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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None - August 19th, 2011  

AUGUST 15-21

EDITED BY erin crowell

Blacklite Lounge - Gaylord
Club Rumors - Gaylord
Wed. -- Comedy Night
Ole' Barn - Grayling
Mt. Pleasant

Otsego, Crawford & Central

8/19 -- Terry Fator w/ Michael
Grimm & Kevin Skinner
Waterlilly Lounge:
Select Thurs. -- Live Music,
Stampede Saloon - Gaylord

8/19 -- DJ Reichert
8/20 -- Tuff Cookie
Timothy's Pub - Gaylord
Fri. & Sat. -- Video DJ w/ Larry
Reichert Ent.
Ugly Bar & Grill - Vanderbilt

Kaleva Tavern - Kaleva
Wed. -- Open Mic w/ Cheryl
Wolfram, 8-10pm
Little River Casino - Manistee
Grove Lounge:
8/15 -- The Ray Watkoski Band
8/19 & 8/20 -- Sierra Shame

Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee

McManigals Pub - Manistee
Fri. & Sat. -- Open Mic, 9pm
Geno's Patio - Thompsonville
Pines Nightclub - Cadillac
Fri. -- Hot Traxx Video Dance
Portage Point Inn - Onekama
Fri.-Sun. -- Piano on the Porch w/

Bobby Bone, 5-8
River Street Station - Manistee
8/20 -- Afterhours Experience
Shay Station - Cadillac
Timbers - Cadillac

Aroma's Coffee House - TC
Tues. -- John Pomeroy, 7-9pm
Boone's - TC
Thurs. -- Big Rand, 6
Bud's - Interlochen
Thur. -- Live Music, 5-8
Cherry Stop - TC
Uncorked Wine Bar (7-10):
Crema -
8/19 -- Robert Abate, 5-8
Elmbrook Golf Course - TC
Fantasy's - Traverse City
Adult Entertainment w/ DJ
Fireball Lounge - Kalkaska
Fri. -- DJ Scott Hall
Sat. -- Live Music
Good Work Collective - TC
Grand Traverse Resort -
Aerie Lounge:
Thurs. -- Ron Hernandez & Ron
Getz, 6-10pm
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
Ground Zero - TC
Thurs. -- College Night
Sat. -- Z93 Ladies Night
Hayloft Inn - TC
Thurs. -- WNMC Music
Roundup, 8pm
Fri. & Sat. -- Live country music
Hide Away Bar & Grill -
Fri. -- Music by Hot Traxx
Patio (4-8):
8/17 -- Ron Getz & the Tim Wire
8/18 -- The Bohemians
8/19 -- Rebooted w/ Judy
8/20 -- Common Cent$
8/21 -- Ground Zero

Grand Traverse & Kalkaska

8/19 & 8/20 -- DJ CDX
InsideOut Gallery - TC
Kilkenny's - TC
8/19 & 8/20 -- Lucas Paul Band
Tues. -- Levi Britton, 9:30pm
Wed. -- Open Mic
Thurs. -- Johnny P, 9pm-1am
Sun. -- Mitch McKolay, 8-11pm
Left Foot Charley - TC
Lil Bo Pub & Grille - TC
8/16 -- TC Celtic, 7-9
8/17 -- Tim Wire Trio, 8-11
8/19 -- Zen Stew, 8:30-11:30
8/22 -- Megan Durfee Fundraiser
w/ Tim Wire Trio, 5-8
Loading Dock - TC
8/19 -- Howling Diablos CD
Release Party
8/20 -- Benzie County Playboys
Sun. - Open Mic, 8pm-12am
Mon. -- TC Celtic, 7-9pm; The
Noel & John Show, 9pm-close
North Peak Deck - TC
8/17 -- Robert Abate
8/18 -- Moonbeam
8/19 -- Andy Sturtz
8/20 -- Ron Getz
Northern Lites - TC
8/19 & 8/20 -- TBA
Tues. -- DJ EJ, 8
Oryana - TC
Lake Street Cafe:
Wed. -- Robert Abate, 3-4pm
Fri. -- R. Abate, 3:30-4:30pm
Beacon Lounge:
Mon. -- Levi Britton, 8:30pm
Thurs. - Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann
ParkShore Resort - TC
Thurs. -- Bryan Poirier, 7-10
Peegeo's - TC
Fri. & Sat. -- Big Rand, 6pm

Phil's on Front - TC
Mon. -- Ron Getz & Elizabeth
Tues. -- David Chown wsg
Wed. -- Hipps n Ricco
Thurs. -- Al Jankowski &
Elizabeth Sexton Rivers
Fri. & Sat. -- Dawn Campbell &
Al Jankowski
Poppycock's - TC
Fri. & Sat. -- On Quartet
Ranch Rudolph - TC
Sail Inn - Traverse City
Tues. & Thurs. -- Entertainment
Side Traxx - TC
Wed. -- Alt/Retro Night
Fri.-Sat. -- DJ/VJ Mike King
Sleder's - TC
Southside Hideout - Buckley
8/19 -- Lonesome Fugitive Band,
Festival Grounds:
State Street Grille -
Taffel Town - Fife Lake
8/19 & 8/20 -- Wild Card
Level 3 Lounge:
8/20 -- Summer Sizzlin' Drag
Thurs. -- Comedy, 9
Thurs, Fri & Sat -- DJ Ricky T,
Union Street Sta tion - TC
8/18 & 8/19 -- Brent James & the
Contra Band
8/20 -- Kung Fu Rodeo
Mon. -- Jay Kott
Tues. -- Open Mic
Wed. -- Hip Hop Show
Thurs. -- Levi Britton

Bayview Grille - Frankfort
8/20 -- Rose Fraser
Cabbage Shed - Elberta
Thurs. -- Open mic w/Jim Clapp
Sat. -- Live Music
Cedar Tavern -
Fri. -- DJ Kenny
Crystal Mountain Resort -
Dicks Pourhouse - Lake Leelanau
Leelanau Sands Showroom:
8/19 -- Micki Free, 9
8/20 -- Comedy w/ Don
Burnstick, 10

Leelanau & Benzie

Elements Lounge:
8/20 -- Chico w/ Ruby John
Wed. -- Comedy, 9pm
Thurs. -- 45th Parallel Polka Band
Fri. -- DJ Markis, 9pm-1am
Geno's Sports Bar -
Lumberjack's - Honor
Tues. -- Open Mic
Fri. & Sat. -- DJ Jesse James
Mayfair Tavern - Elberta
Tues. -- Open mic hosted by
Jake Frysinger
O'Keefe's - Suttons Bay
Thurs. -- Open mic w/ James
Glass, 9pm-close

Riggers - Arcadia
Villa Marine Bar - Frankfort
Thurs. - Bobby Bone, 7-10
Village Inn - Suttons Bay
Sat. -- Open Mic, 10pm


Send us your dates!
Deadline is Tuesday for the
following week:

Dance to Detroit's funk/
rock/blues band, Howling
Diablos, for a CD release
party at the Loading Dock,
TC, Aug. 19.

Audies - Mackinaw City
Bay Harbor Yacht Club
Black Mountain Lodge -
Fri. & Sat. -- Bill Phillips, 6pm
Boyne Highlands - Harbor
Slopeside (9pm):
8/19 -- Nelson Olstrom
8/20 -- The Remedee w/ Jeff
Cabana Bar - Bay Harbor
Colonial House - St. Ignace
Cava - Bay Harbor
Chandlers - Petoskey
All shows are 8-11pm
City Park Grill - Petoskey
8/19 -- TBA
8/20 -- Rootstand
Dixie Saloon - Mackinaw City
Fri. & Sat. - Live DJ
Douglas Bar - Pellston
Driftwood Sports Bar - St.
Hoppie's - Pellston
(Sault Ste. Marie)
Rapids Lounge:

Emmet & Cheboygan

8/18 -- Comedy w/ Ricky Reyes
& Carlos Velencia
8/19 & 8/20 -- Hixx
Northern Pines Lounge:
8/17 -- Comedy w/ Ricky Reyes
& Carlos Velencia
8/19 & 8/20 -- Paul Perry
Knot Just a Bar - Bay Harbor
Legs Inn - Cross Village
Fri. -- Kirby, 6-9
Leo’s Sports Bar -- Petoskey
1st & 3rd Sun. -- Open Stage
Links Grille - Bay Harbor
8/18 -- Pete Kehoe
8/19 -- Adam Engleman & Sean
Mackinac Grill - St. Ignace
Mama Mia's - Mackinaw City
Noggin Room - Petoskey
Oasis Tavern - Kewadin
Thurs. -- Bad Medicine, DJ
Jesse James
Sat. -- DJ Shawn, 10:30pm
Fri. -- 102.9 Big Country, 9pm; DJ

Fabz, 12am
Sat. -- Funny Biz Comedy Show,
8pm; 105.1 Real Rock, 10pm; DJ
Shawn, 12am
Palette Bistro Deck - Petoskey
8/18 -- Craig Cottrill, 8-11
Papa Lou’s Pizza Pub & Grill
Weds. -- DJ Freezy, 9pm-close
Thurs. -- DJ Bill Da Cat
Fri. -- Live Entertainment
Sat. -- DJ Bill Da Cat
Fri. & Sat. -- 18 & older dancing
Pier 33 - Cheboygan
8/18 -- James Greenway, 8:30
Thurs. -- Ladies Night,8-10; DJ
Spaz, 10pm-12am
Sagamore's - Bay Harbor
Sat. -- Pianist Bob Bryan, 6:30
South American - Bay Harbor
(Music starts 7pm)
8/19 -- Ron Getz
8/20 -- Michelle Chenard
Wed. -- Adam Engleman & Sean
Wigwam - Indian River
8/19 & 8/20 -- Peril

Alden Bar & Grille
Sun. -- Open mic
Mon. -- Jeff Woolsey
BBQ Restaurant - Boyne City
Bellaire Lanes Sandbaggers
Fri. -- Danny B., 6-9pm
Blue Pelican - Central Lake
8/19 -- Willy Jam
8/20 -- Steve Dawson
8/21 -- Danny B.
Buck's Bar - Mancelona
Beach House:
8/19 -- Michelle Chenard, 7-10
8/20 -- Dave Cisco, 12-3;
Nelston Olstrom, 7-10
Daily -- Bob Bryan, 6-9pm
(All shows 8-11pm)
8/19 -- Ron Getz

Antrim & Charlevoix

8/20 -- Michelle Chenard
Trophy Room:
8/16 -- Hipps n Ricco
Buck's Bar - Mancelona
Thurs. -- DJ Adam R
Fri & Sat -- Live music
Cafe Santé - Boyne City
8/20 -- Sean Bielby & Adam
Engelman, 8-11
Wed. -- Younce Guitar Duo, 8-11
Thurs. & Fri. -- Sean Ryan, 8-11
Cooper's Pub & Grill - Boyne City
8/15 -- Michelle Chenard, 7-10
8/19 -- Gifts or Creatures, 7-10
8/19 -- Rootstand, 10-1
8/20 -- DJ Pierce, 10-1:30
Golden Nugget - Ellsworth
Jordan Inn - East Jordan
3rd Tues. -- Featured Artist
4th Tues. -- Folk Jam
Fri. -- John Slough, 7pm
Murray's Bar & Grill - E. Jordan
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
Press Box - Mancelona

Fri. -- Live music w/ Rich
Blackmore, 7-9pm
Riverwalk - Elk Rapids
8/21 -- Big Rand, 5
Roadhouse - Mancelona
Shanty Creek - Bellaire
Thurs. & Fri. -- Live music
Weiskopfs Patio:
Sat. -- Live Music
Short's - Bellaire
Fri. -- Younce Guitar Duo
Sportsman's Bar - Boyne City
Sunset Grill - Boyne City
Vasquez Hacienda - E.R.
Tues. -- Open Mic Night, 7pm
Fri. -- Nick Vasquez, 7pm
Whitney's - Charlevoix
8/18 -- Nathan Bates
8/19 -- David Lawston
8/20 -- Sean & Adam

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