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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Party On, St. Pat!

Pub crawl in Petoskey & TC highlight a weekend of Irish celebrations

Rick Coates - March 11th, 2013  

For the past 34 years Traverse City has hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl attracting not only locals but visitors from as far away as Petoskey. Now residents of Petoskey will have their own Pub Crawl this Friday, March 15 starting at 4 pm at Beards Brewery.

“I started discussing the idea with some of the bars and restaurants in Petoskey and they loved the idea,” said Charlie Ferguson, general manager of Northern Broadcasting. “We spoke to Bayside Beverage and they asked Guinness to get involved, so we have the Guinness Girls coming and passing out all sorts of goodies along the way.”

Pub crawls began 150 years ago in Europe. Originally called gin or beer crawls, they made their way to the U.S. 100 years ago in major cities such as New York, Boston and Chicago, typically around St. Patrick’s Day.

A typical pub crawl has participants spending about an hour at each location and often they are led by a bagpiper who begins playing when it is time to head to the next pub. Last St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte, North Carolina they set the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest pub crawl with 15,000 participants-- roughly 6,000 more than the previous year.

Petoskey isn’t expecting 15,000, but organizers do anticipate a lot of enthusiasm.

“Ireland is known for its beer and we expect to have our Red Myst an Irish Red Ale ready to be tapped to celebrate. We may also have our Milk Stout available,” said Peter Manthei of Beards Brewery. “This is going to be great for downtown and we are going to have a special Pub Crawl Irish Toast at 4:30 pm to officially kick off this event.”


Manthei’s enthusiasm is shared by other downtown Petoskey Pub Crawl stops.

“We are excited to be a part of the inaugural Petoskey Pub Crawl to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Mike Zagaroli, bar manager at City Park Grill. “We also have a great weekend of music planned with Peter Kehoe and the original Mac Daddies on Friday night and then the Ragbirds on Saturday night.”

While no one is exactly sure what to expect in the first year, organizers say there will be some cool surprises along the way.

“We are sweetening the pot and will be giving away a pair of tickets to the sold out Bob Seger and Joe Walsh concert in Detroit for the April 13 show, compliments of WKLT-FM,” said Charlie Ferguson. “We will register people at Beards, then City Park and finally at the Noggin Room in the Perry Hotel. We will draw one contestant from each of those places and three finalists will be in the final drawing at Noggin Room around 10 pm and will walk out of there with Seger tickets.”

The Petoskey Pub Crawl takes place Friday, March 15 starting at 4 pm at Beard’s Brewery then heads to Mitchell Street Pub at 5 pm then at 6 pm to Leo’s before heading to City Park Grill at 7 pm. From there pub crawlers head to Papa Lou’s then to the Palette Bistro at 9 m before wrapping up at the Noggin Room inside the Perry Hotel at 10 pm where Scott Stillings will be performing.

For more information on the Petoskey Pub Crawl go to wklt.com (Rick Coates is an announcer on Omelette & Friends on WKLT weekday mornings.)

Robert Emmet Annual “Hooile”

The Robert Emmet Society in partnership with the Blissfest Music Organization presents their annual Robert Emmet Hoolie, a highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Little Traverse Area. The event features Irish music, song and dance, door prizes and Irish dinner fare.

Reduced admission prices are offered to Irish citizens, NCMC students, seniors, and members of the Blissfest Music Organization and the Robert Emmet Society.

The 2013 Annual “Hoolie” takes place Saturday, March 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.at the Perry Hotel. Proceeds from the event will help the Robert Emmet Society to send an NCMC student to Ireland to study for a semester. For more information go to emmetsociety.org.

Traverse City Pub Crawl

Traverse City will host their 34th Annual Pub Crawl starting at noon on Friday, March 15. Originally started by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the organization turned it over to the local pubs 15 years ago. The Traverse City Pub Crawl attracts several hundred participants with local beer wholesalers handing out free Irish swag.

The TC Pub Crawl starts at Minerva’s (Park Place) and then heads to Bubba’s at 2 pm, U&I at 3 pm , Union Street Station at 4 pm, Bootleggers & Dillinger’s Pub from 5 to 7 pm, Brady’s at 7 pm, the Blue Tractor at 8 pm, Firefly at 9 pm, and then wrapping up at the State Street Grill at 10 pm.

Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K!

The Third Annual Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K! takes place Saturday, March 16 at 9am in the Warehouse District of downtown Traverse City. Racers and walkers will receive a commemorative shirt along with medals for top finishers and Best Irish Costume. Plus a complimentary beverage (beer for those 21 years of age and older).

5K Run - awards ceremony will be held for Overall and Masters Male/Female in the 5K Run and top three age divisions. The 5K Walk is participatory, no awards will be presented. Medals will be available at the finish line until 11:00 a.m. and thereafter at the National Cherry Festival Office at 250 Front Street, Ste 301, Traverse City, MI 49684.

The 34th Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Queens Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday March 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Downtown Traverse City. The parade always takes place on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.

“This has become a Traverse City tradition,” said Todd McCall, a member of the Hibernians and one of the parade organizers. “We continue to see more and more participation every year and more people coming downtown lining the streets. It has been great in recent years because Party Giant in Traverse City has been handing out free Irish flags and beads along the parade route.”

McCall and other Hibernians have put out the call for others to join in the fun.

“I have decided to build a float this year,” said John O’Brien of Celtic Shuttle. “The Irish Queens are going to help decorate the float and we will have Irish musicians including the Danny Boy competition finalists and a bagpiper.”

McCall hopes others will join in as well.

“We want more floats and participation, there is no charge. I just ask that you call me in advance so we are expecting you.”

The pre-parade activities take place at North Peak Brewing Company starting around 11:30. At noon the Grand Marshall is announced and this year’s Grand Marshall is artist Charlie Murphy. Also the Irish Queen is crowned and the Lord Mayor is announced (selected by secret vote and announced that day). Plus the Hibernian of the year and the Prince and Princess are all announced (also a well guarded secret). All Irish royalty ride in convertibles compliments of Traverse Motors.

The parade starts lining up on Hall Street at 1 pm and Parade Marshall Michael Nolan in his 34 year of overseeing the parade will see it off at 1:30. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way through town heading down Front Street to Pine Street to State Street to Park Street and through downtown on Front Street back to North Peak and Kilkenny’s where the Wild Sully’s will perform Irish classics.

Leprechaun’s Ball & Absolutely Irish Teleganza

The 8th Annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball takes place Sunday, March 10 at Kilkenny’s starting at 3 pm. Featured will be Song of the Lakes celebrating their 30th anniversary, and the finals in a “Danny Boy” singing contest with $1,500 in prizes. General admission is $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door. (See last week’s article in the Express for full details, www.northernexpress.com)

For a complete list of Irish happenings in the region go to tcaoh.com or to participate in the parade contact Todd McCall at 231-709-6500

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