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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Dominic Fortuna‘s new dinner theater

Staff Reports - March 25th, 2004
Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner?

Dominic Fortuna, voted “Best Entertainer“ by Express readers, is backing a new dinner theater in Acme, expected be up and running this summer.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theatre & Convention Center will be located in the former film theater on M-72 across from Travino‘s Restaurant.
Last weekend, Fortuna‘s company, Dominic Entertainment, Inc., auditioned singers and musicians for the debut revue-style show, “My Generation.“ Watch for upcoming announcements on the theater‘s opening, or see www.dominicentertainment.com.

BATA buddies up

The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) in TC is reaching out to new bus passengers by introducing a “buddy system” on how to use the fixed-route Cherriot system.
Interested bus passengers can contact a BATA Buddy who will provide Cherriot route schedules, point out bus stops, and explain how the system operates. BATA Buddies will also travel to people’s homes and board a Cherriot bus with the new passenger to show them how easy it is to use the bus system.
“Many people are interested in using public transportation, but they’re a little intimidated because they haven’t been on a bus in many years, they don’t feel comfortable using a bus schedule, or they don’t know where our Cherriot buses go,’ said BATA Executive Director Joe DeKoning. “Though BATA provides over 400,000 passenger rides annually, some people are unaware of how easy it is to use the system. It takes only one trip to get used to the Cherriot, and then you realize the many benefits that public transportation provides.”
The Northern Michigan Alliance for Independent Living (NMAIL) is implementing the buddy system. Interested Cherriot riders who would like to work with a BATA Buddy can call NMAIL at 922-2359 at least 48 hours before they plan on using a bus. NMAIL will then contact a BATA Buddy, and have that person come a new passenger’s home at a designated time. The BATA Buddy will board the bus with the new passenger until the trip is completed.
There are five Cherriot bus routes that make scheduled bus stops at over 150 locations Monday through Saturday. Some of the more popular Cherriot bus stops include the Grand Traverse Mall, Grand Traverse Crossings, Meijer, Tom’s and Oleson’s Shopping Centers, Cherryland Center, Traverse City Area District Library, Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center, and downtown Traverse City.
Cherriot rides are $1, or 50 cents for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call BATA at 941-2355 or NMAIL at 922-2359.

Concert to benefit Northern Lights opposition

Manistee Citizens for Responsible Develoment, a group opposed to the proposed Northern Lights coal-burning power plant, is planning a benefit concert to raise funds to help scuttle the project.
Planned for Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Little River Casino in Manistee, the concert will include performances by Daisy Mae, Jody Gaskin, the MPE Band, Tim Joseph, Steppininit and Seth Bernard. Tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors.

Chick Chat

Believe it or Not File: a recent request to hear “Traveling Soldier“ by the Dixie Chicks revealed that WTCM 103.5-FM still has a ban on playing country music‘s most popular group a year after singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush while on tour in England.
Dissing Bush hasn‘t hurt the Dixie Chicks: Pollstar.com reports that they were the fourth-highest grossing musical act in the world last year, raking in $39.8 million. Each of their 65 U.S. concerts grossed more than $1 million.

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