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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You know you’re a Northern Michigander when... ?

- March 26th, 2012  

• “A good day” means you shoveled your car out of the snow in less than 15 minutes
• 20 degrees is a heat wave
• 50 degrees is shorts and tshirt weather
• 8 inches of snow doesn’t stop you from driving
• A few inches of snow is just a ‘dusting’ a foot of snow is just a dusting
• All summer you have a jacket in the car
• Always say Yes to a Eucher game
• Bears cruise through your neighborhood
• Crossing the Mackinaw Bridge into the UP really feels like the road home
• Driving in a snowstorm doesn’t phase you a bit...
• Eat Cherries 24 / 7
• Everything has: cherry, north, grand, traverse, or bay in its name
• Going from 50 to 20 degrees in one day is nothing new
• Happy when it snows
• Icy roads and snow storms don’t bother you
• Instead of a deer crossing sign you see a snowmobiles crossing sign
• It snows in late April
• M22 bumper sticker
• Make fun of the fudgies
• No snow seems depressing.
• Offi cer friendly was your DARE teacher in kindergarten
• Out of town and you use your hand to show where you’re from
• Schools are CLOSED
• Shoveling snow IS your work out everyday
• Take opening day of deer season off of work
• The potholes fi ll with snow and make the roads better
• The town/city you’re in doesn’t shut down over a few inches of snow.
• The weather report’s wrong all the time
• There is no where to meet singles besides the bar
• You go swimming in May in the bay
• Water and cows are both within a 15 minute drive.
• When a snowmobile pulls up to you at a traffic light
• When the women can drink more than the men
• When you can’t get food after 10 pm.
• When you know where Mesick, Copemish, & Bendon are
• When your ice fi shing gear is in your car all winter long
• You are Poor
• You are surrounded by water
• You attend work meetings in snow boots
• You avoid Traverse City during the Cherry Festival
• You build an indestructable enclosure around your mailbox so the plow doesn’t smash it
• You buy Halloween Costumes Big enough to fi t over a snow suite

• You buy milk at the gas station and a quart of oil at the grocery store because it’s cheaper.
• You call people from downstate “fudgies”
• You can be on the water, in the woods, or downtown at a great restaurant within 15 minutes of wherever you are!
• You can breath fresh air!
• You can wear Uggs to the best restaurant in town
• You can’t fi nd a job
• You can’t read the road signs because they’re covered in snow
• You come across really nice people.
• You cringe when you have to go South on I-75
• You don’t call the Bay, the Lake
• You don’t fi nd it strange to have a festival for mushrooms.
• You don’t hear the TV news anchors’ accent
• You don’t see the sunshine for 5 days
• You don’t want to answer your phone
• You dress down and still look good!
• You drive 30 miles to go anywhere!
• You drive a Subaru
• You drive into town for lunch in a blinding snowstorm
• You drive to the UP to go camping.
• You eat cherries in everything...burgers, salsa, etc
• You fi ll this survey out
• You fi nd Petoskey stones without any effort
• You get a sunburn while downhill skiing
• You get frustrated by “fudgies”
• You golf in January
• You hate big city madness.
• You have a salon & spa, yoga studio & gun shop in the same building
• You have gone broke and stayed here
• You have hit a dear...
• You have snow shoes
• You know a miniature train is more important than a slip and slide spray area.

• You know everyone at Timber Ridge
• You know the true meaning behind the M22 sticker
• You know Wisconsin doesn’t look like a mitten
• You love to be outside all year long
• You prefer to swim in Grand Traverse Bay than any Ocean

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