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, November 14, 2015

Great Lake Swimmers On Deck at The Dennos

Music Kristi Kates If you like the music of Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, The Low Anthem or Nick Drake, chances are you’ll like Canadian folk-rockers Great Lake Swimmers, too.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hick-Hop Hits From The Lacs

Music Kristi Kates Quiet is pretty much the only word that applies to the rural town of Baxley, Georgia. The eightsquare-mile city that holds a population of around 4,000 has had few claims to fame, save one mention in an old Charlie Daniels’ tune: “Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

MacMaster and Leahy

Music Kristi Kates CELTIC CLASH “We met through music,” Leahy said. “We were aware of each other, and fans of each other, but we hadn’t played any music together. Once we got together, it seemed like it took even longer to work on any music as a couple because we were both already booked and had projects underway when we got married.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Billy Branch Bringing Back the Blues

Music Kristi Kates Chicago-born and California-seasoned, harmonica-playing blues musician Billy Branch is again living in his Windy City hometown after years in Los Angeles. No matter where he is, blues music comes as naturally to him as walking, and he’ll be bringing his sound even farther north next week, with a concert in Traverse City.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Catching Up with Jeff Haas

Music Kristi Kates A musician since the age of five, Haas studied music as a teenager in Berlin, Germany, delving into jazz after discovering his sister’s music collection. Now a seasoned professional, he always has several irons in the musical fire. We thought we’d check in to see what Haas has been up to lately.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Concerts Worth the Roadtrip

Music Kristi Kates While we have a fantastic variety of music right here in northern Michigan, sometimes the act you’ve just got to see doesn’t get up this way — and that’s when you hop in the car for a roadtrip downstate. Here are 10 concerts sure to be well worth the drive.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War

Music Kristi Kates Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The PigPen Theatre Co. Breaks All the Rules

Music Kristi Kates “They wanted actors that were also really a band,” Melia explained. “The funny thing is, we ended up being in the movie for only about 30 seconds, and they put other music over what we were doing, because what we played didn't work with the edit, but it was something we really wanted to do.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gopherwood Concerts’ Ramblin’ New Season

Music Kristi Kates “We’re really most proud of the Michiganbased performers,” Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said. “And we try to mix it up so that we’re alternating people who have played here before with new artists and other projects that our returning artists are taking part in.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Janice Keegan’s Fiery Return

Music Kristi Kates Janice Keegan is a quarter-century musician, a rare achievement in these days of overnight sensations and one-hit wonders. She started singing as a teen, acquired vocal coaches in both Traverse City and New York City and started gigging in Traverse City in the early ’90s.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Fremont John's Contrary Highway

Music Kristi Kates Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fremont John is a Michigan guy, born in Lansing and raised in Ludington. Inspired by a musical family, including a mother who played keyboards and a sister and brother who played piano and trombone, he’d soon find that music would be the one through-line in his life.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Two at TC’s City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer the sound stylings of an acclaimed Minneapolis singersongwriter or the comedy of a legendary Midwestern stand-up and television comedian, these upcoming shows at Traverse City’s City Opera House are sure to sell out quickly. By Kristi Kates.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Sleder’s Updates Their Sound with Concert Series

Music Kristi Kates Sleder’s Tavern, the self-proclaimed “oldest restaurant in Michigan,” may stick to its vintage guns on many things, including its eclectic décor and a few of its menu items, but they’re definitely showing their progressive side via their On the Porch concert series.
Friday, August 28, 2015

The Grand Hotel Gets Jazzy

Music Kristi Kates Enter Arturo Sandoval on Friday evening, opening the weekend with his performance at the Grand Hotel Theater.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Three Shows for the Weekend

Music Kristi Kates Led by Detroit flutist and singer Kelly McDermott, who worked for years as an orchestral and chamber musician with not one, but three, flute degrees to her credit, Nessa is an unusual and colorful hybrid band that combines Celtic, classical, jazz and world music, creating a pop-folk fusion.