Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Hot tickets major festivals outside the region

Kristi Kates - July 4th, 2011
Hot Tickets Major festivals outside the region
Coachella and Bonnaroo may have already passed for this year, but never fear, music fans; there are plenty of musical destinations left both nationwide and overseas for the 2011 summer season.
So grab those extra funds that are burning a hole in your pocket, prep for those steamy summer temps with sunscreen and bottled water, and make your destination picks from our yearly preview picks list of this summer’s hottest festival tickets.

Summerfest, June 29-July 10, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)
If you’re going by the numbers, Wisconsin’s Summerfest is the biggest in the U.S., hosting hundreds of thousands of folks and a dozen stages. This year’s event will play host to live sets from another eclectic mix of performers from old-school (Meatloaf, Hall and Oates) to country-rock fusions (Sugarland, The Black Keys) to hip-hop n’ pop (Kid Cudi, Kanye West.) Bring: miniature American flags, Milwaukee Brewers sweatshirts, Pepto-Bismol tablets to combat the range of carnival foodstuffs.

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15-17, Chicago IL (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com)
The Chicago music fest that poses itself as less splashy and more edgy than the yearly Lollapalooza event (see August), Pitchfork prides itself on presenting acts that are bubbling right under the radar as well as indie faves, and this year is no exception with sets scheduled from TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, and James Blake.
Bring: your bike to take advantage of free bike parking; still cameras (no video, please), personal mini-fans to help fight that heavy Chicago heat.

Wanderlust Festival, July 28-31, Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, CA (www.wanderlustfestival.com)
For those who like to balance their raucous rock n’ roll festival weekends with a little healthy balance, this four-day fest, which already completed its earlier incarnation in Vermont in June, combines music with pretty natural surroundings and… yoga. That’s right - yoga. Warm up for all that noodle-dancing with your yoga stretches, and then catch 2011’s sets by The Wailers, Jai Uttal, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Bring: your own personal yoga mat, your regimen of vitamins to keep you up all day, and energy drinks to keep you dancing all night.

Lollapalooza, August 5-7, Chicago IL (www.lollapalooza.com)
Perry Farrell’s gypsy roots have been anchored in Chicago’s Grant Park for the past several years, where the festival guru continues to preside over eight stages for 2011, playing host to heavily-attended headlining sets by Muse, Deadmau5, and Foo Fighters. One of the cool things about Lolla are all the extras, including the environmental Green Street, the upgraded food courts, and the proximity to Chicago’s downtown. Bring: plenty of sunscreen, Lolla maps (downloadable from their website), patience.

Outside Lands, August 12-14, San Francisco CA (www.sfoutsidelands.com)
Set on the beautiful grounds of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands welcomes over 70,000 people for this three day fest, which blends in art, food, and wine alongside the musical selections. Muse will trek from Lollapalooza to San Fran to make another appearance at this event, with additional sets from the likes of The Shins, MGMT, Erykah Badu, and The Black Keys. Bring: your car-pooling pals, binoculars, layered clothing for those San Fran temperature changes.

And if you’re planning any trips overseas this summer, you might want to coordinate your travel plans with one of these terrific 2011 musical festivals, our picks for the best that hail from just a little farther away:
• Sonar, June 16-18, Barcelona Spain (www.sonar.es)
Featuring: Underworld, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), A-Trak, Atmosphere, Magnetic Man
• Roskilde, June 30-July 3, Roskilde Denmark (www.roskilde-festival.dk/)
Featuring: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Desolate, PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon
• Benicassim, July 14-17, Benicassim Spain (http://fiberfib.com)
Featuring: Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Portishead, The Streets, Arcade Fire
• Fuji Rock 2011, July 29-31, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Japan (www.smash-uk.com/frf11/)
Featuring: Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, Kaiser Chiefs, Wilco, Incubus, Cake
• Pukkelpop Festival, August 13-14, Hasselt Belgium (www.pukkelpop.be)
Featuring: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Crystal Castles, Panic! at the Disco, The Kills, A-Trak
• V Festival, August 20-21, Chelmsford and Staffordshire, UK (www.vfestival.com)
Featuring: Duran Duran, Dizzee Rascal, The Script, Manic Street Preachers, Rihanna
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