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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Burgermeister Bob Serves Up a Great Book

Anne Stanton - August 5th, 2004
Bob Sloan, perhaps one of the area’s most prolific writers, has just published a great new cookbook for burger lovers: “Great Burgers: Mouthwatering Recipes.”
You might wonder how you can put together an entire book of burger recipes, but Sloan does it with aplomb. Yes, there are the recipes for the basic burger (meat, salt, oil, and buns), but then there are the Bob creations which take burgers to a whole new level. Try the portobello mushroom and goat cheese burger. The breakfast burger is a yummy creation that will make even Monday mornings look good.
Sloan gives great advice on the basics of cooking up a good burger (don’t overcook it). And his writing is a treat:
“The burger is working class, a solid citizen--a humble and unpretentious marriage of meat and heat. .. Gussy up a burger too much and it looks out of place, like a farmer in a tux.”
Or his advice on raw onion:
“Thinly sliced only! Avoid the inch-thick bar-burger onion slices, which only serve to devolve the burger itself into a condiment.”
Sloan and his wife Randi teach at the Dalton School in New York City, and spend their summers off in Leelanau County. He has written a series of Lenny Bliss mysteries and several cookbooks, the most famous of which is “Dad’s Own Cookbook.”




 
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