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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Whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on

Robert Downes - February 8th, 2010
Whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on...
Groundhog‘s Day is always a head-scratcher for me. If the little guy
sees his shadow on Feb. 2, it means six more weeks of winter.
This is considered a ‘bad‘ thing across the country or in
Punxsutawney, PA where the prognosticating rodent makes his home. But
here in Northern Michigan, ‘only‘ six more weeks of winter sounds like
a sweet deal. Generally, we get socked with 10 more weeks of winter,
with the last of the snows ending in mid-April. (And many of us can
recall snowflakes even into May.)
But at Valentine‘s Day we start to break winter‘s grip hereabouts, and
even a groundhog can see there‘s a whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on this
weekend as one of the liveliest we‘ve seen since last July. It‘s a
harmonic convergence of good times.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday with our very own Advice Goddess,
Amy Alkon coming to town to speak at the National Writer‘s Series at
the City Opera House. Amy‘s dazzling wit, head-smackin‘ common sense,
and intellectual observations grounded in behavioral science have made
her one of the ‘stars‘ of our paper over the past 18 years and the
Express staff is thrilled to welcome her to Traverse City. Someone
give the lady the keys to the city, please.
Other major events going on this weekend:
• A big Northern Michigan shout-out to the hundreds of skiers making
their way here for the North American Vasa. This is the 34th running
of the event (remember when it used to cross Boardman Lake and finish
downtown?) and there‘s something for everyone this year -- from a
kid-friendly ski tour to a marathon course that would challenge an
• If your whistle needs wetting, two ambitious new festivals will
offer the region‘s finest homegrown beverages at the Grand Traverse
Resort: The TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival on Friday night and
the Winter Wine Wonderland on Valentine‘s Day. These are both winter
versions of festivals held at the Grand Traverse Commons late last
summer/early fall which were considered a huge success.
• Save Saturday afternoon for the Great Indoor Folk Festival at
Building 50 in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Northern
Express is a proud sponsor of this free event, which will offer five
and a half hours of acoustic music and more than 60 performers from
the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round.
Then too, local restaurants are offering their take on Mardi Gras and
the whole V-Day thing... In short, the entire weekend bodes to be one
big party leading up to Michael Moore‘s TC Comedy Arts Festival, Feb.
19-21. So, groundhogs take note: this is your chance to get out of
that hole and shake off some of winter‘s chill. See you out there.

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