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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Ice, Spice & more at Bay Harbor

Kristi Kates - January 18th, 2007
Ice sculptures are one of those art forms that are sometimes taken for granted, perhaps because they can just as easily show up on a cruise-ship buffet table or a wedding reception as at an art-specific event. But they are just as worthy of acclaim as art done in other mediums, and perhaps more difficult logistically than most of the others. 
Even for the creatively-inclined,  the av-erage person can’t just pick up a chunk of ice and start sculpting in order to get the kind of clear, sharply defined, beautiful results that are most desired. There are a wide variety of variables that go into ice sculpting, from temperature to the kind of ice used.
The ideal ice-sculpting block should be made of extremely clean, bubble-free water for plenty of transparency, and the sculpting itself must take place in a very cold environment, which adds extra obstacles for the artist – cold hands being only one of the considerations.
Bay Harbor is aware of how unique ice sculptures are, which is why they devote a full weekend to the art form each year, working with ice sculptor Ted Wakar of Frozen Images to create a number of sculptures that are the focus of the Bay Harbor Ice Festival, which will take place January 19-21. 

Wakar, who is also a professional chef, has competed in over 50 ice-sculpting events around the world since 1981. He was on the first non-Japanese team to place first in the 37th Annual World Ice Sculptors Competition (held in Japan), and he and his brother-in-law, Jim Bur, were also invited to return to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, where ice sculpting was part of the cultural events preceding the games. 
Bay Harbor’s Elizabeth Mrozinski knows that they made a great decision when selecting Waker to head up the ice sculptures that will be displayed at The Village at Bay Harbor.
“Ted is a seasoned veteran,” she explains, “so we trust him to come up with our new sculptures each year. There won’t be any repetitions in the sculptures themselves from last year, but he will be sculpting the ice bar again over at Knot Just A Bar.
“He will also be doing carving exhibitions on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Mrozinski adds.
It’s the seventh year for this Bay Harbor event, which started off with the main focus on the ice sculptures themselves, but the festival has grown into a lot more. “There will, of course, still be those beautiful sculptures,” Mrozinski explains, “but we’re excited that there will now be even more than that.” 

Bay Harbor’s Galley Gourmet is a big participant in the fest, putting on the Ice and Spice Chili Cookoff, which is headed up by Chef Karen Williams and which, other than the ice sculptures, is one of the biggest draws of the weekend. Taking place on Saturday, the event is “tons of fun,” according to Mrozinski, and involves both the chili itself in the competition as well as themed costumes for the chili creators.
“Most of the participants try to match the theme of their chili,” Mrozinski says. “We’ve had military chili, Mardi Gras chili, all sorts of varieties, and the prizes are pretty great, too.” 
The prizes top out at $500 first prize for the winning chili, and anyone can enter as long as they follow the competition requirements, which are outlined on the Bay Harbor website (www.bayharbor.com). Those whose interest lies primarily in eating chili, as opposed to making it, can participate too – just pay $5 at the Galley Gourmet, and you’ll be able to sample all of the competing chilis from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday.
So, with spectacular ice sculptures, tasty chili, and lots of fun, what more could you ask for? Plenty, according to Mrozinski.  There will also be hayrides, snowshoe demonstrations, strolling magician Jania Taylor, and music from the Concord Academy Choir and Little Traverse Choral Society.
Plus, the Detroit Red Wings alumni will play an exhibition hockey game on Saturday (which will be held off-site at Griffin Arena). There will also be a Red Wings reception and auction, and a special Red Wings alumni autograph signing in the “downtown” area of Bay Harbor on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We’ve been trying to add more elements to the ice sculpture event,” Mrozinski explains, “but what we like best about it is that it’s such a great winter event for everyone to enjoy.  It’s really a coming together of the greater Petoskey area, and people also come from as close as Traverse City and as far away as the Detroit area to participate.  There’s something for everyone.  We really want to continue to grow the event, and community participation is key to that.”

The Bay Harbor Ice Festival takes place January 19th-21st in The Village at Bay Harbor.  A detailed schedule of events can be viewed at www.bayharbor.com - click on the “News and Events” tab and then “Events” for a calendar layout.
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