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, March 30, 2015

It Pays to Live Here

Features Jodee Taylor One aptly named discount is the “Tourist In My Own Town” card. For $60, you’ll get a card (mailed to your local address) that is good for a discount at more than two dozen businesses.
Monday, March 9, 2015

Ready Set... Distill!

Features Jodee Taylor When Michigan banned deer baiting, Mark Moseler found himself wondering what happened to all the sugar beets that couldn’t be used any longer. Six years later, he’s found a tasty and unique way to repurpose them: vodka made from Michigan sugar beets..
Monday, March 9, 2015

Make Your own!

Features Jodee Taylor The Whiskey High proof, un-aged liquor — clear and straight from the still — is needed. Grand Traverse Distillery sells 100 proof un-aged spirits. Harmon recommends going no higher than 125 proof, but liquor up to 151 proof can be found. At the end of the aging process, the spirits’ proof will have risen.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Learning Online

Features Jodee Taylor Nearly one third of high school students in Traverse City Area Public Schools take an entire class online, says Dan Overski, the district’s online learning coordinator and an assistant principal at West Senior High. He says flexibility in scheduling is the biggest reason students sign up for an online class.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Elope!

Features Jodee Taylor “Something meaningful to us,” said Sarah, 35. So the Leelanau County couple eloped to the Marquette County courthouse on the 2011 winter solstice. One friend served as a witness, another as a photographer, and a judge they’d never met before pronounced them husband and wife.
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Picture of a Leader

Features Jodee Taylor Liz Ahrens, 52, is executive director of Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, soon to merge with Artcenter Traverse City (see sidebar). Once the merger is complete, she’ll lead the new merged organization.
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dining With Dogs

Dining Jodee Taylor In Michigan, it’s actually illegal to have animals in areas where food is served, including outdoor dining areas. However, state and federal food codes prohibiting animals in these areas refer to full-service dining situations. If food is prepared indoors and carried outside by the patron himself, no laws are being broken.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Parafest brings ghostly celebrities and other-world enthusiasts to Petoskey.

Features Jodee Taylor A former employee keeps coming back to the historic Terrace Inn in Petoskey’s Bayview district. There is only one problem— she’s been dead for nearly 90 years. In 1926, the former maid returned to stay the night in room 211. Four months pregnant, Elizabeth tripped on the bed frame, lost her baby, and lost her own life.
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Ripple Effect of the Mario Batali Tweet

Features Jodee Taylor Celebrity chef and part-time Leelanau County resident Mario Batali is all over the media, both traditional and social. And he’s effusive in sharing his love of northern Michigan — its scenery, its golf and, especially, its food.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing

Features Jodee Taylor It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Fly Nearby

Making a quick layover at our regional airports

Features Jodee Taylor While the number of flights in and out of the Traverse City airport has stayed fairly constant — about 50 to 60 a day in the summertime — the number of passengers has gone up. And, probably as a result, airfares in and out of TVC have gone down, meaning flying in and out of Traverse City makes economic sense again.
Monday, September 1, 2014

A Frozen Harvest?

Features Jodee Taylor

TRAVERSE CITY — After planting a cold-tolerant breed of grapes in the fall of 2010, Benjamin Dark is a happy man. The winery manager and brewer at Harbor Springs Vineyard at Pond Hill Farms has a good crop of Marquette, a red wine grape developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for cooler climates.

Monday, August 18, 2014

State of Man: Our therapist will see us now

Features Jodee Taylor Is today’s man more sensitive than his 20th century counterpart? More independent? More invested in marriage and relationships or less? We asked an expert. Greg Holmes is a clinical psychologist, practicing for more than thirty years in Traverse City. He has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State University, and a master’s from Central Michigan University.
Monday, July 28, 2014

Film Fest Success Takes a Village

Four volunteers share their stories

Features Jodee Taylor “It’s like a wine and food pairing,” he said. There also are outdoor gigs, including Clinch Park, which this year will feature music from noon-10pm each day. Sullivan hopes to have daily themes, like a cappella or jazz. He’s also planning nightly jam sessions at the Workshop Brewing Co.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Local woman writes book about how to get rid of demons

Features Jodee Taylor Harris, who moved to Traverse City in March, uses herbs (white sage, sweetgrass), olive oil, salt and holy water in her house blessings and says she has a 98 percent success rate. The failures were at homes where the family didn’t follow her instructions, she says, or weren’t fully behind the process.