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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Community Festivals Light Up the Season

- December 3rd, 2012

Community Festivals Light Up the Season
'Tis the season for partying in your hometown, with open houses and shopping specials
across the region.
   Christmas in the Village (pictured) unwraps the pleasures of Building 50 and the Grand Traverse Commons on the west side of Traverse City. Other major events include:
  • Ladies Night in downtown TC on Thursday with refreshments, entertainment and 
    shopping specials.
  • Harbor Springs Open House on Saturday, including sleigh rides.
  • Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House with caroling, entertainment and a tree  

Following are some additional must-do's this week.  For the full list, check the Hot Dates calendar at www.northernexpress.com
Tuesday 12/4
-- A Celtic Christmas: All-female band, Cherish The Ladies, perform Irish-American holiday songs at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $9 for students.
-- Christmas Traditions: Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park discusses
the celestial phenomena at the root of worldwide Christmas traditions at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 

Thursday 12/6
-- East Jordan Holiday Community Night: Soup cook-off, 5:30pm; light parade, 6pm; Christmas caroling, 6:15pm; Santa visit, 6:30pm; s'mores, crafts, tree sale and more.
-- "The Good Doctor": Neil Simon's comedy at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7:30pm;
Sunday, 3pm. 947-2210 for tickets.

Friday 12/7
-- Annual Mt. Holiday Comedy Fundraiser: Open mic and amateur comedy competition at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6-10pm.  
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
"The Good Doctor": (See Thurs.)

Saturday 12/8
-- Jingle Bell Jam Concert: fundraiser for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County. Happening at the Manistee Eagles, 7pm, with live music by Redline, Triple Shot,
Wild Card, Junk Monkey and Rock Supply. Food, snacks and cash bar provided for ages
21 & older.
-- Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Time Christmas: Happening throughout Manistee.
Jingle Mingle party starts at 4:30pm, at the Ramsdell Inn; parade starts at 5:30pm.
-- Bikes for Tikes Program: Country music concert featuring Brian Glenn Nolf with the Lonesome Fugitive Band, Ruby Johns and Nashville recording artist Shelagh Brown at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Cost, $10 with 100% of proceeds to benefit the Bikes for Tikes program. Hosted by Sunny Country 101.9.
-- Holiday Concert: Presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at Lars Hockstad Auditorium,
TC, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm.

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