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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Happy St. Libations Weekend

Rick Coates - February 8th, 2010
Happy ‘St. LIbations‘ Weekend
A weekend of events celebrating local brews, wineries & food
By Rick Coates
The success of two new festivals (Microbrew & Music Festival and the Wine & Art Festival) this past summer in Traverse City has led organizers of those events to offer winter versions. Toss in the popular North Peak patio party and a wine weekend on the Old Mission Peninsula and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend.
Numerous events are encompassed in the Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest, scheduled for February 12-14 at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, downtown Traverse City, and Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area. See www.winterwonderfest.org for more details.
Considering that some schools are having a mid-winter break, coupled with state and federal employees having a three day weekend for President’s day on Monday (February 15), the tourism industry in Northern Michigan is keeping its fingers crossed that the many events will attract visitors to the region.
Here is a snapshot of four thirst-quenching events.

TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
Friday, Feb. 12 • 5-10 p.m.

Sam Porter operated one of the more successful beer festivals out West. The Traverse City native decided to return to his hometown a few years ago and bring his expertise of festival and concert management to the region. His Porterhouse Productions quickly created a popular concert series and last summer he launched the TC Microbrew & Music Festival.
The Microbrew Festival, despite inclement weather, exceeded everyone’s expectations with some breweries selling out of all of their beer before the evening ended. A bigger and better festival is scheduled to take place next summer. But Porter said to himself: Why wait until summer?
“After the success of the first-ever TC Microbrew & Music Festival, we realized there was a great opportunity to bring the event back in the winter,” said Porter. “The Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest and Grand Traverse Resort are the perfect community partners for us to team up with to kick off Friday and support a weekend that draws thousands of visitors to our region.”
Porter created a successful collaborative model in Montana where community groups partnered together, versus competing with each other. “I am a believer that if you work together for the betterment of the community then everyone wins including the community,” he said.
Porter is also contributing to the new festival model that is emerging in the region. The success of the Traverse City Film Festival and last year’s Microbrew Fest along with Wine & Art Festival seem to be paving the way for a new type of festival that residents and visitors to the region are longing for, with less cotton candy and carnival rides and more cultural and cocktail party type events.
The TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will take place February 12 under a heated tent at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa from 5 to 10 p.m. with an afterglow party at the top of the Resort at the Aerie restaurant.
A $25 ticket to the festival includes live performances from national and local artists, craft beer education, five 7 oz. pours, free shuttle service from North Peak Brewery to the Resort and back throughout the night, and more.
Live music will include Euforquestra, an eight piece “Afro-Caribbean Barnyard-Funk” dance band from Fort Collins, CO; the rockabilly honky- tonk of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys; local favorites Levi Britton and Rachael & Josh Davis with members of Steppin’ In It; May Erlewine & Seth Bernard; DJ Dominate; West African drumming ensemble Tree Of Life; Poi Fire Twirlers; and the bagpipes and drum ensemble of Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums.
The evening will also feature bonfires and free sleigh rides which will encircle a frozen pond surrounded by a 150-foot lighthouse snow fortress and two tents showcasing over 40 craft beers, mead and hard cider breweries from the Midwest and beyond.
An after-party hosted by Porterhouse Productions, Short’s Brewery and the Michigan Brewers Guild will take place at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, located on the 16th floor of the Resort’s Tower, from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. with live music and dancing. Local food, merchandise and beer gear will be showcased at the event.
Proceeds from the festival will support Little Artshram and the educational programming of the Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival, scheduled for August 27-28, 2010.
Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets to the festival in advance – entrance is an additional $5 at the door. Ticket buyers must be over 21. To purchase advanced tickets check out www.tcbeerfest.com.

Polar Beer Classic
Saturday, Feb. 13 • noon - 4 p.m.

This Saturday marks the 4th Annual North Peak Brewing Company’s Polar Beer Classic. It starts at noon and takes place on the deck at North Peak until 4 p.m. The afternoon features hot dogs and burgers for $1 and 50-cent drafts (this promotion is only for those outside on the deck). In addition, participants may sign up for the Mug Club at half off the regular membership price.
Brewmaster Kim Schneider has done an excellent job in the brew house since arriving to Traverse City a few years back. North Peak remains one of the hot spots for after- work gathering and dining out with family or friends.
Throw into the mix the personalities from WKLT (97.5 or 98.9) and the afternoon is guaranteed to be wild and crazy. Morning show hosts Omelette & Finster are also planning some snowball games. Bring coat, hat, gloves and an empty stomach to enjoy the burgers and hot dogs and a couple of really cold beers. For additional details check out www.northpeak.net or call 231-941-7325.

Romancing The Riesling
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14

Sean O’Keefe and his family (Chateau Grand Traverse) have long touted the virtues of Riesling grown here in Northern Michigan. This weekend the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula are hosting Romancing the Riesling.
The seven participating wineries will showcase a Riesling perfectly paired with a food offering and souvenir wine glass. Some Peninsula area restaurants are offering special promotions when you present your glass. Make it a truly romantic weekend and stay at one of the Peninsula’s Bed & Breakfasts. For information on the B&Bs check out www.oldmission.com.
Tickets are $15 and available at all of the seven participating wineries on the day of the event or by purchasing online at www.wineriesofoldmission.com.
O’Keefe is kicking it up a notch this year conducting a Riesling seminar from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Chateau Grand Traverse. The seminar will feature dry/off-dry Rieslings from each of the Old Mission wineries paired with counterparts from other North American Riesling regions. The theme is “A Sense of Place,” with participants seeking to identify the qualities of Riesling grown on the Old Mission Peninsula by comparing and contrasting our wines with the top Riesling producers of North America. The outstate wineries are all International Riesling Foundation members, and have exchanged wines with O’Keefe for the event. Seminar tickets are $25. Purchase a combo seminar-Romancing the Riesling ticket for $35. Contact 231.223.7355 for reservations.

Winter Wine Wonderland
Sunday • Feb. 14

On Valentine’s Day the Winter Wine Wonderland will take place in conjunction with the Winter WonderFest at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. This event is the winter version of last summer’s Traverse City Wine & Art Festival and will offer wine, gourmet desserts, and art from the regional artists.
The Winter Wine Wonderland will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. in a large heated tent located next to the Resort’s Clubhouse. Approximately 20 wineries from Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, and Traverse City will offer tastings of a variety of white, red, and sparkling wines, plus ice wine and mulled wine.
Ticket prices for the Winter Wine Wonderland are: Couples Ticket – $35; Single Ticket – $20. Tickets include souvenir wine glass, five (5) wine tasting tickets, and five (5) dessert tasting tickets per person. You must be 21 to purchase tickets. Several local artists will display their works and a large dessert table will include treats from Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates and the Resort’s Pastry Chef Carolyn Riley. The New Third Coast will perform love songs. For additional details check out www.winterwonderfest.org

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