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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How to Rock Your Spring Break

Kristi Kates - March 17th, 2014  

If it’s March in Michigan, most of us are ready to rock right on out of here. For those ready to rock and roll, the Express has the scoop on some great music festivals, perfectly timed for this year’s spring break.

Ultra Music • Miami, FL • March 28-30 

Taking over Miami’s Bayford Park for three hot days, Ultra is back to welcome dancers and ravers to this electronica and DJ-focused free-for all. While locals aren’t fans of the gridlock or the persistent heavy bass that rolls across the region for the duration, dance floor aficionados swarm like neon-garbed flies to this one, which equally attracts some of the biggest dance names – and most extreme lighting setups – on the dance-fest circuit.

Performers: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Cut Copy, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, John Digweed, Trentmoller, New World Punx, David Guetta Tickets: Start at $399 for all three days Web: ultramusicfestival.com

Big Ears • Knoxville, TN • March 28-30

Taking place across a wide, walkable range of venues in Knoxville’s historic downtown, Big Ears is a more subtle “visionary music” fest that also includes film screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. You won’t be hitting the dance floor for this one, though. Big Ears is the perfect description for this festival, because it’s listening that takes center stage, from the experimental sounds of Jonny Greenwood to the classical garage blend of Marc Ribot. 

Performers: The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, Television, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal Tickets: Single day passes start at $65; weekend passes start at $150 Web: bigearsfestival.com

Lollapalooza Chile • Santiago, Chile • March 29-30

While Express covers Lollapalooza’s flagship fest in Chicago each year, we’ve yet to venture to the South American edition, which is a perfect place to escape from the chilly northern lands. Similar in tone to the Chi-town version, Lolla Chile offers Rock and Recycle, a Village Green, and a plethora of bands both instantly recognizable on six sunshine-soaked stages. Wonder if the Red Hot Chili Peppers get extra cheers when they hit the stage here?

Performers: Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire, New Order, Savages, Baauer, The Wailers, RHCP Tickets: Start at around $106 Web: lollapaloozacl.com (use Google to convert to English)

Snowball • Vail, CO • April 4-6

If you’re not desperate to get out of the snow, then why not go where there’s even more snow? Vail teams up their big annual music fest with skiing so you can double your fun. Heavy on electronica, dubstep, indie folk, and jam bands, Snowball makes it easy to pop off your skis and clomp on over to where the music defrosts four stages until 11pm, and staying on site near the fest is a breeze with their lodging packages.

Performers: Warpaint, Knife Party, Brother Ali, Yeasayer, Busta Rhymes, Chrome Sparks, Pretty Lights, Afroman, Griz, Guillaume Tickets: Single days start at $60; three-day $149; ski passes start at $99 Web: snowballmusicfestival.com

Rock n’ Roll Resort • Kerhonkson, NY • April 4-6

This escape can be a chilly one, too, depending on the weather, but you’ll be too busy soaking up all of the retro music at this Hudson Valley locale. If you’re into jam bands, ’70s funk, and noodle-dancing, this is definitely your scene. Since it’s a much smaller fest, you can even opt for your own room right on the resort grounds so you can change your tie-dyed tees as often as you’d like between shows.

Performers: Everyone Orchestra, Dumpstaphunk, Conehead Buddha, Bryac Funk Allstars, Leroy Justice, Business Casual Disco Tickets: Single days start at $68; room packages start at around $360 Web: rocknrollresort.com

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