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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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Got Pets?

Features Kristi Kates Named after the owners’ two late beloved dogs, Daisy and Oscar (the bakery’s name is an acronym for Daisy and Oscar’s Gourmet), D.O.G. opened in May 2004. “My husband and I saw an opportunity to combine our love for our dogs with the chance to do something together,” Karry Barolo explained.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

2015 Halloween Costume Trends

Features Kristi Kates With an election year fast approaching, you’re sure to see plenty of President Obamas, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bushes and toupeewearing Donald Trumps wandering around this Halloween, but there are lots of other costumes filling up the shops this October, inspired by movies, TV, comics and outer space.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Making a Difference

Features Kristi Kates Something wonderful sometimes springs from a difficult situation. Such was the case for Topinabee author Chris Wright (writer of the popular “Michigan Chillers” and “American Chillers” series for kids, plus several novels for adults) and his wife, Boots Wright.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Eerie Evenings

Features Kristi Kates Ready to get scared? It’s time to pick this year’s ghostly Halloween destination, so get ready to compare your own personal Scream Scale to ours. Here’s our roundup of this year’s haunted houses (and forests and mountains…) rated from 1 to 10 (10 being the scariest).
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dogs Get Their Day, Sometimes More Than One a Week

Features Ross Boissoneau For many people, their dogs are part of their family, but doggie daycare takes that sentiment to a whole new level. For some, it’s a way to make sure their dog is taken care of while they’re working, but others take their dog just so Rover can have some fun with pals.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Choosing the Right Pet

Features Ross Boissoneau “Most people don’t spend enough time researching what the breed was bred for. They’ve seen a picture and have a mental image they’re attracted to,” he said. “Having a hunting dog in an apartment, in a crate for eight hours a day while you’re at work, is not a good situation.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Be a Part of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical

Features Kristi Kates The native New Yorker graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and now performs regularly with the same show that first inspired her. In addition to her work there and on shows like Conan O’Brien, she became involved with “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” (BNHM) in 2009.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ukuleles for Everyone!

Features Kristi Kates Three ukulele performances in particular have entered recent popular culture: the quirky singer Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in the ‘60s, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s 1993 version of “What a Wonderful World” and Jake Shimabukuro’s 2006 YouTube version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Meet Northern Michigan's Climate Change Activists

Features Patrick Sullivan A never-aired television show changed Bill Latka’s life. The producer and director worked on a Discovery Channel program in the early 2000s called The Final Hour, a show intended to chronicle how scientists would confront climate change. He said he was not an activist before that show, but he became one after.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

ACT-GT: New Name, Renewed Commitment to People With Disabilities

Features Clark Miller Artists Creating Together–Grand Traverse (ACT-GT), an organization that provides artistic opportunities for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a unique way — by expanding the services it provides.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Beautiful by the Alphabet

Features Kristi Kates From A to Z, we’ve got it all. It would be easy to use the entire alphabet to describe great things to do, see and appreciate in our region, but for the sake of this particular issue, we’ll stick with what’s SO BEAUTIFUL about northern Michigan..
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Top Board Games for Fall Fun!

Features None Amazon’s top-selling table games include Monopoly, Battleship, The Game of Life and Trivial Pursuit. Then there’s Scrabble, the classic word-building game that just won’t die; it’s said that one-third of American homes have a Scrabble set. The game is produced in 29 languages and sold in 121 countries.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Life in Rugby: An Interview With Phillip Thiel

Features Phillip Thiel grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School. He played rugby for the first time his senior year (for Traverse City Alliance) and today he plays at the sport’s top level. He now lives in Atlanta and is a member of the Eagles, the U.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Raising The Stanley Cup, Now Raising Men In Kalkaska

Features Al Parker Former National Hockey League player Krzysztof Oliwa keeps up a hectic schedule as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Kalkaska Rhinos of the U.S. Premier Hockey League. The team, made up of 16-20 year olds, just began its 2015– 16 season that runs through February.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Star Wars Fever Engulfs

Features Jacob Wheeler George Lucas’ epic space opera captivated the world with episodes IV–VI (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Lucas released a prequel trilogy, episodes I–III, between 1999 and 2005.