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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Three birds, one stone

Erin Crowell - January 24th, 2011
Three Birds, One Stone: Mike Staff ‘s one-stop wedding service
By Erin Crowell
Aside from the all-important “I do,” no other moment of your wedding
day brings forth the culmination of such hard work and preparation
than when the bride and groom enter the reception.
It’s both a crescendo and a sigh of relief.
Mike Staff of Mike Staff Productions knows it takes a serious
professional to get this moment right – the music must be cued, the
photographer must be ready and the camera should be rolling.
“Sometimes you have a DJ who sees the couple ready to enter, so he’s
ready to go,” said Staff. “Meanwhile, the photographer could be out in
the hallway taking pictures of mom and dad.”
Staff believes it’s moments like these that prove communication is key
to a successful wedding celebration – and why having a team of
professionals is essential in that execution. As a Michigan wedding
service provider, his business supplies individual DJ, photography and
videography professionals to make sure your day getting hitched goes
off... without a hitch.
“We have a group of individuals who can focus on what they love to do
and do it right. The client just has to call one number and contact
one place. It saves time and money.”
Doing so also allows each vendor—whether it’s the DJ, photographer or
videographer—to focus on his or her craft, versus the logistics of
booking, payment, etc.

“The people we get love to do what they do… and they do it well,” said Staff.
Mike Staff Productions allows clients to connect with 35 DJs, 25
photographers and 12 videographers – some of which work the wedding
circuit as a part-time gig.
“I have a president of a pretty large company doing DJ gigs, a couple
bankers, a guy from a TV station…” Staff begins to list, “and these
people love doing it.”
Having a passion for their craft is key in a DJ, Staff points out –
clarifying he tends to avoid those who use the name “DJ” as their
“It tends to be an ego thing,” he said, adding that those types of DJs
will ignore the request of the bride and groom in order to maintain
their own reputation.
“They figure if a bride and groom’s song list isn’t getting the place
jumping, they should change it to save face,” said Staff. “Our DJs
know it’s about what the client wants.”

Staff knows a thing or two about being behind the soundboard. He
booked his first DJ gig in 1986.
“I started out DJing for beer money,” he says, sitting behind his desk
in the company’s corporate office, located in Building 50 of the Grand
Traverse Commons. “It wasn’t until that year that I started getting
Originally from Detroit, he moved to Traverse City in 1989 and worked
for WKLT during the week while spinning for weddings on the weekends.
It wasn’t until 1996, after moving back to Detroit (where he spent
time at 101 WRIF interviewing top rock bands and celebrities), that
Staff began booking his friends to DJ weddings.
“I got really busy and kept giving clients recommendations,” he said.
That time serving as the middle-man between other DJs and clients is
when Staff connected the dots.

Today, his business has grown to include other wedding amenities, a
collection of recommended photographers and videographers throughout
his 20+ years in the business. Each department is independently
staffed by an industry professional, including Wally Spice, director
of photography; Jason Chevatewa, director of video services; and
Staff, himself, overseeing the DJ & entertainment division.
All DJs, photographers and videographers must have a minimum number of
years experience in their field and complete certain guidelines
expected of them in their department.
“We’ve heard so many positive things about our professionals,” said Staff.
The company’s website boasts a hefty list of positive reviews and
recommendations from clients, and includes a slew of banquet
facilities (in the hundreds) that refer Mike Staff Productions,
ranging from Ann Arbor to the tip of the mitt.
“We’re really looking forward to working more in Northern Michigan,”
said Staff. “When I moved back four years ago, it was hard not to be a
part of something that has so much going on.”

If you’re looking to book your future wedding DJ, photography or
videography service, visit MikeStaff.com. Seasoned professionals
interested in working with the company may learn more by visiting the

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