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, September 22, 2014

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Features Patrick Sullivan The dramatic decrease in northern Michigan’s migrant worker population in recent years can be attributed to many factors, but, regardless of the reasons, there is no question this trend could change the face of the region’s signature fruit industry, making the way we harvest cherries, wine grapes, apples, peaches and berries a thing of the past.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Restaurants Recently Reviewed


Since May, you’ve read (or missed!) eighteen profiles of area eateries. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing

Features Jodee Taylor It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Grand Rapids

Features Beth Milligan With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Bay Harbor

How It Happened Twenty Years Ago: An Industrial Wasteland Becomes a $1 Billion Resort

Features Patrick Sullivan

For most of the 20th century, the behemoth cement plant south of Petoskey was an economic driver that offered well-paying jobs for generations of workers. After the plant closed in 1980, the property sat idle for years and went into decay, coughing up powdery kiln dust and oozing leachate into the bay. Many saw the parcel’s development potential with its five miles of shoreline on Little Traverse Bay, beautiful views and easy access to Petoskey.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fly Nearby

Making a quick layover at our regional airports

Features Jodee Taylor While the number of flights in and out of the Traverse City airport has stayed fairly constant — about 50 to 60 a day in the summertime — the number of passengers has gone up. And, probably as a result, airfares in and out of TVC have gone down, meaning flying in and out of Traverse City makes economic sense again.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Northern Exposure

How early festivals paved the way for today’s nonstop party calendar

Features Allison Beers

Northern Michigan loves a party: food, music, and hobbies are all fair game here. But decades before the packed movie theaters, snowy beer tents and bayside concerts, other fests blazed the trails.

Monday, September 8, 2014

(Ultra) Marathon Man

Features Patrick Sullivan “My dad made a joke, ‘What could he do if he trained? Look how good he does now,’” Kaupas said. “One of my cousins goes, ‘You should come out and do the Leadville.’” That was in 2013. At first, Kaupas thought he could just sign up for the 2013 race and try it with little training.
Monday, September 8, 2014

From Beulah to Greenland and Beyond

Features Kristi Kates “It’s a great place for day trips and skillbuilding programs, while still being a very nicely habitable region with good food, art, and culture, and it’s only gotten better,” he said. “It’s also a great springboard for our programs on lakes Michigan and Superior, as well as Alaska and Greenland, since it has a good airport and access to supplies.
Monday, September 8, 2014

NHL Prospects, Red Wings Hit TC

The hottest thing on ice hits Traverse City this month.

Features Al Parker “With 1,000 fans per day, plus 150 scouts, 400 team personnel, 100-plus media and guests spending money in our area, the whole community benefits,” she said. “For the players, we are the gateway to the NHL with the scouting potential of the clubs and player agents on hand … it’s the best of the best from everywhere.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Breezing Through the Tunnel of Trees

Features Kristi Kates The fall edition of this year’s Cycling Classic is set for Sept. 13, with a trio of routes. All offer beautiful glimpses of Lake Michigan, farmland, horse pastures, and that jaw-dropping foliage..
Monday, September 8, 2014

Ocqueoc River's Camping Jackpot

- The Lower Peninsula’s Only Waterfall -

Features Mike Terrell Nearby is the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, a state forest four loop hiking trail adjacent to a small state forest campground. The waterfall is the primary thing that most visitors come to see, but don’t ignore the six-mile scenic trail, which is also open to mountain biking, according to Curtis.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Peace on the Vasa?


Features Patrick Sullivan Photo: Michael Poehlman Photography / Traverse City Tourism.
Monday, September 1, 2014

The Sweet Smell of Success at Lavender Hill Farm

Features Kristi Kates FRESH FARM While neither Linda nor Roy Longworth had any farming background prior to buying the land that would become Lavender Hill, they loved to garden and, most of all, felt a sense of urgency upon hearing that the farm property would be sold at auction.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott Craig’s Stories Next Door

Features Kristi Kates DRIVEWAY MOMENTS Most often compared to Paul Harvey – and to what many IPR listeners will remember as “driveway moments” in which listeners stayed glued to the radio until each story’s conclusion – the real people in each of Craig’s capsule stories could be neighbors.