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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Man Takes on a Classic

Features Kristi Kates

Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Adrenaline

The Iceman Use fall for winter fun plan

Features Cody Sovis The Iceman Cometh Challenge is large beyond the numbers. It’s impossible to quantify the race’s effect on its host town of Traverse City, but to qualify it, simply talk to nearly any mountain biker in the Midwest.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Diplomat Next Door

Retired and active foreign service workers love northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan

The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.

There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.

Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.

 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beyond Bake Sales

Organizations Count on Creativity to Earn Much-Needed Dollars

Features Ross Boissoneau Want to buy some popcorn? How about some cookie dough or wrapping paper? What about the chance to own a new car? School and charity fundraisers have morphed considerably over the years, but at no time is this more apparent than during the holidays.
 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Going Back to Oz with P45

Features Kristi Kates

In 1978’s The Wiz, Diana Ross was Dorothy Gale, Michael Jackson was the Scarecrow, and a snowstorm swept Gale out of her Harlem, NY apartment.

In the 2007 TV series Tin Man, big-eyed Zooey Deschanel turned Dorothy into “D.G.” and Oz became “The Outer Zone” in a more surrealistic, dark approach to the story.

In the stage musical Wicked, the focus has been twisted around to the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and her good sister, Glinda.

And now, a new Parallel 45 version of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Traverse City to take Dorothy and her friends down yet another road in The Oz Project.


 
Monday, November 10, 2014

VA on the Verge of Change

National Scandal Leads to Changes in Healthcare for Northern Michigan Veterans

Features Patrick Sullivan Outrage following reports of excessive healthcare delays at the VA hospital in Phoenix led Congress to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 in August, a law that provides billions in funding for better veteran care and also demands reform at the VA.
 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Crossed

Features A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate

Jesus: God Man or Good Man?

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Tom Daldin’s Under the Radar Success

Features Kristi Kates

“Here we were, two longtime friends, up the financial creek without a paddle,” Daldin said.

Yet, along with adversity, can come innovation. According to Daldin, he and Edelman had to reinvent themselves to survive and that’s exactly what they did with a PBS show they dubbed “Under the Radar Michigan.”

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Something Rare Brewing at Rare Bird

Features Patrick Sullivan

Rare Bird, indeed. At most brew pubs, women are found behind the bar, taking orders or cooking. Not many women are brewers in the burgeoning world of craft beer, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t—or shouldn’t—be more. An early pioneer on the Traverse City brewing scene was Kim Schneider, head brewer at North Peak several years ago. Schneider moved on and currently crafts beer at a downstate brewpub.

Now, brewer Tina Schuett has taken the beer-making baton and run with it.

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mary Ellen Hughes: Keeping the ‘50s Alive

Features Kristi Kates Hughes loved the 1950s look of the soda fountain in Linehan’s, which she’s meticulously kept intact, including the red padded counter stools, the working gooseneck spigots (one for still water, one for soda water) and the blenders, on which Mary Ellen’s staff of soda jerks receive plenty of training.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Women Behind the Scenes

Features Ross Boissoneau There’s certainly no shortage of the arts in northern Michigan. And behind the artists themselves, a host of teachers, administrators, curators, choreographers and others work to make it all happen, often out of sight of the audience. Here we profile five women who stand just outside the spotlight, helping the region’s arts scene thrive.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Picture of a Leader

Features Jodee Taylor Liz Ahrens, 52, is executive director of Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, soon to merge with Artcenter Traverse City (see sidebar). Once the merger is complete, she’ll lead the new merged organization.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Girls With Guns and Bows

Features Al Parker Perched in a tree stand in northern Ontario, Gaylord teen Jada Johnson sits patiently as a black bear lumbers toward a fragrant bait pile 50 yards away. The burly bruin sniffs the air cautiously, and then swipes a large paw, rattling the logs. It’s dusk and this bear is looking for his dinner.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Joan Belgrave Honors Dinah Washington

Features Ross Boissoneau Detroit vocalist Joan Belgrave’s music combines R&B, soul, jazz and pop. It’s a perfect fit for the Dennos Museum’s eclectic 2014-15 season, which features a variety of acts that will engage a wide spectrum of audiences. It includes folk, blues, world music, comedy and puppets.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

The ‘King of Privacy' is in our Backyard

Features Patrick Sullivan After a failed bid to become a rock and roll star, he signed up for the military during the Vietnam War, during which time he was a Navy intelligence cryptographer. He worked in US intelligence at the height of the Cold War. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting ethics from Union College and a masters degree from Harvard.
 
 
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