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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Erin Crowell - September 23rd, 2011  

Grand Traverse & Kalkaska


EDITED BY erin crowell

Aroma's Coffee House - TC
Tues. -- John Pomeroy, 7-9pm
Fantasy's - Traverse City
Adult Entertainment w/ DJ
Fireball Lounge - Kalkaska
Fri. -- DJ Scott Hall
Sat. -- Live Music
Grand Traverse Resort -
Aerie Lounge:
Thurs. -- Ron Hernandez & Ron
Getz, 6-10pm
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
Ground Zero - TC
9/24 -- Fusion Saturday Launch
Party w/ DJs Dominate, Chris
Rox & Josh King, 9-11
Thurs. -- College Night
Sat. -- Z93 Ladies Night
Hayloft Inn - TC
Thurs. -- WNMC Music
Roundup, 8
Fri. & Sat. -- Live country music
9/23 & 9/24 -- Risque
Kilkenny's - TC
9/23 & 9/24 -- Egon
Tues. -- Levi Britton, 9:30pm
Wed. -- Open Mic
Thurs. -- Johnny P, 9pm-1am
Sun. -- Mitch McKolay, 8-11pm
Lil Bo Pub & Grille - TC
9/19 -- 3rd Level Fundraiser w/
The Corvairs, 5-8

9/20 -- TC Celtic, 7-9
9/21 -- Tim Wire Trio, 8-11
9/23 -- West End Fest w/ Robert
Abate & the Big Timers, 5-7; Tim
Wire Trio, 7:30-10
& 9/24 -- West End Fest w/ Dick
Prall, 6:30-8; Britton Steer Band,
Loading Dock - TC
9/23 -- Covert Operations, Thick
as Thieves & Me 3 Mind
9/24 -- Dragon Wagon &
Graham Parsons
Sun. - 80s Night
Mon. -- Open Session (traditional
Irish), 7-9; Noel & John Show,
Wed. -- Club 205
Northern Lites - TC
9/23 & 9/24 -- 12 Year Reunion
Tues. -- DJ EJ, 8
Oryana - TC
Lake Street Cafe:
Wed. -- Robert Abate, 3-4
Beacon Lounge:
Mon. -- Levi Britton, 8:30pm
Thurs. - Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann
ParkShore Resort - TC
Thurs. -- Bryan Poirier, 7-10
Peegeo's - TC
Phil's on Front - TC
Mon. -- Ron Getz & Elizabeth

Tues. -- David Chown wsg
Wed. -- Hipps n Ricco
Thurs. -- Al Jankowski &
Elizabeth Sexton Rivers
Fri. & Sat. -- Dawn Campbell &
Al Jankowski
Sail Inn - Traverse City
Tues, Thurs & Sat. -- Live
Wed. -- Nathan Schock, 6-9
Tues. & Thurs. -- Entertainment
Side Traxx - TC
Wed. -- Alt/Retro Night
Fri.-Sat. -- DJ/VJ Mike King
Southside Hideout - Buckley
Thurs. -- Open Mic w/ Alter Ego
Sat. -- Live Rock Bands
Level 3 Lounge:
9/24 -- Sonny Moorman, 7-9
Thurs. -- Comedy, 9
Thurs, Fri & Sat -- DJ Ricky T,
Union Street Sta tion - TC
9/22 -- Red Wanting Blue
9/23 -- Kung Fu Rodeo
9/24 -- Britton and Sterr Band
Mon. -- Jay Kott
Tues. -- Open Mic
Wed. -- Hip Hop Show

Leelanau & Benzie

Bayview Grille - Frankfort
9/24 -- Kelsey Rottiers
Cabbage Shed - Elberta
Sat. -- Live Music
Cedar Tavern -
Fri. -- DJ Kenny
Crystal Mountain Resort -
Leelanau Sands Showroom:
9/24 -- Foghat

Elements Lounge:
9/24 -- Whispers of the North,
Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, 8
Wed. -- Comedy, 9pm
Thurs. -- 45th Parallel Polka Band
Fri. -- DJ Markis, 9pm-1am
Geno's Sports Bar -
Lumberjack's - Honor
Tues. -- Open Mic
Fri. & Sat. -- DJ Jesse James

Mayfair Tavern - Elberta
Tues. -- Open mic hosted by
Jake Frysinger
O'Keefe's - Suttons Bay
Thurs. -- Open mic w/ James
Glass, 9pm-close
Villa Marine Bar - Frankfort
Thurs. - Bobby Bone, 7-10
Village Inn - Suttons Bay
Sat. -- Open Mic, 10pm

Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee

Kaleva Tavern - Kaleva
Wed. -- Open Mic w/ Cheryl
Wolfram, 8-10pm
Little River Casino - Manistee
Grove Lounge:
9/19 -- Polka w/ Dick Hedrich

9/23 & 9/24 -- CP2
Manistee American Legion -
Manistee Eagles -
McManigals Pub -
Fri. & Sat. -- Open Mic, 9pm

Pines Nightclub - Cadillac
Fri. -- Hot Traxx Video Dance
Portage Point Inn - Onekama
Fri.-Sun. -- Piano on the Porch w/
Bobby Bone, 5-8
River Street Station - Manistee

Emmet & Cheboygan

Black Mountain Lodge -
Fri. & Sat. -- Bill Phillips, 6pm
Boyne Highlands - Harbor
Slopeside (9pm):
Cava -
Bay Harbor
Chandlers - Petoskey
All shows are 8-11pm
City Park Grill - Petoskey
Tues. -- Duex & Sean & Adam, 9
Dixie Saloon - Mackinaw City
Fri. & Sat. - Live DJ
Horn's - Mackinac Island
(Sault Ste. Marie)
9/25 -- Little Big Town
Rapids Lounge:
9/22 -- Comedy w/ Tim Joyce &
Chet Wild
9/23 & 9/24 -- Peril
9/23 -- Paul Perry

Northern Pines Lounge:
9/21 -- Comedy w/ Tim Joyce &
Chet Wild
9/23 & 9/24 -- Live Music
Legs Inn - Cross Village
Fri. -- Kirby, 6-9
Leo’s Sports Bar -- Petoskey
1st & 3rd Sun. -- Open Stage
Links Grille - Bay Harbor
9/22 -- Pete Kehoe
Noggin Room - Petoskey
Oasis Tavern - Kewadin
Thurs. -- Bad Medicine, DJ
Jesse James
9/22 -- Ladies Night Kick-off w/
La Dolce Vita
9/23 -- Odawa Star Auditions
Sat. -- DJ Shawn, 10:30pm
Fri. -- 102.9 Big Country, 9pm; DJ

Fabz, 12am
Sat. -- Funny Biz Comedy Show,
8pm; 105.1 Real Rock, 10pm; DJ
Shawn, 12am
Papa Lou’s Pizza Pub & Grill
Weds. -- DJ Freezy, 9pm-close
Thurs. -- DJ Bill Da Cat
Fri. -- Live Entertainment
Sat. -- DJ Bill Da Cat
Fri. & Sat. -- 18 & older dancing
Sagamore's - Bay Harbor
Sat. -- Pianist Bob Bryan, 6:30
South American - Bay Harbor
(Music starts 7pm)
9/23 -- Nathan Bates, 7-11
9/24 -- Pete Kehoe, 7-11
Wed. -- Adam Engleman & Sean

Antrim & Charlevoix

Alden Bar & Grille
Fri & Sat. -- Live Music
Sun. -- Open mic
Mon. -- Jeff Woolsey
Bellaire Lanes Sandbaggers
Fri. -- Danny B., 6-9pm
Blue Pelican - Central Lake
Buck's Bar -
Daily -- Bob Bryan, 6-9pm
(All shows 8-11pm)
Trophy Room:
Buck's Bar -
Thurs. -- DJ Adam R

Fri & Sat -- Live music
Cafe Santé - Boyne City
9/22 -- Sean Bielby & Adam
Engleman, 5:30-9
9/23 -- Pete Keho, 8-11
Cooper's Pub & Grill - Boyne City
9/24 -- Burton's Garden, 10pm-
Golden Nugget - Ellsworth
Jordan Inn - East Jordan
3rd Tues. -- Featured Artist
4th Tues. -- Folk Jam
Fri. -- John Slough, 7pm
Murray's Bar & Grill - E. Jordan
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
Pearl-s - Elk Rapids
9/23 -- Bluegrass, Bourbon &
Blues Fest w/ Steppin' In It, 4-7;
Brad Kelsey Band, 7-10

9/24 -- Bluegrass, Bourbon
& Blues Fest w/ Sour Mash,
12-3; Who Hit John, 4-7; Carl
Weathersby, 7-10
Press Box - Mancelona
Fri. -- Live music w/ Rich
Blackmore, 7-9pm
Shanty Creek - Bellaire
9/23 & 9/24 -- Bryan Hardy &
Fri. & Sat. -- Bryan Hardy &
Short's - Bellaire
9/24 -- The Weather, 7:30-10:30
Fri. -- Younce Guitar Duo
Vasquez Hacienda - E.R.
Fri. -- Nick Vasquez, 7pm

Otsego, Crawford & Central

Mt. Pleasant
9/24 -- King of the Cage, 8
Water Lilly Lounge:
9/23 & 9/24 -- Kevin Chamberlain

Country Music
Mauldoons - Wolverine
9/24 -- Skeleton Crew, 9-1
Stampede Saloon - Gaylord
Fri. -- Video DJ

9/24 -- Tuff Cookie
Timothy's Pub - Gaylord
Fri. & Sat. -- Video DJ w/ Larry
Reichert Ent.

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