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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Friday, July 10, 2015

Starship to Rock the Fest!

Music Kristi Kates They may not be the original Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship that broke musical ground back in 1965, but this spinoff of the psychedelic rock outfit can still reel in the crowds. Even after multiple member and name changes, the band’s current live setlists still read like a ’70s-’80s hit list.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Cadillac's Festival of the Arts

Art Kristi Kates Named in honor of the late Phyllis Olson, a dedicated worker for the Cadillac Area Artists’ Association for more than 40 years, the fair is held in the Cadillac City Park adjacent to beautiful Lake Cadillac.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Of Potholes and Parking

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We’re sorry about the streets. Our local road commissions do what they can with the budgets they have and the short window of opportunity the weather presents to repair or rebuild streets. The crews work pretty hard trying to keep pace with overwhelming need.
Friday, July 10, 2015

How Much For Defense?

Other Opinions Jack Segal July is a busy time on Capitol Hill as Congress considers the final round of appropriations decisions for the FY 2016 Federal Budget. In twelve major bills, our representatives are debating how to spend $3.8 trillion dollars next year. That’s not a typo — $3,800,000,000,000.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Dates 07-11-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Up North StandUp Paddleboard Classic takes place in both Beulah & Frankfort on Saturday, July 18. Choose from the Crystal Lake (Beulah) 6 mile/3 mile SUP Challenge & the Lake Michigan (Frankfort) 4.6 mile Downwind Duel. There will also be a Free Kids Race (ages 7-12) on Crystal Lake.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Off the Beaten Path at Bella Vita

Dining Kristi Kates “We joke that the interior of our restaurant is retro chic,” laughed Bella Vita coowner Kelly Woodard. Woodard, who runs the restaurant with co-owner Matthew Rader, said the restaurant is like an ’80s flashback, with a carpeted dining room, local landscape paintings and brass rails — and they like it that way.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Letters 07-13-2015

Letters Support Benzie Jail On August 4 the residents in Benzie County will be asked to vote on a millage renewal of .9000 for six years to fund the Benzie County Jail...

Fair, Smart, Sustainable & Affordable Let’s agree for a moment with Thomas Kachadurian (Words of Warning, July 6) that terms such as ‘fairness,’ ‘smart,’ ‘sustainable’ and now ‘affordable’ resurrect “old ideas that have been tried and failed.” To be sure, whether it’s healthcare, child care, elder care, education or housing, what we have is a system that fails to deliver basic human needs at an affordable cost to a widening number of citizens...

Science, God and Love In response to “Faith in Politics” June 29, the spiritualization of thought transcends a building, a religion, race, culture, gender. Love is the “universal solvent.” It is the natural spirit within humanity. This “voice” of love cannot be silenced by yet another bigoted group fussing about rubbing elbows with people not of their “belief.”

America the Good Stephen Tuttle’s indictment of America shows his true colors, so to speak. “Flag-waving patriotism?” I suppose he thinks burning it is the thing to do. His liberal buddies sure do. Indians were mistreated and still are? Oh please. Would Tuttle rather be a serf on some European noble’s estate...

War Machines For Family Entertainment Does no one in the Traverse City Commission or National Cherry Festival see the warmongering and pollution spewing caused by military demonstration teams so called Thunderbirds and Blue Angels? They are instruments of war...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Michigan Roadside Oddities!

Features Kristi Kates Part of the charm of a road trip is the wacky, pure Americana things you see along the way. Some of them are quaint, some are eyebrow-raising, some are cause for immediate laughter — and many are simply downright strange. All of them make for great summer memories and there are plenty to start with right here in Michigan.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Licensed To Perform

Permits No Longer Required to Sing and Play in TC

Features Patrick Sullivan Maayingan and Kewayden Brauker’s grandmother had enough one day last June. She told the teenagers to get out of the house and do something. The brothers took acoustic guitars to the Jay Smith Walkway on Front Street in Traverse City. Maayingan played while Kewayden listened. They didn’t have a guitar case open on the ground to collect money; they were just hanging out.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Jim Gillespie

A Beatnik’s Love Affair with Blissfest


For folk music fans looking to tour the past, a must-stop on the northern Michigan scene is 421 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey.

Today, that address houses the Julienne Tomatoes cafe, where you can snag a great sandwich. But back in the mid-’80s, it was the Spectrum Center artist collective and coffeehouse — where Blissfest was born. It’s also where Bliss Executive Director and festival guru found his calling.

Gillespie and his crew wrapped up another successful Blissfest this past weekend, the event’s 35th happening. We talked to him about how the whole thing began.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Need For Northern Speed

Features Clark Miller The scene at either of northern Michigan’s two racetracks on a summer night can cause sensory overload. The scream of tunedup engines, the sweet smell of burning rubber mixed with the occasional waft of beer, gasoline or sweat. And the sights? Some of the most colorful, creative — and very, very fast — cars and trucks around.
Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Charlevoix Venetian Festival

Features Kristi Kates The glittering Boat Parade (Saturday, July 25 at dusk) is the major highlight of Venetian Fest. The parade on Round Lake features all kinds of boats and lights, with great viewing along Charlevoix’s waterfront. Awards go to the most creative entries. The theme this year is Mardi Gras, so expect lots of masks and beads in shades of purple and orange.
Monday, July 6, 2015

Pick a New Fight

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That was quite a reaction from the Republican presidential candidates to recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t go their way. They shouldn’t have been surprised by either. In the decision that affirmed another key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even Chief Justice John Roberts became a sixth vote with the majority.
Monday, July 6, 2015

Words of Warning

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In Traverse City we’re being misled with the term “affordable.” It’s a great word for deception. There is no specific number attached to “affordable.” At the same time, it’s a word that carries no negative connotation. Each person who hears “affordable” applies his or her idea of something reasonable and within reach. When politicians use the label, they are hiding artificial manipulation of the market.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.