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.
The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.
There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.
Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.
Rare Bird, indeed. At most brew pubs, women are found behind
the bar, taking orders or cooking. Not many women are brewers in the
burgeoning world of craft beer, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t—or
shouldn’t—be more. An early pioneer on the Traverse
City brewing scene was Kim Schneider, head brewer at North Peak several
years ago. Schneider moved on and currently crafts beer at a downstate
Now, brewer Tina Schuett has taken the beer-making baton and run with it.
For most of the 20th century, the behemoth cement plant south of Petoskey was an economic driver that offered well-paying jobs for generations of workers. After the plant closed in 1980, the property sat idle for years and went into decay, coughing up powdery kiln dust and oozing leachate into the bay. Many saw the parcel’s development potential with its five miles of shoreline on Little Traverse Bay, beautiful views and easy access to Petoskey.