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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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.

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


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


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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