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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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dates 04-20-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Stand-up comedian, actor & author Lewis Black is known for his angry face, comedy & style. Making points about the absurdity of our world, Black performs over 200 nights a year to audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada & the U.S. He will be at the City Opera House, TC on Thurs.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Dates 04-13-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Chicago’s fast-paced, soulful alternative folk band The Way Down Wanderers are just one of the bands who will perform at the 4th Annual Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival on Sat., April 18 in NMC’s Health & Science Building, TC from 1-7:30pm. Others include Tatiana Crespo, Aaron Otto, the Sturgeon Bay Singers, Dede and the Dreamers & more.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Dates 04-06-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Parallel 45 will present “Cyrano,” an adaptation of Edmond Roston’s classic “Cyrano de Bergerac,” which tells the tale of a man with a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” who helps his best friend win the affections of the very woman who he, himself, loves.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Dates 03-30-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Winter Folk Concert Series: Acoustic guitar player Gary Shackelford started playing the five string banjo at age six. He picked up the guitar at eight, & never looked back. Hear him perform at the Charlevoix Public Library on Mon., March 30 at 6:30pm. Open mic takes place at 7:30pm.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Dates 03-23-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Celebrating Women’s History Month, professional magician & illusionist Jania Taylor will present “Those Magical Dames” as part of the Coffee @ Ten lecture series on Tues., March 24 from 10-11:30am in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey.
Monday, March 16, 2015

Dates 03-16-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Singers/songwriters/sisters E Minor & Sarah Landry Ryder perform jazz, blues & folk at the Old Art Building, Leland on Fri., March 20 at 7pm. They will be joined by Caul Bluhm (known for his upright bass called the “Cauldron” hand made out of an oil drum & a steel pipe), David Hill & Arron Ryder.
Monday, March 9, 2015

Dates 03-09-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Leapin’ Leprechaun! This Irish 5K foot race starts at 9am on Sat., March 14 at InsideOut Gallery, TC. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 kids 12 & under. Post race party at InsideOut Gallery. Prizes for best Irish costume! events. bytepro.net/LeapinLeprechaun5k2015.
Monday, March 2, 2015

Dates 03-02-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Benzie County’s Song of the Lakes is just one of the 50+ groups you’ll hear perform at the FREE Great Lakes Indoor Folk Festival this Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Mercato at Grand Traverse Commons & Left Foot Charley, TC from 12-5:30pm. Enjoy folk, Sweetwater Sea music, Celtic, Scandinavian, & Great Lakes music from this band.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Dates 02-23-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Blissfest Folk & Roots Winter Concert Series presents Miss Tess and The Talk Backs on Sat., Feb. 21 at 8pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Enjoy this rock ‘n roll band rooted in swinging blues, throwback country & rockabilly music from Brooklyn, NY.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Dates 02-16-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Benzie County’s Song of the Lakes is just one of the 50+ groups you’ll hear perform at the FREE Great Lakes Indoor Folk Festival this Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Mercato at Grand Traverse Commons & Left Foot Charley, TC from 12-5:30pm. Enjoy folk, Sweetwater Sea music, Celtic, Scandinavian, & Great Lakes music from this band.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Dates 02-09-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Jeremy Kittel Band & The Wilson Brothers: 2014 Grammy nominee, MI native & world-class fiddler Jeremy Kittel brings his acoustic trio, featuring Joshua Pinkham & Quinn Bachand to The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 7:30pm. Enjoy a blend of Celtic, jazz, bluegrass & classical tunes with musical roots spanning the globe.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Dates 02-02-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold MI’s longest & oldest point-to-point cross country ski race, the White Pine Stampede, stretches over the hills & through the woods of Antrim County while raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Sat., Feb. 7. Choose from 10K, 20K & 50K. The race starts at Mancelona High School at 7:30am.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Dates 01-26-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Much more than just the “Little Folksinger,” singer, songwriter, activist, & independent entrepreneur Ani DiFranco brings her latest release “Allergic to Water,” which includes personal reflections of her life in New Orleans. Presented by Porterhouse Productions at the City Opera House, TC this Friday, January 30 at 8pm.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Dates 01-19-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Blissfest Folk & Roots Winter Concert Series presents songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician Heywood Banks at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey this Sat., Jan. 24 at 8pm. Heywood turns his humorous observations of life into crazy songs that are played in many styles; from folk to country to rock to pop & beyond.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Dates 01-12-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Shoreline Fruit, LLC hosts “Anything is Possible”: An amateur endurance athlete’s journey from everyman to IRONMAN, a free informational event for area runners, bikers & other sports enthusiasts this Weds., Jan. 14 at 6pm at the Hagerty Center, TC. Amateur endurance athlete Hugh Williams will be the keynote speaker.