by Doug Luciani executive director of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
When your community rides a seemingly endless wave of positivity over what a great place it is, it can feel like a real punch in the gut when a maelstrom of a much different sort blows in.
Our business community needs to respond to antics exhibited more and more without thought of consequences by people of every persuasion. Free speech is an unalienable right in this country. It’s important to understand due process and constitutional protections when discussing and dealing with these thorny issues. But it’s also important to acknowledge the ways our individual actions may impact others, singularly and collectively.