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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Choice Bits

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene

Northern Express - September 25th, 2012
CITY PARK GRILL: Moderate prices are married to the imaginative  cuisine of the ‘90s, with Petoskey’s best nightlife scene to boot.  Fresh pasta, steaks and seafood. 432 E. Lake, Petoskey, 231-347-0101.  

HARRINGTON’S BY THE BAY:  A wonderful Bay view awaits the diner here.  Open for lunch and dinner serving traditional American fare . 13890  South West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, 231-421-9393

THE ROWE INN: Gourmet restaurant renowned for its Michigan regional  and French-inspired cuisine.  The Rowe is also famous for the depth  and variety of its wine list.  Look for an imaginative blend of wine  tasting dinners and folk nights in the “off” season.16303 East Jordan  Rd. Ellsworth, 231-588-7351. Dinner.

DINGHY’S:  The place for B-B-Q ribs, full rack or half, slow smoked  and smothered with a special sauce. They also feature a Friday night  whitefish special and are known for their homemade twice-baked potato  soup and tenderloin Caesar salad. With a full bar and open year  around, dinners run $5-15. Downtown at 417 Main St., Frankfort.  231-352-4702.

SIREN HALL: This lovely addition to Elk Rapids dining is the  
inspiration  from the people who brought you Lulu’s Bistro in  
Bellaire. An interesting and varied menu awaits the diner. Quite a  
wonderful experience. Downtown Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062.

HERMANN’S EUROPEAN CAFE: Dine in this comfortable old world  atmosphere.  Chef Hermann offers many international favorites, as well  as a variety of appetisers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas  
and steaks. All beautifully prepared and served by the friendly  waitstaff.  Don’t leave without having one of their special desserts!  214 N. Mitchell St. Cadillac, 231-775-9563.

STAFFORD’S WEATHERVANE RESTAURANT:  Set in a fabulous, rambling  building perched on the channel between Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan,  the Weathervane and its extensive menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib,  pastas and salads offers one of Michigan’s most unique people-watching  opportunities as various boats and their crews pass by its windows.   Full bar service, wine list and great desserts.  106 Pine River Lane;  
Charlevoix,  231-5474311.

RIVER STREET STATION BAR & GRILL: Courtesy boat docks, indoor or  outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Famous for their  Rueben’s, fish fry and prime rib.  350 River St. Manistee ,  231-723-8411.

SUGAR BOWL RESTAURANT: Family-friendly and varied, the Sugar Bowl is a  great place for a late brunch or a family dinner - their full menu  includes Greek specialties. 216 West Main Gaylord , 989-732-5524.

ART’S TAVERN:  Everything a small resort town beach bar should be,  offering burgers, whitefish, Mexican, steaks and sandwiches along with  an imaginative selection of microbrews. 6487 Western Ave.Glen Arbor,  231-334-3754.

 
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