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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Thursday, February 19, 2004

A Lady of Letters

Books Nancy Sundstrom The engaging first novel by independent film producer and screenwriter Elisabeth Robinson is full of surprises and contrasts, acquitting “The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters“ as the work of a much more accomplished author.
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Hollywood Tell-Alls - Again

Books Nancy Sundstrom Curling up with a hot tell-all about Hollywood isn‘t a bad way to pass a cold winter‘s night, and there are a few new ones out there that fit the bill quite nicely.
Thursday, February 5, 2004

Flyboys - A Soaring Tale of Courage, Nancy Sundstrom

Books Book Editor Much like Doug Stanton‘s “In Harm‘s Way,“ there are two tales that make up James Bradley‘s “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage“ -- the one that makes up the book itself, and another that led to the book being created.
Thursday, January 29, 2004

So Many Choices, So Little Time

Books Nancy Sundstrom In recent years, thousands of books have been dedicated to the topic of what causes Americans to be so remarkably over-stressed. The irony is that the act of even trying to narrow down one‘s choice of what to read on the subject could be overwhelming enough to make one abandon the effort altogether.
Thursday, January 15, 2004

The First Great Book of the New Year?

Books Nancy Sundstrom Let‘s get the excerpt out of the way first, and you tell me what classic novel is evoked in the opening paragraphs of Colin Harrison‘s (“Afterburn“) latest novel, “The Havana Room.“
Thursday, January 8, 2004

The Skinny on Low-Carb Diets - How Atkins - South Beach and the Zone tighten up your bottom line

Books Nancy Sundstrom Atkins, South Beach and the Zone are the leading three low-carb diets, and the virtues and weaknesses of each particular plan makes for regular water cooler chat all over the country. If you are curious about these three diets and their differences, the following will provide a brief overview to their main strategies and focus of each.
Thursday, January 8, 2004

The Low-Carb Lifestyle - New research on nutrition and slimming results have made us hungry for more

Books Nancy Sundstrom Just how big is the low-carb craze? In a word - huge - and it doesn‘t look like that‘s going to change anytime soon.
Thursday, January 1, 2004

Scary Guy - Christopher Knight brings the spell of horror to Northern Michigan

Books Nancy Sundstrom
If you‘re looking for a happy outlook for life in Northern Michigan, check out the recent economic forecast issued by the Grand Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce, which predicts a steady four percent growth rate for the region through 2010.
Thursday, January 1, 2004

The Considerable Worth of *Present Value*

Books Nancy Sundstrom The latest book from Sabin Willett (“The Betrayal,“ “The Deal“) reads very much like a “Bonfire of the Vanities“ for the new millennium. Small wonder, then, that he has earned comparisons to Tom Wolfe for his keen eye, satiric point of view and steadily-guided wordsmithing when it comes to turning a spotlight on early-21st-century sensibilities.
Thursday, December 25, 2003

A Dark, Violent Train Ride

Books Nancy Sundstrom There‘s a lot of ground covered in Pete Dexter‘s haunting new book and it‘s a testament to the versatility and intelligence of the National Book Award-winning author of “Paris Trout,“ “Deadwood,“ “God‘s Pocket“ and “The Paperboy.“ This time around, he uses a “Train“ to help the reader with the journey.
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Balance of Power Walks a Taut Tightrope on the Issue of Gun Control

Books Nancy Sundstrom Richard North Patterson is one of the most popular and resourceful writers around when it comes to marrying the realities of special interest, insider politics in Washington with nail-biting plots loaded with suspense and intrigue. Of his 11 novels, there have been seven consecutive international bestsellers, and his most recent, “Protect and Defend,“ was compared to landmarks in the genre, such as Allen Drury‘s “Advise and Consent“ and Gore Vidal‘s “Lincoln.“
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Is There a Cure for this Epidemic? You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. -- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923)

Books Nancy Sundstrom Just in time for Christmas is a book with a title that‘s enough to make you grimace without picking it up to read one further word.
Thursday, December 4, 2003

Tupac‘s Thug Life Lives On

Books Nancy Sundstrom Can you identify the author of this quote: “When I was a baby I remember one moment of calm peace, then three minutes after that it was on.“
Not surprisingly, it is Tupac Shakur, the hip-hop megastar who, seven years after his murder, is again explaining his tumultuous, controversial life in “Tupac: Resurrection,“ a hot new best-seller and a documentary movie of the same name.
Thursday, November 27, 2003

Living, Learning and Journeys of Discovery

Books Nancy Sundstrom Two area women have written memoirs about their lives, and both are compelling reads that will be of interest not only to the many residents of the region who know the authors personally, but to readers in general who have an interest in the subject matter each one addresses.
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Sickened: Shedding Light on the Incomprehensible Munchausen Disorder

Books Nancy Sundstrom 2003 has been a year packed with revealing autobiographies like “A Million Little Pieces“ and “Dry“ that have not been for the faint of heart. One of the very latest is Julie Gregory‘s horrifying and unforgettable “Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood.“ If you can get through it without becoming ill yourself (and with good reason), you‘ll find that this first-of-its-kind memoir is a triumph of words and spirit, and very much worth the effort.