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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Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Rick Coates - August 30th, 2010
Labor Day Weekend Getaways
By Rick Coates
It‘s the last official weekend of summer (even though summer is still around officially for a couple more weeks) and from BBQ’s to boating there is plenty to do in Northern Michigan. Here are a few
suggestions that might not be on your radar for a Labor Day Weekend getaway:

Mackinac Island Jazz Weekend:

The highlight of the weekend in the Straits of Mackinac is the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, so consider packaging that in with a weekend stay on Mackinac Island. The annual Grand Hotel Labor Day Jazz Weekend has brought major acts to the Island in the past and this year is no exception.
The three-day fest includes The Manhattan Transfer, The Four Freshmen, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Sun Messengers, Marion Hayden and Rev. Robert B. Jones.
The Grand Hotel has put together an all inclusive package that includes three nights accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, three evening receptions, all the entertainment, and a cookout luncheon both Saturday and Sunday in the Tea Garden.
For details on the Jazz Weekend and other happenings on Mackinac Island go to www.mackinacisland.org.

Pure Michigan Days At Crystal Mountain:

Crystal Mountain has packaged together a weekend of fun that includes a two-for-one package. Stay two nights and get the third night for free over the Labor Day Weekend. They‘ve also loaded
the weekend with all sorts of family friendly activities.
The weekend will include a Farmers’ Market on Friday night with local produce, crafts and value-added agricultural products. On Saturday, Crystal Mountain hosts Taste of Michigan, featuring Michigan craft beers and wines along with local foods and signature products from throughout the state - along with music from The Bihlman Brothers.
During the evening they will host an Outdoor Float-in Family Movie where you may sit in a tube and float in the pool and watch a movie on their big screen. Other weekend activities include a family golf outing, and day trips to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.
Additional details at crystalmountain.com

Upper Peninsula Getaway:

Heading to the U.P. for a getaway is a perfect way to wind down the summer. Consider the community of Curtis where they have lots of lakes and they are close to such attractions as the
Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Curtis is hosting their annual Art on the Lake Music and Art Festival Saturday featuring an art fair, live music, food, kids‘ art projects and a parade. They also have their own Curtis Bridge Walk on Monday morning.
Curtis has a lot of “mom & pop” motels and cabins. Consider staying at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn. This 100-year-old lakeside country inn has plenty of charm and sits on a bluff
overlooking Big Manistique Lake. They always have great music on the weekends and the food is fantastic.
To learn more about Chamberlin‘s, the events in Curtis and places to stay go to their chamber website www.curtischamber.com

The Windy City Weekend:

Okay, suggesting people leave Northern Michigan for the weekend might not seem like the best idea, but there is a lot going on in Chicago over Labor Day. Chicago sends a lot of people our way so returning the favor only seems like the right thing to do.
Chicago has five festivals and six ball games going on Labor Day Weekend, among other attractions.
The 32nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival takes place starting Thursday and continues through Sunday and will feature Ramsey Lewis, among others; for info, visit www.chicagojazzfestival.us.
The Taste of Polonia is September 3-6 and is one of the most popular ethnic fests in Chicago, drawing crowds of 30,000 plus during its four-day span. The Taste celebrates Polish heritage,
customs and traditions through music, dance, cuisine and folk art. Sample delicious Polish cuisine while enjoying performances by ethnic dancers and musical groups on five stages, playing games
of skill and chance and viewing original arts and crafts. Admission ranges from $3-6 and children under 12 are free. For info, visit www.tasteofpolonia.copernicusfdn.org.
The Chicago Cubs are home all weekend and Chicago even has 29 beaches along Lake Michigan. Plus there is plenty of great nightclubs, museums, restaurants and more. For additional
information on a Chicago Labor Day Weekend visit www.ExploreChicago.org or call 877-244-2246.

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