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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Sing your heart out

Erin Crowell - February 9th, 2009
While sending your sweetie a card on Valentine’s Day is always better than doing nothing, why not take it a step further this year? Send him or her a singing quartet. They’ll be red for sure, either out of love or just plain embarrassment. In Traverse City, there are two quartet groups you can choose: The Barbershop Harmony Society and the Traverse City Central High School Choral-Aires Singing Valentines.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is part of the Cherry Capital Chorus; and has been swooning Traverse City residents on Valentines Day for 19 years. The six groups deliver around 150 songs every V-Day to unsuspecting recipients.
“It’s a 12-hour day. We start at 8:00 a.m. and go until eight or nine at night,” says Maurie Allen, founder of the group. “It’s a long day, but a labor of love.”
The quartets make visits to a variety of businesses and homes within a 15-mile radius of Traverse City, creating lasting memories for all involved. Allen recalls one such memorable moment:
“Several years ago, we performed for a gentlemen who worked in a quick lube place. His girlfriend made the request and, low and behold, we got there and discovered he was deaf,” Allen says. “While we were singing, his girlfriend was signing all the words to him. It was a very emotional scene.”
While most people are happy to receive a singing Valentine, others aren’t so receptive to the idea.
“We were out at this place in Kalkaska, a pretty macho hangout spot, and this gal had ordered for one of the guys in there,” Allen says. “We introduced ourselves and before we could say anything else, he said, ‘Oh no you’re not!’ Some people just get really embarrassed.”
Another group, the TC Central Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, is made up of 16 high school students. The Choral-Aires is a select ensemble group that will be raising money this year for an educational trip to Chicago. The students are divided into quartets and also deliver songs within 15 miles of downtown Traverse City.
Last year the group delivered over 85 singing Valentines, said Eileen Mikulski, who is one of several choral parents that volunteer to help the group.
Both The Cherry Capital Chorus and the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines will make their rounds two days this year, Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Both groups offer a personalized song, along with other goodies. You can reach the Cherry Capital Chorus at www.cherrycapitalchorus.org. For the Choral-Aires Singing Valentines, call 231-590-1075.

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