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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Winter‘s best bets

Erin Crowell - December 6th, 2010
Winter’s Best Bets: Some can’t-miss events for the snowy season
By Erin Crowell
Author W.J. Vogel once wrote, “To shorten winter, borrow some money
due in spring.”
Sure, we like to complain about living in one of the frozen upper
crusts of the country, knees trembling as we brush the powder off our
cars and snap the thermostat to “blazing.”
But consider all the events available, both indoors and out, that will
either have you basking in all its frozen glory or so busy that it’s
gone in the flash of a winter’s sunray. Here’s a list of some notable
festivals and celebrations. Check Hot Dates weekly for other
activities near you.
Just hold off on that bank loan.

6-1/2 – Celebrating Women: Ongoing exhibit and festival at the Dennos
Museum Center, TC. Dennosmuseum.org for details.
9 – Ladies Night Downtown TC. Discounts, refreshments and
entertainment at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
11 – Merchant’s Holiday Open House in Harbor Springs features
discounts, sleigh rides and sweet treats, 6-9 p.m.
12 – Christmas Magic; parade and children’s activities in downtown Beulah.
16 – Men’s Night Downtown TC. Giveaways, specials, refreshments and
gift wrapping at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
18-1/2 – Festival of Trains at the History Center of Traverse City,
daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

1 – Teddy Knape Film Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, featuring films by skiing and snowboarding pros.
10 – Downtown Bridal Show held at the Park Place Dome, TC, with bridal
fashion show and area vendors, noon-4pm.
13-15 – Mackinaw Winterfest, snow carvings, snowmobile races, outhouse
race, chili cook-off, sleigh rides and more, downtown Mackinaw City.
15-16 – Kalkaska Winterfest, featuring sled-dog race, dog weight pull,
games, craft show and other activities.
20-23 – Bay Harbor Ice & Snow Festival highlights ice carvings, snow
sculpting, a chili cook-off, sled dog rides and more. 231-439-2004.
21-23 – Zoo-De-Ski Weekend at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs,
featuring sleigh rides, dog sledding, tubing, music and more.
22-23 – Beer & Boards Festival at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek
Resort, featuring local microbrews and live music. Shantycreek.com for
more info.
29 – 17th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome, TC,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtowntc.com.

3 – North American Snow Festival in Cadillac, featuring snowmobile
races, Polar Dip, snow sculptures, live music, beverages, chili
cook-off and more. Cadillacmichigan.com.
4-6 – Women’s Winter Tour Weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort, offers
non-competitive cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, chocolate,
culinary samples and live music. Visit crystalmountain.com.
5 – Mid-Winter’s Chocolate Therapy Festival at Shanty Creek Resorts
featuring demos, tastings and cooking competition. Shantycreek.com.
5-6 – Taste the Passion; for chocolate and wine lovers at the Wineries
of Leelanau Peninsula, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat.; noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
11-13 – Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: featuring stand-up, improv
and comedy film throughout downtown TC. Traversecityfilmfestival.org.
12 – Great Indoor Folk Festival, featuring local musicians at the
Village of the Grand Traverse Commons, sponsored by Michigan
Songwriters in the Round. All day event.
12 – WinterFest in Beulah includes chili cook-off, frozen fish toss
and outhouse races.
12 – Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand
Traverse Resort & Spa, featuring local craft beer, world music and
other activities. Porterhouseproductions.com.
12-13 – Romancing the Riesling at the Wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula, noon-5pm, featuring a food pairing and souvenir wine glass.
15-21 – Downtown Petoskey Winter Blues Festival includes a
beard-growing contest, blues concerts, torchlight parade and local
food/drink. Petoskey.com.
18-21 – Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest includes the Polar Plunge,
mountain bike race, Special Olympics of Michigan, frozen bed race,
winter softball tourney and more. Held throughout TC. 800-748-0303.
19-20 – Shiver by the River in downtown Frankfort: Snowcross, parade,
frozen bowling, food and beverages. Frankfort-elberta.com for more

5 – Mardi Gras on the Mountain at Crystal Mountain Resort, featuring
best costumes, games and more. Crystalmountain.com.
5 – 5th Annual Suds & Snow at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, from 2-6:30
p.m., Michigan microbrews, snowshoe pass, food and live music.
12 – 2nd Annual Brew-Ski Festival features over 100 craftbrews, live
music and parties throughout Boyne Highlands. Boyne.com.
12-13 – Spring Fling Weekend at Crystal Mountain: cardboard classic,
slush cup and slope-style competitions. Crystalmountain.com.
18-20 – Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain boasts skiing and boarding
contests, games and more. Boyne.com.
19 – Krazy Daze, Boyne Highlands, is an all-day party with games and
costume contests, live music, pond crossing and more. Boyne.com.
26 – Mardi Gras at Nub’s Nob, featuring the Soaker Cup, costume
contest and Crazy Couples Challenge. Live music by Petoskey Steel Drum
Band. Nubsnob.com.

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