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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A concert series for SoBo

Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2010
A Concert Series for SoBo: Boyne City gallery merges art with music
By Kristi Kates
The SoBo Arts District in Boyne City continues to boom, not the least of which is via the musical offerings of a new concert series.
Singer-songwriter Michael Lee Seiler has amped-up his participation in the Sobo scene as entertainment director for the BAC (Boyne Arts Collective), bringing live performances to the artsy little town’s roster of activities.
Begun at the end of August with a fundraiser that helped revamp the BAC’s South Gallery room that serves as the music venue, Seiler is offering concerts on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 4-6 p.m., usually in conjunction with an art exhibit in the BAC’s gallery.
Focusing on original and public domain music, Seiler has lined up a roster of local, regional, national, and international artists; mostly featuring music, but with a little spoken-word and dance thrown in for good measure.

“The focus of the BAC has been to offer a supportive place where local artists could show their work, network with other artists, and grow in the arts, offering the area artistic enrichment,” Seiler explains. “Music is artistic and creative as well, and BAC has been seeking someone to help add that layer to the mix.”
Seiler is involved in a variety of musical happenings, both as a performer and a promoter, including Blissfest, of which he is a member and coordinator; Farmhouse Music, of which he is president; and the Big Ticket Festival, for which he is a stage coordinator. He definitely has the qualifications for the job at BAC, and is enthused about the possibilities.
“The work I perform varies,” he points out, “but the main thread is that I’m helping artists provide their music to others. I’ve attended and hosted open mics before and held musician gatherings in my home, and thrive on the opportunity to share music on so many levels. I’m hoping to offer a glimpse into the wonderful music that is being generated right here locally.”

Local is definitely the focus for the BAC Concert Series. Seiler has already booked a number of acts that are ubiquitous around Northern Michigan, as he feels those performers deserve to be “seen and heard in their own back yard, where familiar faces fill the audience.”
He also says that the concert series presents its performers in a more focused way, as opposed to the venues they might usually work in, which could be loud clubs or dinner establishments that take away from the music. “The BAC stage is a small venue, with a maximum of 50 seats, and that allows us to target a smaller demographic that looks to appreciate that setting.”
In addition to the locals, Seiler will be bringing in acts from beyond the region. “We already have the duo of Zig Zeitler and Siusan O’Rourke of Saginaw coming in March for an Irish concert,” he says. “They are award winning singer-songwriters.”

Folk is the primary focus at the new concert series, “as our region is so blessed with a high concentration of those artists,” Seiler says. But he adds that he doesn’t want the series to be thought of as a folk venue.
“It will be much more than that,” he says. “Kelly Shively will be offering Celtic and mountain styles, and Kirby brings the whole regional and roots styles to the table. Other performers will be offering rock and contemporary styles, and this is just the beginning. Certain types of music may not work in this small venue, so you won’t see many trios and bands; the small room isn’t conducive to heavy electric-driven music, so some things just won’t fit. But I’m always seeking new forms and styles, and would be open to suggestions that will fit the room and offer that ‘something different.’”

The series also aims to compliment gallery exhibitions, hopefully drawing music fans toward the artwork, and vice-versa.
“The BAC runs monthly showings in the North Gallery -- all juried work -- and also bi-monthly showings in the South Gallery where the concerts are held,” Seiler says. “The South Gallery showings follow a theme or specific artist’s work, and whenever possible we hold a meet and greet after the concert, with the artists as well as the performers. The showings in the gallery offer a distinct ‘backdrop’ to the concert as well.”
Already booked into the middle of May, Seiler plans for the BAC Concert Series to continue on a year-round basis.
“We hope the summer months will draw more out-of-town folks into the gallery, and that the off-months will target the local enthusiasts,” he explains. “It is our hope to establish a core following that will support our local artists.”

Upcoming concerts include Kelly Snively (11/14), Kirby (11/28) and Peacemeal with John Richey (12/12.) Note: showtimes have been moved back to 4 p.m.
The Boyne Arts Collective (BAC) is located at 210 Water Street in the SoBo District of downtown Boyne City. For more information, visit www.boynearts.org or phone 231-675-7071.

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