to their number and influence here.

  • Going where the jobs are

    September 19, 2011

    Jobs, jobs, jobs.

  • Changes in the 'hood

    September 12, 2011

    Tucked away in my tickler file of column ideas was a story out of The Washington Post on the cultural shift coming with Baby Boomer staying in suburbia and not heading to Florida or Arizona and the impact that will have on those suburbs.

  • Blessed by forward thinkers

    August 22, 2011

    One of the blessings of living where we do is the work that has gone on for decades by organizations that promote the quality of life we have here and, quite frankly, take for granted.

  • When will the wars end?

    August 15, 2011

    Ten years.

Editorial Poll


Andy Green, the opinion editor, has taken the "know a little bit about everything" approach in his time at The Sun. He was the city/state editor before coming to the editorial board, and prior to that he covered the State House and Baltimore County government.

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor, was a reporter in the business and metro sections covering biotechnology, education and city and federal courts prior to joining the board.

Peter Jensen, former State House reporter and features writer, takes the lead on state government, transportation issues and the environment; he is the board's resident funny man and capital schmooze.

Glenn McNatt, who returned to editorial writing after serving as the newspaper's art critic, keeps an eye on the arts, culture, politics and the law for the editorial board.

Jailed police officer [Poll]

Did a Baltimore judge make the right call in sentencing a city police officer to 45 days in jail for beating up a drug suspect who had broken into the home of the officer's girlfriend? Another officer set the stage for the attack.

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure