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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Good sports turn to Jay’s

- March 26th, 2012  


in Gaylord

Despite a mild winter and early spring that throttled down the snowmobile and ice fishing business, Jay’s Sporting Goods of Gaylord is off to a rousing start in 2012.

“Business has been surprisingly good,” says Chad Stearns, Jay’s vice president of operations who has been with the company for 22 years. “Even with the weather, it’s been a great start to the year for us.”

Founded in 1971 in Clare, Jay’s built the 40,000-squarefoot Gaylord store in 2000 and has a staff of about 75 employees. The Clare store is larger, with about 125 workers serving customers in the 125,000 square-foot facility.

Across Northern Michigan, Jay’s is a mecca for anyone interested in the outdoors. Whether you need gear for camping, fishing, hunting, archery, athletics, clothing or firearms you’ll find it at Jay’s. And the selection is impressive.

For example, their gun department features some 3,700 different firearms, according to Front End Manager Katie Ferrigan. “We have everything from muzzle loaders, to handguns, to shotguns to deer rifles in stock,” she says.

And they carry a wide variety of familiar brand names, not knockoffs or private label items. Look along their shelves and racks and you’ll see familiar outdoor names like Carhartt, Woolrich, Bear Archery, Browning, Buck Knives, Coleman, Leatherman Tool, Minnkota, Remington, Shimano Under Armour and Winchester.

So what makes Jay’s more than just a shop to pick up outdoor gear?

“When you come in to Jay’s you’re not just a customer,” says Ferrigan, who has been with the company for three years. “We think of you as part of the family.”

And there will be a big “family” reunion coming up this weekend when the store hosts two of its big annual events.

March 23-25 are “Fishing Days” when Jay’s offers low prices throughout the fishing department. Almost all of the fishing gear is marked down. For example, anglers can bring in their reels and Jay’s will spool them with Maxima, Trilene XL & XT, Stren Original or Berkley Big Game (2 lbs to 20 lbs.) for 1 cent per yard on bulk fishing line. There will be door prizes and also a series of free seminars hosted by expert fishermen. It’s a great chance for anglers to get geared up for the 2012 season.

Over the same three days, Jay’s will be offering its annual Safe Expo, with sale prices on every safe in stock. Big names like Browning, Heritage and Black Diamond will be available.

“These are the best prices on safes that we offer all year,” says Stearns. “If you’re at all interested in a safe, this is the time to buy. We’d love to see all of our customers come by and take advantage of this. You know, the Gaylord community has been great to us and given us lots of support. We appreciate their business.”

Jay’s Sporting Goods is located at 150 Dale Drive in Gaylord. For more information, call (989) 705-1339.

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