Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Season the Season

Features Kristi Kates Scents and flavors are integral parts of holiday ambiance and festive meals, and spices play a big role in both. We spoke with a few regional spice stores to learn how you can infuse your home with even more holiday spirit, and what spices you might want to add to your kitchen lineup.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gaylord Gets The Grand Ole Opry

Music Kristi Kates It’s certainly going to be a grand holiday for country music fans. The Alpine Lodge in Gaylord is turning itself into a re-creation of Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry to put on a show that’ll get boots stompin’, guitars twangin’ and folks singing along to some of their favorite country hits from the good old days to today.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter Concerts 2016

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer your music 100 percent homegrown or enjoy the excuse to take a road trip downstate, 2016 has a great head start on must-see concerts! You’ll find everything from vintage classics to country crooners to cutting edge tunes for the first three months of the year.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Local Music Spotlight on: Peacemeal

Music Kristi Kates While much of their recent press has centered around The Rhubarbary, their popular house concert venue in Harbor Springs, some people may not realize that the venue’s owner/managers, Maureen and Dale Scott, are in a pretty great band of their own.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paddling to the Sea with Song of the Lakes

Music Kristi Kates Their sound is comprised of many influences, from Scandinavian elements to the blues, with the water running through each and every one. Their very name is evocative of the region we all live in. And they’ve been a familiar local sound to many since 1983.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gop Clown Car Isn’t Funny Any More

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni The bizarre GOP primary season has caused a lot of head scratching on my head that is already over-scratched. It’s far too simple to dismiss the long list of candidates as silly or stupid; that doesn’t really help us understand what has happened to the Republican Party.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ignoring Reality

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Except we’re actually experiencing a net annual reduction in the number of illegal immigrants according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More are leaving voluntarily or being deported than are arriving. More like a backwash than a flood.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dates 12-05-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge examines the state of fibers & textiles in the fine art world today. Featuring work by 79 artists in 25 states in the U.S., plus many other countries. Runs Dec. 13- March 6 at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chef Charles

Dining Janice Binkert With the culinary experience chef Charles Egeler acquired by the age of 40 — studying at the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticing in a Jewish bakery, being mentored by a former White House chef, holding high positions in both gourmet eateries...
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Letters 12-07-2015

Letters Defining Art Appreciation to Delbert Michel for so succinctly stating what art is, should, and can be and also for calling out area arts groups, galleries, and media outlets for not promoting it. You missed one though, Delbert, that being the Northern Express, who seems to go out of it’s way to seek out the dullest of the dull, the beigest of the beige...

Don’t Tie Muslims To Barbarians I am totally appalled by the column about “how to tell the difference between ISIS and a Muslim. “ I am an area representative for a foreign exchange organization and have hosted ten students as well. I hosted a young lady from Pakistan; she was an angel and we still communicate to this day. She and her family left Pakistan because they fear for their life...

Climate Thoughts As the Paris climate talks get underway, we learn the response to falling gas prices in the U.S. to be (drum roll) record sales of SUVs and trucks for the month of November, of course! While this behavior might seem irrational in the face of what increased carbon emissions mean for our future and the future of our children, it is predictable given the short-term perspective that is pervasive in our culture of immediate, insatiable consumerism. It is our right as long as we have the cash to pay for it..

I Love Socialism Let me rephrase that. I love Democratic Socialism. I like the idea of boarding an airliner that’s regulated, health care for all, my Social Security, Medicare, driving on good roads (Michigan being the exception), public schools, national and state parks, and yes, our county parks, the Eisenhower Interstate highway system, national cross country hiking trails, and our own socialist Leelanau trail...

This Is America Thomas Kachadurian’s recent assessment of Islam is timely and accurate. Early waves of European immigrants blended in to American life. There seems to be a different attitude with Muslim immigrants, that America should assimilate to them, rather than they assimilate to the U.S. In Dearborn, public schools have had to change to halal meats in their cafeterias (more costly), and now have to break for Ramadan in addition to Christmas, due to Muslim demands...

Reject The Fringe On Friday, Nov. 27, Robert Lewis Dear attacked a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three innocents, including a University of Colorado police officer. Dear was heard yelling, “baby parts” during the attack. The continued willingness of these “fetal fetishers” to kill postnatals in their misguided attempt to save prenatals suggests that the label “Right To Life” should be narrowed to “Right To Fetal Life” in order to more accurately label those fringe persons so violently motivated by the inflammatory rhetoric of mainstream “Right To Life” members against Planned Parenthood...

Visual Arts Solutions Redux In his guest column, Delbert Michel (Nov. 30) is correct in suggesting that the success of any work of art depends on more than its subject matter. He is helpful in alluding to the formal elements (shape, value, color, and texture) that comprise the compositional basis of the art of painting. It is feasible for him to assert that all visual art is abstract...

References For TC In reference to the “Nine Stories” feature in the Nov. 23 Northern Express, anyone interested in helping design TC’s future should consider watching the YouTube videos “The Value of Downtown” and “Joe Minicozzi in Traverse City”...

Rural Fire Extinguished Green Lake Township will be withdrawing from the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department now that Long Lake has dealt the fatal blow to its continued existence. That is the only logical decision because the remainder of Rural Fire is now on the far side of the county...

Act Intelligently About Vaccines Sarah Stagray’s letter in the Nov. 20 issue hit it right on the head. Yes, far too many unnecessary, untested, potentially dangerous vaccines are being pushed on children and the general public, and parental rights are being stripped away by mandates. Medical schools do in fact teach how to strong-arm hesitant parents to conform...

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Resorts Looking Forward to Winter

Features Ross Boissoneau Given the warm November and December we’re experiencing, you can imagine the eagerness at places like Caberfae, Crystal Mountain, Boyne and other northern Michigan winter resorts. “Bring on winter, already!” But recent warm weather aside, winter is likely just days away, and area resorts can’t wait.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Keeping Things Kool at the Kalkaska Kaliseum

Features Kristi Kates SUPER DIRECTOR The guy overseeing the fun at the Kaliseum is Alan “A.J.” James. A 35-year veteran of the motorcycle industry, James started his career at a motorcycle shop in Ann Arbor and moved to Traverse City in 1978, where he worked at Grand Traverse Honda and Suzuki, now Great Escapes.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fun on Ice

Features Patrick Sullivan The USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) has been implemented in an effort to reverse the trend of fewer kids playing hockey each year. Despite being greeted warily by some parents, after five years, ADM seems to be paying off for the Grand Traverse Hockey Association (GTHA).
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Traverse City Curling

Features Nick Beadleston Ice rinks around northern Michigan are bustling with hockey players and hobbyist ice skaters. But now a new sport has swept onto the scene: The Traverse City Curling Club (TCCC), making its home at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena, is building a passionate following.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter 2015/16 Race Calendar

Features SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 The Vineyard Race - 3.2M fat bike race Forty-Five North, Lake Leelanau http://www.shortsbrewingfatbikeseries.com/forty-five-northvineyard-race/.