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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The Spooky Sounds of Saldaje

Kristi Kates - December 17th, 2012

Meet "The darkest ukulele band in Northern Michigan." 
   Saldaje - aka Melonie Steffes and Shaun Anchak, along with their lineup of assorted ukuleles, violin, mandolin, guitar, harmonicas, and toy piano - have proclaimed themselves that very thing, naming themselves after a Portuguese word meaning "longing" and gaining plenty of attention for their eclectic and expressive performances.
   Their focus? Haunting, old-world folk balladry influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Suzanne Vega, and Nina Simone. And a stage presence that decorates their audio with a Victorian-meets-Eastern European gypsy flair.
   Saldaje's CD release party will take place at the InsideOut Gallery in TC on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
Check out the full story in this week's www.northernexpress.com

Other "must do's" this week in Northern Michigan:

Tuesday 12/18
-- "Earth Days," a film about the grassroots beginnings of Earth Day and the environmental movement will show at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 7:30pm. Includes an Action! Fair featuring local organizations at 6pm.
-- A Christmas Cabaret: Holiday show featuring Broadway talent, dancers and local celebrity guests at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm.

Thursday 12/20
-- Unsilent Night: Moving sound sculpture happening at the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons. Hosted by Left Foot Charley, 6pm. Includes cookies and cider back at the winery. K2 Edibles happy hour eats, 5-8pm.  
-- "A Christmas Carol": Charles Dickens classic performed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, $15; students, $10; matinee performances, $10.
-- Farmers Market Holiday Celebration: Santa will arrive to the Charlevoix Farmers Market at 11am, followed by story hour. The event includes free cookies, cocoa and coffee, along with free music.

Friday 12/21
-- Christmas Storytime: Michigan author Jeffrey Schatzer will read "The Bird in Santa's Beard, The Bump in Santa's Head and The Elves in Santa's Workshop" at Horizon Books, TC, 10am-noon.
-- Songwriters in the Round: Bob Downes, Kurt Westie and Jim McNiece perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.
-- End of the World Party: Featuring music by Medicinal Groove at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 8pm.
-- Swingshift & the Stars: Celebrity charity dance-off finale at the City Opera House, TC. Doors, 6:30pm; competition, 7:15pm. Tickets start at $20.
-- Winter Solstice Celebration: Workshops, presentations and refreshments at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 2-5pm.

Saturday 12/22
-- Encore Winds: Performing Tuba Christmas, 7pm, and a Christmas Concert, 8pm, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for ages 17 & under.
-- 2nd Annual Holiday Open House: Boyne Mountain, 5-9pm, featuring store specials, pictures with Santa and family holiday movie.
-- Dede & the Dreamers: Perform live music at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Sunday 12/23
-- Sunglasses at Night Party: '80s concert and costume party with Jedi Mind Trip at Petoskey's Odawa Casino, 9pm-12am. Must be 19 or older.
-- Gretsch Guitars: Performance and DVD release show by Jake Allen at the Ole Barn, Grayling, 9pm.
-- Solstice Show: Seth and May, Kellerville and Breathe Owl Breathe perform original folk at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 7pm. Tickets, $15 ($10 for Blissfest members). 

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