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 26th, 2013  


Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs says farewell to the season with a North Country Kids Summer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31. Free entry includes access to the bounce house, cotton candy, games, dunk tank, farm animals and pig races, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The day also includes Zucchini Bowling and a 50/50 raffle. For more info, visit pondhillfarm.org or call 231-526-3276.

monday 8/26

Auditions for "Rocky Horror Show": Happening at West Shore Community College Center Stage Theater on Monday; and the Ramsdell Theater on Tuesday, both at 7pm. For more info, visit manisteecivicplayers.org.

Genealogy: From Past to the Future: Hosted by Carol Goodenough at the Petoskey District Library, 7pm. Learn about today's technologies that teach us about our pasts. Free.

Buffalo Ridge Trail: Public input meeting on the proposed trail in TC, held at the Garfield Township Hall, 6pm.

Author Event: U.S. Army veteran, Captain Luis Montalvan, author of "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him," will speak at Traverse Area District Library, 6:30pm. Free.

"The Dixie Swim Club": Comedy dinner theater presented by the Benzie County Players at the Mills Community House, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Sunday, 2:30pm. Cost, $10 for adults; $5 for ages 18 and under. Call 231-882-0591.

tuesday 8/27

Paul May Fundraiser: Chicken dinner, live music and Farm Photo Shoot in Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort, 6pm.

Friendly Garden Club 90th Anniversary: Buffet luncheon with entertainment by floral designer, Derek Woodruff, at the NMC Hagerty Center, TC. Tickets, $25. Call 932-1916 for info.

Theory of a Deadman: Live rock performance includes guest Devour the Day at Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $25 in advance. groundzeroonline.com.

Auditions for "Rocky Horror Show": (see Mon.)

wednesday 8/28

Shade Gardening with Michigan Native Plants: Hosted by Plant It Wild at Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort, 7pm. Free.

Regional Business After Hours: Legs Inn, Cross Village, 5-7:30pm. Includes music by Kirby. $12 or $5 for members.

Concerts in the Park: Renee Herman performs at Elberta Waterfront Park, 7pm.

Michigan Virtual Career Fair: Held at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey & Traverse City, 10am-4pm. MiVirtualCareerFair.com.

Veteran Business Workshop: Free workshop for veterans and their families on how to start and finance a business, at the Traverse City Michigan Works office, 1300-1500 hours. Registration required by calling 810-767-8387.

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 the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $20. Suitable for ages 13 & older. parallel45.org.

thursday 8/29

Seth & May Bernard: Folk music concert at the Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Tickets, $16.52 in advance at blackcatconcerts.com.

Raptor Release: Wings of Wonder will be releasing three rehabilitated Eastern screech owls at Little Traverse Inn, Maple City, 8pm. For $20 donation, enter to have your name drawn to be part of the release. Includes live music by Swallowtail, 7-9:30pm.

Concert on the Lawn: Dominic Fortuna & Willy Jam perform at the Grand Traverse Pavilions gazebo, 7pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Picnic items available for purchase. Suggested $5 donation for concert.

Food Preservation: ISLAND hosts a pickles and dilly beans workshop at Birch Point Farms, TC, noon-5pm. For info, call 231-622-5252.

Employment Day Open House: Representatives from Employment Connections and Michigan Rehabilitation Services will be at the Kalkaska County Library, 5-7pm. For info, 231-258-9411.

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

friday 8/30

Brethren Days: BBQ chicken dinner, arts & crafts fair, Rolling Thunder Poker Run, 5K run, parade and live music by the Brian Nolf Band, Power Play, The Nephews and Duke & the Studebakers in the beer tent. For complete schedule, visit facebook.com/brethrendays2013.

Salmon Classic: Fishing tournament on East & West Grand Traverse Bays, featuring multiple categories, prizes and post-fish parties. For info, GTASFA.com.

Manton Area Harvest Festival: Live music, craft show, car show, amusement rides, lumberjack competition and more. Visit mantonmichigan.org.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend: Live performances indoors and out, at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. For info, grandhotel.com.

"A Bird's Eye View": Interactive raptor experience at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 1pm.

Concerts in the Park: Curtis Family Band performs at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort, 7pm.

End of Season Sidewalk Sale: The Village at Bay Harbor, 10am-6pm.

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

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

saturday 8/31

"Retrospective": Featuring a live music and dance performance of works performed within the past seven years by Crooked Tree students, at John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View, 7pm. Tickets, $35 for non-members.

Great Lakes Restoration Celebration: Native plantings, weed pulling, songs, poem contest and more at the Sleeping Bear Heritage, Empire, near the Dune Climb, 10am.

Royal Craft Show: Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. $3 admission. No pets.

North Country Kids Summer Festival: Pig races, dunk tank, petting zoo, snacks, games and more at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm. pondhill.com for details.

Tommy's Labor Day Bash: Bounce house, water balloon toss, standup paddleboard races, music and more in Walloon Village, 10am.

Annual Plant Sale: Hosted by the Charlevoix Evening Garden Club at Ferry Beach, Charlevoix, 9am-noon. For info, 231-547-5199.

Northport Community Band: Sousa concert featuring guest conductor, Kevin Rhodes, at the Northport Community Arts Center, 8pm. $20 for adults; $5 for students.

Bayside Festival: Christain music festival featuring Alanna Story, Bob & Pam Tebow, Peter Furler and more, at the Open Space, TC (see related article).

Suttons Bay Floatilla 2: An attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records challenge for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks, in Suttons Bay. Official count at 1pm. Fundraiser for Suttons Bay Schools. For registration info, visit sbfloatilla. com (see related article).

Alden Sidewalk Sale: 10am-5pm.

Fine Art Fair: Historic Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-5pm, featuring local artisans.

End of Season Sidewalk Sale: The Village at Bay Harbor, 10am-6pm.

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

Brethren Days: (See Fri.)

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

Labor Day Jazz Weekend: (See Fri.)

Manton Area Harvest Festival: (See Fri.)

sunday 9/1

End of Season Sidewalk Sale: The Village at Bay Harbor, 10am-6pm.

Breathe Owl Breathe Fundraiser: At the close of their West Coast tour, the band's touring van full of instruments was stolen. Help the Northern Michigan folk band rebuild their gear with live music by the group, along with silent movies, "The Pawnshop" and "La Voyage dans la Lune," at Bluestem Farm, East Jordan, 7pm-late. Donations will be accepted at the door. Includes goat kebabs and other goodies. ArtMeetsEarth. org for more info.

Alden Sidewalk Sale: 10am-5pm.

Fine Art Fair: Historic Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-5pm, featuring local artisans.

Lake Ann Lions Pancake Breakfast: Old Almira Township Hall, 8am-noon. Adults, $6; ages 12 & under, $3. Pre-school age & under, free.

Brethren Days: (See Fri.)

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

Labor Day Jazz Weekend: (See Fri.)

Manton Area Harvest Festival: (See Fri.)

Bayside Festival: (See Sat.)

monday 9/2

Leland Bridge Walk: Gather at the DNR boat launch, noon.

Labor Day Picnic: Farmers market style picnic featuring live music from Awesome Distraction at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 3-7pm.

Glen Arbor Bridge Walk: Narrows Bridge, noon.

Big Little Trail Races: 15K & 5K timed trail race in Buckley, 9am. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. or info, visit marathon4kids.com. Cost, $40.

56th Annual Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk: Starts in St. Ignace, 7am. Cost, $5 for bus transport. For details, mackinacbridge.org.

Royal Craft Show: (See Sat.)

Brethren Days: (See Fri.)

Labor Day Jazz Weekend: (See Fri.)

Manton Area Harvest Festival: (See Fri.)


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.

Ellsworth 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.

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.

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, through Labor Day. Includes the White House, Seattle Space Needle, Empire State Building and more. Admission, $5; ages four and under are free. traversehistory.org.

"Guardians of the Lake": Coast Guard exhibit at the History Center, TC, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. $5 admission.

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.


Contemporary Art Opening: Live for Art Gallery, Beulah on Aug. 30, 5-7pm.

Intro to Kumihimo: Craft of Japanese braiding at the Petoskey District Library, Aug. 30, 1pm. Free event includes materials. 231-758-3100.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix. Meet-the-artist on Aug. 30, from 4-6pm.

Three Village Arts: Summer plein air paintings at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Aug. 31-Sept. 10. Opening reception, Aug. 31 from 2-7pm.

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

Watercolor Painter: James Johnson will be at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Aug. 29, at 7:30pm.

Gallery Show: Photography by Jim Jacoby and oil paintings by David Westerfield at Glen Arbor Art Association, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

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.

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.

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.

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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