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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Erin Crowell - August 19th, 2013  

AUG 19-25

...the men of Parallel 45 Theatre, that is. The Northern Michigan company brings actors from across the country with local ties for annual performances. First up this season is Shakespeare's "R&J," an all-male adaptation of William Shakespeare's play set in a parallel universe where the Bard is banned. Four young prep school boys decide to break the rules and break out a copy of "Romeo and Juliet," which immerses them in the world of Shakespeare. Parallel 45 takes the stage of Elk Rapids High School's Peterman Auditorium on Aug. 21-24 at 7 p.m.; and Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at parallel45.org.

monday 8/19

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: Petoskey Fairgrounds. Featuring carnival rides, 4-H, derbies, horse pulls and more. Includes performance by Justin Moore on Aug. 22.

Governor Candidate Visit: Mark Schauer, 2014 Democratic candidate for Michigan Governor, will speak at Charlevoix Public Library, 5-6pm.

Solar Workshop: Hosted by Northport Energy Action Taskforce at the Leelanau Township Fire Hall, 7:30pm. Free.

Otsego County Fair: Kickoff to the week-long fun in Gaylord. Includes 4-H exhibit, carnival and more. otsegocountyfairgrounds.org.

tuesday 8/20

Manistee County Fair: Onekama, featuring 4- H auction, motocross, demolition derby, midway, music, food and more. manisteecountyfair.org.

"Michigan's Ghostly Lighthouses": Presented by Dianna Stampfler at the Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort, 7pm. Free.

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Mon.)

Otsego County Fair: (See Mon.)



Concerts in the Park: Ron Klueck performs at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort, 7pm.

Creating Health: Free presentation on nutrition at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. RSVP to 922-0110.

Shakespeare's "R&J": All-male adaptation of Shakespeare's play set in a parallel universe where the Bard is banned, presented by Parallel 45, a Northern Michigan theatre company, at Elk Rapid's Peterman Auditorium, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, $20. Suitable for ages 13 & older. parallel45.org.

Summer Super Swirl: Sampling of wine, appetizers, demos and live music outside and in the gallery at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets, $25 in advance. crookedtree.org.

Wednesdays on the Water: Water resource specialist, Dan Myers, discusses lake life with a pontoon cruise on Paradise Lake, 6-8pm. Call 231-347-1181 or more info.

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Mon.)

Otsego County Fair: (See Mon.)

Manistee County Fair: (See Tues.)

thursday 8/22

Oliver Concert: Great Waters Quartet performs at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, 7:30pm. Presented by Chamber Music North. Tickets, $35. Visit oliverartcenterfrankfort.org for details.

Personal Protection for Women: Self-defense class for adult and teen women at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 5pm. Presented by officer Preston Taylor. Free. Register at 223-7700.

Concert on the Lawn: Jazz North with Robin Lee Berry perform on the Grand Traverse Pavilions lawn, TC, 7pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Howl at the Moon: Food by area restaurants, silent auction, raffle and live music by JUSDUIT, at the Harbor Springs Airport, 6pm. Fundraiser for Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Tickets, ltbhs.com.

Breathe Owl Breathe: Folk music performance at the Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Tickets, $16.52 in advance or $20 at the door.

Shakespeare's "R&J": (See Wed.)

Otsego County Fair: (See Mon.)

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Mon.)

Manistee County Fair: (See Tues.)

friday 8/23

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival: Grand Traverse Commons, 5-10pm on Friday (featuring a 'pint night' theme) with live music by Michael Franti & Spearhead, along with other musical guests; Saturday, 4-10pm, includes music by The Wailers, along with other musical acts. Both days feature over 50 breweries, along with cider, wine and mead. Tickets, $35 advance, $40 at the door for Fri; and $40 advance, $45 at the door on Saturday. tcbeerfest.com.

Author Buzz Harcus: Signing his romance/action novel, "Surrender in St. Thomas" at Kalkaska County Library, 11am-1pm.

"The Dixie Swim Club": Comedy dinner theater presented by the Benzie County Players at the Mills Community House, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Italian dinner provided by Odette's Custom Catering. Cost (show only), $10 for adults; $5 for ages 18 and under. Dinner, $32. Call 231-882-0591.

Community Country Hoedown: Contra style dancing, DJ, BYO Picnic and more, at Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes, TC, 7pm. Hosted by the Senior Center Network. Tickets, $5 in advance at 922-4911.

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: Fudge-themed dinners, live music, demos, comedy shows and more. Visit mackinacislandfudgefestival.org.

Benzie Fishing Frenzy: Featuring over $25,000 in cash prizes, contest includes a ladies division, pro and amateur divisions. Happening in Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. For info, frankfort-elberta.com.

Otsego County Fair: (See Mon.)

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Mon.)

Manistee County Fair: (See Tues.)

Shakespeare's "R&J": (See Wed.)



Corvette Crossroads Auto Show: Mackinaw Crossing Mall, Mackinaw City, 10am-2pm.

Country Dance: Hot dog supper starts at 6pm; dancing featuring live music at 7pm, at Summit City Grange Hall. Donation entry. 231-263-4499.

Car & Motorcycle Show: Held at the Odawa Casino parking lot, Petoskey, 2-6pm. Entrance, $10.

Northern Michigan RiverSweep: Help clean up six area rivers. Lunch provided (see related article).

X100 Mountain Bike Race: Single track 100-miler race starts and ends at Ranch Rudolph, TC, 7am. Register at x100race.com (see related article).

Author Jason Karlawish, Phd: Discussing his historical novel, "Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont" at Horizon Books, TC, 2pm; and Brilliant Books, TC, 2pm on Sunday.

AC Paw Doghouse Project: Learn to make a dog house at Lowes, TC, 1-4pm. Contact AC Paw at 231-499-1301.

Paul Keller Jazz Band: Performing at Lakes of the North, Mancelona, 7:30pm. Tickets, $15 for adults; $5 for ages 13-18.

46th Annual Coho Festival: Celebrating the 'salmon run' in Honor. Festivities include a carnival/midway, fireworks, car show, parade, softball tourney and live music (7pm) by Rootstand, Platte Plains Wolf Pack and Arcadia Dunebillies. cohofest.com.

Made in America Road Show: Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, 10am-5:30pm; 11am-5pm on Sunday. Portion of proceeds benefits Angel Ambassadors, a program that supports U.S. veterans.

Music in the Park: Jeff Winkler, Parallel, Jake Frysinger, Billy Strings, Don Julin, Hannah Rae Beal and the Benzie Playboys perform at Almira Township Park, Lake Ann, 1-7pm. Free.

Benzie Area Radio Control Air Show: Thompsonville Airport, 10am-3pm (located near Crystal Mountain). Refreshments available, to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. 231-882-4990.

Jennie Devoe: Indianapolis guitarist and singersongwriter performs at Aten Place, Boyne Falls, 7:30pm. Tickets, $16. atenplace.com. Patrons may bring food and drink.

Natural Resources Business Workshop: Landowners can hear how others have successfully started such small-scale businesses, such as syrupmaking, mushroom production and trail riding, at the University Center, Gaylord, 9am-5pm. Hosted by the MSU Extension. Register deadline is Aug. 21 at 231-582-6232.

Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan: Performing at the Cheboygan Opera House, 7:30pm. Tickets, 231-627-5841.

Get Your Laugh On: Free comedy performance by Bill Hilderbrandt and Kevin Kramis at the Cadillac Pavilion, 7pm.

Tennis Tourney Fundraiser: Elk Rapids High School courts, 8am. Registration, $25. Benefits the Elk Rapids Historical Society. 231-264-9828.

Native American Drumming Demo: Presented by Rick Raphael at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshawbestown, 1-3pm.

History Walk: Antrim Creek Natural Area, Atwood, 10am. For info, contact the Grass River Natural Area at 231-533-8314. Otsego County Fair: (See Mon.)

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Mon.)

Benzie Fishing Frenzy: (See Fri.)

"The Dixie Swim Club": (See Fri.)

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival: (See Fri.)

Manistee County Fair: (See Tues.)

Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: (See Fri.)

Shakespeare's "R&J": (See Wed.)

sunday 8/25

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys: Bluegrass traditionals and swing jazz performance at the Rhubarbary, Harbor Springs, 7:30pm. $15 at the door.

Jazz Piano Concert: Steve August performs at the Boyne Arts Collective, Boyne City, 4-6pm. Tickets, $10 each. Light refreshments provided.

Made in America Road Show: (See Sat.)

Benzie Fishing Frenzy: (See Fri.)

46th Annual Coho Festival: (See Sat.)

"The Dixie Swim Club": (See Fri.)

Author Jason Karlawish, Phd: (See Sat.)

Shakespeare's "R&J": (See Wed.)


Free Science & Technology Kids Camp: Open to grades 5-8, at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center, located off Aero Park Drive in TC, from Aug. 12- 16. For info, tbactc.org.

Family Activities Week: Great Lakes Children's Museum, from Aug. 12-16, featuring hands-on activities for all ages. For info, GreatLakesKids. org.

Bocce Players Wanted!: Calling for teams in the Sept. 7 Bocce Tournament at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon-5:30pm. Cost, $15/person or $60/team. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/428045.

Glen Arbor Farmers Market: Township Hall, every Tuesday, from 9am-1pm.

Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Wed. & Sat. in downtown TC, 7:30am-noon.

Ellsoworth Farmers Market: Tuesdays through mid-October, 5-7pm, near the high school.

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

Alden Farm Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park.

Good Hart Farmers Market: Saturdays, 2- 5:30pm, at the General Store.

Harbor Springs Farm Market: Saturdays on Main Street, 9am-1pm.

Alden Farmers Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park, through Aug. 29.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Downtown, every Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Boyne City Farmers Market: Veterans Park, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Village Farmers Market: Every Monday on the piazza of the Grand Traverse Commons, 3-7pm, featuring live music.

Elk Rapids Farm Market: Rotary Park, every Friday, through Oct. 11, 8am-1pm.

Fife Lake Farm Market: Springfield Township Park, every Thursday, 3-7pm, through Oct.10.

Petoskey Farm Market: June 14-Oct. 4, every Friday from 8:30am-1pm on Howard Street.

Gentle Yoga Flow: The Circuit, TC, every Sunday from 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.

Yoga on the Beach: Happening at various locations throughout Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Donation only. Visit yogabeachparty.com.

Tuesday Tea & Talk Series: Examine gemstones every Tuesday, 3-14:30pm, at Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, through Aug. 13. RSVP: 231-334-3826.

Community Circle: Restorative yoga posture and breath work, meditation and more at The Circuit, TC, every Sunday from 6-7pm. Suggested $5 donation.

Record Revival Night: Bring your records to Tastes of Black Star Farms, at the Grand Traverse Commons, and listen to tunes while sipping on wine, every Thursday, 6-9pm.

Hilly Hollow Playdates: Hosted by TC Cooperative Preschool at 720 S. Elmwood St., TC, 10am-noon on Aug. 20, Sept. 10. For info, tccoop.org.

Sundays on the Porch: Live music every Sunday through September at Douglas Valley, Manistee, 1:30-4:30pm.

The Young Americans: Dinner theater at Boyne Highlands Resort, June 21-Aug. 24. Boyne.com.

Boyne Stroll the Streets: Sidewalk sales, live entertainment, store discounts and more every Friday, 6-9pm, in downtown Boyne City.

Music in the Park: Every Wednesday in Erickson Center Park, Curtis, 7pm.

Scrap TC: Community get-together every Saturday, 10am-2pm and Tuesday, 6-9pm. Located at 821 Garfield Rd., TC.

La Baron Raffle: Mosaic-decorated car up for raffle through the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Drawing held Sept. 18. For info, 231-352-4151.

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution: National Geographic traveling photography exhibit featuring 39 species of exotic birds at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, June 15-Sept. 22. dennosmuseum.org.

The Grand Traverse Region: Vibrant Reinvention: Traveling exhibit of 12 panels, which explores a separate topic. traversehistory. org.

Monday Bike Group: Road bicycle rides gradually increase from 9 miles to 20 by the end of the season (ends Oct. 28), departing from the Harborage Marina, Boyne City, 9am. Hosted by the North Country Bicycle Club. schedule: cmjbrown@live.com.

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

Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2 donation to participate. 947-6675.

Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and square dancing. Donation entry.

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am.

Building Blocks of America: Lego replicas of our nation's iconic structures, on display at the History Center, TC. Includes the White House, Seattle Space Needle, Empire State Building and more. Admission, $5; ages four and under are free. traversehistory.org.

Events at Grass River Natural Area: Located in Bellaire, with weekly events that include nature hikes, kids activities, mushroom hunts and more. Visit natureiscalling.org for complete schedule.

Open Mic by the Bay: Presented by Freshwater Events in Clinch Park, TC, every Tuesday, 6-8pm and Sunday, 1-3pm. Sign up: freshwaterevents.com.

Fridays with Britt: Learn more about gardening with Grow Benzie, 5885 M115, Benzonia, every Friday from 9am-noon.

Evenings on River Street: Live music every Wednesday, in Elk Rapids, 6-9pm.

Free Ranger Programs: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, in Empire, through Sept. 2. For info, visit nps.gov/slbe.

Alden Evening Strolls: Featuring live music, every Thursday, 7-9pm, through Aug. 15.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Poetry, storytelling and music every Saturday, 8pm, through Aug. 31. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cost, $5/adults; $3/kids. terry-wooten.com.

Downhill Bike Race Series: Every Wednesday through June 26 at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6:30pm.

Family Fun Day: Wednesdays at the gym at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, 11am-7pm, through Aug. 28. Cost, $5/family.

Great Lakes Fossil Exhibit: Boardman River Nature Center, TC. natureiscalling.org.

Jazz at Sunsets: Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, featuring live music at Chateau Chantal, TC. Free. Includes live painting demo by Artist in Residence, Lisa Flahive.

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


Women's Resource Center Art Sale: Original paintings, studio glass and pottery at 720 Elmwood, TC, Aug. 24, 10am-6pm; Aug. 25, noon-5pm.

Quilt Show: Depot Museum, Alden, Aug. 2-4, from 1-4pm. Free entry.

Artwork by Lloyd Desy: Work by lifelong Mackinaw City resident (1906-1984) on display at Mackinaw Area Public Library, Aug. 21-Sept. 30.

Animals & Landscape: Watercolor and gouache paintings by Ken Richmond and Joan Gallagher Richmond at Center Gallery, Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, Aug. 23-29. Reception, Aug. 23 @ 6pm.

Hit the Wall Art Series: Aubrey Ann Parker presents "Ten Cats," featuring photos of the Middle East, at L'Chayim Delicatessen, Beulah, now through Aug. Cheese and wine reception on Aug. 22, 5-7pm.

"Poking Holes in the Darkness": Great Lakes Academy Summer School student art installation at the SOBO Arts District, Boyne City, Aug. 15-21.

Alex Helfers: Chicago illustration/graphic artist at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Aug. 23-25.

Watercolor Artists: Oral Carper and Harriett Mittelberger present at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Aug. 16 & 18.

August Art Show: Featuring pottery by Andrew Otis, at Parkside Arts Council, Bellaire. Artist reception held Aug. 13, from 6-8pm.

Art Full Room Living with Art: Exhibit at the Jordan River Art Center, East Jordan, Aug. 11- Sept. 22. jordanriverarts.com.

Crooked Tree Photographic Society: Summer exhibition at City Hall Building, Petoskey.

Call for Artists: Display your work at the weekly Friday Music in the Park event at the Northport Marina, 6pm. Email redmullein@gmail.com.

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. threepinesstudio.com.

Wood, Water & Stone: Ceramic art at Tamarack Gallery, Omena, July 20-Aug. 19.

Juried Fine Arts Exhibition: Acccepting entries into the Crooked Tree Arts September show. For complete rules and info, visit crookedtree.org.

Fear & Folly: Forging A Life on Canvas: Paintings by Marcia K. Hales on display at Gallery Fifty, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Oil Painters of America: Featuring over 350 paintings from across the U.S. and Canada, on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, June 20-Aug. 21.

Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Juried photo exhibit that raises awareness of the benefits of local farming, happening at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Accepting submissions June 1-Sept. 12. For info, crookedtree.org.

Cadillac Characters: Seward Johnson sculpture exhibit returns to the streets, parks and sidewalks of Cadillac, through August.

MackinacMasterpieces: Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit reproductions of masterpieces, displayed outside Mackinac Island tourist spots. For info: dia.org/insideout.

Art of the Watershed: Photography by Mark Lindsay and John A Gessner available for sale at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, through Sept. 19.

Open Knitting, Crocheting & Spinning: Saturdays, 9-11am, at Wool & Honey in Cedar.

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

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