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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 Petoskey/Emmet

- March 26th, 2012  
Locatedat the tip of the ring finger(think Michigan hand map), Emmet County is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park--one of six in the world--along with Petoskey’s scenic waterfront and the rolling hills of Boyne Highlands skiresort are just a handful of amenities enjoyedby both locals and visitors alike. Express readers told us what’s so special about this tip-of-the-mitt region.
HANGING OUT

All-round hangout: City Park Grill
20-something hangout: City Park Grill; Papa
Lou’s Pizza, Pub & Grill; Roast & Toast TIE
Live music: City Park Grill
Dance seen: Ozone
Happy hour: City Park Grill; Noggin Room TIE
Place to meet singles: Ozone
Place for fi rst date: Chandlers; Palette Bistro TIE

SHOPPING

Hair Salon: Talulus Beauty Lounge
Spa services: Spa @ The Inn at Bay Harbor
Natural products shop: Grain Train; Healthy Alternatives TIE
Window displays: Threads
Place to pamper your pet: Paws & Claws; Wags & Purrs TIE
Art gallery: Crooked Tree Arts Center;  Staffords Art Gallery TIE
Stylish resale shop: Big Girls In Tights
Athletic gear shop: Bearcub Outfi tters
Store staff: McLean & Eakin; Big Girls In Tights TIE

Independent apparel: Bearcub; Threads TIE
Men’s store: Clothes Post
Place for chocolate: Kilwins
New store: Big Girls In Tights
Shop for romance: Xpectations
Jewelry store: Arlington Jewelers
Eclectic Gifts store: Grandpa Shorters

DINING

Restaurant staff: Noggin Room; Palette Bistro TIE
Healthiest restaurant: Grain Train
Wine tasting destination: Chandlers
Lunch: Julienne Tomatoes
Bread/bakery store: Johans Bakery; Crooked Tree Breadworks TIE
Bar food: Mitchell Street Pub
Breakfast: Twisted Olive
Family restaurant: Filmores
Gourmet restaurant: Chandlers
Pasta: Villa Ristorante Italiano
Mexican: Jose’s
Appetizers/small plates: Palette Bistro
Fast Food: Jimmy Johns
Salads: Roast & Toast
Pizza: Galley Gourmet; Papa Lou’s Pizza, Pub & Grill Tie
Coffee Hangout: Roast & Toast
Burger: The Side Door Saloon
Seafood: Chandlers
Steak: Douglas Lake Inn; Chandlers TIE
Desserts: Julienne Tomatoes; The Pier TIE
Outdoor deck scene: Palette Bistro; Papa
Lous Pub & Grill; Legs Inn TIE
New restaurant: Palette Bistro; Twisted Olive TIE

 
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