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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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dancin' in the Streets, Harbor Springs-Style

They aren’t afraid of shaking a little booty in Harbor Springs.

Music Kristi Kates FANCY TUNES Mary Catherine Hannah has been cochair of Street Musique for the past three years, but the event actually started about ten years ago with the leadership of Sheryl McCleary (of Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) and the support of the Blissfest organization.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nickel Creek: Rising to the Occasion

Music Kristi Kates After years on the road and a seven year hiatus – during which Nickel Creek bandmates Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins embarked on a range of solo projects – the band is stronger than ever and looking forward to their July 10 Interlochen show.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jewelry Gets the Blues

More than 100 years ago, the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company operated an iron smelter in Leland.

Features Kristi Kates “As best as we can tell, it was discovered as a ‘stone’ sometime within the last thirty years,” said Thatcher, who has stores in Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Harbor Springs, and right in Leland. “We have come to repurpose it, in essence making it sustainable.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer of Sam

Features Kristi Kates Sam Porter’s brain does not idle well. In one 45-minute conversation, Northern Michigan’s event king touches on an impressive range of concepts, ideas, and plans.
Monday, June 23, 2014

Queen of the Road

Music Kristi Kates “I feel responsible, because we are traveling with 22 people and it’s important to stay healthy,” Raitt said. “We have organic food at each venue. We get fresh air. I bring my yoga gear with me. And we carry bicycles underneath the bus so we can explore..
Monday, June 23, 2014

Super Strings

Music Kristi Kates Now, the living banjo legend – a frequent contemporary, classical, and pop collaborator – is stringing a new sound together with Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet that has been described as “classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars.
Monday, June 23, 2014

Northern Michigan's Lollapalooza

For one weekend, a tiny town explodes with music, lights, and plenty of eye candy.

Music Kristi Kates There are several different levels of camping: “Group Camping” for a minimum of 20 people; the “Tripolee Comfort Campground” features air-conditioned restrooms, an ATM, and sites only steps from the festival gates.
Monday, June 23, 2014

Boyne's City Answer to Soho

Features Kristi Kates By Saturday, the “art” portion of the fest will really be in full swing, with the artists displaying their work, and ongoing musical performances, giveaways, magicians, and an interactive art experience in cooperation with the Boyne Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Monday, June 23, 2014

Brews, Dogs, and Two-Steppin’ on the Shores of Torch

Dancing on Torch Lake’s shoreline with a Shorts beer and Coney Island dog in hand is certainly one way to have a perfect Northern Michigan day.

Features Kristi Kates In order to keep that special aura, the area’s $200,000 annual budget needed a boost to help pay for “immediate needs” like a new trail and interpretive signage, plus equipment for the preserve’s stewardship practices, like water quality testing, invasive species control, and trail maintenance.
Monday, June 16, 2014

A Red Sky Summer

Music Kristi Kates Housed in the old Montgomery Ward building on Mitchell St., Red Sky is injecting the local arts scene with grassroots entertainment. Its improved stage, sound system, lighting, and a new internet radio stream are all giving voice to both locals and touring performance artists.
Monday, June 16, 2014

Jonny Lang's Fight

Music Kristi Kates “I wrote ‘Seasons’ when I was at our house over the holidays,” Lang explained. “And I was remembering when I was little and my parents were splitting up, so there was a lot of juggling around. I’ve always had kind of a bad feeling around the holiday since then, so it’s about some of the things that can happen in a broken-era family.
Monday, June 9, 2014

Downtown Diversions for Summer 2014

Two Northern Michigan towns are lighting up their Friday nights with streetside food, fun, and music.

Music Kristi Kates Petoskey Rocks! is set up to complement what’s already happening in downtown, and will build up to the Petoskey Proud! event on Aug. 1, which will be a big celebration of local Petoskey culture, and will serve as the signature event for Petoskey Rocks!.
Monday, June 9, 2014

The Black Cat Gets Lucky

When the Black Cat crossed Double Phelix the first time five years ago, it was hardly a case of bad luck.

Music Kristi Kates According to owner Carl Dhaseleer, Black Cat Concerts and Double Phelix are a natural fit. The barn, with its hardwood floor and country atmosphere, brings extra depth and audio warmth to any concert. Double Phelix puts a heavy focus on analog recording, with its equally layered, retro tones.
Monday, June 9, 2014

From Craigslist to Nashville

Music Kristi Kates “Josh … has the ability to not only learn the music quickly, but is flawless and makes no mistakes when he plays,” Martin said. “With Mike, it was his passion and persistence that attracted us to him. And when Jeff auditioned, we knew by the first song…He is by far one of the best guitar players in the Nashville scene.
Monday, June 9, 2014

Big Ticket Festival: A Party With a Purpose

Music Kristi Kates Fast-forward almost ten years later, and Big Ticket is still going strong, a multi-genre event that covers bluegrass, pop, rock, rap, and country music, plus a range of other festival diversions. The 2014 version is set to be one of their biggest yet..