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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Your guide to good times

Erin Crowell - December 7th, 2009
Your Guide to Good Times
By Erin Crowell
Why fight the winter cold? Celebrate the season by participating in a number of events happening all over Northern Michigan. Whether it’s shopping with the gals, racing an outhouse or falling over your snowshoes, make this winter the best ever. Mark the following dates on your calendar. Heck! Cut it right out and tape it to your fridge!

10 - Ladies Night Downtown TC, at participating downtown businesses, 5-9pm. Food, refreshments, shopping specials. Downtowntc.com.
11 - Downtown TC Open House at participating businesses, open until 10pm, with specials, gift wrapping, food, refreshments and more. www.Downtowntc.com.
12 - Harbor Springs Merchants Open House. Participating downtown stores will be open 6-9pm with store specials and appetizers.
12 - Christmas Magic in Downtown Beulah, featuring lights, games and parade. Clcba.org.
17 - Men’s Night in Downtown TC, 5-9pm featuring food, refreshments and gift wrapping.
19 - Annual Winter Holiday Get-Together in Empire.
19 - Solstice Celebration of Peace and Life includes workshops, music, dancing and a potluck at the Carnegie Building in Petoskey. Visit blissfest.org for more information.
19-1/3 - Festival of Trains at the Heritage Center, TC, daily. Gtheritagecenter.org.

10 - 6th Annual Downtown TC Bridal Show. Vendors, Bridal Fashion Show, door prizes and more at the Park Place Dome, noon-4pm.
16 - Annual Downtown TC Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome, 11am-3pm. Downtowntc.com.
14-16 - Mackinaw Winterfest, featuring snow carving, sleigh rides, outhouse
races, chili cook-off and more. www.mackinawcity.com.
16-17- Kalkaska Winterfest, featuring the Midwest International Sled Dog Race, 9am; vendor/craft show, dog pull contest, pond hockey tourney, kid’s activities and more.
22-24 - Zoo-de-Ski Weekend at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. Includes tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides, dog sledding and more. 800-GO-BOYNE.
23-24 - Ladies Retreat at Boyne Mountain includes champagne welcome reception, ski equipment discussion, breakfast, ski/snowshoe excursions, workshops and Goodbye Cheer Reception. Boyne.com.
23-24 - Burgers & Brews Weekend at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. Shantycreek.com.
24 - Winter Festival at the Cedar Hill Toppers Snowmobile Club, 1-3pm.

4-7 - North American Snow Festival in Cadillac. Snowmobile races, fun run, live entertainment, ice fishing, ice sculpture contest and more. www.cadillacmichigan.com.
6-7 - The Women’s Winter Tour offers everything winter, along with chocolate, wine and good times at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Benefits Active Women Now. WomensWinterTour.com.
6-7 - Mackinaw Mush Sled Dog Race, 9:30am-5pm. www.mackinawcity.com.
6-7 - Taste the Passion hosted by the Wineries of Leelanau Peninsula. Special wine pours and chocolate. Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Lpwines.com.
13 - Great Indoor Folk Festival. 30 folk singers and bands will be performing in Building 50 of the Grand Traverse Commons. Sponsored by Northern Express and Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round.
13-20 - Petoskey Winter Blues Festival presents the HotDish CookOff, along with a torchlight parade and Petos-KEY Treasure Hunt.
14 - Harbor Springs Chili Cook-Off held at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, 2-4pm.
12-15 - Cherry Capital Winter Wonderfest
Ice skating, x-country skiing, outdoor carnival, micro-brew tent, fireworks and more at the Grand Traverse Resort, Downtown TC and Mt. Holiday. www.Winterwonderfest.org.
19-21 - Shiver by the River, held in Frankfort. Snowcross, winter parade, frozen bowling, games, food, beer, snow sculptures and more. www.Frankfort-elberta.com.

6-7 - Winter FamilyPalooza at Crystal Mountain combines family-friendly competition and winter fun. Visit crystalmountain.com.
6 - Suds n Snow, combines snowshoeing, food and beer for a day of fun and fundraising. Held at Timber Ride Resort in Traverse City. TimerRidgeResort.net.
13-14 - Spring Fling Weekend at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Includes cardboard classic race, slush cup and slope-style competition. Crystalmountain.com.
19 - Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain. Boyne.com
20-22 - Krazy Daze at Boyne Highlands. Boyne.com
27 - Mardi Gras at Nub’s Nob featuring the Soaker Cup, Costume Contest, Crazy Couples and more. Nubsnob.com.

Winter Sports Calendar

By Erin Crowell

One of the best ways to beat the winter blues and stave off extra holiday pounds is by training and competing in a winter race. Carve some snow in a downhill race, hit the cross country trails or kick up some powder by snowshoe. Ditch the novel and cozy fire for these cool events:

12/29 - Boyne Holiday Rail Jam at Boyne Mountain. GoBoyne.com.
1/8-1/10 – Midwest NASTAR Open at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. The top three competitors in each age division (male and female) advance to the 2010 Nature Valley NASTAR Championships at Winter Park Resort, Colorado. Crystalmountain.com.
1/9-1/10 – Middle Earth Ski and Snowboard Competition at Boyne Mountain. USASA members are invited to compete in the terrain park against some of the best riders in the Midwest. GoBoyne.com.
1/10, 2/21 & 3/14 – Snowboard & Freeskier competition at Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, from 3-6pm.
3/6 - Dynastar/Lange Challenge. Giant slalom racing for all ages and abilities at Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs. Nubsnob.com.

2/5 - White Pine Stampede at Shanty Creek Resort featuring a 40km, 20km & 10km classic and freestyle competition. Whitepinestampede.org.
12/26 – Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake hosts the Holiday Classic 8km & 12km cross-country race. This is a Michigan Cup Race, so register early at skireg.com.
1/2 – The Chestnut Valley Freestyle 11k, happening in Harbor Springs, offers beginner skate racers a not-too-challenging course with few steep hills. Call 231-526-9100.
1/3 – Men, women and juniors can compete in the Boyne Highlands Classic 5k & 11k, located in Harbor Springs. Visit boyne.com/boynehighlands for more.
1/9 – Winter Trails Day. Participating ski resorts around the country will offer FREE rental to kids and adults new to the sport of cross-country skiing. Wintertrails.org.
2/13 & 2/14 – It’s time for the 34th annual VASA Festival of Races, a 6k to 50k + of cross-country skiing madness. Categories include classic and freestyle. Thousands of racers and fans will converge as Traverse City hosts one of the biggest North American winter events. For more info and registration, go to www.vasa.org.
1/16 – Paintball Biathlon. Race against time and others by cross-country skiing over a 1.5 mile loop while shooting paintballs at a set of targets. Crystalmountain.com.
2/20 – The name may be long, but the Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet race offers a variety of distances, including a 30k, 15k and kids race. Join the fun at Hanson Hills, Grayling.
2/21 – Trail blazers of all ages can compete in the Hanson Hills Classic, a 12k Nordic ski race at the recreation area located in Grayling Michigan. Hansonhills.org.
3/13 – Classic 10k at Boyne Highlands, in Harbor Springs.

1/9 – Winter Trails Day. Participating ski resorts around the country will offer FREE rental to kids and adults new to the sport of snowshoeing. Wintertrails.org.
1/23 – Strap on your snowshoes for the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. Race distances include a 5k and 10k. Don’t have your own shoes? Rent them from Timber Ridge or from a number of area retailers. No experience is necessary, but winter athletes can work hard as this is the Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe Race, happening in March. Call 932-5401.

Music & Theatre: What’s Ahead?

A snapshot of area concerts and stage performances to brighten your long winter months:

10-13 & 16, 18, 20: “The Christmas Schooner,” tells the story of a Michigan captain who brings Christmas trees to homesick Germans in Chicago, presented by the Little Traverse Civic Theatre, Petoskey.
11-13 “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.
11-12, 18-19, 23 & 26: “Home for the Holidays,” dinner theatre at The Williamsburg in Acme.
11-13: “Oliver” wraps up its run at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee.
13: Mike Ridley and Friends Christmas Celebration at the Cheboygan Opera House.
15: Brenda Lee’s Christmas Show at the Dream Makers Theatre, Kewadin Casino.
19: Billy Dean in concert at the Cheboygan Opera House.

8 - Hot Club of Detroit brings the gypsy jazz sound of Evan Perri to the Ross Stoakes Theatre, Petoskey.
12 - Kathy Kosins presents “The Ladies of Cool” jazz concert at the Cheboygan Opera House.
15 - The Whitfield Company, offers Detroit gospel music at the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
15 - Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Blissfest concert at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey.
15 - Trombonist Robin Eubanks with the Interlochen Jazz Ensemble, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.
15-16, 21-24, 28-30: “You Can’t Take It With You,” a comedy about a family of eccentrics at the Old Town Playhouse, TC.
16 - Sister Wilene, folk artist at the Gopherwood concert series, Cadillac Elks Club.
21-24 & 28-30: “Charlotte’s Web,” the story of a pig’s friendship with a spider, presented by the Little Traverse Civic Theatre, Petoskey.
23 - Esparanza Spaulding adds a dose of soul, pop & world music to jazz at the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
23 - Carol Jantsch on tuba with the Interlochen Orchestra, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.
30-31 - Opera Workshop performance, Interlochen Arts Academy.

6 - Luke-Winslow-King Trio at the Gopherwood concert series, Cadillac Elks Club.
6 - Bob James and Keiko Matsui offer two top jazz players at one piano at the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
11-14, 18-21 - “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” a mystery with a touch of romance at the Old Town Playhouse, TC.
13 - Mandolin and fiddle virtuoso Peter Ostroushko. Blissfest concert at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey.
13 - Great Indoor Folk Festival at Building 50 of the Grand Traverse Commons. Sponsored by Northern Express and Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round.
16 - Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.
19 - Sones De Mexico - a folk ensemble from Chicago at the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
22 - The Moscow Circus, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.
23 - New Holland Spirited Life Tour at The Loading Dock, TC.

5-6, 11-14, 18-21, 25-27 - “Rent,” the musical about squatters’ rights and AIDS at the Old Town Playhouse, TC.
5-7 - “Hotel Paradiso,” Academy Theatre, Interlochen.
12 - Dervish - Celtic band from Ireland celebrates St. Pat’s Day at the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
22 - Nrityagram Dance Ensemble brings the dance, music and spirituality of southern India to the Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center.
24 - “Strega Nona: The Musical,” Corson Auditorium, Interlochen.

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