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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Bye, Bye winter blues

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Bye Bye, Winter Blues Petoskey’s Got the Cure
By Kristi Kates
“It all started because our marketing consultant told us we were doing
well in the summer, but that we needed to get more people here in the
winter,” explains Petoskey Downtown Director Becky Goodman, “there had
been nothing in the past here in the winter, or for the locals.”
There’s definitely “something here” now, given the great reception that
the annual Petoskey Winter Blues Festival has been getting. Set to kick
off on February 21, this year’s fest has plenty of new events right
alongside the old favorites, making a great mix of activities to beat the
winter blues, the main aim of the festival.

“Our committee looked at different winter festival concepts, and we
selected this one despite the fact that we don’t actually have a dedicated
venue for blues music,” Goodman laughs. “It seemed like you could pull a
lot of double entendre with the name - blues music, blue plate specials,
blue light specials - and if you do get the ‘winter blues,’ this event
will help chase them away.”
At the very least, this event will definitely keep you so busy you won’t
be thinking about your winter blues. A full week - and a full schedule -
covers everything from snowman building to trunk fashion shows, story
hours to guessing games, indoor “sidewalk sales” to special restaurant
menu offerings, and a whole lot more, including some “test runs” of new

Several favorite events will be returning again this year, among them the
Hot Dish Cookoff that’s unique to the Upper Midwest and that’s now
offering both amateur cook and pro chef divisions; restaurants will
participate in the professional category, and amateur cooks are invited to
submit a great family “hot dish,” or casserole recipe.
“The public samples all of the hot dishes, and votes on which one they
like best,” Goodman says, “it’s a good way to just showcase your skills if
you’re a good cook, or to promote your restaurant. People went home last
year without eating dinner, there were so many dishes to sample.”
Other foodstuffs will be offered throughout the week, too, including
tasting events at American Spoon Foods, and lunch and dinner “Cajun Style”
menu specials at Whitecaps Grille to chase away the chill. Goodman says
that one of the events she’s looking forward to the most involves
chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
“It’s called ‘Chocoholic Frolic,” she says, “it’s kind of like our Gallery
Walk - you pick up a card, and go to the stores offering samples of
chocolate. There are so many more stores in town than you would expect who
offer chocolate! You turn your card in at the end of the day (Thursday,
February 24), and you can win a huge chocolate lover’s basket.”

Other events have nothing to do with food - other than the fact that
you’ll probably want to fuel up with some great beverages or meals before
you embark upon them.
Some of the events will take extra brain power, like Jigsaws and Java (a
jigsaw puzzle contest) at Grand Traverse Pie Company, or the Scrabble
Tournament at Horizon Books.
Others will suit more of the outdoorsy types, such as the Snow Croquet
Tournament, the Chase The Blues 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Blues
Snowman-Building Contest, and the Petoskey Ghost Walk.
And don’t worry, shoppers - there’s plenty of that to be found, as well,
with special Winter Blues Festival deals being made available at a
plethora of locales from Meyer ACE Hardware to Northern Sole to Linda
Michaels Jewelers - and local fashionistas will enjoy trunk fashion shows
at Toad Hall and Grandpa Shorter’s.

And if all you want to do is lose yourself in the actual blues - or some
other genres of music - the festival can oblige that, as well.
“Another of our new events is the ‘Petoskey’s Got Talent’ show, which is
being sponsored by TV 7 and 4,” Goodman says, “it’s modeled on the
‘America’s Got Talent’ show, and we already have a lot of talented people
signed up.”
McLean and Eakin Booksellers will host some acoustic music, the Crooked
Tree Arts Center’s Powers Wind Quartet event will coincide with the
festival, and several other shops and restaurants will be featuring live
And the entire Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will focus in on “real”
blues music on Saturday night from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry
Hotel’s Rose Room, with Kalamazoo Avenue’s Rock Rhythm and Blues Review
Band, a Blues Brothers tribute band that is sure to fit right in with the
fest’s theme.
Plenty of other sales, treats, surprises, and events will be held
throughout the week, too, as the festival organizers work to get the best
mix of happenings to make the event the best it can be.
“We keep switching the events out to keep it fresh,” Goodman says, “so we
can see what really works.”

The 2011 Petoskey Winter Blues Festival will take place February 21-27 in
downtown Petoskey. A full schedule of events and more info may be found at

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