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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Free Summer Concerts Charlotte Ross Lee?s musical legacy

Kristi Kates - June 27th, 2011
Free Summer Concerts: Charlotte Ross Lee’s musical legacy
By Kristi Kates
The Charlotte Ross Lee Concert Series at Pennsylvania Park in downtown
Petoskey was the dream of its namesake.
“She was the champion of this community event,” explains Carlin Smith,
president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. “She raised the
money, booked the shows, and made all of the preparations. I look at it as
Charlotte’s legacy - a gift she left to our community.”
That musical gift presents Ray Kamalay performing at the gazebo this
Tuesday, followed by storyteller Ron Fowler on Wednesday and the Air
National Guard Band on Thursday. A similar musical mix continues all
summer long.
A music lover who played the piano, Charlotte Ross Lee simply wanted to
share music with the Petoskey community. Although precise details are a
little dusty, it looks like the series itself began around 1979, with just
half a dozen shows in that first summer, always at the Pennsylvania Park
gazebo, where it continues today.
“It was important to her that nearly all genres of music were featured
each year. It was also important to her that the musicians were paid at
least something for their performances,” he says, “she didn’t want them to
perform for free.”
For years, the chamber provided funding for the series, and when Lee’s
health started failing, the chamber staff took on more responsibility.
When Lee passed away in 2000, the chamber decided to carry on the

Mary Grace Otis, of Crooked Tree Arts Center, put this year’s series
together, collaborating with Downtown Petoskey, the City of Petoskey, and
the chamber.
“The concert series is sponsored by local businesses and organizations,
which makes it a real gift to the community, since all of the concerts are
free,” Otis says, “what better way to enjoy summer in Petoskey than
relaxing on a blanket in the park and listening to great music? It’s a
great venue for performers, a beautiful place to play, and a welcoming
crowd; some acts have performed summer after summer.”
Crooked Tree’s connections have helped take the series to yet another
level, even though it’s only the first year CTAC has been involved.
Because of our contacts with local artists, it just seemed like a good
fit,” Otis says. “The series is so unique, because we have local
performers who are well-known and loved, as well as national acts who just
happen to be traveling through Northern Michigan - or who are looking for
an excuse to be up here this time of year!”

One of the shows Otis is most enthused about is the June 30 event, during
which the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes will open the evening
concerts series.
“This will be a wonderful way for people to kick off their July 4th
holiday weekend celebration. This group of more than 40 performers will
surely entertain.”
From a little farther away, the series will be welcoming some
multicultural acts, including Nashville-based Native American
flutist/violinist Arvel Bird, and Facinet Bangoura from Guinea, who will
present ancient and traditional music, song, dance, and rare instruments
from West Africa.
“He’s one of the best, if not the best, balafon (a tuned African
percussion instrument) players in the world,” Otis says, “he’ll be
performing on July 12 at our 12:15 afternoon show.”
Local acts will include the Jelly Roll Blues Band, the Petoskey Jazz Band,
Michelle Chenard, and Kirby, plus the high-energy trio The Worker Bees, a
local cover band that’s been generating a buzz in town performing tunes by
the likes of The Stray Cats, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Hank
Another local talent, musician Aaron Otto, will be playing traditional
songs on the Native American flute, performing alongside storyteller Tony
Miron, who will entertain the audience with his engaging stories and
“It’s really going to be wonderful,” Otis says, “we are privileged to have
so many unique acts in our area.”

The Charlotte Ross Lee Concert Series takes place at the gazebo in
Pennsylvania Park in downtown Petoskey (the rain location is Crooked Tree
Arts Center); for show dates and times, visit www.petoskey.com

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