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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Monday, May 18, 2015

Behind the Scenes at the Fort

Features Kristi Kates A mix of French and British soldiers, French-Canadian voyageurs, colonial civilians, Native Americans and various traders brought the Fort to life. All of these are represented in the Fort’s modern day pageant, a nearly twohour-long, on-site reenactment of one of the battles that took place at the Fort.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Up North Memories

Features Kristi Kates “There are a thousand little cabin things that make my heart ache to go back whenever I think about them,” she said. “The cottage experience is something completely removed from the hectic routine of day in and day out. It’s a place where I don’t have to be anything at all but myself — soggy and sandy and dirty and happy.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Michigan's Kirtland's Warbler

Features Mike Terrell “They come from all over the world to just catch a glimpse of the Kirtland’s warbler, considered one of the rarest birds in the world,” explained U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Chris Mensing, as he prepared to lead me and a small group of others in search of the elusive bird in Grayling a few years ago.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Packing the Perfect Picnic

Features Kristi Kates Picnic baskets are found in all shapes and sizes, from the basic rectangular baskets you’ve seen in movies to more upscale models made of neoprene or leather, some completely stocked with silverware, a blanket, and even dishes.
Monday, May 11, 2015


Features Patrick Sullivan DO-IT-YOURSELF STEPHEN KING Wright is sort of a do-it-yourself Stephen King. The 50-year-old has sold more than 5 million books in 15 years. He writes the Freddie Fernortner series for lower elementary-aged readers and the “Chiller” books for upper elementary ages, both under the Rand pseudonym.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Restaurant Roundup

Features Ross Boissoneau Over the past few months, we’ve profiled 10 area eateries from Elberta to Harbor Springs. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap of those stories:
Monday, May 11, 2015

The Morel of the Story

Features Kristi Kates This phrase might be foreign to those not living in northern Michigan, where picking morel mushrooms has been a tradition for decades, complete with the stories about where to find them, how to find them and tall tales about just how big they can get.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Vined & Dined

Features Nick Beadleston Guests who love TentBar’s location, but are looking for a sit-down dining experience, will be excited to hear that Big Little Wines, which shares Mawby’s production facilities, plans to host at least two summer vineyard dinners later this season..
Monday, May 11, 2015

Up North

Features Kristi Kates Their new restaurant will be “a new American smokehouse,” where farm-to-table dining meets smoke as an ingredient/flavoring in such dishes as smoked fish and housesmoked pastrami..
Monday, May 11, 2015

Outdoor Seating for Six

Features Bridgette Steele

A half-dozen places to enjoy a meal in the sun

Michiganders relish spring the way only those who’ve survived a long, sub-zero winter can. Spring drives us to abandon our shuttered homes, seek the fresh warm air and maybe grab a bite to eat along the way — hopefully outdoors.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Petoskey, Past & Present

Features Kristi Kates During the year he spent writing the book, Federspiel collaborated with Rebecca Zeiss on the photography. Zeiss created present day versions of the vintage photos Federspiel had unearthed, so the images could be compared side-by-side..
Monday, May 4, 2015

Foster Family Odyssey

Features Patrick Sullivan Melissa and David West wanted to expand their family of four. With two biological children already, they decided to embark on the adoption process through the foster care system. They had one caveat: they didn’t want to become a revolving door for foster kids.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Swing into Swirl!

Features Kristi Kates CITY SUPPORT Swirl was an immediate hit with the Petoskey community. As the events evolved, they were also refined; sometimes CTAC would connect the food and wine to the art with a theme, other times the refreshments would take advantage of seasonal ingredients.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Clayton Brown

Features Kristi Kates Clayton Brown wasn’t always the small business powerhouse he is today. As a young man, he was like so many others in the Saginaw area who came north in to ski. But while visiting Boyne Mountain and Nub’s Nob, Brown was falling in love with life Up North and searching for a way to make the area his permanent home.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother Jarvis’ Crusade

Features Bridgette Steele Anyone planning to purchase a gift and a greeting card this Mother’s Day owes Anna Jarvis an apology. For the woman credited with establishing Mother’s Day in the U.S.