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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Me Style: Rooted to Nature

Robert Downes - April 28th, 2008
Walk into Rooted to Nature and you’ll be overwhelmed with the rainbow of creative, fun clothing made from organic materials and natural fibers.
Located two miles south of Elk Rapids at 11672 US 31 South, Rooted to Nature is packed with clothing options from around the world, with fabrics made from renewable resources such as bamboo, soy, hemp, cotton, merino wool and other natural fibers.
But that’s not all: natural materials are married to artful, imaginative ideas, such as as line of t-shirts died with different colors of clay. And you’ll find children’s clothing, including wool-knit sweaters in earth tones that are adorable as well as durable.
“We’re also bringing products from India and Nepal,” says Cody Montgomery, who backpacked through both countries recently, bringing back exotic hand-made apparel with workmanship that’s impossible to mass produce.
A recent photo school graduate, Cody is the son of Buck and Cathy Montgomery who run the store with nephew Nick Cassell. Rooted to Nature opened in February of 2007 and is a family effort that combines many talents.
“Nick was the one with the idea for the store,” Cathy says. “He had been working in outdoor retail for eight years and thought the time was right for an outdoor casual apparel boutique in Northern Michigan.”
Originally from Royal Oak, the Montgomery’s have summered in Northern Michigan for years on Deepwater Point in Acme and Torch Lake. “We always wanted to come back here to live and thought that this would be a good area for this kind of concept -- natural fiber clothing made from renewable materials,” says Buck, who was formerly a consultant in the Detroit area for family-run businesses.
Buck is an ardent booster of the merino wool products at the store. A cyclist, he says nothing beats the sheer, silky wool from New Zealand for sports apparel. Product lines include SmartWool, Ibex and Icebreaker. “Merino wool is antimicrobial and wicks water away,” he says. “It does everything that polyester synthetics do, only better.”
Cathy says the family would like to create a scene of like-minded retailers at their location south of Elk Rapids, “kind of like an eco-mall.” In the meantime, the family is doing their best to spread the word on the value of renewable, natural fiber clothing, including a website at www.RootedtoNature.com.

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