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, January 26, 2015

Local Wedding Planner Makes TV Splash

Features Kristi Kates “I was offered the opportunity to plan and organize guest charter experiences aboard a private motor yacht in the Bahamas and Caribbean,” Dodson-Wright related. “My job was to create unique and memorable experiences for our guests and to whip up fabulous events on the fly.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Levi Britton Kickstarts His Career

Music Kristi Kates At 15, his mother was teaching him how to play guitar. At 18, he was performing in the Golden Garter Revue at Dill’s Olde Towne Saloon in Traverse City. As an adult, he became an integral part of touring bands Stolen Silver and Chicago’s Down the Line.
Monday, January 19, 2015

The Electric Car Revolution

Features Kristi Kates But alongside that German engineering is an efficient electric system with three driving modes — normal, eco and ecoplus — for every travel need you might have.
Monday, January 19, 2015

Clip N' Keep

Features Kristi Kates Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway — and point your GPS to one of northern Michigan’s great car shows! Spring, summer and fall all welcome gatherings of motorists to locations across the region, so here’s your guide to some of the most popular car events on the way for the 2015 season.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Help Beat Cancer: Buy Music!

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists, Let Us in Americana benefit album From opener “Come and Get It” as interpreted by the Wood Brothers through Bruce Cockburn’s “Fool on the Hill” and Steve Earle’s “I Will,” this Americana collection of McCartney/Lennon covers benefits The Women and Cancer Fund, established in the memory of McCartney’s late wife Linda.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Something Cool at Bay Harbor’s Ice and Spice Festival

Art Kristi Kates - That’s a lotta ice ice 10,000 pounds of ice are brought to Bay Harbor for the event. The carvers, who Denise calls “artists in every sense of the word,” travel to Michigan from around the country and Canada to carve their designs from 300-pound blocks of ice with chainsaws, picks and carving tools.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Dogs and Snow Go Go Go!

Features Kristi Kates an outlet for other charities and organizations to use the festival as a fundraising tool,” Collins said. “Kiwanis hosts the breakfasts, the Kalkaska Fairboard will host the lunches and we are trying to find a local brewery to sponsor a new adult beverage pavilion.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Boyne’s Funk Brothers: The Pistil Whips

Music Kristi Kates “I met Will’s stepmom one of the nights at the festival,” Jaqua said. “It was dark and I couldn’t see her face. She told me her son was in a band and they were from Boyne City. When someone shined a light on her face, I realized it was a woman that had cut my hair at the salon in Boyne.
Monday, January 5, 2015

The Guy Behind the Projector: Craig Stutzky’s Petoskey Film Theater

Features Kristi Kates “I go right from my day job to the movie nights on Wednesdays and Fridays,” he explained. “And I try to make sure my on-call nights don’t fall on movie nights either. The show must go on!” It takes Stutzky a couple hours, twice a week, to set everything up: the chairs, the refreshments and the film equipment.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Swinging Through the Seasons at Shot Makers

Features Kristi Kates Lloyd Swadling started playing golf his freshman year of high school. And from the day he started, he was instantly hooked. What began as a sporting hobby has turned into a career for the Alanson entrepreneur who has opened an all-seasons golfing center in his hometown.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014: The Year in Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates and it was an instant hit… Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Fest launched an international version in Paris with Chvrches, Mogwai and James Blake… Gwen Stefani duetted with Adam Levine on a new Maroon 5 song… OK Go played twice in Michigan this month, at...
Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year's Up North: A 2015 Guide

Features Kristi Kates TRAVERSE CITY A play on the word charity and Traverse City’s famed cherry crop, the CherryT Ball Drop is “three great parties, one great purpose,” collecting non-perishable food items and raising funds for the Father Fred Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Child and Family Services.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Sports

Features Kristi Kates If you’re looking for a rockin’ good time full of winter sports dazzle and camaraderie, check out a Rail Jam! It’s a winter sports competition open to both skiers and snowboarders that takes place on a specially designed ski hill with extra features to challenge these competitors’ skills.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Year of the Goat

Features Kristi Kates In 2015, the Chinese New Year’s Eve falls on Feb. 18, with Feb. 19-21 considered the official holiday of Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival. Each year, it’s considered a major event on the Chinese calendar, meaning most Chinese have at least 5 days off work.
Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Playlist

Music Kristi Kates “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” From an impromptu lo-fi Saturday Night Live holiday skit with Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz and a portable mini keyboard to a fully-produced rockin’ indie-pop fest, this one’s perfect for those who just can’t wait for Santa to arrive.