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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2nd Chance Prom 4/11/11

Rick Coates - April 11th, 2011
Get Your ’80s on at the 2nd Chance Prom
By Rick Coates
It’s prom season and high school students all over Northern Michigan are
scrambling to find prom dresses and tuxedos while ordering corsages and
boutonnieres.  Some will do a double take and a ‘say what?’ when they find
out that their parents are going to prom as well. Of course, there will be
a deep sigh of relief when they find out their parents have their own prom
to attend.
It’s called “The 2nd Chance Prom” and these events are popping up all over
the country.  Northern Michigan will host its first ever 2nd Chance Prom
this Saturday April 16 at the new Reserved room within the Streeters
Center in Traverse City.
“I came up with the idea while at my class reunion,” said Doug Street,
owner and a TC High School graduate. “One of my classmates told me that I
ought to do a 2nd Chance Prom. I had acquired all the old MTV videos from
the ’80s and I have been doing some ’80s nights that have been big hits. A
month ago the parents from the senior class at St. Francis approached me
looking to do a fundraiser for the senior graduation night party.”
While 100% percent of the the ticket sales will benefit the 2011 St.
Francis graduation night party, Street said the event is open to the
“Anyone can attend. These 2nd Chance Prom events are typically fundraisers
elsewhere in the country,” said Street. “Since other schools in the area
have these graduation night parties, what we are going to do each year is
have a vote at the 2nd Chance Prom so the school who has the most
representation will be awarded the proceeds from the event next year.”

Structured graduation night parties are gaining in popularity. Dubbed
“Project Graduation,” or “Grad Night” these all-night parties have become
the ‘in’ thing to do for seniors.
For many parents, prom and graduation nights have become two of their
biggest worries. Both events have resulted in tragic deaths of students in
years past, prompting the development of Project Graduation where the
parents organize a safe, sober and memorable night for graduates.
“It is an opportunity for the seniors to have one more night together that
is organized and chaperoned by parents. It is essentially their last
goodbye before they head off to pursue college and careers,” said Dana
Olm, co-coordinator of the 2011 St. Francis Project Graduation Party.
The budget for the 2011 St. Francis event is about $15,000. Parents start
organizing the event in the fall and details are kept secret until
graduation night, but Olm hinted the party will include several fun stops
around Traverse City and a night for seniors to remember forever. The 2nd
Chance Prom is expected to raise around $6,000 for Project Graduation.

Nationwide, some Project Graduation budgets are $50,000 and up, with
elaborate alcohol-free parties that have prizes including iPods,
cellphones,  laptop computers, digital cameras, dorm-room refrigerators
and microwaves, and even a car. Typically, every senior gets a prize at
these parties.
As for the allure of a 2nd Chance Prom, there are several factors that
have made them popular.
“You would be surprised at the number of people who did not go to prom
in high school, so this is a way for them to experience it later in
life,” said Street. “Plus, people who did go to prom are probably not
married or dating their prom date, so that is where this 2nd Chance
component comes into play.”
Street also added that his new room, The Reserved, will be decorated to
give it an ’80s-early-’90s prom feel. Plus his DJ will be playing top
videos and music of the ‘80s MTV generation while sprinkling in some ’70s
disco as well as modern dance music.
“The committee is also collecting up old prom pictures from attendees and
we will flash those over the big screens in between videos,” said Street.
“Speaking of pictures, a professional photographer will be on hand so you
will get an official ‘prom photo’ included in the ticket price.”
Of course what to wear will be at the top of everyone’s list and Street
says it is all about having fun (see this week’s MyStyle column).
As for food, Street said it will be just like real prom. “We are starting
this later so people can go out to dinner somewhere around town. That way
you get to choose what you want to eat and when you arrive you start
dancing and mingling. We will have some light snacks available.”
One tradition of prom is the “spiking of the punch bowl” and that will be
available as well, just with a different twist. 
“We are going to have the traditional prom punch bowl but our bartender
will be doing the spiking. But you get to choose how you want it spiked,”
said Street. “That is the other appealing thing about the 2nd Chance Prom
-- you are legally allowed to drink and there is no curfew.”
The evening will include door prizes, selecting a prom king and queen at
midnight, and voting for which school gets to host the event next year.
Since resuming ownership of The Streeters Center (Ground Zero Nightclub) a
year ago, Street has remodeled the facility and has been taking on
community events, including the recent Bras For Cause that raised over
$30,000 for breast cancer programs in the region. At the end of April he
will host From Women’s Hands.

The 2nd Chance Prom is Saturday April 16 with doors opening at 8 pm and
music continuing till 1 am. Tickets are $15 and limited so advance
purchase is suggested. Call the box office at 231-932-1300 or go to
www.groundzeroonline.com or search Facebook under Traverse City 2nd Chance
Prom. Tickets are also available at Carpet Galleria on Garfield in
Traverse City. E-mail your old prom photos to tc2ndchanceprom@gmail.com to
be flashed on the screen through the night.

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