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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Rick Coates - August 24th, 2009
Let it Flow
TC’s new Microbrew & Music Festival

By Rick Coates 8/24/09

Okay, now that summer weather has finally arrived, it is time to crack a cold one. This weekend marks the first of what organizers hope will be an annual celebration of craftbrews and music. The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival will take place Saturday on the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
The evening will feature more than 30 craftbrewers; food from local farms, chefs and restaurants; and an eclectic line-up of music featuring Grammy winner Buckwheat Zydeco Band, Clumsy Lovers, Caravan of Thieves, Mike Moran & Levi Britton, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, Luke Winslow-King and GT Scottish Bagpipe and Drums.
“Our goal is to establish a long-standing tradition that celebrates great beer, music, culture, local food and sustainable practices with Northern Michigan patrons and vendors,” said festival creator and owner of Porterhouse Productions, Sam Porter. “The long-term vision is to create a nationally recognized craft beer festival as well as an anchor event with the Microbrew and Music Festival to support a community non-profit week-long annual Epicurean Harvest Festival celebrating food and craft beverage as well as arts and culture for all ages. We also aim to raise funds to support local youth empowerment programs through the Good Work Collective (GWC) and Little Artshram.”

Porter has invited craftbrewers from all over the country, giving participants the opportunity to taste not only the best from area breweries but those around the country. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and include eight beer pours. For the true brew enthusiast there is a $50 Brewers’ Happy Hour ticket that enables participants to meet the brewers for a two-hour early entry, enjoy inclusive catered food-and-beer pairings and receive limited-edition festival merchandise.
“I really want to emphasize the importance of advance ticket sales. Not only does this save the consumer money it is our guidepost as to how much beer to order for the event,” said Porter. “I know people are used to going to festivals and paying at the door but, in this case, everyone is better served by advanced tickets.”
Ticket locations are set up all over town at Oryana, Right Brain Brewery, Old Town Coffee, North Peak or online at tcbeerfest.com and porterhouseproductions.com.
“We are also going to have a big pre-party on Friday night at North Peak with WKLT and Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys,” said Porter. “We will have the box office open and this will be the last opportunity to purchase advanced tickets.”
The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival will feature award-winning author Chris O’Brien as its master of ceremonies. O’Brien penned the bestselling book “Fermenting Revolution: How to “Drink Beer and Save the World.” Also taking place are demonstrations by “Lord of the Gourd” carver Pat Harrison, along with several workshops educating attendees about local hops, home brewing and mead making.

A dining tent will feature several local establishments including Stella, The Catch, EMS Catering, House of Doggs, Silver Tree Deli, Pleasanton Bakery, Underground Cheesecake Factory and others.
Porter is also pleased that the event will be “green.”
“Porterhouse Productions and 350.org, a Michigan Land Use program, will lead the way with several initiatives including compostable serving ware, eco merchandise, green printing and even a wind-powered stage, lights and sound,” said Porter. “I know people are going to be very impressed with the staging and layout of this event.”

The Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival will take place Saturday August 29 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons on 11th Street, a block west of Division Street just west of downtown Traverse City. The Brewers’ Happy Hour starts at 3 pm with regular festival admission starting at 5 pm and continuing till 10 pm. Advance tickets are suggested and tickets and additional information at tcbeerfest.com. A special pre-festival party kicks off at 8 pm at North Peak Brewery on Friday night.

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