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, December 22, 2014

Bringing The Second City to Traverse City

Art Kristi Kates You may have heard of a few of these people: Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Tim Meadows and Tina Fey. They are just a few of the many Second City alumni who helped solidify the troupe’s legacy of cutting-edge funny.
Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s A Very Green Holiday!

Features Kristi Kates got to admit that the holidays, as much as we love them, take a whole lot of energy from both people and things. But, there are ways to be more environmentally friendly every year and you’ll be surprised to find it doesn’t take much effort at all to have a green holiday.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Solstice Celebration Sheds Light with Music, Food and Fun

Music Kristi Kates “Luke is home visiting family and friends, as are Breathe Owl Breathe bandmates Micah and Trevor, who will also be performing. Seth Bernard is a perennial favorite, the Galactic Sherpas will be on hand with music to dance by and Dr. Goodhart will be going table to table with some seasonal songs.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Petoskey Paladins

Features Kristi Kates However, after doing some research on an organization called FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Bailey changed his mind. FIRST’s mission is to show students that science, technology and problem-solving can be fun and can lead to great careers.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Depression-Era Christmas at Wellington Farm

Features Kristi Kates DRAMATIC EFFECT The catalyst for making it “more” was a real life event that took place at Wellington many years ago.
Monday, December 8, 2014

A Look Ahead: Winter Concerts 2015

Music Kristi Kates Doldrums of winter already getting you down? Let this season’s upcoming concerts rock you out of that funk! With everything from Louisiana blues to ska on the schedule between now and spring, there’ll be plenty of reasons to bundle up and get out of the house, both locally and downstate.
Monday, December 8, 2014

From Sound to Screen at the Music House

Music Kristi Kates If you’ve ever driven by the white, modernized barn on U.S. 31 in Williamsburg and wondered about The Music House, you’re not alone. If you’re a fan of music, history, antiques or all three, you’ll find that this visually-understated stop is actually a must-see.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Cary Adgate’s Top Ten Picks for Up North Winter Fun

Features Kristi Kates Cary Adgate is an inductee of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, a former U.S. Ski Team member, U.S. National Ski Champion and two-time Olympian, having spent 18 years on top of the world-class ski competition circuit.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Turtlenecks Times Two

Music Kristi Kates The Turtlenecks add ambiance to high-end restaurants around the region, including the former Tapawingo in Ellsworth, The Leland Lodge, and Trattoria Funistrada and LeBear in Glen Arbor. They also enhance art openings, the Traverse City Film Festival, Northwestern Michigan College’s Culinary Arts annual dinner and other local events.
Monday, December 1, 2014

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Next Chapter

Music Kristi Kates Celebrating 12 years producing live orchestra performances for the Petoskey community, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra continues to grow with the recent addition of Anne McDevitt as the organization’s executive director and the appointment of Dr. Libor Ondras, originally from Slovakia, as the new music director and conductor.
Monday, December 1, 2014

Revisiting Holiday Traditions

Art Kristi Kates While the lineup of guests at your holiday table might be different and trends in tree decorations and wrapping paper constantly shift, you can almost always count on hearing multiple renditions of “Santa Baby” in every store and seeing performances of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” in every town, year after year.
Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ragbirds Are a Travelin' Machine

Music Kristi Kates Multiple appearances at Blissfest and other Up North venues have made the Ragbirds familiar faces around the northern Michigan music scene, despite being based in Ann Arbor. The last time Northern Express spoke with the band, they were in the middle of promoting their then-new album, Finally Almost Ready, and were taking their sound to stages in 20 states.
Sunday, November 16, 2014

African Rhythms

Guitar Summit Offers Journey Through the Sounds of a Continent

Music Kristi Kates “A producer named Todd Fraracci decided to put together a recording project with the best, in his opinion, African guitar players who lived in Canada,” explained Donné Roberts. “It was like a round table. Each of us introduced himself and his song, and we played together like a jam session.
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday With the Reeds: 1,000 Michigan Moments

Art Kristi Kates UNEXPECTED CAREERS Todd Reed began his writing career by first attending Northwestern Michigan College and then Michigan State University, where he earned a journalism degree. A job at the Ludington Daily News sidetracked him to photography when he was handed a camera to go with his typewriter.
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Say Cheese: Macaroni N’ Cheese Bake-Off Pairs Wine with Creative Comfort Food

Dining Kristi Kates Macaroni and cheese has been around a lot longer than you might think—since the 14th century, to be exact. The ancient treat is documented by pasta-and-cheese casserole recipes found in the medieval “Liber de Coquina,” one of the oldest cookbooks ever discovered.