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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Ground Zero ready to rock

Rick Coates - January 25th, 2010
Ground Zero ready to rock thanks to Doug Street
By Rick Coates
After a one year hiatus, Doug Street is now back at the helm of the Ground Zero Nightclub (Streeter’s, The Terminal) in Traverse City. Street, who developed the vision for the Streeter’s entertainment complex at the age of 23 after traveling to such entertainment destinations as Las Vegas and South Beach, sold his interest in the nightclub in late 2008 but retained ownership of the property.
After a successful 10-year run of bringing major club entertainment to Northern Michigan, Street decided to look for new challenges and opened a club in Grand Rapids. He is currently opening a restaurant and nightclub in downtown Grand Rapids near Van Andel Arena.
“I am commuting between Grand Rapids and Traverse City,” said Street. “I am energized and looking to be creative in this economy to re-brand Streeter’s into Ground Zero. I don’t think that Ground Zero really had an identity over the years, this place was either Streeter’s or The Terminal; now it will be known as Ground Zero.”

Street was going to close down and restructure the operation until he heard from customers that they would pack the place if he would open immediately.
“I reopened immediately and didn’t have much expectation for our first night; we really had no opportunity to promote the reopening (The Terminal was closed for a week),” said Street. “But our first night back we were full for college night and so I decided to open on Saturday night and again we were full.”
So after two weeks of packed houses on Thursday and Saturday nights Street knows there is a need for Ground Zero in Northern Michigan.
“I think being creative in this economy without being deceptive is the secret. The customer is smart, they don’t want to be tricked,” said Street. “Right now we are offering no cover on College Night (Thursday) all night for those 21 and over and on Ladies Night (Saturday) no cover for the ladies and guys 21 and up get in for no cover until 11 pm. The feedback has been very positive.
“People are thanking me, wallets are tight but people want to go out and have a good time.”
Street built a reputation for bringing in major club acts and even auditorium acts with David Lee Roth and Hootie and the Blowfish. He has wasted no time returning to that formula and already has booked Puddle of Mudd with Cavo (2009 number one hit “Champagne”) for February 19. On Sunday, February 29, post grunge rockers Cold with their hits “Stupid Girl” and “No One” take to the stage. After disbanding three years ago Cold re-formed with its original line-up. They have recorded a new album and are currently touring with Nonpoint and Day of Fire. Female hard rockers Kittie perform March 12 with God Forbid and local power metal band Commonfaced opening.

Uncle Kracker is returning with his big hit “Smile.” The Saturday March 13 show will feature Rehab, Jocaine and JTX (“Party Like A Rock Star”) who co-wrote the Kracker hit song “Smile.”
“Our focus right now is going to be opening just Thursday and Saturday nights with DJ and dance music and hosting concerts on other nights, said Street. “My plate is very full with my Grand Rapids projects but I am excited to be back in Traverse City and I see a lot of opportunity. As for more concerts, I have a lot of offers out there right now so I have just scratched the surface with these first four shows but look for a lot more this spring and summer. Also we have a lot of great bands in Northern Michigan and look for us to showcase them as well.”

For additional info check out groundzeroonline.com or call 231-932-1300.

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