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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The Terminal

Rick Coates - February 16th, 2009
Donna and Brad Vannatter moved to Traverse City six years ago. As a young professional couple whose work had them traveling the country, they would visit first class nightclubs. The couple looked for an opportunity to develop a nightclub concept in Traverse City, which finally came when Doug Street of Streeter’s and Ground Zero fame decided to sell and pursue other interests.
“We really felt there was an opportunity at Streeter’s to create a diverse entertainment complex that would appeal to everyone,” said Brad Vannatter. “Basically what we are promoting is new owner—new atmosphere—new attitude—new appearance.”
The Vannatter’s changed the name to The Terminal and have redecorated the inside.
“The new name is obvious on one front since we are right next to the airport,” said Donna Vannatter. “But both Brad and I were corporate pilots for several years as well.”

The Terminal has several options once guests arrive. Platinum X is the rock and roll night club that will feature local bands. Then there is the Double D Saloon that has a country theme to it with line dancing lessons on Wednesday nights, with a plan to bring in country acts on the weekends.
They also have the Vibe Lounge martini bar, and they have the only hookah and cigar lounge in Northern Michigan. Ground Zero Nightclub will soon be renamed the Cargo Hold. This Friday, Clutch will perform as the last official show at the old club; on Saturday, jam-band circuit favorite Ekoostik Hookah will take the stage to officially open The Terminal.
“Our goal is to widen the audience,” said Vannatter. “So we will have a wide range of music and a lot of promotions. A couple times a month we are partnering up with KHQ on some adult-themed nights, and on St. Patrick’s Day we are going to offer free Green Eggs and Ham.”
The Vannatters also own Fantasies Unlimited, a chain of adult gift stores throughout Michigan with Northern Michigan locations in Grayling,
Cheboygan, Big Rapids and now Traverse City.
“We are not affiliated with Fantasy’s at Chum’s Corner,” said Brad Vannatter. “Also, The Terminal is a separate operation. We are not selling adult novelty items here.”

Another change the Vannatter’s have implemented at The Terminal is a dress code.
“Good nightclubs have dress codes. So no hats, jerseys, sweatshirts, sweat or athletic pants and no tank tops (wife beaters),” said Brad Vannatter. “We had a few people complain, but overall people like it.”
Another area they plan to focus on is customer service.
“We held onto the best of the staff and we plan to hire 20 to 25 more people,” said Donna Vannatter. “We have put in a pretty intensive customer service program, so we are looking for people who have attention to detail. As former pilots, attention to detail was a big part of our job, so that is important to us. We also want to set the standard for the region for service as well.”
The Vannatters are taking the transition slowly. They took over January 1 and are taking it one step at a time.
“Word is starting to spread so we are seeing a lot more people coming in to check us out,” said Brad. “We have a lot of big shows in the works and more things coming in, like a mechanical bull. Plus, we offer pool free all the time. We are also looking for non-profits in the area to partner with us for Texas Hold Em events.”
For details on upcoming shows, including this weekend’s grand opening, check out the theterminaltc.com or call 231-932-1300.

Ekoostik Hookah kicks off
Grand Opening
To kick off their grand opening and to create awareness for the first-ever hookah bar. Brad and Donna Vannatter have the perfect band with Ekoostik Hookah taking the stage at the Cargo Hold (formally Streeter’s Ground Zero Nightclub).
Ekoostik Hookah was formed in Cleveland in 1991 when a group of musicians from various bands would get together at a local club on an off night and jam.
Founding member and keyboardist Dave Katz recalls those early days and how the band got their name.
“We just started jamming for fun and then people wanted us to play out so we needed a name,” said Katz. “Well we all liked the name Hookah and we started experimenting with names to go with it. Acoustic sounded cool but since we were not an acoustic band, we decided to spell it phonetically. Also acoustic is really the science of sound, not just instruments that are amplified.”
Katz also laughs at the jam band moniker, given the band.
“A jam band can be from any genre of music. So when you say jam band, you really don’t know what you are getting,” said Katz. ‘At least with the bands you don’t but in reality the jam band describes people who you are likely to see at concerts promoted as jam band shows.”

Ekoostik Hookah has built a solid following over 18 years of touring and releasing eight CDs. While the band hasn’t scored radio hits, they have found their following on the jam band circuit performing free flowing rock, weaving in progressive bluegrass and jazz.
So as for the future of Ekoostik Hookah, where do they hope to go?
“This band has never been about making plans -- just making music,” said Katz. “What has kept us together for the past 18 years, and what will keep us together in the future, is we have no expectations. We just take it as it comes and this weekend we are coming to Traverse City. I guess our only expectation is we want people out to our shows that like music. We would rather play for 100 people really into us than have 1,000 people out with everyone talking to each other and not paying attention to us.”
Ekoostik Hookah will perform this Saturday, Feb. 21 with Egon at The Terminal (formally Streeters) for the grand opening celebration. For ticket information call 231-932-1300. For a sample of Ekoostik Hookah visit their website ekoostik.com.

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