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 Round Up

Rick Coates - March 12th, 2012  

Northern Michigan is rooted in Irish heritage. Just look at some of the county names: Antrim, Emmet, Wexford, Roscommon and Crawford all have Irish roots to them.

So this time of the year, our region is loaded with events that pay tribute to the people who settled this region in the late 1800’s. Here is an overview of events happening throughout Northern Michigan:


Based in Petoskey, the Robert Emmet Society was formed in the early ’90‘s to pay tribute to its namesake, the famed Irish poet. Each spring they award a scholarship to an outstanding North Central Michigan College student for a semester of study in Galway, Ireland. The scholarship includes tuition, roundtrip airfare, and all housing expenses.

Robert Emmet, who is also the namesake of Emmet County, Michigan, “had a brief, but courageous life and his enduring legacy as a champion of freedom and democracy is what we honor within the organization,” said George Colburn, Society spokesperson.

The primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund is the Annual Hoolie that will take place Friday, March 16. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes to 10 p.m. in The Rose Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. The Hoolie will feature a full-fledged Irish Band from Chicago (Chicago Reel) plus local favorites The Hooligans. It also includes a dinner menu featuring Irish specials.

Tickets are $10 and the Perry is offering a special room rate of $59. For more information, contact the Robert Emmet Society at 231-535- 2440. For room reservations, contact Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231-347-4000.

For further information on the Emmet Society Scholarship valued at approximately $10,000, contact the President’s Office at NCMC, or the Robert Emmet Society via email at info@emmetsociety.org, or by writing to P.O. Box 2027, Petoskey, MI 49770.


Irish music is a must and one of the top touring acts of traditional Irish music with a modern flair to it is Slide. They have become a Northern Michigan favorite making periodic appearances in the area this time of the year.

Slide will perform Wednesday March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Sleder’s Family Tavern in Traverse City. Slide comes direct from Ireland to Traverse City and the quintet features Daire Bracken on fiddle,guitar; Aogan Lynch on concertina, whistle; Mick Rowland on bouzouki,mandolin; Stephen Doherty on flute, keyboard, and bodhran; and Dave Curley on vocals and percussion. For ticket info contact Sleder’s Family Tavern, or Beth at 947-9213. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


Since its inception 33 years ago, the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Annual Traverse City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown into quite the family affair. The parade is typically the first Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day but this year it will actually happen on St. Patrick’s Day.

“We felt that when you have an opportunity to actually celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day it really made sense. Plus the Pub Crawl organizers are having their event on Friday,” said Michael Shirley, Hibernian and Master of Ceremonies for the day.

“This is such a great family day and is open to anyone. The parade goes through downtown Traverse City and all are welcome to join us and walk the parade route.”

The pre-parade festivities start at noon at the North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City. Shirley strongly encourages people to arrive around 11 a.m. as it fills up quickly.

“We will sing Irish songs, announce the Irish Queen, the Irish Lord Mayor, Irish Prince and Princess along with the Grand Marshall and the Hibernian of the Year,” said Shirley.

Parade Marshall Mike Nolan will start lining up parade participants at approximately 1 p.m., and the parade begins at 1:30 at the corner of Hall and Front Streets. From there it heads to State Street, to Front Street and back to North Peak.

Post parade entertainment will start around 2:30 pm with “Song of the Lakes” in the basement of North Peak (Kilkennys Irish Public House) followed by the Wild Sullys later that night.

If you would like to be in the Parade contact the Ancient Order of Hibernians 231-709-6500.


This 5k run or walk is hosted by the National Cherry Festival and is in its second year. The event starts at 9 a.m. in the Warehouse District of Downtown Traverse City.

All participants will receive a commemorative event shirt and for runners, medals will be awarded for top finishers. There will also be a prize for “Best Irish Costume” along with a complimentary beverage (beer for those 21 years of age and older) after the event.

Awards will take place in the “beverage tent” (in the parking lot of the Warehouse District) where all sorts of Irish beverages will be offered, including “perfectly poured Guinness Stout.”

Advanced registration is encouraged and more details may be found at www.cherryfestival.org.


The annual Traverse City Pub Crawl is on Friday March 16. It will start at Minerva’s at the Park Place Hotel at noon and wind through several pubs in Traverse City.

There are several other events taking place throughout the region and the Ancient Order of Hibernians have become a clearing house for information.

“We have been contacted from people all over the country who plan to come to Northern Michigan that weekend as well as people who live here looking for Irish-themed events,” said Todd McCall, President of the TC Ancient Order of Hibernians. “As a public service we have decided to post all Irish related events on our website.”

For more information on how to get your “Irish” on this St. Patrick’s Day, go to tcaoh. com or call 231-709-6500.

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