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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Georgina’s Makes Its Move

Dining Ross Boissoneau For months, fans of Chef Tony Craig’s creative cuisine have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to enjoy his signature fare once again. After closing the original Latin/Asian taqueria, renovations of the new space took longer than expected.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Pearl’s, Queen of Creole

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE Though wildly successful today, Pearl’s was far from a sure thing. As the restaurant’s website says, “We can still recall the sincere concern of all those who went out of their way at the time to ask us, ‘What are you, nuts?’” Moore...
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Opa! Still Going Strong

Dining Ross Boissoneau Among the pitas, the gyros may be the most popular, but the vegetarian options are also enticing: the Mediterranean includes falafel and hummus; the European has grilled mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers; and the Pesto Perfect Pita features basil pesto, roasted peppers, tomatoes and melted Kasseri cheese.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Year-End

Features Ross Boissoneau As the calendar pages turn faster and faster, area experts suggest a few things you can do before this year comes to an end that can help make the upcoming tax time a little less painful. First among the suggestions are donating to non-profits, getting organized and, perhaps most important, checking with your tax professional.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

Tap 30 a New Petoskey highlight

Dining Ross Boissoneau

Time was when a bar might have one or two beers on draft, likely the stalwarts like Budweiser or Miller Lite. Time was a while ago. Now taprooms and microbreweries have us enjoying dozens of brews. Tap 30 Pourhouse in downtown Petoskey offers a rotating cast of 30 different beers plus wine and cocktails, along with a menu of engaging foods to complement the libations.

 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ho Ho Holidays

Music Ross Boissoneau You can begin with the biggest show out there, boasting enough lights for a small city, fog to cover the eastern seaboard and blasts of pyrotechnics felt halfway to the back of the arena. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing “The Christmas Attic”.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Interlochen’s Hofbrau a Culinary Institution

Dining Ross Boissoneau

Brian McAllister had a dream. The touring musician wanted to settle down with his wife, and told anyone who would listen to let him know if they knew of a bar or restaurant for sale. In 1996, a friend told him the Hofbrau in Interlochen was available.

 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beyond Bake Sales

Organizations Count on Creativity to Earn Much-Needed Dollars

Features Ross Boissoneau Want to buy some popcorn? How about some cookie dough or wrapping paper? What about the chance to own a new car? School and charity fundraisers have morphed considerably over the years, but at no time is this more apparent than during the holidays.
 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Drawbridge Bistro: A New Stafford’s Landmark

Dining Ross Boissoneau

When the Charlevoix drawbridge is up, traffic sits stopped in both directions. For drivers just trying to get through town, it’s a pain to be endured. For diners at the Drawbridge Bistro, though, it’s just another part of the attraction.

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Grille 44 continues to grow

Dining Ross Boissoneau When Kevin Buckner bought Grille 44 in Bear Lake, it was a summer-only cafe called the Ice Shanty. Last year, its transformation was complete, as the eatery became a year-round restaurant serving Bear Lake and the surrounding area with a full menu, including alcohol.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Women Behind the Scenes

Features Ross Boissoneau There’s certainly no shortage of the arts in northern Michigan. And behind the artists themselves, a host of teachers, administrators, curators, choreographers and others work to make it all happen, often out of sight of the audience. Here we profile five women who stand just outside the spotlight, helping the region’s arts scene thrive.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Thai Orchid a Treat

Dining Ross Boissoneau Chef and owner Thomas Vangyi has created an inviting restaurant reminiscent of his youth. Vangyi isn’t actually a native of Thailand; he was born in Laos, which he left during the Vietnam War. He then spent years living in Thailand and now he’s pleased to showcase his adopted country’s cuisine at Thai Orchid.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Joan Belgrave Honors Dinah Washington

Features Ross Boissoneau Detroit vocalist Joan Belgrave’s music combines R&B, soul, jazz and pop. It’s a perfect fit for the Dennos Museum’s eclectic 2014-15 season, which features a variety of acts that will engage a wide spectrum of audiences. It includes folk, blues, world music, comedy and puppets.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

Hearth and Vine a Hidden Jewel

Features Ross Boissoneau Hearth and Vine takes the farm to table concept seriously. And why wouldn’t it, with the farm right outside its door? Many of the items on the menu are derived from the animals and vegetables that call the farm home, much to Chef Jonathan Dayton’s delight.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

Saying Goodbye

Features Ross Boissoneau If it’s a new client, Cozzens first offers to do a physical to determine what is causing the problem the owners have noticed. Then comes the hard part. If he determines the condition is terminal, Cozzens has to break the news. He can offer different options, but he’s always forthright with the clients.
 
 
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