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, February 2, 2015

Questioning our Defenders

Features Brett Kimbrue, Petoskey High School Think of it this way. A solider comes home after a tour, having lost friends who are basically family members he fought and bled with for nearly a year or more. He stays awake at night, sleeps alone; the smallest things can bring him back to where he was.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Weight of the World

Features Tara Canda, Gaylord High School Teenagers also feel pressure from the inside. Not only are we pressured by the secular world around us, but teenagers are being pressured by themselves. The pressure to conform to society’s standards weighs down on teens around the globe. Teenagers are self-conscious to a fault.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Learning Online

Features Jodee Taylor Nearly one third of high school students in Traverse City Area Public Schools take an entire class online, says Dan Overski, the district’s online learning coordinator and an assistant principal at West Senior High. He says flexibility in scheduling is the biggest reason students sign up for an online class.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Next in Line

Features Kristi Kates In addition to hiring in the fall and overseeing special events like the Speed Series, cross-country skiing and Nastar races in the winter, part of Doorbos’ job is getting an early start on the day.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Out There Tech

Features Kristi Kates the Consumer Electronics Show proves anything each year, it’s that human innovation seems to have no limits. A dazzling array of gear, gadgets and new technologies share space at the show, offering everything from music players to cameras, smartphone gear to wearables, many with features you’ve never seen — or even thought of — before.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Should You Join?

Features Patrick Sullivan Peace Corps volunteers come from all walks of life. Some of them enter the organization straight out of college, while others celebrate their 70th birthdays on their first assignment. What is typical, however, is the belief that the experience enriched and changed their lives forever.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Reception Roundup

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve spent years envisioning the perfect venue to hold your wedding celebration, this is the right place to find it. From beaches to pavilions, restaurants to hotels, northern Michigan has a remarkable variety of locations that fit the bill.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

Features Kristi Kates For better or for worse, weddings are not exempt from Murphy’s Law. And if everyone does manage to get through the big day without a major mishap, many weddings still provide quirky stories that will be repeated fondly over the years. After all, these are the things that make great anniversary toasts.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Elope!

Features Jodee Taylor “Something meaningful to us,” said Sarah, 35. So the Leelanau County couple eloped to the Marquette County courthouse on the 2011 winter solstice. One friend served as a witness, another as a photographer, and a judge they’d never met before pronounced them husband and wife.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Live Band or DJ?

Features Ross Boissoneau Ames lived in Charlevoix for more than 20 years before moving to Savannah, Georgia. His business partner Steve Rodriguez is a saxophonist and Soul Street’s musical director. These days, Rodriguez is based in Saginaw, but both men frequently return to northern Michigan for gigs.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Peninsula of Adventure

Features Kristi Kates The copper country of the Keewenaw Peninsula and the frigid waters of Lake Superior share the upper portion of the state with the famed Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls and the Superior Uplands, a rustic region that includes the highest point in the state (Mount Arvon).
Monday, January 26, 2015

On Shaky Ground

Features Patrick Sullivan This decision may force cardholders to obtain their supply from a registered caregiver — limited to serving five patients — which opponents of the decision say would be logistically difficult or impossible for many people seeking marijuana to treat serious illness.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Local Wedding Planner Makes TV Splash

Features Kristi Kates “I was offered the opportunity to plan and organize guest charter experiences aboard a private motor yacht in the Bahamas and Caribbean,” Dodson-Wright related. “My job was to create unique and memorable experiences for our guests and to whip up fabulous events on the fly.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer of Detentions

Features Patrick Sullivan “Can I swear it in front of a judge? Well, I can swear that that’s what I was told,” Dziekan said. “From what witnesses have told me, in most cases, people were stopped by immigration just because they looked Hispanic and then, when they were found not to have valid identification, then they were taken,” he said.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Top Gear

Features Car enthusiasts’ differences might be great — age, income, background — but what they share is ever greater: a true passion for motor vehicles. Be they roadsters, muscle cars from the 70s or antique cars from the 30s, autos inspire these aficionados to dream big.