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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Petoskey‘s triple play weekend...with Art Walk, Concours Festival & Chick Corea

Rick Coates - June 16th, 2005
In baseball the greatest double play combination ever was “Tinkers” to “Evers” to “Chance,” and on occasion the Chicago Cubs trio would pull off the triple play. Well this weekend the Petoskey region plans to field their own triple play: “Galleries” to “Concours” to “Corea.”
It all starts on Thursday, June 16 with the Annual Petoskey Gallery Walk, and then the ball is tossed over the Bay Harbor Concours Festival on Friday and Saturday with a quick relay Saturday night to Bay View for jazz legend Chick Corea for what should make a great “triple play” weekend.

Petoskey Gallery Walk
Now in its 6th year the Petoskey Gallery Walk has become a Northern Michigan tradition. This year 15 galleries in downtown will be participating and most will offer food and refreshments. Past years’ walks have attracted 1,000 plus art enthusiasts who walk from gallery to gallery to receive “dots” on their walk cards. After completing the walk participants turn in their cards at the After Glow Party in Pennsylvania Park for a chance to win pieces of art donated by the galleries.Organizers see this as a great opportunity to give exposure to Petoskey’s downtown gallery district.
“Gallery Walk is a great evening to wander through the galleries of downtown Petoskey, including five new studios,” said Liz Gowans-Ahrens of the Crooked Tree Art Council. “This is the perfect event as gallery owners exhibit new, original artwork, you get the chance to socialize with friends while enjoying some complimentary refreshments and best of all it is free of charge.”
Getting started is simple, just head to one of the 15 downtown galleries and pick up a Gallery Walk Card, or if you want an advance peek, cards may be picked up at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and street musicians from the Bliss Music Organization will perform through the evening. At 9 p.m. the After Glow takes place in the park with the Harbor Springs High School Jazz Band.
For more info visit www.petoskey.com or call the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce at (231) 347-4150.

Bay Harbor Concours Festival
Seven years ago Dave Draper and other car enthusiasts started the Bay Harbor Concours d’Elegance. Each year the event has grown in attendance, so organizers have decided to expand the format.
“Actually we have completely restructured the event and renamed it the Bay Harbor Concours Festival,” said Draper, festival chairman. “It is now actually several festivals under one festival umbrella. Another big change is we have eliminated the gate admission so there is no charge to enter the show or the Food & Wine tent.”
The several festivals in one concept include the traditional Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village at Bay Harbor. Several Concours cars, boats and motorcycles will be on display.
New this year will be the Cruise Night/Street Gala at the Village at Bay Harbor. There is no admission or entry fee and anyone with a classic car, boat or motorcycle is encouraged to bring it and show it off. Music and street entertainers will perform throughout the evening that starts at 4 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m.
Running simultaneously with the Street Gala will be the Food & Wine Experience featuring wines from the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners, craft beers from Shorts Brewing Company in Bellaire and gastronomic fare from the Inn at Bay Harbor, The Crows Nest, The Galley Gourmet, The Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, with Entertainment by Doc Woodward and Friends.
The Food & Wine Experience will return on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with a new menu and entertainment from Leo Creek. The band features Drew Abbott of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
For info visit www.bayharborconcours.com or call them at (231) 599-3133.

Chick Corea:
There’s no better way to close out the weekend than with jazz legend Chick Corea. He performs with his band Touchstone on Saturday night at the John Hall Auditorium in Bay View.
Corea made a name for himself playing the electric piano for Miles Davis in the 1960s. During the 1970s Corea collaborated with several musicians including Al Di Meola and Herbie Hancock. He is attributed with developing the jazz-fusion movement of that era.
Corea has numerous albums to his credit and as a 10-time Grammy winner he has maintained an eclectic approach to his music.
“My interests change and vary as the years go along, with different emphases all the time,” said Corea. “The more I play in different situations, the more possibilities I discover for what I can do. Rather than think in terms of my music developing, I choose to bask in the glow of one thing for a few minutes, then let it go.”
As for a favorite song, he doesn’t have one, but feels he is best known for one in particular.
“If there is any one song that listeners seem to know me best by, I guess that song is ‘Spain,’ as I get the most requests for it and hear it mentioned more than any of the others,” said Corea. “I wrote the song in 1971 and play it frequently. I re-harmonized the theme and made a brand new arrangement of it for the Akoustic Band trio in 1988, and have generally turned the song inside out through the years.”
While Corea won’t commit to a set list, it is a guarantee that this seasoned musician will put on a memorable performance to make the “final out” in the triple play weekend. For additional information visit www.crookedtree.org or call the box office at (231) 347-4337. The show starts at 8 pm and advanced tickets are recommended.
“Summer is really kicking off with a creative explosion in Petoskey,” said Liz Gowans-Ahrens. “We are showing off the best of Northern Michigan in this weekend long celebration of automobiles with style, local original art, cool jazz in an historic setting and of course fabulous Leelanau Peninsula wines.”
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