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, September 19, 2015

Have Food, Will Travel

Catering Industry Thrives in Northern Michigan’s Destination Wedding and Event Boom

Features Patrick Sullivan Labor Day used to mean the return of a more relaxed pace for almost every business in northern Michigan, but this is no longer the case in many of our region’s industries – especially when it comes to food...
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Restaurant Openings

Features Beth Milligan Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Foods That Say "Michigan!"

Features Kristi Kates While Faygo started with just three varieties – grape, strawberry and fruit punch – today you can find 53 (if you include diet versions), from their legendary Red Pop and Citrus Twist to Pineapple Watermelon, Candy Apple and Michigan favorite, Black Cherry.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cherry Capital Foods

Features Ross Boissoneau Our region has become an undeniable beacon for food connoisseurs. From casual cafés to fine dining establishments, eateries have adopted the farm-to-table mantra and upped the ante with innovative ingredients and unexpected preparations.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Changing it Up at Taste of Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates The premise of Taste of Harbor Springs has remained the same throughout its 22 years, a testament to Hughes’ careful research and planning in the early days, but as new restaurants and chefs find their way to the city and carve out their own...
Friday, September 11, 2015

Hampton Sides Shows How History Can Aspire to Literature – And It Should

Features Clark Miller

Top American non-fiction writer, Hampton Sides, will discuss his art and the characters that inspired it – from Kit Carson to James Earl Ray – Thursday, Sept. 17 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, as part of the National Writers Series.

Sides – a world traveler, magazine writer and self-described “journalist who writes about history” – tells true stories, but with a novelist’s flair. While his work is based on facts, it’s no exaggeration to call his books thrillers.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Forty Years of Kiss in Cadillac

Anniversary brings tribute concert and events to site of 1975 history-making show

Features Ross Boissoneau When your high school football team is wound too tight to meet expectations, there’s only one thing to do: invite the baddest band on the planet to town and hope they can loosen things up. Forty years later, Cadillac is reliving the epic day Kiss visited their city.
Friday, September 11, 2015

St. Ignace Welcomes The Big Rigs

Features Kristi Kates If you like to 10-10 in the wind (listen to CB radio while driving), appreciate a good hundred-mile coffee (to keep you awake on those long stretches of road) and wish your fellow travelers “good numbers” or “keep it shiny side up,” then you’d better get rolling at double nickels (55 mph) up to St. Ignace for the 20th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show Sept. 18–20.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Traverse City’s Tobacco Stalwart

If You Happen To Smoke Cigars, Thank Mike Nolan For Being Able To Do It Inside

Features Patrick Sullivan Walking into a smoke-filled bar with ash trays on every table feels like stepping back in time, but that’s what you’ll find at Nolan’s Cigar Bar on Front Street in Traverse City.
Friday, September 4, 2015

B. May’s Career is in the Bag

Features Kristi Kates She started with pillows and has found her way to bags, leveraging her fine arts degree into a new life as a designer of fine leather goods. Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Barbara May is now firmly entrenched in Petoskey, where she’s headquartered her B.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Mindless Senseless Destruction

Reward In Cadillac Vandalism Case Is Raised To $1,000

Features Patrick Sullivan

It was a frigid Tuesday morning in January when Rick and Tammy Grant arrived at the back of a building in downtown Cadillac they’d entered a thousand times before – and something wasn’t right.

A burgundy and white cap sat at the top of the stairs leading to the basement; it was a foreign object. They didn’t know immediately, but that hat signaled their lives were about to change.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Trending Now

Multilevel Marketing

Features Kristi Kates Many of these companies pay out even more as each representative recruits and enrolls more people as part of the "team," which can mean multiple levels of income depending on which level you attain, plus bonuses such as free products, gifts and travel.

With so many dazzling incentives, many local women are hopping on the multilevel marketing bandwagon. We profiled a few to find out more.

Friday, September 4, 2015

You're the Top!

Fall 2015 Hat Trends

Features Kristi Kates

While fall-focused runways weren’t quite as full of unique headwear as the summer’s, there are still stacks of hats to top your fashionable fall and winter looks.

Here are some of the biggest trends in hats for fall/winter 2015.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Traverse City’s Development Boom

Features Beth Milligan and Al Parker

The Grand Traverse region is experiencing one of the most intensive development booms in decades, thanks to a recovering economy, strong population growth and high demand for housing and commercial real estate.

“This is probably one of the most active times I can remember with all the development going on,” says Grand Traverse County Deputy Director of Planning and Development Jean Derenzy. “I think right now the economy is right.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thinking About Killing Yourself? Read This.

Features Patrick Sullivan

People who work in suicide counseling say the biggest factor contributing to someone’s life or death is whether that person is able to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness and ask for help.

If you live in northern Michigan and you’re thinking about killing yourself, call one of these numbers: (231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315. They connect to the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center suicide hotline.