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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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.

DECEMBER
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.


JANUARY
1 – Teddy Knape Film Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, featuring films by skiing and snowboarding pros.
Crystalmountain.com.
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.
800-GO-BOYNE.
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.

FEBRUARY
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.
231-223-7615.
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
info.

MARCH
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.
TimberRidgeResort.net.
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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