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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Summer sounds 2009

- July 6th, 2009
Summer Sounds 2009
at Michigan Legacy Art Park

One of Northern Michigan’s most unusual concert venues is at the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain in Benzie County. Set in the forest on a hill adjacent to the ski slopes, a tiny amphitheatre hosts Friday night concerts throughout the summer.
A bonus is the Art Park trail which leads past dozens of sculptures spread throughout the forest, culminating in a “fort” that is part stockade part maze with a fabulous view.
Summer Sounds 2009 kicks-off with Lake Effect on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children with a family price of $20.
Some seating is provided; the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Rides for those needing assistance will be provided to the amphitheatre. Tickets are only sold the day of the concert at the Art Park entrance starting at 6:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concerts will be held indoors at Crystal Mountain, signs will be posted.

July 10: Lake Effect is one of Michigan’s premiere American Roots bands. As a family band, they have been playing throughout Michigan and points beyond for nearly thirty years. The band consists of Tiyi Schippers on lap dulcimer and percussion, David Bunce on guitar and banjo, Rachael Davis on guitar, banjo, and ukulele, Zak Bunce on bass, Barry Lempke on guitar, and Ezra Bunce-Shippers on ukulele and guitar.

July 17 will feature Traverse City’s popular David Chown and The Lookout Cats. With 25 years of experience David Chown & The Lookout Cats’ repertoire ranges from jazz, classics and show tunes to blues, rock, and pop. Members of the Lookout Cats are Laurie Sears on saxophone, Ronnie Hernandez on drums and vocals and Elizabeth Rivers, vocals.

July 24: Tumbao Bravo is a Cuban Jazz combo consisting of Congas, Timbales, Sax/Flute/Piccolo, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Piano, Bass Guitar, and Bongos. Mambos, Cha Chas, Rumbas and Boleros and just some of the authentic rhythms explored by this exciting group. Formed in August, 2003 by conguero Alberto Nacif and reedman Paul VornHagen, Tumbao Bravo won the 2005 Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Jazz Recording” for their debut release, Montuno Salad.

July 31: Jay Webber is a full time artist who has performed his original music in venues large and small from Manhattan to San Diego and from Nashville to Austin. Jay’s percussive acoustic guitar techniques lend urgency and power to his music. An evening with Jay includes a blend of Jazz, Blues and Folk with a touch of Latin fire and boogie. Jay will be performing with Stephan Kukurugya on piano and Zack Light on bass.

August 7: Laith Al-Saadi is a staple of the Detroit music scene. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, this talented 30-year-old formed his first blues band, “Blue Vinyl,” when he was 15 years old. By the time he was 18 years old he had opened for Blues greats like Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Son Seals, and Taj Mahal and toured the Netherlands.

For additional information call the Art Park office at 231-378-4963 or visit www.michlegacyartpark.org

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