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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Table tennis/Petoskey/Temp bike path closure/Dennos/TSO

Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2007
A new table tennis training center has opened in Williamsburg at 5549 S. Bates Road near the High Pointe Golf Club. The Hayden Table Tennis Training Center will offer tournaments, lessons and leagues, as well as strength training and a pro shop. Don Hayden Jr., whose late father started High Pointe, has remodeled the former Heights Machinery building to make way for the Center and its 15 world championship tables; he and long-time table tennis partner Paul Everts talked for years about building a center dedicated solely to table tennis, and have now reached their goal.
Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though paddles are available for rent/sale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-9; Saturday, 10-8; and Sundays, 10-4. Daily and membership rates are available. Danny Seemiller, five-time U.S. Table Tennis Champion and current Olympic coach, will be holding clinics next year. For more information, call 888-456-PONG.

Petoskey gift boutique Bondurant is serving as a drop-off point for the Harvest Drive for the Women’s Safe House through the month of November; food, supplies, and personal items as well as cash donations are all appreciated. Other Petoskey drop-off points for the Harvest Drive include the Gold Mine Resale Shop on Emmet Street and the WRC Main Office at 423 Porter.
Also in Petoskey, new much-anticipated restaurant Thai Orchid has finally opened at 433 East Mitchell Street downtown, serving - what else? - Thai food, of course; they can be reached by phone at 231-487-9900.

Approximately 2.1 miles of the Little Traverse Wheelway trail between Petoskey and Harbor Springs will be closed through mid-November. Construction work has begun near Indian Hills Gallery, following the path along M-119 to Control Engineering (near Pleasantview Road). The path has had problems with excess water in the lower-lying areas; drainage issues being one of the things that will be rectified. During the construction, there may be some disruption to vehicular traffic, but the goal is to keep work as self-contained as possible. People are encouraged to stay off the bike path itself during construction for their own safety - to avoid any injuries or problems.

The Northwestern Michigan College Foundation is honored to announce the receipt of its largest gift ever from a living individual donor, a $1 million gift designated for the Dennos Museum Center. The gift, from longtime community residents and Dennos supporters Dudley and Barb Smith, will be used as an endowment to support the long-term operation of the museum.

The Dennos has also just received the gift of a major new work by the renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. The work, entitled Tikiniq (The Arrival), was commissioned and published in honor of Kenojuak’s 80th birthday. The work is a six panel, sugar-lift etching and aquatint with hand coloring measuring over 16.5 feet in length, and was published in an edition of 12. It was acquired for the Dennos Museum Center’s Inuit art collection by Governor James and Mrs. Janet Blanchard. The Dennos Museum Center is open daily, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays, 1-5 PM. For more information, go to www.dennosmuseum.org.


Maestro Kevin Rhodes has extended his contract with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra through 2010, as announced by TSO President Robert B. Gingras. Maestro Rhodes has been Music Director since 2001. under his artistic leadership, the TSO season has expanded from six to eight concert programs, the number of subscribers has doubled, new players have been hired from around the state, and the artistic quality of the orchestra is at an all-time high. Mr. Rhodes will work directly with the TSO Board and with Interim Executive Director Edward J. Downing on the artistic and performance planning of the TSO. During the 2008-2009 season, he will conduct six out of eight concert cycles, an increase over the current season’s schedule.

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