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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Michigan Schooner Festival

Rick Coates - August 6th, 2010
Celebrate the Great Lakes with the Michigan Schooner Festival
By Rick Coates
On September 10-12, you can enjoy the heritage of the Great Lakes with
“A Great Lakes Celebration” and the 2010 Michigan Schooner Festival on
West Grand Traverse Bay.
On Friday night, the Traverse City Opera House will feature Song of
the Lakes along with storytellers to benefit area cultural
organizations via the Michigan Humanities Council. The evening starts
at 8 pm and tickets are $12 adults and $6 for students K-12. A special
Patron Seating is available at $75 which includes entry in a drawing
for one of three of Greg Sobran’s “Schooners on West Bay” giclées to
be awarded at the concert.
The concert is the capper for a tall ship parade on Friday afternoon.
“The Schooner Festival begins at 4 pm Friday, September 10th when the
tall ships leave the Maritime Heritage Alliance pier in Greilickville,
and sail north up West Grand Traverse Bay,” said Karen Smith, a
celebration coordinator. “The Grand Parade of Sail will end about 7 pm
as the ships dock at Clinch Park Marina for the weekend activities.
The concert begins at 8 pm, a short walk from the Open Space to the
historic City Opera House.”
Smith says the event will be educational as well as entertaining.
“We are fortunate to have internationally acclaimed folk band, Song of
the Lakes and their 25-plus years of making music that honors the
Great Lakes. This highly interactive family show will feature
traditional songs and sea shanties of the Age of Sail. Song of the
Lakes will also incorporate material from their new schools’ program,
Paddle-to-the-Sea,” she said.

“In addition, Doug Stanton of the National Writer’s Series has teamed
up with musician and storyteller Norm Wheeler on the creation of a
student research/writing/performance project that will premier at the
concert.  The stories will keep with the Great Lakes theme, the lakes,
the land, the people, reflecting its rich history, its present, its
Students participating in the story project will include Kate Little,
a 2009 graduate of Leelanau School and former Poetry Out Loud school
winner, Katie Stanton and Caroline Smith from TCCHS.”
“Collaboration” best describes how events in Northern Michigan are
coming together lately, and A Great Lakes Celebration is a great
example of this as the Michigan Humanities Council, Maritime Heritage
Alliance, National Writer’s Series, City Opera House, Greg Sobran
Gallery, John Robert Williams Photography, McMillan’s Custom Framing,
2010 Michigan Schooner Festival and various cultural organizations
have teamed up to make the evening possible.
A Great Lakes Celebration will also incorporate a visual arts aspect
of the evening with a special “Schooners on West Bay” painting by
artist Greg Sobran.
“Greg is a Michigan artist, with galleries in Glen Arbor and Ann
Arbor. His passion for painting area landscapes is a true gift to the
history of our area,” said Smith. “Greg has graciously leant his
talent to this benefit by allowing us to create giclée prints of his
For more information on A Great Lakes Celebrations and obtaining
one of the limited edition giclées contact Karen Smith (231) 590-5615.
Tickets for the evening are also available online at
www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling the box office at (231) 941-8082.

Tall Ship Events:
The 2nd annual Michigan Schooner Festival sails September 10-12 on
West Bay in Traverse City at the Open Space Park and Clinch Park
On Friday, the Grand Parade of Sail will travel down West Grand
Traverse Bay and dock at Clinch Marina. Saturday events include ship
tours, food, entertainment, a Ring of Steel pirate reenactment troupe,
artist vendors, kids games, and ticketed sailings, including a special
“gun battle sail” aboard the Armed Sloop Welcome. Sunday starts off
with a “Pancakes with Pirates” breakfast at the Open Space with more
fun to follow.
A total of seven schooners will be on hand for the festival. These
include Maritime Heritage Alliance’s three ships - Madeline, Welcome
and Champion -- as well as four tall ships from around the region.
A $5 general weekend admission pass grants a tour of the three
Maritime Heritage Alliance ships that are docked. For children, $5
grants them admission on the ships and also five tickets for carnival
Food vendors will be on-hand all three festival days. Art exhibitors,
as well as non-profit agencies, will also be on hand throughout the

For complete details call the Maritime Heritage Alliance at 231 - 946
- 2647 or visit www.michiganschoonerfestival.org.

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