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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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Bye, Bye winter blues

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Bye Bye, Winter Blues Petoskey’s Got the Cure
By Kristi Kates
“It all started because our marketing consultant told us we were doing
well in the summer, but that we needed to get more people here in the
winter,” explains Petoskey Downtown Director Becky Goodman, “there had
been nothing in the past here in the winter, or for the locals.”
There’s definitely “something here” now, given the great reception that
the annual Petoskey Winter Blues Festival has been getting. Set to kick
off on February 21, this year’s fest has plenty of new events right
alongside the old favorites, making a great mix of activities to beat the
winter blues, the main aim of the festival.

BEATING THE BLUES
“Our committee looked at different winter festival concepts, and we
selected this one despite the fact that we don’t actually have a dedicated
venue for blues music,” Goodman laughs. “It seemed like you could pull a
lot of double entendre with the name - blues music, blue plate specials,
blue light specials - and if you do get the ‘winter blues,’ this event
will help chase them away.”
At the very least, this event will definitely keep you so busy you won’t
be thinking about your winter blues. A full week - and a full schedule -
covers everything from snowman building to trunk fashion shows, story
hours to guessing games, indoor “sidewalk sales” to special restaurant
menu offerings, and a whole lot more, including some “test runs” of new
events.

HOT DISHES TO CHOCOHOLICS
Several favorite events will be returning again this year, among them the
Hot Dish Cookoff that’s unique to the Upper Midwest and that’s now
offering both amateur cook and pro chef divisions; restaurants will
participate in the professional category, and amateur cooks are invited to
submit a great family “hot dish,” or casserole recipe.
“The public samples all of the hot dishes, and votes on which one they
like best,” Goodman says, “it’s a good way to just showcase your skills if
you’re a good cook, or to promote your restaurant. People went home last
year without eating dinner, there were so many dishes to sample.”
Other foodstuffs will be offered throughout the week, too, including
tasting events at American Spoon Foods, and lunch and dinner “Cajun Style”
menu specials at Whitecaps Grille to chase away the chill. Goodman says
that one of the events she’s looking forward to the most involves
chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
“It’s called ‘Chocoholic Frolic,” she says, “it’s kind of like our Gallery
Walk - you pick up a card, and go to the stores offering samples of
chocolate. There are so many more stores in town than you would expect who
offer chocolate! You turn your card in at the end of the day (Thursday,
February 24), and you can win a huge chocolate lover’s basket.”

INDOORS AND OUT
Other events have nothing to do with food - other than the fact that
you’ll probably want to fuel up with some great beverages or meals before
you embark upon them.
Some of the events will take extra brain power, like Jigsaws and Java (a
jigsaw puzzle contest) at Grand Traverse Pie Company, or the Scrabble
Tournament at Horizon Books.
Others will suit more of the outdoorsy types, such as the Snow Croquet
Tournament, the Chase The Blues 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Blues
Snowman-Building Contest, and the Petoskey Ghost Walk.
And don’t worry, shoppers - there’s plenty of that to be found, as well,
with special Winter Blues Festival deals being made available at a
plethora of locales from Meyer ACE Hardware to Northern Sole to Linda
Michaels Jewelers - and local fashionistas will enjoy trunk fashion shows
at Toad Hall and Grandpa Shorter’s.

LISTEN TO THE BLUES
And if all you want to do is lose yourself in the actual blues - or some
other genres of music - the festival can oblige that, as well.
“Another of our new events is the ‘Petoskey’s Got Talent’ show, which is
being sponsored by TV 7 and 4,” Goodman says, “it’s modeled on the
‘America’s Got Talent’ show, and we already have a lot of talented people
signed up.”
McLean and Eakin Booksellers will host some acoustic music, the Crooked
Tree Arts Center’s Powers Wind Quartet event will coincide with the
festival, and several other shops and restaurants will be featuring live
performers.
And the entire Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will focus in on “real”
blues music on Saturday night from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry
Hotel’s Rose Room, with Kalamazoo Avenue’s Rock Rhythm and Blues Review
Band, a Blues Brothers tribute band that is sure to fit right in with the
fest’s theme.
Plenty of other sales, treats, surprises, and events will be held
throughout the week, too, as the festival organizers work to get the best
mix of happenings to make the event the best it can be.
“We keep switching the events out to keep it fresh,” Goodman says, “so we
can see what really works.”

The 2011 Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will take place February 21-27 in
downtown Petoskey. A full schedule of events and more info may be found at
www.petoskeydowntown.com.

 
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