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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Gingerbread/Cuppa Joe/Great Music/Petoskey Pointe/TC‘s downtown/Alert Cab

- December 31st, 2007
The Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Gingerbread contest, hosted at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs, was a rousing success this year, with a record 26 entries in six categories. Winners were asked to choose a charity of choice that would benefit from donations connected to the success of their gingerbread creation; this twist in the event raised $2,489 for local, national, and international non-profit groups. The R.F.C. Fire Rescue Team won the People’s Choice Award. The Chamber hopes that the contest will contine to grow in following years.

Cuppa Joe is set to open a fourth Cuppa Joe coffee house, with the next one set to join Traverse City’s trendy warehouse district in February. Located next to the InsideOut Gallery, the coffee house is planning to outfit itself with comfortable furnishings, “small plate” snacks, and a schedule of weekly events, including a TV Dinner night. The newest Cuppa Joe is positioning itself as an alternative to the smoky local bar scene, and may also feature a Clover, a high-end, single-cup coffee brewer that would be one of only two Clovers in Michigan.

There will be a special performance of the Michigan Technological University Jazz Lab Band at the Traverse City Opera House on January 8 at 7:30 p.m. in support of the Traverse City Music Boosters, which awards nearly $10,000 annually in scholarships and mini-grants to TCAPS Junior and Senior high school students and teachers in band, orchestra, and choir. Proceeds this year are being earmarked equally between the Adrian Morris and Christian DeWitt Memorial Scholarships, and the event is hoping to get as many people in the seats as possible to both enjoy the show and contribute to this worthy and non-profit cause.

The Downtown Management Board of Petoskey voted yes on allowing the Petoskey Pointe developers to have their deadline moved, enabling them to continue moving forward on Petoskey Pointe. Previously, their deadline was supposed to be October 2008; now, they’ve been given until the end of 2009 to complete the shell portion of the slow-moving upscale hotel/condo/shops complex.

A recent survey by the Traverse City Business News indicates that there is a strong support of the downtown shopping area by local residents, with over half of those surveyed saying that they do shop downtown for household or business once a month or more. Downtown was also given a much higher rating than other local retail areas such as Meijer and the Grand Traverse Mall. The most suggested improvement made by those surveyed was to offer longer shopping hours downtown; now that the State Theater has reopened and more new restaurants are moving in, it may be only a matter of time before foot traffic will indeed be able to support later evenings in the downtown area.

A successful program known as ALERT CAB, implemented in 1986 during the Christmas and New Year holidays to improve highway safety and to reduce drunk driving will return to Grand Traverse County and Cadillac city limits this holiday season for the 22nd consecutive year.
ALERT CAB, which is done in cooperation with taverns and restaurants in Grand Traverse County and Cadillac city limits, provides free rides home for patrons who are faced with a potential impaired driving situation. Participating operators of taverns or restaurants are provided with a confidential telephone number, which can be used to call for a ride to take a patron home at no charge.
ALERT CAB is underwritten by H. Cox and Son, Inc. in cooperation with Cherry Capitol Cab Co., Celtic Cab Co., 24/7 Cab Co., Chippewa Cab Co., Cadillac Cab Co., and Taverns/Restaurants in the Traverse City and Cadillac area.
ALERT CAB will be in operation December 21st through December 31st between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am. On New Years Eve the program will run until 4:00am.
We do want to stress that the ALERT CAB program is not a substitute for responsible drinking. By working together, we hope to add to the margin of safety by providing an alternative to patrons who have consumed too much to get behind the wheel.
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