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, October 17, 2015

The Thirsty Sturgeon

Dining Kristi Kates Dave Marsh had his first restaurant job at the age of 12, as a dishwasher. By 14, he was a line cook at an Italian grill in Southfield, Mich. Sous chef was next on the restaurant ladder, but by then, Marsh had learned there was more money to be made in the front of the house.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letters 10-19-2015

True Activists Must Act I take strong exception to the letter writer who said that activists are self-motivated. My social activism and that of many others is driven by genuine concern for others, especially the working class. The fact that there are many in this country who greedily put the screws to others to better themselves disgusts me!

115th Year of Remembrance There are two northern Michigan historical myths that keep being perpetuated through rural legend, rumor, and gossip. The first one is that the Good Hart Robison family murders of 1968 were never solved. The second is that somehow, the burnout of the Cheboiganing Band’s Indian Village at Burt Lake in 1900 was legal...

Cuckoo Vs. Grandfather Clock? In David Newhouse’s delightful Letter to the Editor, he entertained us with wit and humor likening the Republican presidential candidates to crazy, out of touch citizens who have missed the obvious truth only the left can recognize. This comparison suggests that perhaps the “grandfather clock” represents the other side...

Keep Dollars In The City The Oct. 5 “Spectator” by Stephen Tuttle was right on in its entirety. The most compelling question Mr. Tuttle posed to the next Traverse City Commission is: “Why is Hickory Hills, completely outside the city limits, the responsibility of the city, and the Civic Center, completely within the city limits, the responsibility of the county?”

Demand Pipeline Transparency 

After 62 years of corrosion and stress, Enbridge pipeline 5 is a toxic oil disaster waiting to happen, not just for the Great Lakes, but for almost the entire length of Michigan — all the rivers, lakes and wetlands near it. Pipelines are safer than trucks, trains and barges. But this begs the question of our desperate need to transition to non-carbon sources of energy...

Your Guns, My Safety People do not realize that when they carry a weapon for their own protection, they reduce my perception and reality of safety...

We Need Activism I would like to respond to the letter in the Oct. 12th issue by RD Johnson titled “Know the Root of activism.” Really RD, activism is simply action by those who are self-serving? I assume that you believe the comments by Rabbi Kushner since you used them as reference. I might ask that you do a little research...

Northport Sewer Deficit Fact Check The Northport sewer deficit is $2.7 million and growing. Under law, the sewer was to be affordable and not a burden. a Northport financial expert predicted the deficit before construction began. Northport government was warned of the deficit in October 2010 and advised to implement cost changes then. They did nothing and the public was not made aware...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Be a Part of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical

Features Kristi Kates The native New Yorker graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and now performs regularly with the same show that first inspired her. In addition to her work there and on shows like Conan O’Brien, she became involved with “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” (BNHM) in 2009.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ukuleles for Everyone!

Features Kristi Kates Three ukulele performances in particular have entered recent popular culture: the quirky singer Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in the ‘60s, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s 1993 version of “What a Wonderful World” and Jake Shimabukuro’s 2006 YouTube version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Meet Northern Michigan's Climate Change Activists

Features Patrick Sullivan A never-aired television show changed Bill Latka’s life. The producer and director worked on a Discovery Channel program in the early 2000s called The Final Hour, a show intended to chronicle how scientists would confront climate change. He said he was not an activist before that show, but he became one after.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

ACT-GT: New Name, Renewed Commitment to People With Disabilities

Features Clark Miller Artists Creating Together–Grand Traverse (ACT-GT), an organization that provides artistic opportunities for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a unique way — by expanding the services it provides.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Beautiful by the Alphabet

Features Kristi Kates From A to Z, we’ve got it all. It would be easy to use the entire alphabet to describe great things to do, see and appreciate in our region, but for the sake of this particular issue, we’ll stick with what’s SO BEAUTIFUL about northern Michigan..
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Concerts Worth the Roadtrip

Music Kristi Kates While we have a fantastic variety of music right here in northern Michigan, sometimes the act you’ve just got to see doesn’t get up this way — and that’s when you hop in the car for a roadtrip downstate. Here are 10 concerts sure to be well worth the drive.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nostalgists vs. Newbies

Other Opinions Christie Minervini Horizon Books and industrial waste on the property of the former Iron Works. The Grand Traverse Commons Redevelopment Corporation was considering bids to tear down historic Building 50, and the Warehouse District was a collection of run-down buildings sitting on contaminated land.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Piling Up Teddy Bears

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle In fact, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker — and how hideous such a thing exists — there are more mass shootings — incidents in which four or more people are killed or wounded — annually than there are days on the calendar; already more than 300 this year.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Dates 10-10-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Fall is in the air! Festivals & Halloween activities are happening all around northern MI. These include Apple Harvest Day at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC; 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival in East Jordan; The Great Pumpkin Dash at Mt.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Petoskey Restaurant Week

Dining Kristi Kates Restaurant weeks are de rigueur in big cities, and since northern Michigan is becoming a food mecca, with an diverse assortment of dining destinations for every budget and palate, what better way to show off one of its city’s cafes, grills, fine dining establishments and sandwich stops than with a restaurant week of its own?.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taste of Home Brings Cooking Fun to Petoskey

Dining Kristi Kates Anyone responsible for the cooking in a Michigan household has likely heard of Taste of Home. The American magazine, owned by Reader’s Digest, has been around since 1993 and specializes in Midwestern foods and recipe exchanges for its 3.5 million subscribers.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

9 Bean Rows

Dining Janice Binkert 9 Bean Rows derives from a line in “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Irish poet W.B. Yeats: “Nine bean-rows will I have there…” As Nic explains, he chose the name because it gave him quite a bit of width in what he could do with it: “Our mission has always been to increase the availability of local food, and that mission has a lot of things that fit underneath it, including the restaurant.”
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Letters 10-12-2015


Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...