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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Rothbury returns as Electric Forest Festival

- May 2nd, 2011
Summer Surprises
Barring some last-minute upheaval, the Electric Forest Festival is charged
up and ready to go as the replacement for the former Rothbury Music
Located in the small town of Rothbury in western Michigan between Muskegon
and Ludington, the Rothbury Music Festival made national news and had a
two-year run before tanking and sitting out last year.
Now comes the Electric Forest Festival at the Double JJ Resort, with
attractions including a 60,000-square-foot Gold Rush Water Park and The
Sherwood Forest where concert-goers can hang their hammocks and enjoy art
installations amid the trees.
Set for June 30- July 3, the Electric Forest Festival will feature The
String Cheese Incident as headliners with other acts including REO
Speedwagon, Tiesto, bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Stephen Marley, Railroad
Earth, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and at least 20 other bands.
Weekend tickets are $239 plus fees, with camping available. See
http://electricforestfestival.com for info.

Dunegrass on the Move
The Dunegrass Music Festival takes a hike to a new location this Aug. 5-7
after years of bouncing around three locations in and around Empire. The
new setting for the 18th annual festival will reportedly be on a 100-acre
site in Almira Township near the Lake Ann Airport.
This year’s lineup includes Donna The Buffalo, My Dear Disco (now Ella
R!ot), The Macpodz, Ragbirds, Seth & May, Grasshoppah, Rootstand, The
Journeyman, Delilah Dewylde & the Lost Boys, Luke Winslow-King, Detour
Bluegrass, Jaik Willis, K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys, Graham Parsons &
the Go Rounds, Ralston Bowles, Song of the Lakes, Stella Jo Serrapere &
the Willie Dunns, Small Houses, Chris Bathgate, Susan Fawcett, Kung Fu
Rodeo, Nervous but Excited, Hawks & Owls, Abigale Stauffer, Nathan Kalish
& The Wildfire, North Shore, Lake2, Lucky Brown and The Deep End.
Check out ticket info and more at http://dungrassmusicfestival.org

Blissfest Announces Lineup
Folk legends Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush will headline the 31st outing
of The Blissfest July 8-10 near Cross Village.
Expect a worldbeat-and-roots-heavy show this year with other acts to
include Mountain Heart, Delhi2Dublin, The Good Lovelies, The Grand
Slamvovians, Oka, Frank Vignola Quartet, Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo,
The Defibulators, Taj Weekes and Adowa, Harry Manx, Gumbohead, Funky Butt
Brass Band, SHEL, Joel Mabus, Starelight Six, Beg Leg Emma, Kim Churchill,
MacPodz, Hymn For Her, Creolization, The Boot Hill Crooners, Younce Guitar
Duo, The Tray Birds, The Vermeers, Patchwork Pear and more.
Weekend tickets at $65 for members, $85 non-members are presently
available. Info: www.blissfest.org

Down the Road with City Opera House
The City Opera House in TC has announced its fall, 2011 and winter-spring
2012 lineup for those who prefer to purchase tickets far down the pike.
Starting Sept. 23 and running through April 29, 2012, acts will include
Wynton Marsalis, Steve Lippia & His Big Band: Simply Sinatra, The
Improvised Shakespeare Company, Eroica Trio, Christina and Michelle
Naughton, Skippyjon Jones, Eisenhower Dance: Motown In Motion, Nellie
McKay, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Natalie MacMaster.

Ticket info and more is available at www.cityoperahouse.org.

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