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 10, 2015

Top Board Games for Fall Fun!

Features None Amazon’s top-selling table games include Monopoly, Battleship, The Game of Life and Trivial Pursuit. Then there’s Scrabble, the classic word-building game that just won’t die; it’s said that one-third of American homes have a Scrabble set. The game is produced in 29 languages and sold in 121 countries.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Life in Rugby: An Interview With Phillip Thiel

Features Phillip Thiel grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School. He played rugby for the first time his senior year (for Traverse City Alliance) and today he plays at the sport’s top level. He now lives in Atlanta and is a member of the Eagles, the U.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Raising The Stanley Cup, Now Raising Men In Kalkaska

Features Al Parker Former National Hockey League player Krzysztof Oliwa keeps up a hectic schedule as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Kalkaska Rhinos of the U.S. Premier Hockey League. The team, made up of 16-20 year olds, just began its 2015– 16 season that runs through February.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Star Wars Fever Engulfs

Features Jacob Wheeler George Lucas’ epic space opera captivated the world with episodes IV–VI (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Lucas released a prequel trilogy, episodes I–III, between 1999 and 2005.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The War Room

Features Kristi Kates Onaway, Mich., native Wayne Berry moved to Traverse City in 1999 to open TC Paintball, a center for the faux-combat game where participants use air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other, usually at complex outdoor terrain fields that help enhance the illusion of an actual battle.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Videogame Ventures

Features Kristi Kates While California’s Silicon Valley is still the hub for most videogame developers, including Activision, Sega, Eidos Interactive, Capcom and Blizzard, other regions of the U.S. are beginning to develop games, too — from Oregon to New Jersey to Michigan.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Traverse Bay Blues

Features Patrick Sullivan Here’s a notable fact. One of the biggest sporting events in the world — the Rugby World Cup — is happening right now in England and two players from Traverse City made the Team USA roster. One of them, Phillip Thiel, has played in World Cup matches watched by millions.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War

Music Kristi Kates Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Wool by the Pound

Art Kristi Kates If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, you saw one of the products of Stonehedge Fiber Mill. The East Jordan company produced nearly 3,000 pounds of yarn for Ralph Lauren in spring 2013 to be used for the sweaters the designer created for the games.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Embrace Imperfect Produce

Other Opinions Tricia Phelps, Taste the Local Difference The storm that tore across Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties last month uprooted trees and damaged homes. But it also beat up a lot of locally grown produce, leaving it unable to meet our “perfect produce” standards.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Plenty to Talk About

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Municipal elections are typically more civil affairs, at least in part because the candidates actually live among and interact with the citizens they serve. There is reason to believe that will be the case again this year with reasonable candidates for each available office.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Ike Warned Us

Other Opinions Jack Segal As President Dwight Eisenhower (“Ike”) left office in January 1961, he gave a speech that was meant as a warning to the American people. It was little-noticed at the time as the nation shifted its attention to the dynamic new president, John F. Kennedy (JFK).
Friday, October 2, 2015

Dates 10-03-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Help support the Munson Medical Care Mammography Assistance Program & Women’s Council of Realtors at Bras for a Cause on Friday, October 9 at 7pm at Streeter’s, TC. Featuring a stand-up comedian pre-show, Bra Models on the runway, live auction & an after party with live music.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Letters 10-05-2015


Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Climb a Tree With Bo

Features Kristi Kates Burke hosts climbs all year round and helps roughly 300 people climb trees every year. Each person is individually instructed and equipment is provided. If you have a specific tree you’d like to climb, Burke can even arrange to come to you in order to make that goal a reality.