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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Encore! The Great Indoor Folk Festival returns Feb. 13th

- February 8th, 2010
The Great Indoor Folk Festival returns Feb. 13
Based on a spectacular turnout last year, dozens of musicians from
across the region are tuning their guitars and polishing their songs
in anticipation of the second annual Great Indoor Folk Festival on
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Traverse City.
Located in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, the
free folk festival will showcase some of the best acoustic musicians
in Northern Michigan from noon to 5:30 p.m. in a family-friendly
“We’ve had a terrific response from musicians wanting to play at the
festival,” says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern
Michigan Songwriters in the Round, whose members perform at the event.
“We even created an additional stage this year to give more people the
opportunity to be involved. There will be over 60 musicians on six
different stages.”
Additionally, there will be an expanded role for a stage at the Left
Foot Charley winery, which is located just west of Building 50.  There
will also be an open mic stage at Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse that
is open to players from the general public, staffed by members of the
Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative.

Correll and fellow songwriter Bob Downes of the Acoustic Dynamite band
organized the festival last year to boost the profile of folk music in
the region. As crowds packed the halls of Building 50 throughout the
day, the organizers knew their iffy experiment was a ‘hit.’
“I was really taken aback by the turnout.” Correll recalls. “I don’t
think there was an exact count, but I know there were estimates of
between 1,500 and 2,000 people in attendance. We hope they all come
again this year.”
Merchants at Building 50 also vow to be better prepared for the event
this year, offering suggestions for Valentine’s Day shoppers as well
as a range of food and beverage options.
The “stages” at Building 50 are actually just nooks and crannies of
the Mercato shopping corridor, with performers located just a few feet
away from the audience.  The cozy venue offers a sense of intimacy
that’s well-suited for acoustic music.
What’s in it for the unpaid musicians?
“Most of us have day jobs so it’s not really an economic thing,”
Correll notes.  “However, it is an opportunity for us to introduce our
music to a lot of new listeners. We will have a booth selling CDs by
many of the artists, and it is an opportunity for the community to
take home some great music by songwriters that they will come to know
the day of the festival.
“Not to mention that the festival is the day before Valentine’s Day,”
he adds.  “What a great opportunity to get your favorite Valentine a
little something different this year.”

Correll says the free festival is a gift from area musicians to the
community during the hard times of a tough economy.
“The community gets five-and-a-half hours of great music by a wide
variety of musicians in a great venue and it’s all for free,” he says.
“I go to a lot of music festivals and the common thread they all have
is a lot of smiling faces and an audience that is having a great time.
At the risk of being philosophical, in the trying times that our
country and world are faced with today, it’s nice to have a little
time where you can set your worries aside and smile, relax and kick
back a little. That’s what happened last year, and we fully expect
more of the same this year.”
Sponsors include Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, Northern
Express Weekly, the Great Lakes Musicians Cooperative, and The Village
at Grand Traverse Commons.

The Great Indoor Folk Festival takes place from noon - 5:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 13 in Building 50 at The Village at Grand Traverse
Commons in Traverse City.  Performances will also be offered at Left
Foot Charley from noon - 4 p.m. The family-oriented event is free of
charge, with CDs from local musicians available for sale and signings.


Band Stage

12:00-1:00 Three Hour Tour
1:10-2:10 Cabin Fever
2:20-3:20 Wild Sullys
3:30-4:30 New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 Song of the Lakes

Duo Stage:

12:00-12:30 Blind Dog Hank
12:40-1:10 Barbara Jordan
& Friends
1:20-1:50 Rick Amber & Savannah Buist
2:00-2:30 Jenny Thomas & Doug Zernow
2:40-3:10 Adair Correll & Friends

3:20-3:50 Dennis & Allison Palmer w/Kurt Westi
4:00-4:30 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
4:35-5:00 Acoustic Dynamite
5:05-5:30T The Nephews-Tim & Byron Joseph

Kids Stage

1:00-1:30 Ron Fowler
1:40-2:10 Luunappi-Patrick Niemisto & Norm Wheeler
2:20-2:50 Patricia Pettinga
3:00-3:30 Kirby
3:40-4:10 Mary Anne Rivers

Left Foot Charley Stage
12:40-1:10 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury
1:20-1:50 The Dede Alderman Quartet
2:00-2:30 The Nephews
2:40-3:10 Patricia Pettinga & Bill Willging
3:20-3:50 Blind Dog Hank

South View Stage

12:40-1:10 Jim Hawley
1:20-1:50 Robin Berry Williams
2:00-2:30 Les Dalgliesh & Dan Kelchak
2:40-3:10 Acoustic Dynamite

3:20-3:50 Jay Webber
4:00-4:30 Pat Harrison & Dennis Kingsbury

Solo Stage

12:00: 12:25 Bev Carol
12:30-12:55 John Bentley
1:00-1:25 Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 erre Stormer
2:00-2:25 Louan Lechler
2:30-2:55 Dan Bracken
3:00-3:25 Robin Berry Williams
3:30-3:55 Bill Brown
4:00-4:25 Les Dalgliesh
4:30-4:55 Kirby
5:00-5:25 Kurt Bullock

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