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 Spooky Sounds of Saldaje

Kristi Kates - December 17th, 2012

Meet "The darkest ukulele band in Northern Michigan." 
   Saldaje - aka Melonie Steffes and Shaun Anchak, along with their lineup of assorted ukuleles, violin, mandolin, guitar, harmonicas, and toy piano - have proclaimed themselves that very thing, naming themselves after a Portuguese word meaning "longing" and gaining plenty of attention for their eclectic and expressive performances.
   Their focus? Haunting, old-world folk balladry influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Suzanne Vega, and Nina Simone. And a stage presence that decorates their audio with a Victorian-meets-Eastern European gypsy flair.
   Saldaje's CD release party will take place at the InsideOut Gallery in TC on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
Check out the full story in this week's www.northernexpress.com

Other "must do's" this week in Northern Michigan:

Tuesday 12/18
-- "Earth Days," a film about the grassroots beginnings of Earth Day and the environmental movement will show at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 7:30pm. Includes an Action! Fair featuring local organizations at 6pm.
-- A Christmas Cabaret: Holiday show featuring Broadway talent, dancers and local celebrity guests at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm.

Thursday 12/20
-- Unsilent Night: Moving sound sculpture happening at the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons. Hosted by Left Foot Charley, 6pm. Includes cookies and cider back at the winery. K2 Edibles happy hour eats, 5-8pm.  
-- "A Christmas Carol": Charles Dickens classic performed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, $15; students, $10; matinee performances, $10.
-- Farmers Market Holiday Celebration: Santa will arrive to the Charlevoix Farmers Market at 11am, followed by story hour. The event includes free cookies, cocoa and coffee, along with free music.

Friday 12/21
-- Christmas Storytime: Michigan author Jeffrey Schatzer will read "The Bird in Santa's Beard, The Bump in Santa's Head and The Elves in Santa's Workshop" at Horizon Books, TC, 10am-noon.
-- Songwriters in the Round: Bob Downes, Kurt Westie and Jim McNiece perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.
-- End of the World Party: Featuring music by Medicinal Groove at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 8pm.
-- Swingshift & the Stars: Celebrity charity dance-off finale at the City Opera House, TC. Doors, 6:30pm; competition, 7:15pm. Tickets start at $20.
-- Winter Solstice Celebration: Workshops, presentations and refreshments at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 2-5pm.

Saturday 12/22
-- Encore Winds: Performing Tuba Christmas, 7pm, and a Christmas Concert, 8pm, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for ages 17 & under.
-- 2nd Annual Holiday Open House: Boyne Mountain, 5-9pm, featuring store specials, pictures with Santa and family holiday movie.
-- Dede & the Dreamers: Perform live music at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Sunday 12/23
-- Sunglasses at Night Party: '80s concert and costume party with Jedi Mind Trip at Petoskey's Odawa Casino, 9pm-12am. Must be 19 or older.
-- Gretsch Guitars: Performance and DVD release show by Jake Allen at the Ole Barn, Grayling, 9pm.
-- Solstice Show: Seth and May, Kellerville and Breathe Owl Breathe perform original folk at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 7pm. Tickets, $15 ($10 for Blissfest members). 

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