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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Peek at City Opera House

Staff Reports - March 11th, 2004
Public to get a peek at City Opera House

The glory days of a lumber-era opera house are being recast in downtown Traverse City, where a $4.3 million restoration project has reached completion of its first major stage.
This weekend, the public will have an opportunity to see the fruits of that effort when the City Opera House Heritage Association hosts an open house at the renovated facility on Front Street.
On Friday, March 12, an invited audience of donors to the project will be treated to a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, the Opera House will open its doors to the public for an educational focus from 2-4 p.m., and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in a Family day event, with tours, information and entertainment.
Additionally, Horizon Books is hosting a line-up of authors and entertainment on behalf of the Opera House on Saturday to contribute a portion of its sales to the project.
Association Executive Director Gerie Greenspan notes, however, that much remains to be done on the current 450-seat facility. She says the association will launch a new fund drive on March 15 to raise an additional $800,000 towards the project, which is expected to require a total of $8.5 million for its completion.
“It’s a terrific space and a really big project,” Greenspan says. “We raised enough money for more than half of the project and then decided that to make the Opera House fully operational as an enhanced version of what it could be, we’d need to seek more funds.”
While the final polish won’t be placed on the facility until 2006, the City Opera House will be hosting shows as early as this fall.
Built in 1891 from the riches of the timber harvest in Northern Michigan, the Opera House is designed to seat up to 730 people. The restoration plan for the 41,000-square-foot facility encompasses four floors and four storefronts.

Volunteer to let it grow

Got a green thumb? Then the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan wants you. The Society is seeking members to help bring a botanical garden to the region.
“We’re nothing without our members,” said Tim Volas, membership chair. “Their support took the dream of a few dedicated people and proved that it was a winning idea. Future support and the support of those who will join with us will send a strong message of community commitment to the gardens.”
In October, the Society secured 80 acres outside Traverse City between 3 Mile Road and 4 Mile Road, north of Hammond Road in East Bay Township for the new Garden. Highlights of the proposed garden include:
• Indoor and outdoor collections of significant plants and native species will be the attraction of the Display Gardens.
• Research gardens and eco-designed facilities will serve as a living laboratory. Research ventures will test new ideas and plant materials.
• Featuring permanent and changing exhibits, Demonstration Gardens will explore topics of today, from erosion control methods to everyday plant care. The Destination Gardens will also provide settings for family picnics, weddings and special events. Visitors will enjoy a café and gift shop, walking trails and park areas, snowshoe trails and places for a winter bonfire – all among wetlands, forests, and views of Grand Traverse Bay from the highest ridge.
To join up, call the BGS office at 935-4077 or, see www.traversebotanicalgarden.com.

War’s anniversary protest

On Saturday, March 20, demonstrations throughout the world will mark the one year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nationally, marches will be held in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and many other cities, including Lansing. A Traverse City demonstration is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Government Center at 400 Boardman.
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