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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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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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