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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Spring Fashion 4/11/11

Kristy Kurjan - April 11th, 2011
Spring Fashion: Time To Smile
By Kristy Kurjan
This spring is all about wearing clothes that make you feel good. It’s
bold colors, fun accessories and the simple joy of less coverage. When the
tulips start to bloom, it is time to put away those winter coats and fur
boots. Then break out the short skirts and flip-flops. Smile, knowing you
made it through another winter and that spring has arrived! Here is a
roundup of the best fashion pick-me-ups this season:

Honeysuckle pink
Most females have a weakness for all things pink: flowers, flamingos and
sun kissed lip-glosses. Announce the end of winter with this season’s
standout shade, honeysuckle pink. It is the color of sweet watermelon and
luscious strawberries. It makes you crave sweets, like a cherry flavored
popsicle or a mouthwatering gum drop. That magnificent bright pink color
that reminds us, don’t despair, warmer weather is on it’s way.
Making this honeysuckle hue a part of your spring wardrobe is easy. Pick
up a cotton tank top or light weight cardigan for quick temperature
changes. Throw on a pair of rubber soled flip-flops while you are running
out the door on a Saturday afternoon. Just a splash does the trick.
Find the color in smaller doses with accent accessories, like a cotton
scarf or basic headband. Throw a honeysuckle flower in your hair for the
ultimate spring homage. Looking to splurge on just one item? Find a
raspberry-toned handbag, then rock it all season long and into summer.
The honeysuckle trend is also making it’s way into beauty routines this
spring. Find hints of the shade in your make-up bag with bright blushes
and cheek tints. Look towards brighter shades of lip glosses to make a
candy-colored statement. For a longer lasting option, get a pink mani and
pedi for smiles that last at least a week.
Rejoice for rainy days
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” This spring, let
the rainy days put a smile on your face with stylish rain apparel. A pair
of cute rubber boots, a waist-synching trench, or a bright umbrella might
be the solution.
The next time rain is in the forecast, smile knowing you will finally have
a chance to wear those tall rain boots that are practical as well as
stylish.
Never before has the umbrella been such a fashionable item. With a new
umbrella in hand you will treasure the moment droplets fall from the sky.
You will rejoice in the fact that it not only looks good but actually
keeps you dry!

Preppy boat shoes
This spring smile in boat shoes. Boat shoes are preppy and practical,
making them one of our top trends of the season. Look chic on the
weekends, like you just stepped off a 100-foot yacht and are ready for a
glass of lemonade. Incorporate the shoes with a cotton dress or preppy
collared shirt. This youthful look is comfortable and flattering, making
it one of the hottest looks this spring.

Get moving in style
More than anything else, outdoor athletic activities make us smile. Give
yourself an added incentive with an upgraded workout outfit that makes you
look and feel great!
Motivation comes naturally when you have new athletic wear to throw on.
Whether you are a biker, walker, tennis player, jogger, hiker or a flag
football queen -- a new workout outfit might be just what is needed to
kick-start the swimsuit season. A pair of flattering shorts or a bright
workout top can provide the confidence to catapult you to the next level.
Investing in a new pair of workout shoes might be your smartest purchase
of the season. Athletic shoe technology has come a long way since the days
of “one-shape-fits-all.” The correct shoe can make the difference between
a first place finish and a season-ending injury.
Make sure you are purchasing performance shoes that actually fit your
feet. If your feet have blisters after every jog, then your shoes most
likely don’t fit properly. There is specific footwear for sprinters vs.
long-distance runners, or high arch vs. low arch feet. Visit a speciality
store for informed advice on athletic shoe selection. A few dollars
invested in the correct footwear upfront is worth saving hundreds in
physical therapy bills later.

Be bold
This spring, be bold! Bright colors and prints are a modern way to update
a wardrobe. Mix it up with graphic patterns that show off your personal
style. Incorporate these rich colors and prints in a cotton sundress or
with a pair of shorts. Let’s face it, wearing bold colors makes us happy!
Renew your energy with a bold spring bag; this season there are options in
all shapes and sizes. A few favorites: bow-adorned bags, cute clutches,
and big statement bags that are perfect for beach excursions. Tie in
this spring’s “it” color with a honeysuckle pink purse -- make it your
everyday essential to spring wear because a stand out bag tells everyone
“spring is here!”
Make a basic fashion (like a white t-shirt) friendly by adding a bold
piece of jewelry. The cuff bracelet is one of the hottest accessories this
spring. A statement cuff brings a big impact in a small way. Oversized
“statement jewelry” not your thing? Then think simple charms -- a necklace
with a meaningful charm will do the trick.

Confidence
The best accessory this season is summed up in one word: Confidence. The
confidence to walk down the street in high-waisted pants and a 5-inch
wedge. The know-how to pair a vintage denim with a shamble blouse, yet
look nothing like a cowboy. Perhaps the most desirable of all, the
confidence to wear a bikini in June.
You are the deciding factor between what works and what simply will not
do. If there is one must-have item this spring, it is confidence. Because,
with a little style and smiles, you can’t help but spread fashion fever!



 
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