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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Reggie‘s Boxed Set/Opying out/New players

- February 25th, 2008
When Reggie Box died in 1995 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, the popular general manager of WKLT-FM left behind 28 boxes of rock memorabilia.
Those hundreds of items will be auctioned online in early April through backstageauctions.com, based in Houston.
“Reggie was a great collector and when he passed away, all of his rock and roll memorabilia was boxed up and stored in my basement,“ says Katherine Ryder Purcell, who was married to Box for more than 10 years. Their marriage encompassed the same years that Box worked at KLT, from 1985-‘95, first in radio sales and then as station manager. Many give credit to Box for his leadership in taking the station from a small signal in Kalkaska to a radio powerhouse that is heard across Northern Michigan.
Box, who was also a Civil War buff, had an opportunity to meet many rock stars at the station, and was the recipient of numerous promo items. He had also been witness to the explosive rock scene of the late ‘60s-early ‘70s, with an appreciation for pop history.
“He had everything from a guitar signed by Stevie Ray Vaughn to some thong underwear from AC/DC,“ Purcell says. “And there are also rare tickets, backstage passes, posters and copies of Rolling Stone magazine back when it was a paper tabloid.“
Other items to be auctioned include guitars signed by John Cougar Mellencamp and Buddy Guy; every Kinks album the band put out, including imports and rarities; mementoes of Woodstock I & II; 16-20 boxes of promo CDs; and between 50-60 framed items.
“Reggie was a picture framer before he joined WKLT, so he had all of these beautifully framed pieces of rock and roll history in his collection,“ Purcell says. One such item is a copy of “Teen Beat“ magazine, featuring proud poppa Ringo Starr with his baby son, Zack. When the two performed at the Grand Traverse Resort in the early ‘90s, Box got them both to sign the cover.
Purcell heard about the auction while visiting Cleveland‘s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A similar collection was up for sale through the online auction company which specializes in rock memorabilia. The Reggie Box collection will be previewed online the first week in April and then open for bids from April 6-13. See www.backstageauctions.com.

A Central Lake woman didn’t know there was a way to stop military recruiters from getting the home phone number of her high school son, but she wishes she had. Now, he is deployed in Iraq and is committed to a five-year stint.
The woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) said her son’s “direct ticket to the war zone” came from a military recruiter. She recently spoke to the Central Lake High school board and is urging parents to ask about an opt-out form. It’s the only way to stop personal contact information from reaching recruiters. It must be submitted each year (junior and senior year). She also wants schools to tell parents about the form.
For a generic form, Google “military opt-out” and submit to the school principal.
“It may not have made a bit of difference,” she said. “But what if it had? I don’t want other parents to have that regret. I’ll tell you one thing — the picture the recruiters present is broken and unclear. There are a lot of loopholes and hidden messages and broken promises, most of which you’ll never catch onto until you’ve been there, done that.”

Increasingly, the biggest players on the music scene in Northern Michigan are its casinos, with national acts flooding into the region to fill plush venues with 1,500 seats or more. Tickets tend to run in the $25-$40 range.
With new pop, rock, country and comedy acts arriving weekly, the face of entertainment in Northern Michigan is brighter than ever before; in the past, a desire to see many of the acts meant a long drive to Detroit or Chicago.
Here‘s a partial rundown on some of the upcoming acts at casinos:

• Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey:
-- Miranda Lambert
-- Robert Cray Band
-- Creedence Clearwater Revisited
-- Chubby Checker
-- Pat Benatar

• Kewadin Dream Makers,
Sault Ste. Marie:
-- Brett Michaels & Firehouse
-- Collective Soul
-- Styx
-- Loretta Lynn

• Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant:
-- Taganai
-- Ace Frehley & The Tubes
-- Grand Funk Railroad &
The Romantics
-- Gladys Knight

• Little River Casino, Manistee:
-- Foreigner
-- Gordon Lightfoot
-- Smokey Robinson

Additionally, construction is nearing completion on the new $80 million Turtle Creek Casino outside Traverse City, which will also host a music venue. Marty Stuart has been booked for June with The Georgia Satellites booked for July at the new facility.

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