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, July 26, 2010

Greater Tuna

Features Erin Cowell Get Yer Taste of Greater Tuna
By Erin Crowell
“Greater Tuna,” the most-produced play around the country in 1985 about “the third smallest town in Texas,” boasts 20 character roles portrayed by just two actors – and it’s coming to Northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 1 at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall.
No, the play is not under budget.
Playing 10 roles apiece in a 90-minute span is all part of the fun for actors Joe Kilpatrick and Patrick Feak of Traverse City. With characters ranging from a dog-poisoning woman to a 10-year-old kid, the play about a town called Tuna and its colorful citizens keeps these two actors—as well as the audience—on their toes.
Monday, July 19, 2010

Horse Shows By The Bay

Features Erin Cowell Giddyup! Horse Shows by the Bay rides again...
By Erin Crowell
Strength, elegance and discipline – these words probably best describe
the athletes who have taken over Northern Michigan in recent weeks. At
Horse Shows by the Bay, nothing commands attention more than a
stallion leaping several feet into the air or a gelding that glides
effortlessly across the earth to the rhythms of a song.
Think Cherry Festival was a long week?
Monday, July 19, 2010

All guts and glory

Features Erin Cowell All Guts & Glory: Local rally car racer strives for X Games gold on bronze-level budget
By Erin Crowell
Most—if not every—rally car at the 2010 X Games in Los Angeles will boast big name sponsors, their hoods, panels and roofs plastered with car company and energy drink logos. Among them will be a little white Subaru, number 523, driven by Traverse City resident Travis Hanson. Aside from a few local sponsors, this rally car will be representing itself, with nothing but determination, and a little personal cash, to get it to the finish line on July 31.
Monday, July 12, 2010


Features Erin Cowell Christina: Leland-based film company premiers psychological drama
By Erin Crowell
Hollywood comes to Northern Michigan a bit early this summer – with
the Traverse City Film Festival still three weeks away, the State
Theater will offer a special red carpet event on Sunday, July 18, with
the premier of “Christina,” the independent film set in Post World War
II Berlin.
Monday, July 5, 2010

Festival of Races

Features Erin Cowell Runaway Success: Festival of Races to welcome more than 3,000 runners
By Erin Crowell
This year, the National Cherry Festival turns 84, making one of its
events, the Meijer Festival of Races, look young at a spry
38-years-old. However, the races have been around long enough to
inspire family traditions and bring thousands together, both
participants and spectators, for one last Cherry Festival hoorah.
Monday, July 5, 2010

The murder & madness of MacBeth

Features Erin Cowell The Murder & Madness of Macbeth: Interlochen production offers an intimate look into a royal crime
By Erin Crowell
Macbeth -- the psychological story of murder, power and a royal
couple’s downward spiral – is William Shakespeare’s most infamous
tragedy, aside from the star-crossed lovers of Romeo & Juliet.
Monday, July 5, 2010

Repeat business

Features Erin Cowell Repeat Business: Everything old is new again for 3 recycling entrepreneurs
By Erin Crowell
Call it the economy, call it sentiment – whatever the reason,
businesses are growing in the consignment and antiques industry.
Whether it’s a great discount price or a great story, businesses are
offering items from musical instruments to collectables, the practical
to the impractical.
The Express talked with a few Traverse City locals in the
“re-business,” to find out what people are looking to buy…again.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Good Vibes

Music Erin Cowell It’s the Fourth of July holiday weekend – a time to feel good; and nothing epitomizes that more than the good vibes from a live band.
Enter The Outer Vibe: The electro alt/rock/pop sensation from Grand Rapids that has created a fan base throughout the Midwest, including here, in Northern Michigan. The group returns for a three-day concert at Turtle Creek Casino, in Williamsburg, July 2-4.
Monday, June 28, 2010

Funny Lady? Marti johnson

Features Erin Cowell Funny Lady: Martha “Marti” Johnson pursues her dream as TC’s first female standup comedienne
By Erin Crowell
“Do you know what they’re going to call the merger between Munson and
Spectrum Health?” Martha Johnson asks.
Monday, June 28, 2010

Beach Boot Camp

Features Erin Cowell Shake Your Booty... Looking for that killer beach bod? Try Beach Boot Camp
By Erin Crowell
Living in Northern Michigan, we’ve grown accustomed to “the big
reveal” of summer – how just a few precious months of warm weather
allows us to shake off the layers and show off some skin.
Up to this big reveal, we grind it out in the gym – pounding the
treadmill and pumping iron. But once it’s time, we drop the weights,
along with all incentive to keep that killer beach body.
Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Calendar

Features Erin Cowell Super Summer Calendar Your ticket to a season of fun
By Erin Crowell
There’s no excuse for boredom this summer – from live concerts and
classic car shows to community nights and fun festivals, we’ve got
your summer fun lineup. As always, check websites for the most
up-to-date information.
See you out and about this season!
Monday, June 14, 2010

A Day at the Races

Features Erin Cowell A Day at the Races
By Erin Crowell
Weekend warriors, rejoice! This summer is full of competitive races for you to show off your seasonal training – from running and biking to paddling and swimming. So, check off that calendar and get hungry for some Northern Michigan competition.
Monday, March 15, 2010

Uncorked: The Cherry Stop

Dining Erin Cowell Uncorked:The Cherry Stop offers a wine bar with a local flavor in downtown TC
By Erin Crowell
Pull up a chair to the Cherry Stop wine bar and sample a taste of Northern Michigan. Uncorked, opened May 2008, boasts a rotating selection of 20-30 regional wines. The sampling makes it easier for patrons to choose from the 260-bottle selection. Located in the back portion of the Cherry Stop, on Front Street in the heart of downtown Traverse City, the wine bar is a tourist hot spot that is slowly gaining momentum.
“We’re still building our presence, getting our name out there,” says owner Jamie Roster. “We have a lot of locals that come in and say, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t know you had a wine bar.’”
Monday, March 15, 2010

Dance of India

Features Erin Cowell The Dance of India:Nrityagram brings ancient Asia to the Dennos Museum Center
By Erin Crowell
Many professional dancers center their lives around their craft; but
it’s nothing compared to the complete dedication of the Nrityagram
dancers – the international dance ensemble from Southern India that
performs some of the most ancient and classical dance forms of the
Monday, March 8, 2010

What‘s on tap

Dining Erin Cowell What’s On Tap: Homebrewers hope to ease a legal prohibition
By Erin Crowell
The year is 1930, and America is dry – brought on by two droughts
known as the Great Depression and prohibition. While most were
desperate to make a buck, others were looking to make a pint.