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, May 12, 2014

Inaugural Jazz Fest

Lures Trumpet Great

Features Ross Boissoneau White, who is the former lead trumpet player for the legendary Maynard Ferguson, will be bringing his little big band, Small Medium @LARGE. When he appeared as a soloist four years ago, it marked the first-ever sold-out show for any NMC music ensemble.
Monday, May 5, 2014

Big Apple Flavor; Up North Vibe

For more than 100 years, the corner of State and Bay streets in Harbor Springs has been central to what’s happening downtown.

Dining Ross Boissoneau Fish entrées include whitefish, which is broiled, baked with pecan crust, or sautéed with capers. There is also scampi sautéed with tomato, spinach, kalamata olives and garlic, tossed with spinach egg linguini. New York’s Scottish salmon is served with a sauce of dried cherries and almonds and roasted vegetable couscous.
Monday, May 5, 2014

Laughter and Tears at Old Town Playhouse

Features Ross Boissoneau “Steel Magnolias” runs from May 8-11 and May 15-17 at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. For show times and ticket information, visit oldtownplayhouse.com. The “Steel Magnolias” cast is Maryscott O’Connor (M’Lynn), Maria McKane (Truvy), Betsy Willis (Clairee), Jill Bert (Ouiser), Meaghan Jameson (Shelby), and Carly Anderson (Annell).
Monday, April 28, 2014

100 Years of Haas

One of Michigan’s great men of classical music is getting celebrated in style.

Music Ross Boissoneau The program will begin with a 30-minute documentary on Karl Haas’s life, produced by Jeff Haas and his sister Alyce Haas. It tells the story of his musical career, how he came to America just ahead of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews, and how he came to be a fixture in so many people’s lives through his radio program.
Monday, April 28, 2014

Pro Wrestling Hits the Kaliseum

Sports Ross Boissoneau Produced and promoted by Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling, Battleground VI is not exactly the spectacle of a huge-scale World Wrestling Entertainment production. But Zeroe said the upside is the audience can get up close and personal with the action..
Monday, April 28, 2014

Brewing as Therapy

It’s not often that a therapeutic tool becomes a business plan.

Features Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE Bravo Zulu is located in a former auto dealership building in Acme, so there are plenty of windows. That was great in the winter, when Brooks said the occasional sunshine would help it reach the high 70s inside while temperatures were below zero.
Monday, April 21, 2014

Trish Dishes It Up in Leland

Dining Ross Boissoneau Kropp has altered the interior of the almost 20-year-old café to give it a clean, crisp look. The walls are now a vibrant green offset by a crisp white under the chair rail, with an eclectic mix of furnishings. The chalkboards announcing the day’s offerings made the jaunt from Lake Leelanau.
Monday, April 21, 2014

Taste Makers


Dining Ross Boissoneau Scott Neumann, Cambria’s assistant GM and director of food and beverage, came up with the recipe after first trying a few other combinations, like a bleu cheese dip, then the artichoke dip with crostinis..
Monday, April 21, 2014

Rotary Show


Features Ross Boissoneau While Murphy and other Rotarians plot out the general shape of the sketches, David Millross and Al Bonney begin the process of choosing the music. Mike Hunter crafts them into medleys for the chorus, a group of 40 to 50 Rotary members, with backing from a seven-piece band.
Monday, April 21, 2014

A Century of Happy Campers

Features Ross Boissoneau As the Camp Arbutus centennial approaches this summer, the Northern Express sat down with camp director Amanda Macaluso, who talked about everything that makes the camp special – the way it brings kids back year after year, how some families send new campers with each generation, and the pull the camp has had on her throughout her adult life.
Monday, April 14, 2014

Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson to Return to Interlochen

Music Ross Boissoneau Another favorite is preeminent banjo player Bela Fleck. Fleck has performed with a wide range of musicians, from contemporary bluegrass pioneers New Grass Revival to jazz pianist Chick Corea. He’s touring with Corea through the end of this month before heading out on dates with fellow banjoist Abigail Washburn.
Monday, April 14, 2014

An Olive With a Twist

Unassuming cafe by day; cozy high-end bistro by night.

Dining Ross Boissoneau Twisted Olive opened in May four years ago as a breakfast and lunchtime eatery. That changed a year and a half ago when a liquor license became available. Owner Kirsten Okeefe saw it as an opportunity to expand her business, and added dinner service..
Monday, April 14, 2014

Tibetan Monks Perform at Dennos

An intricate piece of art using grains of colored sand will be destroyed upon completion … exactly according to plan.

Features Ross Boissoneau Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the Tibetan Buddhist monks have performed in many of America’s greatest theaters and music halls. From April 14-19, the monks will chant, play music, and create the intricate mandala.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Food and Some (Really) Bad Drinks at Mulligan's

Dining Ross Boissoneau There are some signature drinks that are slightly more palatable, however. The Mulligan is a mix of UV Blue Vodka, Crantasia, lemonade, Sprite and pineapple juice, while the Nutty Bulldog is a mix of Stoli vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Kahlua, cola and cream.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Northern Michigan ups its Adaptive Recreation

Features Ross Boissoneau Barb Hutchens is a member of the board of Disability Network Northern Michigan and a volunteer at Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS). For years, she’s been instrumental in developing adaptive sailing programs for enthusiastic sailors of all ages..