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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Party Like It's Halloween

Northern Express - October 29th, 2012

Night spots from Mackinaw City to Manistee play host to costumed party people this weekend.

Halloween is one of the biggest party nights of the year for nightclubs in Northern Michigan as hordes of costumed revelers turn out to dance the night away.

Traditionally, the Halloween fun takes place the weekend before the actual date, but there are exceptions.  Papa Lou's in Petoskey, for instance, will host its annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.

Here are some other nightclub events happening 'round the region:

• Maliboo Masquerade -- the 6th annual costume party takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 at Odawa Casino in Peotskey with some high-stakes prizes.  $500 will be awarded for the Best Individual Costume, with $500 for Best Group Costume.

• The Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino hold their Halloween parties on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, respectively.  Each casino is offering over $2,500 in cash giveaways in contest prizes, plus a chance to win a trip to Greenbrier Resort.

• Hooters in TC is hosting a Halloween Bikini Contest on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  The party starts at 7 p.m. and members of the audience are eligible to serve as judges.

• The Galactic Sherpas rock CIty Park Grill in Petoskey for their annual Halloween Bash.  Dance to funk and rock sounds and enjoy the costume contest.

• Haunted Hayrides are offered at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay on Oct. 26-27 from 7-9:30 p.m., with cider, mulled wine and other refreshments.

• Need more?  Click here for the full Northern Express Hot Dates listings.

Express Top Film Pick:

"Seven Psychopaths" 

  Colin Farrell stars as a blocked Hollywood screenwriter who finds inspiration from a loony group of psychopaths, some in his life and some in his imagination. Christopher Walken excels as a professional dog-napper, Sam Rockwell is his partner and Woody Harrelson is a relentless gangster who comes looking for Bonny, his beloved Shih Tzu, which they hold as hostage. Inspired goofiness written and directed by Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges"). Rating: Three and a half stars.

  -- By Roger Ebert (Comedy, R, 109 minutes

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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