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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Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Nonprofit Giving Tips

Features Beth Milligan “One easy first step is for people to identify what they’re interested in and what’s important to them,” said Program Director Joe Liszewski of NorthSky Nonprofit Network. “From there, people can look locally, statewide or nationally for organizations that fit those criteria.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

First Responders: Northern Michigan Women on the Front Lines

Features Beth Milligan Every day across northern Michigan, women in life-saving positions — including firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and other first responders — respond to the call of duty to provide aid and assistance to fellow citizens in need. The Northern Express profiles four women serving their communities on the front lines.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Restaurant Openings

Features Beth Milligan Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Saved In the Line of Duty

A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company

Features Beth Milligan The morning of Aug. 5, 2012, Lt. Brian Murphy responded to a disturbance at a local Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As he approached the complex, working what he’d anticipated would be a quiet Sunday shift, Murphy had no idea his life was about to be upended.
Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals

Features Beth Milligan Wish you could eat healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? Crave a homemade dinner, but don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch every night? Meet three companies who are taking over the shopping, prepping and cooking — all so you don’t have to.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate

Features Beth Milligan This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tired of the City? Visit the Farm

Features Beth Milligan Need a reprieve from the noise, traffic and summer crowds of the city? Consider visiting one of the region’s many beautiful working farms.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Eau de Vie: The Water of Life

Features Beth Milligan French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Local’s Guide to Wine Tours

Features Beth Milligan Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to northern Michigan to tour the more than 35 wineries dotted across Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. But, for locals living with the vineyards in their backyards, it can be easy to take such amenities for granted — or to dismiss winetasting as an activity only for tourists.
Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Beth Milligan From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Keys to Attracting YPs

Features Beth Milligan In December 2011, Governor Snyder delivered an address to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s “talent disconnect.” .
Monday, January 19, 2015

Gone Truckin'

Features Beth Milligan Many northern Michiganders consider themselves experienced drivers in treacherous conditions, but for die-hard gearheads, wintry roads pale in comparison to roaring over steep hills, spinning through mud pits, climbing over boulders and racing up ski slopes. We spoke to the region’s most passionate (dare we say obsessive?)off-roading enthusiasts about the events – and vehicles – that drive them.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Healing Vanguard

Features Beth Milligan Three regional oncologists are leading the charge to battle cancer in their communities. Whether working to open the region’s first cancer center, exploring alternative therapies to relieve cancer’s debilitating side effects or being motivated by a...
Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners

Features Beth Milligan While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone

Features Beth Milligan Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.