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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- February 21st, 2013  
FEB 18-25
A Chance to Make It Big

Sunny Country hosts local Texaco Country Showdown competition

Local singers and musicians will have a chance to make it big in the world of country music with the annual Texaco Country Showdown. This nation-wide search for the best is open to individuals and up to seven people per band.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Sunny Country 101.9 (WLDR) will host the first regional round at Southside Hideout, located in Buckley. Winners will then move on and compete at Outlaws in Kalkaska, March 2, then at the main event at Leelanau Sands Showroom, in Peshawbestown, on March 23.

Sunny Country is one of 10 radio stations in Michigan to host the competition.

"The benefits to winning this competition is huge," said Gary Taylor of Sunny Country. "The winner from the state goes to Nashville for $100,000 and a recording contract."

Registration is $25 with entry forms available at WLDR, Southside Hideout and Outlaws Bar. Competition at Southside Hideout starts at 8 p.m., this Saturday.

monday 2/18

Jordan River Arts Council Community Choir: Check out their rehearsal at the Presbyterian Church, East Jordan, 7pm.

tuesday 2/19

"One Simple Question": Kalkaska native, Teresa Carey, and Ben Eriksen discuss their pursuit to fi nd an iceberg by sailboat, at the Kalkska Library, 1pm.

Trekking to Machu Picchu: GT Hiking Club presentation at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC, 7pm.

wednesday 2/20

"Remember the Titans": Showing at the State Theater, TC, 11am.

thursday 2/21

Winter Blues Festival: Events held throughout Petoskey include chocoholic frolic, 3-7pm and Petoskey's Got Talent, 7pm, on Thurs; Whine & Dine progressive dinner, 5:45pm, on Friday; Saturday events include a 5K, kids' games, 10am-2pm, HotDish cookoff, 2pm, wedding vow renewels, 6pm, and more. Visit petoskeydowntown.com.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Actress Leslie McCurdy showcases the life of Tubman in her one-woman show, at the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $10. dennosmuseum.org.

All That Sparkles: Dinner featuring sparkling wine at La Becasse, Maple City, 6:30pm. RSVP to 231-334-3944.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: Pearl's, 5-7pm.

Chase the Blues 5K: Run/walk part of Petoskey Blues Festival, Pennsylvania Park, 8:30am. Register at petoskeydowntown.com.

Benzie Business After Hours: Fieldcrafts, Inc in Honor, 5-7pm. 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more.

friday 2/22

Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College Cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. Cost, $10 for adults; $5 for kids.

Suicide Prevention Workshop: Grand Traverse Health Department, 9am-noon. Discount to social work/counseling students and agencies. Open to everyone. Call 922-4800 to register.

Billy Strings & Don Julin: Guitar and mandolin performance at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8-11pm.

Single MOMM Open House: Appetizers, selfguided tour and program info at 3210 Racquet Club Dr., TC, 5-8pm.

Taster's Guild Auction: Strolling dinner and tasting tables, raffle and more at the NMC Great Lakes Campus, TC, 7pm. RSVP to nmc. edu.

Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner: Held at the TC West High Commons, 5-7pm. Cost, $7, adults; $5 for students; free for ages four & under.

Japanese Myths and Storytelling: Presented by Kuniko Yamamoto, using handcrafted masks and stylized movement, at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 8pm.

Drive South: Live music performance at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Winter Blues Festival: (See Thurs.)

saturday 2/23

Country Dance: Grange Hall, Summit City, 6-10pm. Soup supper at 6pm. Donation entry. 231-263-4499.

Author Reading: Jeff Kessler presents, "Victor the Friendly Vampire" at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 10am. Crafts and snacks included.

Pizza Fest: Sample the competition at TC Central High School, noon-3pm. $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10-5; free ages four and under. Benefits the TC Central Lacrosse Club.

AfterGlow Tubing Party: Mt. Holiday, TC, 10pm-12am, featuring hot chocolate, fire and fun. Cost, $15 per person.

Author Wendy Webb: Presents, "The Fate of Mercy Alban" at Horizon Books, TC, 2pm.

Dance Battle 4 the Cure: Featuring dance crews competition at St. Francis High School, TC, 5:30pm. Pizza, pop and snacks available for purchase. Money to benefit American Cancer Society.

Family Fun: Torchlight snowshoe, hot chocolate, campfire and cookies at Camp Daggett, Petoskey, 5-9pm. Hosted by Bearcub Outfitters. Donation entry encouraged. 231- 347-9742 ext. 112.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Free workshop at Grayling Elementary, 8:30amnoon. Call 989-348-7123 to register.

See Clearly!: Free gallons of windshield washer fluid distributed at The Journey, Wesleyn Church, TC, 11am-1pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe/Ski & Bonfire: Hosted by the Little Traverse Conservancy at Nathan "Barry" Driggers Preserve, Charlevoix, 5pm. landtrust.org.

The Super Happy Funtime Burlesque: Lovethemed show at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 9pm. Tickets, $20. mynorthtickets.com.

Texaco Country Showdown: Local country talent competition, hosted by Sunny Country 101.9. State finalist will compete at Nashville competition, 7pm.

Northport Winter Carnival: Music, food, games and more at Braman Hill, 11am-4pm.

David Nefesh in Concert: Performing original folk at the Marsh Music House, Boyne City, 7pm. Suggested $10 donation.

Farm to Table Fundraiser: Live auction, dinner and entertainment at Black Star Farms Inn, Suttons Bay, 6pm. Cost, $50, which benefits the Children's Museum. 231-932-4526.

Trashion: Fashion show utilizing recycled and discarded items, at TC West Senior High, 8pm. Admission, $5. Proceeds benefit Pete's Place, Athens Neighborhood and TC West High students.

Saldaje: Performing folk at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Winter Blues Festival: (See Thurs.)

sunday 2/24

Middle East Discussion: Presented by Pat Ochodnicky at Christ United Methodist Church, TC, 5:30pm.

Kevin & Friends: Chamber music performance featuring Kevin Rhodes and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Corson Auditorium, TC, 3pm.

Yoga for Health Day: Learn how to live a yoga lifestyle, held at Yoga For Health, TC. Register: 922-YOGA.

Great Indoor Folk Festival: Held at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon- 5:30pm, featuring live music, kids' stage, open mic stage and more. See ad on pg. 25.

Jazz D'Vine: Guided tours of the cellars and wine making process, cheese, wine and music by Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal, TC, from 2-4pm. Cost, $25. 932-3027.

Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Soup luncheon held at Stronach Township Hall, noon. Live music included. Cost, $10 to benefit Homeward Bound.

Beginning Again in Papau New Guinea: Presentation by Catherin Frerichs at the Alden District Library, 2pm. Refreshments served.


"Make the Play for Healthy Habits": Video contest that challenges kids to answer the questions, "What would you do to make Michigan healthier for yourself, your family or your classmates?" Hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Submission dates, now through March 29. The winner gets a school assembly with Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford. aHealthierMichigan.org.

Heroes in Our Community: Eastern Elementary students are interviewing veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War as part of a national project. Contact Susan at 947-3200 for details. Interviews happening March 5 & 6.

Winter Sports Spectacular History: Exhibit featuring the history of Crystal Mountain & Vintage Snowmobiles at the Traverse City History Center, through March 2. traversehistory.org.

Chase the Chill Fundraiser: Online donations benefit Benzie Area Christian Neighbors food pantry to feed 1,600 local families. Visit benziebacn.org now through Feb. 28.

Tai Chi: Wednesdays at the Boyne District Library, 9am. Cost, $5. Happening through March 27.

Puppy Social Hour: Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, Acme, every second Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm. Register: 938-9500.

Homeless Fund: Mention the Homeless Fund at House of Doggs in TC and 10% of your dining sales will help provide a meal to area homeless.

Wednesdays with Wine: Bring your knitting, sewing, craft or other art projects. Held every Wednesday at various Village at Grand Traverse Commons locations, 6-8pm.

Petoskey Farmers Market: Indoor market at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, every Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.

Boyne City Farmers Market: Red Barn, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Village Farmer Market: Indoor market at the VIllage at Grand Traverse Commons, every Sat, 10am-2pm.

Charlevoix Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Charlevoix Public Library, 9am-1pm, every Thurs.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Lion's Club, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Grand Traverse Baby Pantry: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, TC, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 10am-4pm. 941- 0655.

Boyne Celtic Sessions: First and third Sundays of the month, 1-3pm, at Freshwater Studio, Boyne City.


Japanese Bamboo Art: "Modern Twist" explores innovative shapes of bamboo from the mid-1960s through now, at the Dennos Museum, TC, Feb. 22-June 1.

"Horses in Motion" Contest: Photo submissions to be considered for a jewelry piece designed by Becky Thatcher. Jewelry will be sold at 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay. Entries accepted through April 15. beckythacterdesigns.com for more info.

Painter Eleonora Hayes: Featured artist at the City Opera House, TC, through February.

TC Wine & Art Fest: Call to artists for the June 22 event held at the Grand Traverse Commons. For info, traversecitywinefestival. com for details.

"Celebrating Women": Call for art for themed exhibition celebrating women's history month at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, March 8-April 7. For more info, OliverArtCenterFrankfort.org.

"Art I've Slept With": Featuring work by Denny Kline at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, at Gallery Fifty, through Feb.

Furniture & Fiber Art Exhibition: Wood, metal and fiber show at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, now through March 3.

Peace: Everyday Encounters: All media juried exhibit open to all area artists, Feb. 24-March 1. Gallery opening March 8, 6pm. Entry fee, $25.

Black, White with a Little Red: Juried arts exhibit at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, thru March 2.

About Face: Pardon the Expression: Exhibit featuring faces, facial features & expressions at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

"THEM:" Exhibit featuring items from pop culture depicting racial stereotypes at the Dennos Museum Center, now through March 3.

Realism to Abstraction & Beyond: Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, through Feb. 22.

Call for Artists: For Three Pines Studio exhibit, By the Yard: Surface Designed Textiles. Deadline is Feb. 14. For more info, visit threepinesstudio.com.

Winter Shadows: All media exhibit at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, through March 12.

32nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibit: Held at the Crooked Tree Arts Center. visit crookedtree.org.

"A Walk in the Woods": Quilted art by Kristen Neilson Peters at Americana Gallery, TC.

Leelanau County Land & Water: Presented by Grand Rapids artist Margo Burian at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor.

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