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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Nor-East‘r Festival

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2010
Nor-East’r Festival Blows into Mio
By Kristi Kates
The “first festival of summer” may be a surprise to many residents of
Northern Michigan, being located in out-of-the-way Mio in Oscoda
County, but make no mistake -- the Nor-East’r Festival packs a punch,
with 19 musical acts and much more.
The June 11-13 festival definitely has its plate full. Nineteen
acts are scheduled for this year, with music beginning at 5 p.m. on
Friday night, and ending around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Headlining are blues
artists Madcat, Kane and Maxwell Street from Ann Arbor; “modern
honky-tonk” from New York’s Sweetback Sisters; gypsy music from
Massachusetts band Caravan of Thieves; and Michigan’s own Orpheum
Bell. Other Michigan artists appearing include Rootstand, AnDro, Blue
Water Ramblers, the Song Weavers of Petoskey, and the Orion Community
Drummers, who will be leading a drum kiva.
And the music is all for a good cause.
“The first Nor-East’r Festival was held in 2003,” Buffy Galer
explains, “it was born of a need for activities for young people in
this area, and nostalgia for the varied activities that the Oscoda
County Fairgrounds used to house, and was fully capable of housing
more of.”
Galer, the president and founder of the fest as well as a Licensed
Veterinary Technician, remembers attending small music festivals with
her family - as a child, she had the idea to organize a small scale
festival event on the family farm to help raise money for her
terminally-ill brother’s hospital bills - and that was part of her
impetus for starting the Nor-East’r along with help from friend
Richelle Sieland.

“Education and cultural appreciation was the core component of our
plan for the Nor’East-r,” Galer explains, “Among our goals were to
create a good performance stage - which we did in 2005; to provide
college scholarships - which we were able to start in 2009; and to
create more economic opportunity within the region.”  By year three of
the Nor-East’r, more help was needed, which is how current treasurer
Nancy Miller got involved.
“We are the first festival of summer,” Miller says, “we try to provide
a diverse collection of musicians and artists; our mission is to
provide opportunities to celebrate folk culture in Michigan.”
Now in its eighth year, the Nor-East’r keeps growing - quietly - which
Miller claims is part of its appeal.
“One charm of the festival is that it is small and intimate, she says,
“festivalgoers can mingle with the performers, especially in the
workshops and at the parking-lot picking. Another charm we have is
shade - something you don’t find at other festivals,” she laughs.
“There are trees to sit and camp under, and the grounds are flat and
mowed for walking about. We also have the use of all the fairground
buildings (for the event); the second stage - called The Parlor - is
inside, where you can have breakfast or lunch and listen to the music.
There is also an inside rain site for workshops if necessary, and
we’re starting a third area, The Dance Hall, where there will be a
dance on Saturday night, a couple of workshops, and an open mic on

Festival-goers will find much to offer beyond the stage acts.   “There
will be 19 musical workshops,” Miller says, “and completing the other
half of the festival will be many art vendors, six of which will be
doing art workshops. We’ll also be having a guitar giveaway for kids
under 18, to encourage young people to learn and participate in music
and art; we’ll be giving away 12 guitars this year.”
The Nor-East’r is also giving away two scholarships at the festival
to students going into college for music or art. And Miller’s wish is
that the community will continue to support the festival itself, as
“We hope to grow a little, and have enough money to put on Nor-East’r
number nine,” Miller says,

The 2010 Nor-East’r Music and Art Festival will take place June 11-13
at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds, 1889 Caldwell Road in Mio, just off
M-33. More info and ticket prices can be found at www.noreastr.net or
by calling the Mio Chamber of Commerce at 989-826-3331.
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