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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The Bihlman Brothers Get Real

Rick Coates - November 26th, 2012

Hometown heroes Jabo and Scot Little Bihlman return to return to Northern Michigan this week to join their older brother Charlie to shoot the pilot for their new reality TV show, "Blood Brothers."
  The Northern Michigan blues rockers moved their operation out west a few years ago, where Jabo is part of the Las Vegas scene, while brother Scot is involved in the L.A. and Hollywood happenings. The two return to Northern Michigan each summer for a couple of shows for the hometown fans. It was during one of those shows that that the reality TV show idea was hatched.
   The public is invited to be part of the filming fun.  “On Friday November 30 from 7 to 9 pm we are going to be Lucky Jacks in Traverse CIty for bumper cars, bowling and a bunch of other fun stuff happening and this is where we are asking all of our fans to come out and be a part of this,” said Jabo. “You could end up on national TV.
   The Bihlmans are also performing a concert this Saturday at Union Street Station, with all welcome.

Check out the full story in this week's Northern Express Weekly.

Other Must-Do events this week:
Tuesday 11/27
-- Ring in the Season: Classical string orchestra performance by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's Civic String Ensembles at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Reception to follow. Includes a repeat performance at the Grand Traverse Mall food court on Nov. 30, 5:30pm. Both events are free.
--10 Myths of the Vietnam War: Exhibit at The History Center of Traverse City, 7pm. Free to all veterans. Museum admission, $5.
Thursday 11/29
-- Everest High Passes: Join Sara Cockrell at Backcountry North, TC, 7-8:30pm, for a slideshow presentation on her hiking journey in Nepal. Suggested $10 donation benefits mountain porters of the region. Includes a silent auction. Call 941-1100 to reserve your spot.
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at the Garden Theater, Frankfort, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 231-352-7561.
-- National Writers Series: Michael Connelly, author of "The Black Box," along with special guest host Bryan Gruley, author of the "Starvation Lake Mystery Series, will speak at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Holiday Open House: Melissa and Company Salon, 2523 Charlevoix Ave. All day, featuring food, drinks and drawings.

Friday 11/30
--Suttons Bay Holiday Festival: Holiday stroll featuring carols, refreshments and drawings by local merchants in downtown Suttons Bay, 5-8pm
-- Simon & Garfunkel Tribute with a nine-piece band performing top hits by the '60s duo: InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $18, door.
-- Holiday Parade: Caroler wagons, decorated vehicles, city trucks and more head through Mackinaw City, 5pm. Crafts, cookies and cocoa to follow at Mackinw Crossings.
-- Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Includes music by the Up North Big Band.
-- Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: Live music, carols in downtown TC, 5pm. Santa arrives, with the tree lighting at 6pm. Horse and carriage rides available, 6:30-9pm.
Saturday 12/1
-- Good on Paper Improv: Comedy troupe performs at Schmuckal Theater of the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. Tickets, $5.
 -- Merry Marketplace: Christmas arts & crafts show at the Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-4pm. Includes cookies and coffee.
-- Winter Fest Weekend: Hayrides, wreath decorating, Santa visit, cookies, cocoa, ornament making, wine tasting and more at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm.
-- Farmland 5K: European style cross-country foot race at Rasho Farms, TC, at noon. Post-race party includes free chili, corn chowder, hot chocolate and bread, along with entertainment.  

Sunday 12/2
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 4pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
-- A Leahy Family Christmas: Original Irish and Scottish roots music at the Traverse City Opera House, TC, at 7pm. 

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