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, April 13, 2015

2015 Fashion Color Forecast

Features Kristi Kates “Soft” and “cool” are the buzzwords for this year’s spring/summer season. Colors are running more subdued than in previous warm weather seasons and there is no neon in sight. From Pantone (fashion’s color authority), Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com and the pages of Vogue, let’s learn what colors fit this description so you can prep for your summer clothing shopping spree. Hint: you’ll see a whole lot of earth tones and a ton of dresses.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Case That Haunts Kalkaska

Features Patrick Sullivan For years, stacks of evidence and pages of arguments piled up. In 2013, newly-elected Kalkaska County prosecutor Michael Perreault agreed to honor requests from wrongful conviction clinics at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University to authorize new DNA tests.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Going to Market

Features Kristi Kates Hyde has been buying fashions since the early ‘80s. Before moving Up North, she worked in retail downstate and then opened Molly’s in 1981. Daisy Jane came later in 2010. Both of Hyde’s stores carry an eclectic mix of clothing, which is the result, she said, of catering to a resort area.
Monday, April 13, 2015

From Garbage to Glamour

Features Kristi Kates Students from Mancelona, Onaway, and Benzie as well as the local Traverse City schools are invited to participate, and Trashion Fashion is an equal opportunity celebration - as long as the basic guidelines are followed, there’s no prejudging, so all of the fashions submitted will actually be showcased on the runway.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Student Style

Features Kristi Kates It’s the age-old debate: do school uniforms make students focus on “the right stuff,” or are they meaningless yet expensive? While mostly associated with private and parochial schools, 19 percent of public schools now require students to wear uniforms, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (U.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Linda Heller Thrives in a Male Dominated Sport

Features Mike Terrell “Nationwide, the percentage of female anglers is growing. Statistics suggest that women who fish tend to prefer fly-fishing at a higher proportion than men,” said the longtime fly-fishing proponent. “There’s nothing masculine about it.
Monday, April 6, 2015

How to get up... and Come down fast

Features Kristi Kates “There’s military, which is a static line attached to the plane that pulls the parachute cord for you; tandem, in which you’re attached to an instructor who does all the work; and AFF, or Accelerated Free Fall, in which you go out with two...
Monday, April 6, 2015

Maximize Your Training!

Features Kristi Kates Whether you’re a high school athlete, a college player, a local triathlete, or a weekend warrior, specialized sports performance training can help take you to the next level.
Monday, April 6, 2015

The Reversible Golf Course

Features Mike Terrell Forest Dunes Golf Club recently hired Traverse City’s Tom Doak, one of the world’s top golf course designers, to create a new course next to the Roscommon club’s existing U.S. top 100-ranked Tom Weiskopf course. As with many of Doak’s designs, this one is destined to generate worldwide attention.
Monday, April 6, 2015

It’s Profane and Anonymous and It’s Come to NMC

Features Patrick Sullivan There is round-the-clock, semi-secret, anonymous commentary running every day on the Northwestern Michigan College campus. The social media app Yik Yak has landed at NMC and, throughout the day, students post to a live feed about everything from sex to the weather to classes.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Four “Waves” at the TC Boat Show

Features Kristi Kates “Increased power and streamlined engineering have made them much more appealing to the market,” MacDonald explained. Tri-tubes — which add an extra pontoon to the middle of the boat — make today’s pontoon boats far more stable, and that’s only one of many new features.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Benzie Grad Rides Statistical Wave to Big Leagues

Features Ross Boissoneau The rise of baseball sabermetrics has taken things a step further, giving attention to even more complex statistical analyses, such as WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), BABIP (batting average on balls in play) and VORP (value over replacement player).
Monday, March 30, 2015

Community Collaborates for National Parks Centennial

Features Nick Beadleston “The natural beauty and the history that is preserved in these places — Sleeping Bear Dunes and the other parks — they make for a great playground for people,” said Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear’s deputy superintendent.
Monday, March 30, 2015

It Pays to Live Here

Features Jodee Taylor One aptly named discount is the “Tourist In My Own Town” card. For $60, you’ll get a card (mailed to your local address) that is good for a discount at more than two dozen businesses.