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 21, 2015

Tap Room 32

Dining Kristi Kates ECLECTIC EXPANSION Diana’s Delight was a popular downtown Gaylord restaurant with a 30-year history. When its namesake owner passed away, her daughter Kim Roney partnered with her father to take over the business.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

100 Years of Tree Tradition in Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates In the early 1900s, youthful contractor George B. Hartung decided to enhance Harbor Springs’ Christmas spirit by placing a freshly cut tree in the middle of town, transported from his home at Larks Lake.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for your Co-Worker or Client

Features Kristi Kates While it’s tempting to gift a co-worker or client a calendar, it might be tough to discern what kind of images they’d like to look at for a full year. This modern perpetual calendar solves that problem with its sleek and simple design.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 On-Trend Gifts for the Fashionista

Features Kristi Kates Bohemian is big again this winter, which means it’s time to help your holiday giftee stock up on a musthave for every girl’s closet: the kimono. Topshop has a wide range to choose from, including several prints with flat hems or fringe, while Plato’s offers gently used kimonos sure to become fast favorites.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for the Techie

Features Kristi Kates Media streaming is big as more and more people sever their connections to expensive cable TV packages and find their entertainment elsewhere; Chromecast is a great way to start that process.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Features Kristi Kates LoopRope is one of those things your giftee might not even know she wants, but once she gets it, she’ll wonder how she ever backpacked, boated or camped without it.
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 14, 2015

Small Batch

Dining Kristi Kates KITCHEN THERAPY After her tenure with Abboud and Florsheim ended, she was offered a job as design director for junior footwear company RocketDog. She moved to Los Angles for the position, but the demands on her time continued, year after year, and she decided it was time for a change.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Off-Season Shopping Fun

Features Kristi Kates The Petoskey Chamber of Commerce farmers market may have ended Sept. 29, but that’s not the end of farmers market season for the city. A new market operated by Crooked Tree Arts Center is taking over for the winter, allowing farmers to vend and shoppers to buy well into the colder months.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Flu Fighters!

Features Kristi Kates Cold and flu season has arrived and, with it, the yearly conundrum of how to keep from catching it and, if you do, how to get over it — fast. Your best bet, of course, is always your doctor, especially if your symptoms are severe, but if you’d like to try a different approach, herbal remedies can be an effective option.
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, November 7, 2015

The USO’s Mobile Message

Features Kristi Kates United Service Organizations Inc.— popularly known as the USO — laid its foundation during World War II, beginning a tradition of entertaining the troops to support the war effort, supplying food, drink, music and dancing as a much-needed break from the terrifying realities of war.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

WNMC House Concerts Focus on the Music

Features Kristi Kates FROM IDEA TO REALITY Walker grew up in the Detroit area and moved north around 2007. He was at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery a few years ago with WNMC Station Manager Eric Hines. He mentioned he might be interested in “doing the house concert thing” and Hines said the radio station would definitely get behind it.
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.