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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Seasons of Swirl

Kristi Kates - April 18th, 2011
Seasons of swirl: Wine tasting & music energize Crooked Tree Arts Center
By Kristi Kates
“I like learning about the wines and asking about food pairings at Swirl…”
“It’s great to be able to view an exhibit with friends at Swirl…”
“Swirl is a great way to meet new people of all ages…”

But just what is Swirl?
“Swirl is an informal and informative wine tasting held in our galleries, with live music,” explains Liz Ahrens, the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Executive Director. “Each month we invite a local wine purveyor to provide wines and appetizers, featuring their best or most unusual products,” she continues, “it’s the result of CTAC wanting to bring in visitors to the galleries in an informal and relaxed setting.”

The Swirl series - now one of Petoskey’s “hidden treasure” events - does indeed combine art, music, and gourmet pursuits all into one cohesive evening at CTAC, enabling locals and visitors alike to take their time checking out what CTAC has to offer in a new and inventive way.
“Quite often, people comment that they would like to see an exhibit, but just don’t make the time to do so,” Ahrens says, “CTAC also had a goal of providing some new events, and, at the same time, we were approached by Esperance of Charlevoix to offer wine tastings in the galleries, so it was truly one of those synergistic ideas.”
As Swirl grew, Ahrens says, they added on additional wine merchants, and are now featuring a different one at each month’s Swirl event. A rotating cast of musicians is featured, too, with each combo of elements attracting near sold-out crowds.
“Our fabulous local musicians provide entertainment to a crowd of 80 people, as we limit the tickets,” Ahrens says, “our galleries could hold more people, but then the event gets too big, and it’s difficult to talk about the wines and food and view the artwork.”

Kicking off with Swirl’s Holiday Wine Market in November, which features up to 40 wines, the full Swirl series runs from January to May, with the food and wine pairings being chosen by the merchants.
“Quite often, they choose seasonal offerings,” explains Ahrens.
The next Swirl event, on Thursday, April 21, will feature musical guitar/singing duo Jusduit (featuring Jeff Pagel and Bob Greenway), along with “creative appetizers” and fine wines from Lake Street Market in Boyne City.
Lake Street Market’s Liz Glass and Chris Meyer will be bringing in a themed roster of Spanish wines for the April event to accompany Jusduit’s tunes and CTAC’s display of new art by local art students; featured wines will include Kila Cava Brut (2008); Muga Roija Reserva (2006); and Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha (2009), among others.
“Our selection of appetizers will be our signature cheese display, along with caramelized onions and goat cheese baked on bruschetta, house-cured salmon canapés, seared tuna brochettes and Serrano ham. All of the appetizers have been designed to complement the wines,” noted Glass in Swirl’s press release.

The next Swirl, in May, will feature equally interesting food and wine offerings from Symons General Store, plus music from Petoskey vocalist/guitarist Chris Koury. Ahrens thinks that every Swirl is a great Swirl, because they’re all so different.
“I really enjoy it when people attend as a first date, as it’s a ‘walk-around’ event, so good for making that sometimes uncomfortable small talk on first dates,” Ahrens chuckles, “I also think it’s special when small groups attend Swirl together, like a girls’ night out, or wine tasting clubs.”
Swirl, perhaps in the opposite of many Northern Michigan popular pursuits, goes into hibernation in the summertime, though, so it’s best to support Swirl while you can - and look forward to next fall, when Swirl is likely to get an early start if the public continues to demand it over the next couple of events.
“We may add a fall series in September and October, as we’ve had many requests,” Ahrens says.
Swirl’s next event takes place on April 21 at CTAC, 461 E. Mitchell Street in downtown Petoskey; doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and music running to 7:00 p.m. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 day of the event, while tickets last. To purchase tix or get more info on all Swirl events, contact CTAC at
www.crookedtree.org, or telephone them at 231-347-4337.
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