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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Great Indoor Folk Festival

Robert Downes - February 7th, 2011
Great Indoor Folk Festival moves to Sunday
A new day is dawning for the Great Indoor Folk Festival this year, as
the family-friendly event moves to the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
That’s Sunday, Feb. 13, to be exact, with more than 50 musicians set
to perform in the sprawling Mercado  shopping area of Building 50 at
the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.  If attendance matches
that of years past, the third annual event is expected to draw as many
as 1,000 people throughout the day.
“By moving it to Sunday we’re able to have a festival that doesn’t
crowd anyone out and will make it possible for everyone to attend,”
said Adair Correll of the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round,
which hosts the event.  Correll noted that several other events being
held in Traverse City over the weekend made Sunday a better choice for
the community.
As in years past, the music is all-acoustic with the players drawn
from the Songwriters in the Round music organization.  Despite the
fact that the musicians all perform for free, there’s a high demand to
perform at the festival, Correll said.  “We put out a call for
musicians each year and the slots are all booked up within a day or
two. It’s become a very prestigious event for the region’s acoustic
music crowd.”
What’s in it for the musicians?
“A lot of us will be selling our CDs at the festival, and they make
great Valentine’s Day presents,” Correll said.  “While many of the
musicians already sell their CDs at their gigs throughout the year,
the Great Indoor Folk Festival turns out a tremendous crowd. What
better thing to do on a Valentine’s weekend than put a smile on your
face, a song in your heart and a new CD in your pocket?”
He added that the free festival also remains a huge hit with families.
“These are tough times and families are looking for something free and
fun to do. This is a chance to see as many as 50 musicians and hear a
lot of original music.  It’s a chance to get your kids inspired to
take up music themselves.”
In addition to five ‘stages’ in Building 50 (actually, small
performance areas tucked into alcoves), the festival includes a stage
at the Left Foot Charley winery just 100 yards to the west, and an
open mic stage at the Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse, where musicians
from the general public are invited to perform throughout the day.
The festival got its start in 2009 as a way of raising the profile of
the Songwriters in the Round  which includes folk and acoustic
musicians from all over the state. Correll, one of the founding
members and long time administrator, and Bob Downes, editor of
Northern Express Weekly and a member of the Acoustic Dynamite band,
thought that a free indoor music festival held in February would be a
good addition to a region that has more than enough events during the
“There’s no question that it was a hit from the very first year,”
Correll said.  “We didn’t know if it was going to be a one-time shot
in the dark, but we found in our second year that this is a popular,
enduring event.”

The Great Indoor Folk Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 13 from noon
- 5:30 p.m. in the Mercado shopping area of Building 50 at the Grand
Traverse Commons, with an additional satellite stage at the Left Foot
Charley winery.  The standing room only event is free of charge,
although donations will be accepted in “busker buckets” at each stage.

-- by Robert Downes

Who’s Playing:


12:00-1:00 Summerson
1:10-2:10 Cabin Fever
2:20-3:20 Song of the Lakes
 3:30-4:30 New 3rd Coast
 4:40-5:30 Jim Crockett & Friends


12:00-12:30 Acoustic Dynamite
12:40-1:10  Jim Hawley
1:20-1:50 Les Dalgliesh &
Patrick Harrison
2:00-2:30  Jenny Thomas & Friends
2:40-3:10  Adair Correll & Friends
3:20-3:50  Barbara Jordan & Friends
4:00-4:30  The Nephews
4:35-5:00  Dennis & Allison Palmer & Friends
5:05-5:30 Blind Dog Hank


1:00-1:30 Ron Fowler
1:40-2:10 Luunappi - Patrick Niemisto & Norm Wheeler
2:20-2:50  Mary Anne Rivers
3:00-3:30 Kirby


12:40-1:10  Dane Hyde &
Greg Stanton
1:20-1:50 Blind Dog Hank
2:00-2:30   Harbor Hoedown
2:40-3:10  The Nephews
3:20-3:50 Acoustic Dynamite
4:00-4:40 Three Hour Tour

12:00: 12:25 Ron Fowler
12:30-12:55 Mary Anne Rivers
1:00-1:25  John Bentley
1:30-1:55  Ruby John w/Dane Hyde
2:00-2:25  Kurt Bullock
2:30-2:55  Dede Alderman
3:00-3:25  Robin Lee Berry
3:30-3:55  Bev Carrol
4:00-4:25  Kirby
4:30-4:55  Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25  Jerre Stormer


12:00-12:40 Les Dalgliesh &
Patrick Harrison
12:50-1:30 Three Hour Tour
1:40-2:20 Jef Fisk
2:30-3:10  Dan Kelchak
3:20-4:00 Dane Hyde & Greg Stanton
4:10-4:50  Max & Ruth Bloomquist

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