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, November 21, 2015

100 Years of Tree Tradition in Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates In the early 1900s, youthful contractor George B. Hartung decided to enhance Harbor Springs’ Christmas spirit by placing a freshly cut tree in the middle of town, transported from his home at Larks Lake.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The New Nutcracker

All-new director, sets, choreography meet tradition at Interlochen this holiday

Features You’ve seen it before, the legendary, 123-year-old story about the nutcracker doll that comes to life for a little girl. But you’ve never seen it like this.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nutcracker Notes

Features “The Nutcracker” ballet marked the first use of the celesta in an orchestral score. The celesta produces sounds much like bells. It was a new instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris. He wanted it for the character of the sugar plum fairy to characterize her “heavenly sweet sound.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for your Co-Worker or Client

Features Kristi Kates While it’s tempting to gift a co-worker or client a calendar, it might be tough to discern what kind of images they’d like to look at for a full year. This modern perpetual calendar solves that problem with its sleek and simple design.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 On-Trend Gifts for the Fashionista

Features Kristi Kates Bohemian is big again this winter, which means it’s time to help your holiday giftee stock up on a musthave for every girl’s closet: the kimono. Topshop has a wide range to choose from, including several prints with flat hems or fringe, while Plato’s offers gently used kimonos sure to become fast favorites.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for the Techie

Features Kristi Kates Media streaming is big as more and more people sever their connections to expensive cable TV packages and find their entertainment elsewhere; Chromecast is a great way to start that process.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Meet Joseph Morrissey

Features Joseph Morrissey came to Interlochen in August, having recently served as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre..
Saturday, November 21, 2015

About the Community Foundation

Features Nick Beadleston “Our unique role is to partner with donors and nonprofits, matching donor passion with purpose through grant awards,” said Alison Metiva, GTRCF director of community relations. “Through the Community Foundation, [donors’] gifts will impact lives in our region now and forever.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nine Stories of Conflict

Features Patrick Sullivan Debate over two nine-story buildings proposed at the corner of Front and Pine streets in Traverse City has become about something bigger than whether developers should be able to build a large mixed-used apartment complex — it’s become a debate about the future of Traverse City.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Nonprofit Giving Tips

Features Beth Milligan “One easy first step is for people to identify what they’re interested in and what’s important to them,” said Program Director Joe Liszewski of NorthSky Nonprofit Network. “From there, people can look locally, statewide or nationally for organizations that fit those criteria.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Features Kristi Kates LoopRope is one of those things your giftee might not even know she wants, but once she gets it, she’ll wonder how she ever backpacked, boated or camped without it.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

A $ 15 Million Gift to Educate a Community

Features Nick Beadleston It’s not often that a single gift continues to touch countless lives for an untold number of years. However, that was the goal of Central Lake native Cleo Purdy when she left nearly $15 million to the children of the small, financially challenged northern Michigan village.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Exploring the Wonder of Dolphins

Features Clark Miller Dolphins are athletic and cute; they are even said to smile. Seen by many New Age devotees as spiritual guides and by children and adults alike as excellent swim buddies, dolphins have held a special place in the human imagination as far back as 5,000 years ago in Minoan culture.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Off-Season Shopping Fun

Features Kristi Kates The Petoskey Chamber of Commerce farmers market may have ended Sept. 29, but that’s not the end of farmers market season for the city. A new market operated by Crooked Tree Arts Center is taking over for the winter, allowing farmers to vend and shoppers to buy well into the colder months.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Licensed to Carry, Reason to Worry?

Features Patrick Sullivan County gun boards, the gatekeepers who decide whether a person should be given a concealed pistol permit, will disappear at the end of the month. Beginning in December, state police will conduct background checks and county clerks will process the paperwork to issue licenses to carry handguns.