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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Art meets Ice at Bay Harbor

Kristi Kates - January 17th, 2011
Art Meets Ice at Bay Harbor 1/17/11
By Kristi Kates
Back in 2000, the marketing folks at Bay Harbor were thinking up ideas
to bring more people in to the Bay Harbor community. A couple of
professional ice carvers were invited to create ice sculptures in Bay
Harbor’s Village on Main Street - and the response was a more than
positive one, with a plethora ofvisitors and locals stopping by to
view the unique art pieces crafted in the cold of a Northern Michigan
Ten years later, and those initial ice carvings have grown like
icicles into a full-fledged event, this year’s 10th Annual Bay Harbor
Ice and Snow Festival. It’s bigger than ever, and stuffed full of
snowy events and great prizes, beginning with big rewards for the art
form that started it all.
  “This year is the first year we’re having a national competition (in
ice carving) at Bay Harbor, with professional and amateur carvers,”
explains Bay Harbor Marketing Coordinator Michelle Denise. “First
through third place awards will be given, with over $12,000 total in
prize money.”
This year’s Bay Harbor event is sanctioned by the NICA (the National
Ice Carving Association), and is also being backed by an event
management team from Ice Creations, who are experts in running ice
carving events.
“NICA is the only professional organization for the ice carving
industry in the United States,” Denise explains, “only NICA can offer
standardized judging and rules designed specifically for ice carving
events. The specific expertise they give us guarantee a very
successful event, so we know it will be managed both creatively and
professionally. We in Bay Harbor want to grow this competition into
one of the biggest in the country.”
Ice Creations is the other side of this ice festival coin, working
with the Bay Harbor team to both organize the event and create some
icy artworks of their own.
“Chad Harston, the owner, and his team (at Ice Creations) will arrive
the Wednesday before the event to help with logistics and placement,”
Denise says. “He and NICA are bringing in three professional judges,
and Ice Creations will also be sculpting many pieces in our village,
including a 12-foot sculpture at our front entrance, an Ice Bar at The
Knot, and Ice Bricks for the Great Wall of Sponsors.”

The sculptures, of course, are one of the biggest draws of the Ice and
Snow Festival, and this year will include ice furniture and a luge at
the unique, “upscale” Cava Chill Lounge.
“The Cava Chill Lounge will be mainly for beverages,” Denise says, “it
will be a very chic setting with ice furniture clad with faux fur and
pillows on the couches and chairs near the outdoor fireplace. There
will be a small bar with luge so you can order a soda, hot cocoa, or
The ice sculptures seen on Bay Harbor’s Main Street will be lit during
evening hours, bringing yet another level of artistic interest and
colorful twinkle to the proceedings.
“Ice Creations will be bringing LED lighting with them,” Denise
explains, “and we will be keeping the sculptures lit as long as they
stay intact through the winter season.  We would love people to come
and see them during the festival in the evening, and for as long as
the weather conditions hold - they will cast a beautiful glow along
the Village streets.”

Another event new to the festival is the mSnow Show, which Denise says
will be a great high-energy highlight.
“This is an aerial acrobatic show which is a true crowd pleaser,” she
enthuses, “Adam and Luke Schrab, along with a team of snowboarders,
will perform spectacular stunts in the snow on Saturday for three
performances. The Schrab brothers have been featured in films,
including Warren Miller movies, around the world.”
And a returning event near and dear to Bay Harbor residents’ hearts –
and stomachs – is the annual Chili Cook Off, back again and sponsored
by the Bay Harbor Foundation (info on how to enter can be found via
the Foundation office at 231-439-2700.) For Denise, the Chili Cook
Off, the mSnow Show, and the “Talk to the Paw” Musher Sled Dog Rides
are some of the things she’s looking forward to the most - after, of
course, the shopping, dining, live music, and all of those
artistically-transformed giant blocks of ice.
“I am just going to be amazed by the professional carvers,” Denise
says, “since this is a competition and the first prize is $5,000, I’m
sure the sculptures will be absolutely spectacular. I can’t wait to
see the Cava Chill Lounge, the Ice Bar, and the Great Wall of Sponsors
take shape. It will be a wonderful, fun-filled weekend of activity in
Bay Harbor.”

The 10th Annual Bay Harbor Ice and Snow Festival will take place
January 21-23, 2011 as presented by Art Van Furniture, the Bay Harbor
Village Merchants, and the festival’s sponsors. For a full schedule
and more information on the entire event, visit

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