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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Press on Juice

Features Kristi Kates

She navigated the high-powered Chicago business world for years, working for top companies like Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. As time passed, she moved even father up the ladder, eventually co-owning an IT firm. Sometimes you need to get back to basics before you can press on to your next career adventure. That's what Kris Rockwood did when she left the big city to start a company of her own in northern Michigan — one with plenty of liquid assets.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Local Dietitians Weigh-In

Features Kristi Kates Obesity and related health issues have become an epidemic in our state, but sorting through the endless advice columns, weight loss blogs and self-help books can be a time-consuming task. To simplify this overwhelming topic, EXPRESS asked doctors and professional hospital dietitians around our region to share some of the practical, healthier choices we can all start making today.
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.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Three Sides of “Ernie”

Features Kristi Kates

Ernie Harwell was a sportscasting legend. He spent 55 years on the microphone — 42 of those with the Detroit Tigers — calling the game action on radio and TV. But to Michiganians, he was even more. Harwell’s familiar vocal resonance, phrasings and personality made him more like a family member, connecting him with fans, players and fellow broadcasters.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Waltzes Into Interlochen

Features Kristi Kates ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” is a true reality TV phenomenon, and that phenomenon is making a live stop in northern Michigan Aug. 10. Pairing professional dancers with celebrities, each couple performs specific dances within a weekly theme, ranging from the jive to the tango.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Traverse City Film Festival

Features Just Great Movies, Doug Loves TC, New Media, Ticket Info
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF 2015 Preview

Features Meg Weichman When I’m not reviewing the latest and greatest from Hollywood each week, in my other job as creative director at the Traverse City Film Festival I get to watch a lot of great independent films in preparation for six days of moviegoing goodness. Here are some of my favorites at this year’s fest, which runs from Tuesday, July 28 - Sunday, August 2:.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Challenges of Filming Up North

Features Kristi Kates There are a lot of great things about filming in Michigan. For starters, big budget films like “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and "Red Dawn" have utilized the urban wilds of Detroit, where they’ve found endless examples of inner-city blight, abandoned factories and graffitied walls to serve as backdrops for various apocalyptic scenarios.
Saturday, July 25, 2015


The path a movie takes from film to Film Fest

Features UNOFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS “Most film festivals post a submission period where anyone can submit their films. There’s a form and a fee, and then the festival watches the film and gets back to you with feedback and whether or not it will get into the festival.
Saturday, July 25, 2015


A local pastor and a local atheist debate Refusing Service to Gays – Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

Features Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer We live in a different world. The blurred lines between public and private have us asking all sorts of questions. One particularly vexing question for me involves another baker, and probably some butchers, candlestick makers, florists, photographers, and caterers too!.
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, July 25, 2015

Gay From Gaylord

A Coming-(Out)-of-Age Story

Features Patrick Sullivan This winter, Ryan made a short documentary with some classmates about his transformation called “Gay From Gaylord.” The film can be seen on YouTube and it will be shown as part of the Traverse City Film Festival on July 30 at 6pm at the Inside Out Gallery.
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Best of the Rest

Features Kristi Kates The Traverse City Film Festival is in good company. Each year, Michigan plays host to more than three dozen film fests of various sizes and genre focuses, from the very specific (like the annual Arab Film Festival in Dearborn or the Tulipanes Latino...
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Passing of the Passenger Pigeon

Features Kristi Kates Perhaps you’ve been to the Little Traverse Historical Museum and wondered why there’s an entire exhibition dedicated to passenger pigeons. Maybe you’ve seen the memorial to the passenger pigeon at the Oden Fish Hatchery six miles north of Petoskey or wondered about the name of the Pigeon River area.
Friday, July 17, 2015

A Lake Runs Through It

Up North fisheries scale to new heights

Features Kristi Kates “There was… some question,” Carlson chuckled. “I went to college at the School of Natural Resources at U of M. Then, I worked for another fish company and I worked for Whole Foods for a while, but when the opportunity opened up to buy this place in 2012, I had to take it.