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, June 6, 2015

Next Up at Dennos: Skateboards as Art

Features Patrick Sullivan The Dennos Museum Center in TC is looking to expand its audience with an exhibition in part inspired by a the Civic Center skate park across the street. Sideways: Exploring Skateboard Art + Culture features skateboard decks turned into art, skateboard photography and other street art.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Get Out To The Art Shows!

Features Al Parker Whether you’re a curious collector or an avid art lover looking for a special piece, there’s a high quality art show somewhere in northern Michigan nearly every weekend this summer. Here are details on some of the region’s most popular art shows and fairs.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rise of the Parasites

Features Bridgette Steele Northern Michigan is home to thousands of species, but this year’s crop is predicted to be a whopper, particularly among the tiny, pesky ones — the ticks, flatworm parasites and mosquitoes. Water loving and blood sucking, they mass breed in the moist months of May and June.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Features Mike Terrell Looking for a quick summer getaway that involves a boat ride on Lake Michigan? Consider Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Via the Ludington/ Manitowoc car ferry, the lake crossing is fewer than 200 miles and takes less than five hours to complete. Once you’re off the ferry, it’s only a 45-minute trip to your destination.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Get Out for the Paint Out!

Features Kristi Kates All artwork must be brought back to CTAC between 3pm and 4pm. After the day’s painting has concluded, the second part of the Paint Out event begins. CTAC offers juried prizes in a range of categories from Best Landscape and Best Waterscape to Best Portrait and Best Cityscape.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Beautiful Blooms

Features Kristi Kates The 66th annual fest will run June 5-14 this year, in sync with the lilacs’ own schedule. Some of the flowers have already begun to bloom, but the majority should be in full force by festival week if the Chamber of Commerce has anything to say about it.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meijer Appears in Acme, but the Fight Rages On

Features Patrick Sullivan Steven Smith has been consumed by an Acme Township development for 14 years. The site where a new Meijer store is emerging from a former farm field has been the subject of lawsuits and bitter political battles, the scene of environmental violations and the source of fervent discussions about growth.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Acme Activist Faces Charge

Features Patrick Sullivan In April, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) named him Volunteer Activist of the Year. In March, he was charged with misdemeanor trespassing by Grand Traverse County prosecutors for an alleged intrusion into the Grand Traverse Town Center in Acme.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Giant Guide to up North

Features Kristi Kates Location: M-88, across from the Antrim County courthouse This open air market offers a great assortment of organic food, vegetables, crafts and other local specialties. Whether you’re a casual cook or a professional chef, there’s plenty of fresh food to browse and buy.
Monday, May 25, 2015

New Distilleries on the Horizon

Features Clark Miller Starting a craft distillery appears to be something like the dream of sailing around the world: it’s costly, takes lots of planning, and there is no guarantee it will succeed.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Eau de Vie: The Water of Life

Features Beth Milligan French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Touring the Bay View Wine Trail

Features Kristi Kates For those unfamiliar with northern Michigan, wine might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but there’s a unique microclimate along Michigan’s northwest coast — a product of the exposed bluffs and the winds off the bay — that makes this a welcoming place for grapes to grow.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Booze Flowed Freely Through

Features Patrick Sullivan Authorities in here enforced Prohibition with as much zeal as they did elsewhere in the country. For much of the 1920s, police in the Traverse City area made many Volstead Act arrests, but it appears most attention was paid to out-of-town bootleggers or moonshiners who peddled poison.
Monday, May 18, 2015

The Blinding Whiteness of Northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan isn’t just white in the wintertime. It’s white all year round. Depending on your exact location, it’s between 94 and 97 percent white. That makes it an interesting and complicated place for the few African Americans who call northern Michigan home.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Make it a Memorable Memorial Day

Features Kristi Kates 1. LIVE A LITTLE HISTORY Historic Greenfield Village is a great place to visit even without the excuse of a three-day weekend.