Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Val du Lakes

Rick Coates - June 20th, 2011
It has been 15 years since Val Du Lakes hosted their last summer concert
series. The popular concert and camping venue located just south of
Pentwater (two hours from Traverse City) is back after a long hiatus. The
16-week concert series kicked off in May with the return of Pop Evil, from
neighboring Ludington that has hit the big time, and concerts will
continue through the end of August.
“We are excited to be back,” said Ned Timmer, concert promoter who is
working with new owners Brian and Mary Lowing. “Right now people are just
figuring out we are offering concerts once again.”
This year’s line up includes everything from hip-hop to country with
plenty of classic rock in between. They will take a two-week-break around
the Fourth of July during the Muskegon Summer Festival and the Electric
Forest Festival (formally Rothbury) that traditionally offer several
national touring acts.
Val Du Lakes got its start in the early ’70s and quickly found itself part
of the summer concert circuit, attracting the top touring acts in between
Detroit and Milwaukee or Chicago gigs. Such artists as Aerosmith,
Guns-n-Roses, Metallica, Bon Jovi and Stevie Ray Vaughan among others
graced the Val Du Lakes stage. By 1995 crowds had dwindled as new concert
venues started popping up in Grand Rapids; Val Du Lakes focused on camping
and recreational offerings and gave up on concerts.
Ned Timmer, who retired from a successful telecommunications career a few
years ago decided to start a second career around his passion for music.
He became a concert promoter.
“I was running my own business and the similarities were there from
marketing, to planning to management,” said Timmer. “After paying off all
my debts I hired .38 Special to play a private party and it was awesome,
so I decided I wanted to become a concert promoter.”

Timmer connected with the Lowings a couple of years ago to partner with
them by taking on the concert end of the operation. The response has been
“We are hearing from people that are saying they are so happy Val du Lakes
is back because of all the fond memories they had,” said Timmer. “But I
also heard people say that towards the end Val du Lakes was not a great
place to go. There were lots of issues but we have corrected those; we
kept the name but made all the improvements. We have a totally new venue.
“Way back they were doing 10,000 plus and we have restructured the venue
to keep shows between 1,500 and 6,000 people. It is very gorgeous now.
People who haven’t been here in 20 years are going to be very impressed.”
Val Du Lakes is also trying to be all things to all people. In addition to
the concert venue and camping facility it offers a full bar and
“We had a very aggressive line-up last weekend. We held a hip hop festival
with 50 artists that went over huge,” said Timmer. “We are also offering
several free shows throughout the summer, some big names like The Tubes,
Starship, Toad The Wet Sprocket.”
Timmer feels that Val du Lakes will become a concert destination and that
the current economy bodes well for what they have put forward.
“Besides the free shows all the concerts are affordable; we have show
tickets starting at $10. I think with gas prices and the economy people
are looking for inexpensive getaways and see Val Du Lakes as that
opportunity. Plus with the camping aspect we create an environment to keep
people from drinking and driving.”

Val du Lakes is located near the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Lake Michigan
with several outdoor amenities in the region from kayaking to mountain
One of the first big shows of the summer was .38 Special and Molly Hatchet
a few weeks back. Timmer and Lowing’s are excited about the Classic ’80s
rock weekend coming August 5-6.
“We have Cheap Trick, Patty Smyth and Scandal along with Robin Zander’s
son of Cheap Trick on Friday night,” said Timmer. “On Saturday we have Dr.
Hook at 3 pm doing his full show followed by Donny Iris and the Cruisers
along with Tom Cochrane and Red Rider with Meat Loaf closing out the

For additional information on Val Du Lakes check out www.valdulakes.com or
call them at (231) 425-8704 or (231) 873-4901. Theare located at 1573 N.
Wilson Road, in Silver Lake,MI.

Summer Concert Schedule:

Fri. Jun 24 EVE 6
with TONIC
Sat. Jul 16 BUCKCHERRY w/Loaded, Taddy Porter
Sat. Jul 23 BIG & RICH with
Sat. Jul 30 Bad Company
former singer Brian Howe

with Patty Smyth & Scandal
Sat. Aug 6 MEAT LOAF w/Dr. Hook
with The Vandrie
Fri. Aug 26 – FEE WAYBILL and the TUBES

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