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, April 25, 2011

Luxe Line in Petoskey: b.may bags

Features Kristy Kurjan Luxe Line in Petoskey: b.may bags
By Kristy Kurjan
A luxury handbag designer in Petoskey- Yes, it’s true! B.may bags, by
Barbara May, are handcrafted in Northern Michigan and sought after by
women throughout the country. The chic bags and accessories are created
out of opulent materials including crocodile, python, and soft leathers,
which make these highly coveted handbags simply stunning.
Monday, April 18, 2011

Jeans gone green

Features Kristy Kurjan Jeans Gone Green:Eco-Friendly Footwear
By: Kristy Kurjan
“Good for the earth- Good for your sole,” is Jeans Gone Green’s motto.
Keeping denim out of landfills through stylish sandals is the idea behind
the local sandal company. Founded April 2009 by Jen Lett, Adam Lett and
Mike Kittendorf, Jeans Gone Green provides eco-friendly footwear. The
hand-crafted sandals are known for their comfort as well as their
innovative way of turning rescued denim into fashionable flip-flops and
shoe bags.
Monday, April 11, 2011

The M-22 Look 4/11/11

Features Kristy Kurjan The M-22 Look: The Myers brothers capture the mood of Northern Michigan
By: Kristy Kurjan
Fresh water, beaches, bonfires, and comfortable clothing. That is exactly what kiteboarding co-founders Matt and Keegan Myers had in mind for their M-22 clothing company based out of Traverse City. For the brothers, M-22 is a way to express appreciation for the region through comfortable fashion.
M-22 is not just a road; it is a way of life. The Myers brother’s line of cotton apparel is a reflection of the simplicity and natural beauty that Northern Michigan gives its visitors.
“Loving the beaches and Northern Michigan summers, that is the feeling our clothing represents,” says Keegan. “It is easy for people to relate to the road because of its cool location and most people already have an attachment to it- M-22 is a special place for people, good memories.”
The company has a diverse customer base consisting of locals as well as out-of-towners. The brand also appeals to a wide age spectrum from 10-year-old boys to 80-year-old grandmas. And, with over 5,000 fans on facebook.com, the brand is growing in both size and popularity.
Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Fashion 4/11/11

Features Kristy Kurjan Spring Fashion: Time To Smile
By Kristy Kurjan
This spring is all about wearing clothes that make you feel good. It’s
bold colors, fun accessories and the simple joy of less coverage. When the
tulips start to bloom, it is time to put away those winter coats and fur
boots. Then break out the short skirts and flip-flops. Smile, knowing you
made it through another winter and that spring has arrived! Here is a
roundup of the best fashion pick-me-ups this season:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Best look of 2011 3/28/11

Features Kristy Kurjan Best Look for 2011? Hint: chances are it’s your favorite style…
By Kristy Kurjan
When you pick up a copy of Northern Express, do you flip directly to the
“My Style” article to check out the featured style that week? For many of
us fashionistas, this is a ritual that brings delight
Monday, January 24, 2011

Bridal Fashions 2011

Features Kristy Kurjan Bridal Fashions for 2011 1/24/11
By Kristy Kurjan
Planning a wedding is an exciting time in any couple’s life. The event
is an outward celebration of the love and joy between two people.
After the proposal, what’s at the top of most brides’ to-do list?
Fashion, of course! No matter the wedding style... Black tie, casual
attire, beach party, or eloping in Vegas - fashion is intrinsically
important on the big day.
Monday, January 24, 2011

Silk & Satin/ Ali Frankhouse

Features Kristy Kurjan Silk &Satin: Meet custom wedding dress designer Ali Frankhouse 1/24/11
By Kristy Kurjan
What is a bride to do when the gown she craves doesn’t exist? Have one made.
 Enter Ali Frankhouse, a Northern Michigan designer who creates custom
gowns for the bride-to-be. Her one-of-a-kind wedding dresses have
graced weddings from New York to Northern Michigan.
Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter fashion forecast

Features Kristy Kurjan Winter Fashion Forecast: Boots, Faux Fur, Sparkles, and Snow!
By Kristy Kurjan
When Jack Frost starts nipping at our already freezing toes it is time
to break out the winter boots, jackets, and party clothes. This winter
season the trends are not only stylish but practical. You’re going to
love the few fresh pieces, like the faux-fur vest. The current
direction is more about smart styling than spending big bucks.
Monday, November 1, 2010

Creative women in business

Features Kristy Kurjan Creative Women in Business
By: Kristy Kurjan
Crisp fall air kisses rainbow leaves and a bald eagle soars overhead
to welcome the coming day. It’s no wonder Northern Michigan has a
reputation for beauty and inspiration -- and these are among the
reasons why creative minds flock to the area. The gorgeous landscape,
friendly people, and laid-back life style provide a dream environment
that fosters innovation.
Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to school style

Features Kristy Kurjan Back to School Style… On a Budget
It is that time of year again, back to school... Starting this month,
students everywhere are beginning to trade in their beach attire for
more classroom-friendly clothi