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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St. Patrick‘s Day celebrations

Rick Coates - March 7th, 2011
St. Patrick’s Celebrations Sweep the North
By Rick Coates
You don’t have to go far to ‘get your Irish on’ this coming week: St.
Patrick’s themed events will take place across the region. Here are some
of the highlights:

31st Annual Traverse City Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Parade
Saturday, March 12

The festivities kick off with pre-parade activities at North Peak Brewery
starting at noon with the announcement of the Irish Queen, Grand Marshall,
Irish Prince and Princesses and the Irish Lord Mayor.
The parade will commence at 1:30 p.m. with pre-staging starting at 1 p.m.
on North Hall Street. The parade route goes down Front Street to Pine to
State, Park  and Front streets and ending on North Hall.
Post parade activities will include dancing and Irish music by the Wild
Sullys at North Peak Brewery starting at 2:30 p.m. All activities are open
to the public. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should
contact Hibernian president Todd McCall at 231-715-6265.

Irish Comedy Tour, TC Opera House Saturday, March 12 (See related story)

Lucky Leprechaun Ball
Sunday, March 13

The annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball is a benefit hosted by the Ancient Order
of Hibernians and Song of the Lakes to support the Father Fred Foundation.
The evening is full of entertainment, along with great food and drink on
Sunday, March 13, beginning at 5 p.m. at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House in
TC. Music will be provided by Song of the Lakes and a new featured act,
the Young Sullys, an Irish family band with six kids ages 6 to 14 years
old performing an assortment of Irish tunes. 
The evening will also feature the top five junior and adult finalists who
are seeking “The Best Singer In Traverse City Award” in the 31st annual
Danny Boy Singing Contest. Junior division finalists sing off at 6 p.m.
and adult finalists will have their sing off at 8:30 p.m. To enter the
Danny Boy contest that includes $500 college scholarship for the top
junior contestant and $300 for the top adult contestant, contact the
Father Fred Foundation at 947-2055. Advance registration is required and
all contestants must go to a sing-off on Thursday, March 10 at Lars
Hockstad Auditorium with the top five participants in each division
competing on Sunday. 
Proceeds support the Father Fred Foundation. Admission is $10 in advance
or $15 at the door with youths 14 and under free! Get your tickets at the
Father Fred Foundation, North Peak or Kilkenny’s.

Boyne City Irish Heritage Festival
March 13-20

The Boyne City’s Irish Heritage Festival has been expanded from one night
to a full week with a full range of Irish themed events from March 13
through March 20. 
The festival highlight will be the Fourth Annual Irish Heritage Dinner,
from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Boyne City Eagles Hall. It will
include a traditional six-course Irish feast with Celtic music and song,
Irish step dancers, a sing-a-long of favorite Irish songs, guest
musicians, and, perhaps, a leprechaun. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for
children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Tickets are available
at the Boyne Chamber, Eagles Hall, Local Flavor, and Country Now & Then/Up
the Lazy River.
For further info call the Boyne City Main Street Program at 231-582-9009
or the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

Robert Emmet Annual Hoolie Wednesday, March 16

The Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey offers a scholarship to allow a
student from North Central Michigan College the opportunity to study for a
semester in Ireland. One of their primary fundraisers is the Robert Emmet
Annual Hoolie at City Park Grill in Petoskey starting at 5:30  p.m on
March 16. The Hoolie is in partnership with the Blissfest Music
Organization, and has become the highlight of the seasonal St. Patrick’s
Day celebration in Petoskey. The event features Irish music, song and
dance with local artists, door prizes and Irish dinner fare.  Reduced
admission prices are offered to Irish citizens, NCMC students, seniors,
and members of the Blissfest Music Organization and the Robert Emmet

An Afternoon Of Irish Music
Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m. 

The Boyne Arts Collective Concert Series presents Siusan O’Rourke & Zig
Zeitler.  (see related story)
RUNA: Contemporary Celtic Music
Wednesday, March 16

Contemporary Celtic folk band RUNA will perform Wednesday March 16 at
Sleder’s Tavern in TC. The band includes Shannon Lambert-Ryan on  vocals
and piano; Fionán de Barra on guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin and
percussionist  Cheryl Prashker along with Tomoko Omura on violin and Isaac
Alderson on uilleann pipes, flutes, whistles.
Based in Pennsylvania, Runa draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of
its band members, that results in a contemporary and refreshing approach
to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their
repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful acoustic melodies, along
with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland Islands,
Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble give
their traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Seating and tickets are
limited and for more information call 231-947-9213.

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