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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Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Cherry-Roubaix Celebrating Cycling

Features Kristi Kates

At 9am on a Sunday morning, hundreds of cyclists will line up on Traverse City’s Front Street to embark on a full-day celebration of bicycling, scenery, local food and drink.

Sound like fun? That's the whole idea behind Cherry-Roubaix, the Traverse City cycling event that offers road space to cyclists of all abilities and throws in a big, fun bash to look forward to at the end.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Welcome Aboard the Floating Classrooms of Grand Traverse Bay

Features Patrick Sullivan “I was doing that and going to college, trying to figure out what I was doing with my life, and I saw this unique experience occurring and I just loved it. I watched kids learn and all I could think about was, ‘Man, why wasn’t school like that for me?’ I hated school,” Sitkins said.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hoxeyville's Homegrown Festival

Features Kristi Kates It's the little festival that could. Now entering its 12th year, the Hoxeyville Music Festival combines big-time regional touring musicians with some of the best local music that northern Michigan has to offer – and recognition is growing slowly, but surely.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

You Can Learn Anything

Features Kristi Kates In addition to our region’s colleges like Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City and North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in Petoskey, satellite campuses offer a variety of ways to learn, complete college requirements and more, either from your hometown, online or with a combination of both.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer's Last Gasp!

Camping Ideas for Making the Most of The Remaining Season

Features Kristi Kates Quick – bag up the tent, grab some firewood, put the hot dogs in the cooler and load everyone into the car! There's still a little summer left, so no matter what your camping style, go and make some last-minute memories at these great campsites before the real world sets back in.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Memory Training Helps Treat ADHD

Features Clark Miller As Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses among children continues to rise, one Traverse City psychiatrist might have some good news to share with parents and educators: A diagnosis could be wrong.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dates 08-01-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Olivia Mainville is just one of the many performers at this year's Farmfest Aug. 6-9 in Johannesburg. Held at 1865 Roby Rd., about 20 miles east of Gaylord, this festival features music, a drum kiva, fire circle jams, Dance Pavilion events, Parkin' lot Pickin', a labyrinth Walk & much more.
Friday, July 31, 2015

A Versatile Artist Finds Success

Art Al Parker “In fifth grade, a nun told me I would never be an artist because my handwriting was so bad,” recalled Guntzviller, who now paints, sculpts and draws in her spacious Antrim County studio. “I reacted by getting angry, withdrawing and making more art. I put myself through college, earning a fine arts degree at Wayne State by working nights.
Friday, July 31, 2015

What Would You Do?

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle

Apparently the deal hammered out to slow down Iran’s nuclear weapons program was a terrible mistake for which Barack Obama is to blame. In a none-too-shocking development, all 16 Republican presidential candidates have roundly criticized the agreement as feckless, reckless and a death knell for Israel. Mike Huckabee, low single-digits in the polls and desperate for attention, went so far as to declare Obama was leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

Friday, July 31, 2015

The “Real Man’s” Traverse City

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian We love Traverse City just the way it is. We’re not embarrassed that a popular restaurant has FouFou in the title. It’s fine that the 300 block of E. Front has been taken over by women in yoga wear, even if, to us, a yoga mat looks like a nice place to nap. But where is the stuff for guys? A stand-up paddleboard in open water would spell certain death, and no one wants to see us doing Zumba at 9:00am in the Open Space.
Friday, July 31, 2015

The Oven Mitt

Where to Learn Cullinary Art in Michigan

Dining Bridgette Steele The new millennium saw the dawn of the American foodie revolution and Michiganders have joined enthusiastically in the subsequent culinary arts explosion.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Letters 08-03-2015

Letters Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Local Food

An Industry Made From Scratch

Features Patrick Sullivan “I think people are definitely becoming a lot more aware of where their food is coming from and I think that has definitely opened up the potential,” he said. “With water shortages out west and all that, pretty soon, it will be a necessity to source all food locally.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Press on Juice

Features Kristi Kates

She navigated the high-powered Chicago business world for years, working for top companies like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. As time passed, she moved even father up the ladder, eventually co-owning an IT firm. Sometimes you need to get back to basics before you can press on to your next career adventure. That's what Kris Rockwood did when she left the big city to start a company of her own in northern Michigan — one with plenty of liquid assets.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Local Dietitians Weigh-In

Features Kristi Kates Obesity and related health issues have become an epidemic in our state, but sorting through the endless advice columns, weight loss blogs and self-help books can be a time-consuming task. To simplify this overwhelming topic, EXPRESS asked doctors and professional hospital dietitians around our region to share some of the practical, healthier choices we can all start making today.