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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Best of Mackinac & Cheboygan

- March 26th, 2012  

CHEBOYGAN AND MACKINAC serve as the corridor to the north. Surrounded by water, woods and chocked full of history, it’s the last stop before folks say ‘Ya’ to da U.P. But this region is more than a pit stop for visitors, it’s home to eclectic shops, cool hangouts, good food and plenty of spirits.
Here’s what our readers voted to be the best in these destination towns.

HANGING OUT

All-round hangout: Inn Between
20-something hangout: Dixie Saloon
Live music: Black Mountain
Happy hour: Key Hole Bar
Brew pub: Cheboygan Brewery
Place to meet singles: Dixie Saloon
Place for a first date: Black Mountain

SHOPPING

Independent apparel: Black, White & More
Men’s store: Mackinaw Outfitters
Place for chocolate: Drost’s Chocolates
New store: Grow Fast Gardens
Jewelry store: Reusch Jewelry
Eclectic Gifts store: Blooming Ideas

DINING OUT

Restaurant staff: Audies
Wine tasting destination: Carnegie House
Lunch: Pauly Joe’s
Bar food: Dirty Duck
Breakfast: Alices
Family restaurant: Village Inn
Gourmet restaurant: Pier 33
New restaurant: Pier 33
Appetizers/small plates:
Salads: Mulligan’s
Pizza: Mama Mia’s
Outdoor deck scene: Inn Between
Coffee Hangout: Your Spirit
Burger: Black Mountain
Seafood: Rusty Anchor
Steak: Carriage House
Desserts: Audies
Pasta: Vivio’s

 
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