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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Here Comes the Sun

The Cove Celebrates 30 years of welcoming Summer

Rick Coates - May 20th, 2013  

For the past 30 years the Here Comes The Sun Party on the patio of The Cove and Rick’s American Cafe in Leland (Fishtown) has been the kick-off celebration to the summer season.

“It really is the party that says we are turning the corner on a long winter and getting ready for summer,” said Sean Wanroy, first mate and manager. “This event has become sort of a rite a passage and a lot of people come every year.”

For the seventh year in a row the Detroit-based Hidden Agenda Band will perform on Memorial Day from 1 - 5 pm.

Doors open at 11 am for the Here Comes The Sun Party.

“We just opened a couple of weeks ago and all indications are that we are going to have another great year,” said Wanroy. “There has been so much attention given to the area lately and that has helped. It seems like it is just non-stop publicity, one week it might be us and the next week it is one of the wineries or restaurants or tourist stops getting media attention.”


So is Wanroy concerned about anything going into this season?

“Yes, chubs; there is a chub shortage,” said Wanroy, “Hard to make our Chubby Mary’s without them.”

Wanroy is referencing their “soon-to-befamous” Chubby Mary, a Bloody Mary with a chub that stands proud and prominent.

Wanroy’s father Rick has owned The Cove for the past 27 years, purchasing the place from the previous owners after having worked as their manager. Under Rick Wanroy’s vision The Cove has built a reputation as one of the region’s best places to eat and hang out for drinks. Located at the Leland Dam in Fishtown, the views are spectacular from the upper patio. Be sure to check out the underwater Fishtown Cam (available on their website as well).

As for menu choices, The Cove’s Clam Chowder is exceptional and is made from Rick’s own secret recipe, which is wellguarded. Loaded with shrimp, clams, and crab and secret spices it is made fresh each morning.

Other favorites include their whitefish with several preparations options but check out the Campfire version prepared in foil with peppers and onions. The Escargot & Shrimp is a great appetizer and save room for their homemade desserts as well, especially the chocolate cherry cheesecake.


The menu and the drinks will only be part of the focus Memorial Day at The Cove.

“Part of it is about being seen too,” said Wanroy. “The music is another big part of it and we have had a lot of great bands over the years. The Hidden Agenda Band certainly is a perfect fit; they have an extensive song list and they create a real summertime vibe.”

For the band, this annual pilgrimage to Northern Michigan is something that they look forward to each year.

“We consider it our favorite weekend, said guitarist Larry Pinho. “We are full-time musicians playing close to 150 shows a year and certainly we love to perform but there is something about being up north and playing.”

Memorial Day Weekend is typically the only open-to-the-public shows they do in Northern Michigan. Though last year they rang in the New Year performing at the Grand Traverse Resort.

“Ever since that first gig at The Cove seven years ago we have picked up a lot of summer wedding receptions in the area,” said Pinho. “So we do get up a few more times a year. Plus, we perform all weekend starting Friday night with the Kat Orlando (lead singer) Trio performing at Dick’s Pour House (in Lake Leelanau). Then on Saturday and Sunday we perform on the patio at the Holiday Inn and then of course wrap up our weekend on Monday at The Cove.”

The band came together in 1995 when Pinho left another group to form Hidden Agenda. Pinho has ties to Northern Michi gan,

having attended the music program at Northwestern Michigan College in the ‘70s before heading to Ferris State. He returned to the region after college, joining jazz trio that performed regularly at the old Sawmill Saloon (where Phil’s on Front is now located) in TC. His parents have a place on Lake Leelanau.

“It’s a homecoming for me,” said Pinho. “I have family and friends up there and a lot of musician friends who still live in the area.”

As for the band’s musical diversity he attributes the addition of Kat Orlando eight years ago as playing a big part in that.

“When you have two lead singers, one being a male and the other a female, it gives you quite the repertoire,” said Pinho. “So we have The Motown sound, R & B and smooth jazz meets top 40, funk and rock with a splash of country.”

The 30th Annual Here Comes The Sun Party takes place on Memorial Day at The Cove in Leland. Doors open at 11 am with the Hidden Agenda Band taking the stage at 1 pm. Info: thecoveleland.com. For more information on Hidden Agenda Band see hiddenagendaband.com.

Rick Coates will be tweeting from the Cove on Memorial Day, follow him @ rcoates101.

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