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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Inaugural Jazz Fest

Lures Trumpet Great

Ross Boissoneau - May 12th, 2014  

Northwestern Michigan College’s first-ever jazz festival is reeling them in from all over, including world-renowned trumpeter and Interlochen alum Walter White.

The two-day festival, which coincides with the annual NMC BBQ, features area high school jazz bands, the college’s big band and vocal jazz ensemble, plus NMC faculty and guests.

White, who is the former lead trumpet player for the legendary Maynard Ferguson, will be bringing his little big band, Small Medium @LARGE. When he appeared as a soloist four years ago, it marked the first-ever sold-out show for any NMC music ensemble.

“I always love playing up there,” he said. The festival is the brainchild of Mike Hunter, NMC’s director of jazz ensembles. Although he is retiring this year to focus more on composing and arranging, he said the festival is a “great opportunity” for area students.

“They will get to see and learn from the best,” he said. White’s rhythm section will be backing up the NMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble on “Baroque Samba.” The challenging “All Blues” will feature him as a soloist with the singers, with instrumental muscle courtesy of the NMC Big Band.

The first show is at Milliken Auditorium on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm, with the college big band and vocal jazz ensemble opening for White and his group. Tickets for the show are $20 and are available at the Milliken box office.

The Sunday, May 17 concerts, also at Milliken Auditorium, begin at 1:30pm with high school bands from Forest Area, Kingsley and Elk Rapids. The college’s jazz lab band will follow, with a group of NMC faculty and guests wrapping up the festival. Admission to the Sunday show is free.

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