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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Super Summer Calendar

Erin Crowell - June 13th, 2011
What to Do? Check out our Super Summer Calendar
By Erin Crowell

You won’t have much time to sit at home and twiddle your thumbs this
summer because there are hundreds (thousands?) of events to choose from
all across Northern Michigan.
Perhaps it’s our long, cold winters that act as a catalyst, but
whatever the case, there’s an incredible explosion of fun each year in
the region. Here are some of the best events, but by no means all of

June-Sept.: Stargazing-Public Viewing, Traverse City
June-Sept 4: BODIES HUMAN: Anatomy in Motion, Dennos, Traverse City
June 15-Aug. 24: (Wednesdays) Governor’s Summer Residence Tour, Mack. Island
June 15-19: Summerfest, Pellston
June 15-Sept. 15: (Wednesdays) Northern Rods ‘n Ride Car Show, Indian River
June 15-Sept. 5: Tapas Tour, Traverse City
June 16-August 14: Bay View Music Festival
June 16-19: Jordan Valley Freedom Festival
June 16: Gallery Walk, Petoskey
June 16-Aug. 25: Jazz At Sunset, Traverse City
June 17: Leland Art Walk
June 17-19: Grand Traverse Kennel Club Dog Show, Traverse City
June 17-August 12: Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park Series, Petoskey
June 17-18: Antiques on the Bay Vintage & Antique Car Show, St. Ignace
June 17-26: Arts & Craft Show, Cheboygan
June 17-19: In-Water Boat Show, Bay Harbor
June 18: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Interlochen
June 18: Young Americans in Concert, Boyne City
June 18: Cheboygan Annual Car Show
June 18: Elberta Solstice Festival
June 18: Pianoman Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John, Bay View
June 18: Annual Frankfort Craft Fair & Car Show
June 18: Historical Festival/Taste of the North, Petoskey
June 18-Sept. 3: (Saturdays) Stone Circle Gatherings, Kewadin
June 18-July 16: Cabaret 2011 Dinner Theatre, Crystal Mountain
June 18: Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival, Brethren
June 18: Juhannus Celebration, Kaleva
June 18: Collective Soul w/ Better Than Ezra, Val-Du Lakes
June 18-19: Wings Over Gaylord
June 18-19: Summer Solstice Art Show, Charlevoix
June 18-20: Grand Traverse Balloon Classic, Traverse City
June 19: Annual Father’s Day Picnic on the Lawn, Grand Traverse Commons
June 19: Lilac Parade, Mackinac Island
June 19: Big Stellar Picnic on the Great Lawn, Traverse City
June 19-25: Marion Fair
June 19: Strawberry Festival, Alden
June 19-20: Annual Father’s Day Cruise-In, Boyne City
June 20: Northport Lighthouse & Maritime Festival
June 21-Aug. 23 (Tuesdays): Shoreline Showcase Concert, Manistee
June 21: Elvis Costello, Interlochen
June 22-28: Emett/Charlevoix County Fair
June 23-June 25: St. Ignace Auto Show
June 23-Jul 3: Hairspray, City Opera House, Traverse City
June 23-Aug. 18 (Thursdays): Alden Evening Strolls
June 23-Aug. 25 (Thursdays): UpBeat Cadillac
June 23-Sept. 1 (Thursdays): Street Musique, Harbor Springs
June 23: Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, Kewadin
June 23-26: Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat Festival
June 23-26: Flea Roast & Ox Market, Irons
June 23-25: Beaver Island Bike Festival
June 24: Eve 6, Val-Du Lakes
June 24-Sept. 2: (Fridays) Stroll the Streets, Boyne City
June 24-26: Michigan Energy Fair, Ludington
June 24: Summer Solstice Art & Wine Walk, Suttons Bay
June 24-26: Lumberjack Festival, Wolverine
June 24-July 3: “Oklahoma!,” Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee
June 24: Parrotheads on the Peninsula, Traverse City
June 24-25: SOBO Arts Festival, Boyne City
June 24-Sept. 2: (Fridays) Music in Marina Park, Northport
June 24-25: Take a Kid Fishing, Frankfort
June 24: Fusion Fashion Show, Pentwater
June 25: Default, Leelanau Sands, Peshawbestown
June 25: The Gin Blossoms w/ Tonic, Val-Du Lakes
June 25-26: Wellington Farm Park Dairy Days, Roscommon
June 25: Boardman River Nature Fest, Traverse City
June 25-26: Fine Arts & Craft Show, Mackinaw City
June 25: St. Ignace Mud Run
June 25: Danny Gokey, Petoskey
June 25: Vintage Car & Boat Festival, Bay Harbor
June 25: Canal Days at Mitchell State Park, Cadillac
June 25: Bob James & Harry Goldson Concert, Traverse City
June 25: Bay View Pops Orchestra
June 25: Here Comes Summer w/ Three Men & a Tenor, Glen Arbor
June 25: Annual Waterfront Wine Festival, Harbor Springs
June 25: The Temptations, Interlochen
June 25: Art of Classic Jazz-James & Goldson, Traverse City
June 25: Kalkaska Airport Fly-In
June 25-July 2: “The Importance of Being Ernest,” Benzonia
June 25: Margaritaville Party of the North, Bay Harbor
June 25-July 16: Jordan River Arts Invitational Exhibit, East Jordan
June 26: Art Rapids, Elk Rapids
June 26: An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Northport
June 26: Strawberry Social & Classic Car Show, Grand Traverse Pavilions
June 26: The Roundup Gang, Elk Rapids
June 26: Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair, Traverse City
June 27-July 1: Mackinaw Crossings Carnival
June 29-July 4: Greatest Fourth in the North, Lake City
June 29: Kurt Elling, Interlochen
June 29: Chartibly Chic Fashion Show, Bay Harbor
June 30: Re-Fashion Show, Frankfort
June 30-July 31: Horse Shows by the Bay, Williamsburg
June 30: Crystal Lake Art Center Refashion Show, Frankfort
June 30-Aug. 25: Roots on the River Concert Series, Manistee
June 30-July 3: Cedar Polka Fest
June 30-July 10: The Merchant of Venice, Interlochen
June 30-July 3: Ellebration!, Ellsworth
June 30-July 4: Manistee National Forest Festival

July 1-5: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, Crystal Mountain Resort
July 1-Aug. 27: Dominic Fortuna Dinner Show, Williamsburg
July 2-3: Antiques at the Fairgrounds, Petoskey
July 2: The Capitol Steps, Interlochen
July 2-4: Summer Day in Paradise, Mackinaw City
July 2-9: National Cherry Festival, Traverse City
July 3: Fourth of July Regatta, Mackinaw
July 3: National Cherry Festival Arts & Crafts Show, Traverse City
July 4: Annual 4th of July Festival, Boyne City
July 4: Juried Art Show, Harbor Springs
July 4-Aug. 3: Music in Mackinaw
July 4: Parade and fireworks happening at a town near you
July 6: Kansas, National Cherry Festival
July 6: 28th Annual Art Fair, Nub’s Nob
July 7- (Thursdays): Concerts in Washington Park, Cheboygan
July 7: 1964 the Tribute, National Cherry Festival
July 7: Summer Science Festival, Suttons Bay
July 7-28: Thursday Evening Stroll, Alden
July 7: Emerson String Quartet, Interlochen
July 8: .38 Special & Brantley Gilbert, National Cherry Festival
July 8: Crystal Lake Art Center Walk, Frankfort
July 8-9: Annual Microbrew & Wine Fest, Wuerfel Park, Traverse City
July 8- Aug.: Michigan Legacy Art Park Summer Sound Series, Crystal Mountain
July 8-9: Boyne Thunder Poker Run, Boyne City
July 8-10: Annual Blissfest Music Festival, Harbor Springs
July 8-9: Bear Lake Days
July 9: Josh Gracin, National Cherry Festival
July 9: Leland Artists’ Market
July 9: 11th Annual Beach Bash, Cadillac
July 9-10 Charlevoix Arts & Crafts Show
July 9: Beulah Art in the Park
July 10-28 (Saturdays): Manitou Music Festival, Glen Arbor
July 9-10: Annual Juried Arts Festival, Cheboygan
July 12-17: Indian River Summerfest
July 12: Annual Garden Walk & Craft Show, Cheboygan
July 12-16: Gaylord Alpenfest
July 12-14: International Ironworkers Festival
July 13: Lucinda Williams & Amos Lee, Interlochen
July 13: Harbor Springs Women’s Club Art Fest
July 13-14: Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow, Harbor Springs
July 13-14: Annual Charlevoix Garden Walk
July 13: Street Legends Car Show, Charlevoix
July 13-Aug. 17: Wandering Wednesdays w/ live music, Bellaire
July 13-17: Beaver Island Music Festival
July 13-14: D’Art for Art, Petoskey
July 14-Sept. 1 (Thursdays): Concerts on the Lawn, GT Pavilions
July 15: Dat Phan, Interlochen
July 15-17: Kaleva Days
July 16-17: Festival of the Arts, Cadillac
July 16: Leo Kottke, Interlochen
July 16: Annual Inland Seas Summer Fest, Suttons Bay
July 16: Annual GT Commons Bocce Tournament, Traverse City
July 16: Art in the Park, Petoskey
July 16: Emerson Drive, Petoskey
July 16: Buckcherry, Val-Du Lakes
July 16: North American Indian Art Fair, Harbor Springs
July 16: Anchor Days, Empire
July 16: 21st Annual Elberta Art & Crafts Fair
July 16-19: Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race
July 16-23: Annual Venetian Festival, Charlevoix
July 16: Roscommon River Festival
July 16-22: Michigander Bicycle Tour (See Cheboygan Chamber website)
July 17: Cherry Jubilee, Ellsworth
July 20-24: Festival of the Horse, Mackinac Island
July 20: Annual Glen Lake Woman’s Art Fair
July 20: Round the Island Yacht Race, Mackinac Island
July 20: Green Cuisine, Leelanau
July 21: Adam Pascal, Interlochen
July 21: Annual Garden Walk, Traverse City
July-Aug. 3: (Wednesdays) Live Music, Bellaire
July 22-28: Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair
July 22-27: Art Leelanau Benefit & Exhibition, Leland
July 22: Annual Hops & Berries, Alden
July 22: Tour de TART, Traverse City/Suttons Bay
July 22-Aug. 26: Friday Night Live, Traverse City
July 22-24: Arcadia Daze
July 22: Irish Festival, Interlochen
July 23: Encore Winds Concert in the Park, Alden
July 23: Big & Rich w/Gretchen Wilson, Val-Du Lakes
July 23: East Jordan Garden Club Show
July 23-24: Fiber Arts Show, Castle Farms, Charlevoix
July 23: Bluegrass Festival, Kalkaska
July 25: Trey McIntyre Project, Interlochen
July 26: The Beach Boys, Interlochen
July 26-31: Traverse City Film Festival
July 27: The Decemberists, Interlochen
July 27-3: Baroque on Beaver Island
July 28-Aug. 3: Walloon Lake Antique Tractor Engine & Craft Show
July 28: Dierks Bentley, Interlochen
July 28-Aug. 5: Lakeside Shakespeare Festival, Frankfort
July 28 & 30: 32nd Annual Salt River Bluegrass Festival, Mt. Pleasant
July 29-30: Downtown Cadillac Sidewalk Sales
July 29-31: Alden Days
July 29-31: Sidewalk Sales, Petoskey
July 29: Toad the West Sprocket, Val-Du Lakes
July 29-31: Downtown Cheboygan Music Festival
July 29-31: Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament, Traverse City
July 30: Paul Revere & the Raiders, Odawa, Petoskey
July 30: Fly-In & Pancake Breakfast, Northport
July 30: Downtown Summer Street Fair, Cheboygan
July 30: Chuck Negron, Odawa, Petoskey
July 30: Traverse Outdoor Art Fair

Aug. 3-8: The Moving Wall, Vietnam Memorial Replica, Cadillac
Aug. 3-6: Harbor Days, Elk Rapids
Aug. 3-24: (Wednesdays) Music in the Hills, Traverse City
Aug. 4-7: Annual Polish Festival, Boyne Falls
Aug. 4-7: Onekama Days
Aug. 4-6: Downtown Cheboygan Sidewalk Sales
Aug. 5-7: DuneGrass Festival, Empire
Aug. 5: Cheap Trick, Val-Du Lakes
Aug. 5: Paella in the Park, Traverse City
Aug. 5-6: Houghton Lake Historical Society Village Days
Aug. 5: Street Sale, Downtown Traverse City
Aug. 5-7: Copemish Heritage Days
Aug. 5-Sept.: Fridays at the Log Cabin, Kaleva
Aug. 6-14: Cheboygan County Fair
Aug. 6: Meat Loaf, Val-Du Lakes
Aug. 6-7: Bay Harbor Art Fair
Aug. 6-7: Suttons Bay Art Festival
Aug. 6: Bay Day, Traverse City
Aug. 6-7: Alden Quilt Show
Aug. 6-7: Antiques at the Fairgrounds, Petoskey
Aug. 6-13: Northwestern Michigan Fair, Traverse City
Aug. 6: Boats on the Boardwalk, Traverse City
Aug. 6-15: Shoreline Bike Tour, Harbor Springs
Aug. 7: Legends, Labyrinths & Lore, Harbor Springs
Aug. 11: Cars in the Park, Harbor Springs
Aug. 11: Tunnel of Trees Fun Rally Car Show, Harbor Springs
Aug. 11-13: Antrim County Fair, Bellaire
Aug. 12: Leland and Suttons Bay Sidewalk Sales
Aug. 12-21: Third Coast Bike Festival, Traverse City
Aug. 12-21: “Bus Stop,” Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee
Aug. 12-14: Alanson Riverfest
Aug. 12-14: Ironworkers Festival, Mackinaw City
Aug. 12: Thriving Ivory w/ The Vandrie, Val-Du Lakes
Aug. 12-13: Kalkaska Sidewalk Sales
Aug. 12-13: Port Oneida Fair
Aug. 13-20: Kalkaska County Fair
Aug. 13: Waterfront Art Fair, Charlevoix
Aug. 13: Lifehouse w/ Thriving Ivory, Val-Du Lakes
Aug. 13: Leelanau Wine & Food Festival, Haserot Park
Aug. 14: Alden Classic Sports Car Show
Aug. 14: Top of Michigan Boat Races, Cheboygan
Aug. 15-20: Northern District Fair, Cadillac
Aug. 16-18: Mackinac Island Music Festival
Aug. 17: The Dora Stockman Story, Crooked Tree, Petoskey
Aug. 18-21: Buckley Old Engine Show
Aug. 18: Lobster Fest at Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Northport
Aug. 18-21: Rubber Ducky Festival, Bellaire
Aug. 19-20: Riverfest, Cheboygan
Aug. 19-Aug. 21: Hoxeyville Music Festival
Aug. 19-20: Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
Aug. 19-21: Bellaire Merchants Sidewalk Sales
Aug. 19-21: Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow
Aug. 29-21: Festival on the Bay, Petoskey
Aug. 20: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
Aug. 20: Collector Car Show & Book Sale, Frankfort
Aug. 20: Annual Tractor Meet, Kalkaska
Aug. 20: Pat Benatar w/ Neil Giraldo, Val-Du Lakes
Aug. 20-27: Otsego County Fair
Aug. 21: Riverfest, Cheboygan
Aug. 21: Bike Benzie Tour
Aug. 23-27 5: Manistee County Fair
Aug. 25-27: “Escanaba in Love,” Aten Place
Aug. 26-27: Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival
Aug. 26-28: Benzie Fishing Frenzy
Aug. 27: Peterboro Letters Suite Ballet, Petoskey
Aug. 27: Alden Arts Festival
Aug. 27: BJ Thomas, Odawa, Petoskey
Aug. 27: Corvette Crossroads Auto Show, Mackinaw City
Aug. 27-28: National Co-Ho Festival, Honor
Aug. 28: Mackinaw Fine Arts & Craft Show, Mackinaw City

Sept. 2-5: Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend, Mackinac Island
Sept. 2-5: 3rd Annual Chain O’ Lakes Campground Music Fest, Bellaire
Sept. 2-3: Boyne City Labor Day Car Show
Sept. 3-4: Royal Craft Show, Gaylord
Sept. 5: Labor Day Bridge Walk/Party, Glen Lake
Sept. 5: Leland Labor Day Bridge Walk
Sept. 5: 53rd Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk
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