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 10, 2015

The War Room

Features Kristi Kates Onaway, Mich., native Wayne Berry moved to Traverse City in 1999 to open TC Paintball, a center for the faux-combat game where participants use air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other, usually at complex outdoor terrain fields that help enhance the illusion of an actual battle.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Videogame Ventures

Features Kristi Kates While California’s Silicon Valley is still the hub for most videogame developers, including Activision, Sega, Eidos Interactive, Capcom and Blizzard, other regions of the U.S. are beginning to develop games, too — from Oregon to New Jersey to Michigan.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Traverse Bay Blues

Features Patrick Sullivan Here’s a notable fact. One of the biggest sporting events in the world — the Rugby World Cup — is happening right now in England and two players from Traverse City made the Team USA roster. One of them, Phillip Thiel, has played in World Cup matches watched by millions.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Climb a Tree With Bo

Features Kristi Kates Burke hosts climbs all year round and helps roughly 300 people climb trees every year. Each person is individually instructed and equipment is provided. If you have a specific tree you’d like to climb, Burke can even arrange to come to you in order to make that goal a reality.
Friday, October 2, 2015

All About Arborists

Features Kristi Kates Bo Burke is a certified consulting arborist and treeworker/climbing specialist from Cedar. Ben Veling is also a certified arborist and owner of Timberwolf Tree Care in Harbor Springs. As they’re both experts on this very topic, we got the scoop from them.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Grape Harvest Down Again, But Still Plenty of Wine

Features Ross Boissoneau Harsh winters, late frosts, significant summer storms — if it’s not one thing, it’s another in the world of agriculture, and the world of wine is no exception. The result is a grape harvest over most of the region — and the state — that will be significantly below average this year.
Friday, October 2, 2015

A Red Wine Odyssey

Features Patrick Sullivan Marty Lagina is on a lifelong treasure hunt. He made a fortune discovering natural gas in the ’90s, turned wind into electricity with large-scale turbine development, and his search for actual buried treasure on Canada’s Oak Island is the subject of a History Channel television show.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Recapturing Our Heritage, One Apple at a Time

Features Ross Boissoneau That’s not a relative, but an antique nevertheless. So-called antique apples date back 50, 100, 150 years ago. Favored varieties such as Macintosh, Paula Red, Granny Smith, and especially Red Delicious took over shelf space, while Sunset, Grimes Golden, Hawkeye Greening and, yes, Aunt Lucy, became all but unknown.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Get Wild at Wilderness State Park

Features Kristi Kates One of the most incredible nature destinations in Emmet County may also be one of the most overlooked. Unlike its cousin, the popular Petoskey State Park, its location isn’t obvious. It’s also not as showy as its other relation, historical Fort Michilimackinac State Park.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Woodstock

Two Decades After The Party’s End, Nostalgia for Castle Farms’ Wild Years Still Grows

Features Patrick Sullivan It’s been 20 years since armies of halter top- and mullet-clad heavy metal kids took over Charlevoix on summer weekends, jamming up roads and leaving beer cans, whiskey bottles and cigarette butts in their wake. For most locals, the era was a bad dream they hope will never return. For the revelers, it was a beautiful time; thousands of people follow a Facebook page dedicated to those long-gone days.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reclaiming a Classic in Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates Of all the spots in downtown Harbor Springs, the one that’s been the subject of the most querying eyes is Juilleret’s. The former restaurant was in business for 112 years as a classic soda fountain and well-known summer destination. It closed in 2007 when its owners retired and has been sitting empty ever since.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Who Was Robert Emmet?

Features Kristi Kates

Sometimes, a person is honored who had absolutely nothing to do with the place like Ypsilanti, named after Demetrios Ypsilantis, a hero in the Greek War of Independence of the 1800s.

The same is true of Emmet County, named for Robert Emmet, the leader of an Irish uprising. Ed Karmann, 2015 chairman of the Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey, has the scoop on Robert Emmet and how he became an intrinsic part of the northwesternmost county of Michigan’s lower peninsula – although he never even set foot there.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Casino Proposed in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates A Nicolet Street property in Mackinaw City has been owned by the tribe for several years; their intent was always to eventually develop the land. The site formerly hosted a motel and then a water park, which was in operation until 2012.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lyric Theater To Return

Features Kristi Kates Now, the two entities are set to meet, as summer resident Roger W. Blaser, president of the Harbor Springs Lyric Theater, is working to revive the Lyric in a new location, again showing movies right downtown and giving 275 East Main a new lease on life.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

What To Do With All That Squash

Features She often uses squash in things like soups or a rich Moroccan stew, and local vegetables are often included as accompaniments to both her starters and entrees, but she finds that it takes more than a little effort to shape squash into something more complex or exotic.