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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Friday, June 19, 2015

High-Flying Fun at Balloonfest

Features Kristi Kates More than 50 brightly colored, massive hot air balloons will fill the sky above Howell, Michigan for the annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, which began in 1984. Watched by more than 100,000 spectators, the pilots at this event are competing for the state championship in hot air ballooning, including a trophy, cash and prizes.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Touring Michigan with Time and Luck

Music Kristi Kates “Max is a fantastic singer-songwriter in his own right and recently released an album called ‘Outrider,’” Rilko said. “We’ll be performing some songs from that album on our tour. And John is a top-notch percussionist; he’ll be adding those skills and more to our duo ensemble.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Faithful Fun at Big Ticket Fest

Music Kristi Kates “I think most people have a misconception of God: that he’s centered on rules and making people ‘be good,’” explained festival president Drew Spanding. “But really, God is about freedom — and it’s important to party! We have so much difficulty in this world that the discipline of celebrating is critical to our spiritual experience here on earth.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Downtown Sounds

Music Kristi Kates Founded by local Sheryl McCleary (also known for running Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) with the support of Blissfest, the aim was to encourage community talent and bring a unique arts experience to the city. Today, Street Musique is managed by the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce,.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Four Lighthouse Vacations

Features Kristi Kates THE GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHTHOUSE Leelanau State Park, Northport grandtraverselighthouse.com Since 1858, this lighthouse has overseen Lake Michigan and the end of Grand Traverse Bay, although these days it functions only as a museum (it was decommissioned in 1972).
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Beats and Bands at the Bidwell

Features Kristi Kates “CTAC has been presenting the Concert in the Park series in Pennsylvania Park (down the street from the arts center) for many years,” Ahrens said. “So, with those performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays all summer, we thought that adding Thursdays would be a great asset to downtown.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bag It!

Features Kristi Kates Pack for the park, bring a book to the beach, stash your sunscreen, lug along your lunch — no matter where you’re going this summer, you’re going to need something to carry your stuff. Check out the latest bag styles and you’ll finally be able to leave that plastic grocery bag where it belongs — in the recycling bin.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bill Engvall Headlines New Comedy and Music Fest

Features Kristi Kates “I really did want to be a teacher!” Engvall insisted. “Teachers make such a difference. I had a creative writing teacher, Mrs. Brown, who taught me how to be unafraid and to perform, and I think that’s where this all started. So I might go back and become a teacher when this is all over.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fashion Forward Five

Features Kristi Kates Fashion is subjective, it’s true, but there are always those who manage to fashionably stand out. We found five fashionistas from northern Michigan and asked them about their unique and striking style, right down to what they think of current trends and what they’d buy if they had unlimited funds to shop.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

“B” Cool at Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates While we have two months to wait, tickets are on sale now and it’ll be here before we know it. The biggest and best major summer music fest within reasonable driving distance of northern Michigan opens July 31 and Express has all the best info on what to do once you get there.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Up North Festival Roundup

Music Kristi Kates THE MUSIC: From local Joshua Davis’ triumphant return after the finals of “The Voice,” to performances by The Beach Boys, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, O.A.R., Vince Gill and The Piano Guys, these shows are some of the biggest..
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rock n’ Hit The Road 2015 Summer Music Fests

Music Kristi Kates Music fans know that one of the best ways to hear a plethora of their favorite bands all at once is to save up and road trip to one of the big summer music festivals..
Saturday, June 6, 2015

It’s a Dog’s show

Features Kristi Kates Dog shows — the 2000 Christopher Guest dog show parody movie “Best in Show” not withstanding — can run the gamut, from the highbrow canine royalty of the Westminster Dog Show to more casual summertime contests focusing on the town’s ugliest or most patriotic pet.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Supporting Art at Limited Edition

Features Kristi Kates An artists forum presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City last winter started an idea percolating in Katie Brines’ mind. A grant award brought the idea to the boiling point for the Petoskey artist who works in abstract painting and ceramics.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Experience Vintage at Bay Harbor

Dining Kristi Kates After an extensive remodel, the South American Grille in Bay Harbor has been transformed into the Vintage Chophouse and Wine Bar. The Inn at Bay Harbor’s newest dining destination builds upon a former popular restaurant in order to retain loyal customers and draw in new ones.