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, September 8, 2014

Twice the Fun at Hops and Props

There’s beer and boats … and then there’s hops and props.

Music Kristi Kates The breweries will be arriving from all over Michigan, and will include brews from Bells, Dark Horse, Shorts, Founders, Mitten, Hideout, North Peak, Rochester Mills, New Holland, and Arcadia Brewing Companies, plus offerings from The Livery, Douglas Valley Winery, Bardic Wells Meadery, Virtue Cider, and many more.
Monday, September 8, 2014

From Beulah to Greenland and Beyond

Features Kristi Kates “It’s a great place for day trips and skillbuilding programs, while still being a very nicely habitable region with good food, art, and culture, and it’s only gotten better,” he said. “It’s also a great springboard for our programs on lakes Michigan and Superior, as well as Alaska and Greenland, since it has a good airport and access to supplies.
Monday, September 8, 2014

Breezing Through the Tunnel of Trees

Features Kristi Kates The fall edition of this year’s Cycling Classic is set for Sept. 13, with a trio of routes. All offer beautiful glimpses of Lake Michigan, farmland, horse pastures, and that jaw-dropping foliage..
Monday, September 1, 2014

Frankie Ballard Headlines Country Jamboree

Music Kristi Kates LIKE NOTHING ELSE Festival organizer Chris Cook has been running the festival grounds in Buckley for the past three years. Over that time, he said, they’ve hosted a lot of country concerts, but this is the first time they’ve focused specifically on a full-speedahead, all-country event.
Monday, September 1, 2014

The Sweet Smell of Success at Lavender Hill Farm

Features Kristi Kates FRESH FARM While neither Linda nor Roy Longworth had any farming background prior to buying the land that would become Lavender Hill, they loved to garden and, most of all, felt a sense of urgency upon hearing that the farm property would be sold at auction.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott Craig’s Stories Next Door

Features Kristi Kates DRIVEWAY MOMENTS Most often compared to Paul Harvey – and to what many IPR listeners will remember as “driveway moments” in which listeners stayed glued to the radio until each story’s conclusion – the real people in each of Craig’s capsule stories could be neighbors.
Monday, August 25, 2014

They've Got Moxie

Think you know folk music? Familiar with traditional instruments?

Music Kristi Kates The songs that they play may have a foundation in the traditional, but they run them all through their own unique filter, a process that started almost 10 years ago when Ladio and Lynn met at the Michigan American String Teachers Association camp in Howell, Mich.
Monday, August 25, 2014

From Chants to Muzak: Work Music Through the Ages

Music Kristi Kates Work songs have been documented since people started keeping track of history itself. From domestic trades to agricultural work, sea shanties to cowboy songs, chain gang chants to paperboys hawking their wares, tunes have long been utilized for a range of productive reasons.
Monday, August 25, 2014

Dennos Welcomes Two New Modern Exhibitions

Features Kristi Kates Li Hongbo’s work involves the stacking of thousands of sheets of paper, using glue and pressure to hold them together. Sawing, cutting, and later fine-tuning with sandpaper, he crafts the paper into sculptures that mimic marble.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Emmet County Fair Welcomes Joe Nichols and More

Persistence equals success in Nashville … and in Petoskey.

Music Kristi Kates

Country music singer Joe Nichols – whose latest single, “Yeah,” hit number one on the U.S. Country Airplay chart last month and just became his fourth gold single – knows the value of not giving up. At the age of 19, Nichols was signed to Intersound Records, where he released his first album, 1996’s “Joe Nichols.” The album didn’t sell, and Intersound dropped him.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The 2014 Men of Rock

Music Kristi Kates

This year’s Men of Rock list runs the gamut: From soulful singles to electronica to straightforward alt-rock, all of these artists share standout vocals, strong personalities, and plenty of talent. What makes them unique is their individual approaches to their tunes. This isn’t a popularity contest, though. Justin Bieber and Jay-Z get enough attention as it is. The following men of rock are causing a stir because of their innovation, music, and accomplishments. Check ‘em out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

May Erlewine’s Emotional Journey

Music Kristi Kates

Music runs in May Erlewine’s blood. Her father, Michael Erlewine, was active in the Michigan folk music scene, collaborating with the likes of Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. He also founded the online All Music Guide in the early ‘90s, where it became a pop culture source for music fans worldwide.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Slim Cuts, Rich Palettes Define Fall Menswear

Color is back, slim is in, and denim’s set to dominate.

Features Kristi Kates Menswear experts Craig Ryan of Craig Ryan Fine Menswear, The Clothes Post owner Jeff Pagel, Ella’s Men’s Stylist Salvador Cisneros, and Captain’s Quarters’ owner Maurie Allen say that choices for men are getting more colorful, with better fabrics and styling.
Monday, August 18, 2014

200-plus Brews; Brandi Carlile at Microbrew Fest

A simple idea – pairing local microbrews with live music – has exploded into something spectacular in Traverse City.

Features Kristi Kates

Bigger than ever, the fifth annual Traverse City Microbrew and Music Fest has a 200-beer menu, hotter bands, enormous tents, and a full-on light show to cap it all off.

“These things are what move me,” said organizer Sam Porter. “We love this event, and it brings so much good to the community.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

Now That ‘The Voice’ is Over; What’s Next?

Music Kristi Kates Ryan Whyte Maloney made a strong showing on NBC’s singing competition program “The Voice,” snagging a spot on Blake Shelton’s team and making it to the playoff rounds before he was eliminated.