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, February 16, 2015

Health Matters in Michigan

Features Ross Boissoneau he Mitten State is exporting health -- supplements, technology, and ideas -- and as such has emerged as a leader. Michigan ranks in the top 10 states for manufacturing medical devices, and its leading companies stretch from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to northern Michigan.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Tap Room Replaces Union Cantina

Dining Ross Boissoneau The restaurant group is a partnership between brothers Matt and Mark Davies and their wives Patty and Jenny. The four decided to close their Mexican-themed Union Cantina in downtown Traverse City and reopen it as Union Tap & Grill, which Matt Davies says better fits both the area and the company’s other holdings.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Hot Jazz For a Cold Night

Music Ross Boissoneau During one of these geek out sessions, a friend of a friend stopped by with a delivery. Enthralled by the sounds, Eddy Francisco started tap dancing along with the music. Before long, “Fast Eddy” was part of the band’s percussion section.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Maddy’s 31 Sets the Table

Dining Ross Boissoneau Their location along the main route from Traverse City to Interlochen, Honor and beyond is a definite plus, but Maddy’s 31 has much more to recommend it than its spot on US 31 just east of Interlochen corners.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Live Band or DJ?

Features Ross Boissoneau Ames lived in Charlevoix for more than 20 years before moving to Savannah, Georgia. His business partner Steve Rodriguez is a saxophonist and Soul Street’s musical director. These days, Rodriguez is based in Saginaw, but both men frequently return to northern Michigan for gigs.
Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Tradition at McGee's

Dining Ross Boissoneau marinated wings and risotto tater tots. Among the entrees are items from the waters —ahi tuna tacos with mango avocado relish, beer battered cod and pan-seared salmon — and from the pasture there’s veal meatloaf, bistro filet, New York strip, and bangers and mash with veal sausage and white cheddar mashed potatoes.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Nutrition Is Key Weapon in Battling Cancer

Dining Ross Boissoneau When it comes to the best foods to help you avoid cancer, it’s no surprise that the list includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. The list is similar for people who already have cancer, but with one important consideration. Sometimes people need to eat anything that’s appealing and doesn’t make them sick.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Groups and meetings a support backbone for many

Features Ross Boissoneau Amy Juneau is a clinical oncology social worker in Petoskey. She works with McLaren Cancer Institute/Karmanos Cancer Institute to assist those dealing with cancer. She breaks down the disease’s effects into what she calls five dimensions of survivorship:.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Cancer Survivors

Features Ross Boissoneau “He asked me if there was anything else I wanted to talk about,” said Lanham. Rather than discuss her sadness at the loss of her husband, “I said, ‘the only thing is I’m still having shortness of breath.’ He said, ‘You know, we might want to do a pulmonary study.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Crystal Café Tackles the Off-Season

Dining Ross Boissoneau Breakfasts include eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats. Specialties include the Bob, an egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on a biscuit; the Charlie, an egg scramble with cheese, bacon and sausage on a potato roll; and the Belli Cakes, pancakes with dried cherries and a scoop of ice cream.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Big Papa Makes His Mark

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE The building on US 31 just north of Chum’s Corners has gone by a variety of names over the years: Club 31, The Gin Mill, Spike’s Peak, Northern Lights. Whatever the name, Hisem says its reputation stayed pretty much the same. “It was a shot and a beer and a fight place,” he says.
Monday, December 22, 2014

Leland Lodge Welcomes Winter

Dining Ross Boissoneau When the snow flew, the Leland Lodge used to shut its doors for the season, but not anymore. Now, the lodge and restaurant (Bogey’s) at the top of Pearl Street are embracing the off-season, which is great news for those seeking a quick lunch or delicious dinner.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Georgina’s Makes Its Move

Dining Ross Boissoneau For months, fans of Chef Tony Craig’s creative cuisine have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to enjoy his signature fare once again. After closing the original Latin/Asian taqueria, renovations of the new space took longer than expected.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Pearl’s, Queen of Creole

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE Though wildly successful today, Pearl’s was far from a sure thing. As the restaurant’s website says, “We can still recall the sincere concern of all those who went out of their way at the time to ask us, ‘What are you, nuts?’” Moore...
Monday, December 1, 2014

Opa! Still Going Strong

Dining Ross Boissoneau Among the pitas, the gyros may be the most popular, but the vegetarian options are also enticing: the Mediterranean includes falafel and hummus; the European has grilled mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers; and the Pesto Perfect Pita features basil pesto, roasted peppers, tomatoes and melted Kasseri cheese.