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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Men's Night

- December 10th, 2012

Men's Night

Last week's Women's Night in downtown Traverse City was so packed with hundreds of shoppers that it will be interesting to see if Men's Night this Thursday can match the turnout.
  It used to be that Men's Night was "the" big event in downtown TC with guys turning out in droves to shop while enjoying adult beverages, treats and special deals on gifts. Shop owners in turn, dress  for the occasion and offer perks such as free gift wrapping.
  Get in the swing this Thursday from 5-10 p.m. downtown. Although the event is geared for men, it's not unusual to find many women shoppers downtown too, enjoying the party atmosphere.

Other "must" events this week include:

Monday 12/10
--The Weathered Beard: Live storytelling along with performances by NYC musicians at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7-9pm.
Wednesday 12/12
--Claudia Schmidt in Concert: Folk, jazz and blues performance from her newest album at Charlevoix Public Library, 7pm.
-- Axiom Brass: Chamber music performance by award-winning quintet at Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, 7:30pm. Pre-concert dinner, $30.

Thursday 12/13
-- Handel's Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Petoskey, 7pm. Seats are $15.
-- "The People and the Olive": Documentary screening and performance by Joshua Davis at the Garden Theater, Frankfort. Tickets, $10. Includes a Q&A with filmmaker Aaron Dennis. stonehutstudios.com for more info.
-- A Christmas Carol in Prose: Presented by Michigan's professional theatre company, Parallel 45, at the Elk Rapids Historic Township Hall; and at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, on Friday & Saturday. All shows are at 7pm. Admission, $15. parallel45.org.
Friday 12/14
-- Brenda Lee's Christmas Show: Kewadin, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm. Kewadin.com for ticket info.
-- Seth & May Holiday Concert & Community Sing: Higher Grounds Trading Co., located at the Grand Traverse Commons, 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
Saturday 12/15
-- Comedy Improv: Good on Paper performs at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. $5 admission.
-- "The Nutcracker": Presented by the Crooked Tree Art Center's School of Ballet at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, 3pm.
-- Santa at the Castle: Games, crafts, snacks, Polar Express train display and photo opportunity with Santa at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 1-3pm.
-- Mayan Astronomy: What Did They Know?: Cultural presentation and star-gazing at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 8-10pm. Free admission.
-- Author Mary Clifton: Presents her nutritional cookbook, "Waist Away" with editor Anne Stanton at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.
Sunday 12/16
-- Fight Like A Jedi: Selling of LucasFilm-sponsored sketchbooks, art, t-shirts and prints at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 1-5pm. Includes a silent auction and door prizes in support of Matthew Litchfield, an 8-year-old fighting brain cancer.

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