Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages
Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.
A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.
The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.
There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.
Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.
Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.
While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.
When the Charlevoix drawbridge is up, traffic sits stopped in both directions. For drivers just trying to get through town, it’s a pain to be endured. For diners at the Drawbridge Bistro, though, it’s just another part of the attraction.
Aim For More Renewable Energy: “Aim High!” Isn’t that a goal for all of us? When I look at states surrounding Michigan and even other countries, they have lofty but attainable goals for increasing their renewable energy. Michigan’s goal, set in 2008, to have 10 percent of our energy coming from renewable energy by the end of 2015, is rather pitiful compared to the states that want to attract new industries -- and 2015 is about here.
Market-Based Climate Solution: The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its “synthesis report” on Sunday, stating states that global climate disruption is happening faster than previously predicted. Therefore, we need to transition to non-carbon forms of energy as quickly as possible.
Snow Removal Through The Years: An 1886 editorial in the Grand Traverse Herald declared, “Something should be done with the snow plow jobs. On such a day as last Saturday the plows should have done a good job of clearing the soft snow from the walks. At best the walks have not been opened so that two persons could walk together with any degree of comfort.”
A Living Wage: I frequently hear politicians on both sides say that they are going to create jobs. The recent Proposal 1 which eliminated business personal property taxes was worded to include “create jobs” to trick people into voting yes.
Tax cuts and reduced regulations create profit, not jobs. Consumer demand creates jobs. If a business is operating at only half capacity, that owner will likely lay off employees not hire more. It is only when the business is operating at full capacity that new employees will be hired to keep up with demand. How do we increase consumer demand?
In 1978’s The Wiz, Diana Ross was Dorothy Gale, Michael Jackson was the Scarecrow, and a snowstorm swept Gale out of her Harlem, NY apartment.
In the 2007 TV series Tin Man, big-eyed Zooey Deschanel turned Dorothy into “D.G.” and Oz became “The Outer Zone” in a more surrealistic, dark approach to the story.
In the stage musical Wicked, the focus has been twisted around to the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and her good sister, Glinda.
And now, a new Parallel 45 version of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Traverse City to take Dorothy and her friends down yet another road in The Oz Project.
Jesus: God Man or Good Man?
“Here we were, two longtime friends, up the financial creek without a paddle,” Daldin said.
Yet, along with adversity, can come innovation. According to Daldin, he and Edelman had to reinvent themselves to survive and that’s exactly what they did with a PBS show they dubbed “Under the Radar Michigan.”