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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Northern gifts

Features Rick Coates Northern Gifts:Great ideas from local merchants
By Rick Coates
Each holiday season we’re all faced with the same dilemma: what to get
the person who seems to have everything or is just plain impossible to
buy for.
Of course some of us are also looking for that “wow’ factor; a
truly unique gift that is memorable, especially for those office
Christmas gift exchange parties.
 
Monday, November 15, 2010

Tastemakers: Art‘s Tavern smelt basket/ Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Show

Dining Rick Coates Art’s Tavern Smelt Basket
Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor (corner of Lake Street and M22) has been a longtime fixture on the Leelanau Peninsula. Opening prior to Prohibition as the Blue Goose Saloon, it became known as Art’s in 1934. In 1986 Tim Barr took over the management reins and in 2000 became the owner. Most people assume he is Art. In many ways Tim’s presence and personality are as important to Art’s as the ambiance, food and drink.
Art’s was among the first to get behind the Michigan craftbrew movement by adding Bell’s Beer in 1986 and has continued a long tradition of offering assorted Michigan craftbrews on tap and by the bottle. Art’s menu is rooted in traditional pub-fare. While they have several specialties, the tater tots are always a favorite.
 
Monday, November 8, 2010

Hana Malhas

Music Rick Coates Exotic Import Hana Malhas
By Rick Coates
The Mideast meets the Midwest when Jordanian singer-songwriter Hana
Malhas brings her indie folk to the stage of the InsideOut Gallery
this Saturday.
Born and raised in Jordan, Hana (pronounced Hena) made her way to the
U.S. 11 years ago to attend the University of Michigan, earning both
undergraduate and graduate degrees from the prestigious Stephen M.
Ross School of Business. She fell in love with Ann Arbor and found a
financial position with a non-profit.
 
Monday, November 8, 2010

Tastemakers: Traverse Bay Farms Fruit Salsa/ Toast the Season

Dining Rick Coates Traverse Bay Farms Fruit Salsa
Traverse Bay Farms, based in Bellaire, is the latest Northern Michigan company to clean up at an awards competition. The makers of fruit and gourmet salsas took home seven awards at the 2011 Scovie Awards last month. It’s an annual competition that recognizes the top fiery foods products in the world.
Over 800 products were entered and go through rigorous tastings from over 100 food industry experts to receive the top honors. It is one of the most competitive blind-tasted food competitions in the world.
If “Scovie” sounds familiar it is because it comes from the Scoville scale which measures the spicy heat in peppers. The scale is named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville, who developed a test for rating the pungency of chili peppers. Traverse Bay Farms took First Place honors for their Pineapple Salsa, Corn Salsa and Red Raspberry BBQ Sauce; and Second Place for their Red Raspberry Salsa, Black Bean Salsa and Apple BBQ Sauce. There was also one Third Place award for their Peach Salsa.
 
Monday, November 8, 2010

Spill the wine...

Features Rick Coates Spill the Wine... Bottle ban wrecking the party for Northern Michigan businesses
By Rick Coates
Here in the heart of Michigan’s wine country, diners and restaurateurs
are taking heat from local police for a ‘bring your own bottle’
practice that’s popular -- and legal -- across the nation.
 
Monday, November 1, 2010

Tastemakers:Dylan‘s Candy Bar/Ole George Whiskey Grand Travers Distillery

Dining Rick Coates Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar, the newest store in the Gallery of Shops at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, opened this week. Created by CEO Dylan Lauren, the daughter of fashion icon Ralph Lauren and photographer and author Ricky Lauren.
The first Dylan’s Candy Bar opened in 2001 but the concept for the candy emporium began on Dylan Lauren’s fifth birthday. “I went to see a showing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” said Lauren. “I was so awed by the candy land of Willy Wonka’s factory that it inspired me at that moment to open a candy store.
During college, Lauren traveled Europe studying art, fashion and sampling the best candies along the way. She took notes and Dylan’s Candy Bar combines her love of candy and passion for art, music and fashion to create gifts for “kids” of all ages.
 
Monday, October 25, 2010

Tastemakers: Food Rescue/Light of Day Organics Retail Store

Dining Rick Coates Food Rescue
A couple of weeks ago Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan crossed the half million pound mark of fresh food being saved and put to good use. The Food Rescue goal is “to ensure that soon to expire wholesome food becomes nutritious meals to area community members instead of ending up in landfills.”
Launched a few years ago by Goodwill Industries, the program relies on volunteers who go out daily to local grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and bakeries throughout the region and collect soon to expire perishable food, primarily of meat, poultry, fresh produce and dairy.
“Our mobile food rescue program, and along with over 80 area business donors and 40+ food pantries and food distribution sites, are proud to have collected and distributed over 500,000 pounds of fresh nutritious food to the dinner tables of thousands of individuals and families who need it most,” said George Powell, Food Rescue committee co-chair. “Using the USDA estimate, that one pound of food is the equivalent to one adult meal, Food Rescue has been able to distribute over 500,000 well-balanced, healthful meals since October 2008.”
Food Rescue began with one truck and a handful of donors serving Grand Traverse County. Today, two refrigerated trucks are kept busy rescuing and distributing donated food in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska and Benzie counties. The food is delivered free of charge the same day to food pantries, shelters, community meals and other distribution programs to immediately head to the dinner table of families and individuals in need.
To find out more about Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan or to make a contribution visit www.FoodRescueNW.org or call 231.995.7723. --Rick Coates
 
Monday, October 18, 2010

Young Dubs

Music Rick Coates The Young Dubs: On The Rocky Road From Dublin
By Rick Coates
Celtic rockers, The Young Dubliners, (Young Dubs) love Traverse City.
While most touring acts hardly know what day it is, let alone what
town they are in, The Young Dubs have their favorites and Traverse
City ranks right up at the top.
 
Monday, October 18, 2010

Robbie Wyckoff

Music Rick Coates Robbie Wyckoff’s piece of ‘The Wall’
TC singer hits the road with Roger Waters
By Rick Coates
No one can accuse singer Robbie Wyckoff of being just another “brick in the wall.”
A Traverse City native, Wyckoff grew up wanting to be a singer. The 1983 TC High School grad was in the school choir and a lead vocalist in several area rock bands before making his way to Los Angeles shortly after graduation. While Wyckoff has had some pretty impressive gigs over the past 25 years, he returns to Michigan this weekend on the biggest tour of his life.
Wyckoff has been touring with Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters as the co-lead vocalist in the Roger Waters The Wall Live Tour. The tour makes a stop this Sunday, October 24 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Prior to this tour Wyckoff has recorded and performed with Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Clint Black, Sheena Easton, Rick Springfield, Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne and Greg Rolie (Journey, Santana). In addition, he has been in several film and television projects with vocal work in the movie “Shrek,” the animated Disney TV series “Phineas & Ferb,” “The Emperor’s New Skool,” “The Replacements,” and appearances on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Yes Dear” and “7th Heaven.”
The Roger Waters Tour started in September in Toronto and Wyckoff has been performing in every major North American city and venue. The tour will wrap up a few days before Christmas, the European leg kicks off in March, continuing through June.
 
Monday, October 4, 2010

Blue October

Music Rick Coates Blue October takes aim at suicidal behavior
By Rick Coates
Matt Noveskey grew up in Traverse City as part of a musical family.
The 1994 graduate of St. Francis High School credits his family’s
diverse interests in music in shaping his path in the rock band, Blue
October.
 
Monday, October 4, 2010

Devo this

Art Rick Coates Devo This: The Art of Mark Mothersbaugh
By Rick Coates
While Mark Mothersbaugh might not be a household name, his work
certainly is. From his work as the lead singer of Devo (“Whip It,
“Through Being Cool,” “Jocko Homo,”) to producing the jingles from
hundreds of commercials (Hawaiian Punch, Hershey’s, Coca-Cola,
McDonald’s, Nike, and Toyota) and several movie and TV soundtracks and
theme songs (Rugrats, PeeWee’s Playhouse), Mothersbaugh is near the
front of every Rolodex in Hollywood.
 
Monday, October 4, 2010

Tastemakers: SweeTango Apples/ Acoustic Draft Mead Apple Bzzz

Dining Rick Coates SweeTango Apples
This weekend kicks off the annual
Charlevoix Apple Festival, and while apples do not get as much play as
cherries do, they are very important to our economy. In fact
Michigan’s largest and most valuable fruit crop is the apple with an
average annual economic contribution to the state of $700-$900
million.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Mark Farner

Music Rick Coates Petoskey’s Rocker: Mark Farner
By Rick Coates
Grand Funk (Railroad) founding member and frontman Mark Farner has
made Petoskey his home for the past 25 years. Tack on another 10 years
he lived in Onaway before that and Farner is a “Northern Michigan” guy
through and through and “darn glad of it,” especially right now.
Farner, who left Grand Funk after the band’s 1999 tour, will perform
in Petoskey, this Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Odawa Casino’s Ovation
Hall.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Tastemakers: Tannery Creek Market/ Timber Ridge Microbrew Color Tour & Fall Festival

Dining Rick Coates Tannery Creek Market
D. “The Meatman” Schultz has been an entrepreneur since graduating
from high school. He even did a stint as Mark Farner’s (Grand Funk)
manager. He decided eight years ago that his “last entrepreneurial
hurrah” would be to open an old style butcher shop in Petoskey.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Rootstand

Music Rick Coates Rootstand throws a Rootenanny
By Rick Coates
What has been a great summer of outdoor music festivals throughout
Northern Michigan wraps up this weekend with Rootenanny, hosted by
acoustic roots rockers, Rootstand. The three-day festival (September
24-26) in Ellsworth will feature 20 bands and is being promoted as a
family-friendly event for all ages.
 
 
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