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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The Bihlman Brothers Get Real

Rick Coates - November 26th, 2012

Hometown heroes Jabo and Scot Little Bihlman return to return to Northern Michigan this week to join their older brother Charlie to shoot the pilot for their new reality TV show, "Blood Brothers."
  The Northern Michigan blues rockers moved their operation out west a few years ago, where Jabo is part of the Las Vegas scene, while brother Scot is involved in the L.A. and Hollywood happenings. The two return to Northern Michigan each summer for a couple of shows for the hometown fans. It was during one of those shows that that the reality TV show idea was hatched.
   The public is invited to be part of the filming fun.  “On Friday November 30 from 7 to 9 pm we are going to be Lucky Jacks in Traverse CIty for bumper cars, bowling and a bunch of other fun stuff happening and this is where we are asking all of our fans to come out and be a part of this,” said Jabo. “You could end up on national TV.
   The Bihlmans are also performing a concert this Saturday at Union Street Station, with all welcome.

Check out the full story in this week's Northern Express Weekly.

Other Must-Do events this week:
Tuesday 11/27
-- Ring in the Season: Classical string orchestra performance by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's Civic String Ensembles at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Reception to follow. Includes a repeat performance at the Grand Traverse Mall food court on Nov. 30, 5:30pm. Both events are free.
--10 Myths of the Vietnam War: Exhibit at The History Center of Traverse City, 7pm. Free to all veterans. Museum admission, $5.
Thursday 11/29
-- Everest High Passes: Join Sara Cockrell at Backcountry North, TC, 7-8:30pm, for a slideshow presentation on her hiking journey in Nepal. Suggested $10 donation benefits mountain porters of the region. Includes a silent auction. Call 941-1100 to reserve your spot.
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at the Garden Theater, Frankfort, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 231-352-7561.
-- National Writers Series: Michael Connelly, author of "The Black Box," along with special guest host Bryan Gruley, author of the "Starvation Lake Mystery Series, will speak at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Holiday Open House: Melissa and Company Salon, 2523 Charlevoix Ave. All day, featuring food, drinks and drawings.

Friday 11/30
--Suttons Bay Holiday Festival: Holiday stroll featuring carols, refreshments and drawings by local merchants in downtown Suttons Bay, 5-8pm
-- Simon & Garfunkel Tribute with a nine-piece band performing top hits by the '60s duo: InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $18, door.
-- Holiday Parade: Caroler wagons, decorated vehicles, city trucks and more head through Mackinaw City, 5pm. Crafts, cookies and cocoa to follow at Mackinw Crossings.
-- Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Includes music by the Up North Big Band.
-- Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: Live music, carols in downtown TC, 5pm. Santa arrives, with the tree lighting at 6pm. Horse and carriage rides available, 6:30-9pm.
Saturday 12/1
-- Good on Paper Improv: Comedy troupe performs at Schmuckal Theater of the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. Tickets, $5.
 -- Merry Marketplace: Christmas arts & crafts show at the Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-4pm. Includes cookies and coffee.
-- Winter Fest Weekend: Hayrides, wreath decorating, Santa visit, cookies, cocoa, ornament making, wine tasting and more at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm.
-- Farmland 5K: European style cross-country foot race at Rasho Farms, TC, at noon. Post-race party includes free chili, corn chowder, hot chocolate and bread, along with entertainment.  

Sunday 12/2
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 4pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
-- A Leahy Family Christmas: Original Irish and Scottish roots music at the Traverse City Opera House, TC, at 7pm. 

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