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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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Features Mike Terrell Looking for a quick summer getaway that involves a boat ride on Lake Michigan? Consider Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Via the Ludington/ Manitowoc car ferry, the lake crossing is fewer than 200 miles and takes less than five hours to complete. Once you’re off the ferry, it’s only a 45-minute trip to your destination.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Michigan's Kirtland's Warbler

Features Mike Terrell “They come from all over the world to just catch a glimpse of the Kirtland’s warbler, considered one of the rarest birds in the world,” explained U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Chris Mensing, as he prepared to lead me and a small group of others in search of the elusive bird in Grayling a few years ago.
Monday, April 27, 2015

Helping one of The Earth’s Oldest Species

Features Mike Terrell Instead of roaming the Great Lakes, Black Lake sturgeon are now confined to their namesake lake behind the Alverno Dam, limiting their gene pool even further with only a small number left in that body of water. Fish can go downstream to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, but can’t come back up.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Linda Heller Thrives in a Male Dominated Sport

Features Mike Terrell “Nationwide, the percentage of female anglers is growing. Statistics suggest that women who fish tend to prefer fly-fishing at a higher proportion than men,” said the longtime fly-fishing proponent. “There’s nothing masculine about it.
Monday, April 6, 2015

The Reversible Golf Course

Features Mike Terrell Forest Dunes Golf Club recently hired Traverse City’s Tom Doak, one of the world’s top golf course designers, to create a new course next to the Roscommon club’s existing U.S. top 100-ranked Tom Weiskopf course. As with many of Doak’s designs, this one is destined to generate worldwide attention.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Gaylord: Cross-Country Skiing Paradise

Features Mike Terrell Gaylord is arguably one of the best cross-country towns in the lower peninsula. The village has a charming alpine motif with mansard roofs, textured stucco and shake shingles alongside balconies, painted flower boxes and A-frames that bring a bit of Switzerland to northern Michigan.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Want To Become A Campground Host?

Features Mike Terrell Each year, hundreds of people volunteer as campground hosts, spending a month or more camping for free. The only catch is that they must spend 30 hours per week directing visitors to campsites, planning campground activities, answering questions about the park and surrounding area, and performing light park maintenance.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Sled Mania!

Features Mike Terrell Snowmobilers from all around the Great Lakes come to ride thousands of miles of groomed trails crisscrossing the Wolverine State, and in turn support many small businesses that depend on that infusion of cash during the slower winter months to survive.
Monday, September 29, 2014

The Boyne River

A Little Jekyll, a Little Hyde, a Lot of Fun

Features Mike Terrell “The river isn’t deep, and if you do spill, just climb back in and keep going. It’s a warm day and the scenery is beautiful,” Conner added. “The first half is quick with bends, stringers and downed trees you have to maneuver around, but the last half is mellow as the river widens and dumps into the lake.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis

A Boyne City Business SUCCESS STORY

Features Mike Terrell

Like most kids, Jeff and Jonathon Thompson loved taking things apart and putting them back together. But they never thought that inquisitiveness would lead to a successful family business. In 2005, having cut apart a pair of Dynastar skis the winter before to make a ski bike, they decided to try building a pair of skis. It wasn’t a very successful start.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ocqueoc River's Camping Jackpot

- The Lower Peninsula’s Only Waterfall -

Features Mike Terrell Nearby is the Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, a state forest four loop hiking trail adjacent to a small state forest campground. The waterfall is the primary thing that most visitors come to see, but don’t ignore the six-mile scenic trail, which is also open to mountain biking, according to Curtis.
Monday, July 14, 2014

New Biking Book

For Road And Rail-to-Trail Cyclists

Features Mike Terrell Robert Downes’ new book, Biking Northern Michigan, details 30 well researched rides across the northern Lower Peninsula that accommodates a variety of bikes. Each ride recommends the type of bike best suited for the ride. Some of the rail-to-trail rides are best suited for hybrids, cruisers and mountain bikes.
Monday, June 16, 2014

The Most Luxury $13 Can Buy

Some of the best rooms in the world are going for $13 a night – if you don’t mind one that you have to pitch yourself.

Features Mike Terrell in Oscoda. Campsites accommodate tents and small and large trailers. It’s near Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area which has yearround wildlife viewing, and is not far from the Au Sable River and Lake Huron. Van Etten Lake offers good angling for panfish..
Monday, June 16, 2014

Going Camping Whithout Roughing It

Features Mike Terrell Those looking for the “softer side” of camping will appreciate the newest trend: “glamping,” shorthand for glamorous camping. Take a load off and enjoy the outdoors without all the work, the theory goes. Here in northern Michigan, you’ll find plenty of examples of glamping the area’s luxury campgrounds and upscale RV parks.
Monday, June 9, 2014


The Old West is alive and well in Traverse City’s southeast corner.

Features Mike Terrell Its Western-themed main lodge features beamed, vaulted ceilings and hosts a restaurant and bar. There’s a guesthouse styled like an old bunkhouse, 16 motel units, 25 campsites, and a low-slung, wood frame building that has a general store and rental equipment for outdoor activities.