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 - September 12th, 2013  

SEPT 9-15

Join the 'Camunity' to help six-year-old, Cam Deering--who was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis at the age of 10 months--with a fundraiser at Moomer's Ice Cream on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1-6 p.m. It'll be a day of "Fun on The Farm," with kids games and prizes, silent auction, food, beer and wine tent, community raffle and live music by Jetty Rae, The Accidentals and Stella. Moomer's is located at 7263 N. Long Lake Rd., just west of Traverse City. Visit camunitytc.com for details.

thursday 9/12

Health-Themed Business After Hours: Health related sponsors host the post-work party at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club, 5-7pm. Admission, $7 for chamber members; $12 for others.

Business After Hours: Huntington Bank, East Jordan, 5-7pm.

White Stilettos and Martinis: A ladies' night farewell to summer featuring drinks, live music and salon giveaways, at the City Park Grill, Petoskey, 8:30-11pm.

Harry Goldson Quintet: Jazz music performance at the Old Art Building, Leland, 7:30pm. Tickets, $20 at mynorthtickets.com.

Mushrooming with Marilyn: Hike at a TBA location in Cheboygan County, 1-3pm. Call 231-347-0991.

Annual Day of Caring: Volunteers will take on various projects throughout the region, starting with a pancake breakfast at the Open Space, 8am. For info, volunteernwmi.org. Hosted by United Way of Northwest Michigan.

Children's Choir Auditions: (See Tues.)

monday 9/9

Grass Roots Leadership: Matt Davison will discuss the grassroots leadership coming forth from the Michigan Republican Party, at the Blue Pelican, Central Lake, noon. Includes lunch. Presented by the Antrim County Republican Women's group. Cost, $15. RSVP to 231-632- 2412.

"God Loves Uganda": Screening of the documentary on the fundamentalist Evangelical campaign to change African culture which resulted in death penalties for homosexuals, showing at the History Center of Traverse City, 7pm. Free. Sponsored by the Grand Traverse Humanists.

Genealogy Workshop: Missaukee District Library, 10am-2pm.

Ribbon Cutting Party: The Landing's Restaurant, East Jordan, 5pm. Drink & dinner specials, live music and more.

The Story of Wee Bee Jammin': Simone Scarpace will discuss and make her product using an incubator kitchen, at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck at 5:30pm. Donations welcome.

tuesday 9/10

Children's Choir Auditions: For children entering grades third-ninth, at the NMC Fine Arts Building, TC, 6pm. For info, call 995-1700.

wednesday 9/11

Business After Hours: Traverse Bay Farms and Swim to You, Elk Rapids, 5-7pm.

Gaylord Business After Hours: Hogan's Jewelers, 5-7pm.

Women Can/Women Do Luncheon: Bay Harbor Yacht Club-Lange Center, 11am. Benefits the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan. For tickets, call 231-347- 0067.

Creating Health: Health disease reversal workshop at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. Free. RSVP to 922-0110.

friday 9/13

Taste of Traverse City: All-weekend event in TC featuring a downtown "Grub Crawl" on Friday, food and wine samples at the Open Space on Saturday (noon-6pm) and a "Best of the Brunch" at the Hagerty Center on Sunday (see related article). For more info, including tickets, visit tasteoftraversecity.com.

Robert Abate & the Bigtimers: Live music at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

"The Dixie Swim Club": On-stage comedy performance by the Cadillac Footliters at Cadillac High School, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm. Tickets, $10 in advance at Brinks, Peebles and UPS Store, or $12 at the door.

Chris Mann: Contestant on NBC's "The Voice" performs contemporary pop at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $10-$29.

2nd Annual Hops & Props: Featuring a beer and boaters dinner on Friday along the Manistee River Channel, 5:30pm; Saturday includes a boat show, tasting tent and live music. For info, visitmanistee.com.

"Germanfest": Food, dancing and traditional German music under the tent at Trinity Lutheran Church, TC, 6:30-11pm. Tickets, $35 for ages 21 & older. tctrinity.org.

saturday 9/14

"String Up the Moon": Detroit based theater company, Fratellanza, presents the story of two men wrought by desire, at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, 6pm. Suggested $15 per adult; $5 for students. michlegacyartpark. org.

Cartooning: Artist Dick Evans discusses his work, which has appeared in publications throughout the country, at the Peninsula Community Library, TC, 10am. Free.

Trifecta: The second installment of the downhill mountain bike race series returns to Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, noon. Registration is $20. crystalmountain.com.

Newcomers Walk in the Woods: Those new to the Grand Traverse region are invited to stroll an urban preserve, 10:45am. For info, emamil George at gkobernus@chartermi.net.

Ice Cream Social: East Bay Branch Library, TC, 1-3pm. Face painting, music, floats and used book sale.

ODP Music Awards: All-ages fan-voted show followed by music performances by These Hearts and My Heart to Fear, 4pm. Tickets, $10 in advvance or $15 at the door. obscurrus.com.

Author Mark Hymowitz: Signing his book, "The Lizzard of Ozz" at Horizon Books, TC, noon- 2pm.

Senior Center Flea Market: Located on Front Street in TC, 9am-2pm. For vendor info, 922- 4911.

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic: Choose from a 20, 44 or 60-mile route. Includes map, support vehicle, refreshments and lunch. Cost, $25 in advance or $30 at the event. birthwoodinn. com/specialevents.

Author Joe Lunkas: Signing his book, "50 Years of Gathering, Fishing & Unusual Animal Encounters" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Farm Tours: Hosted by the Benzie Conservation District at several homesteads throughout Benzie and Manistee counties, starting at noon. RSVP to 231-775-4430.

Grass River Fall Mushroom Foray: Look for the edibles at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 9:30am. $5 fee. Call 231-533-8314.

Michigan Road Trips: Ron Rademacher presents a slideshow presentation on unique Michigan destinations at the Cadillac Wexford Public Library, 1pm.

Open Mic with Matt Mansfield: Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Back to School Ya: Roller derby bout featuring the Kalkaska Small Town Outlaws versus the Lansing Mitten Mavens at the Kaliseum, Kalkaska, 7pm. Pre-sale, $8 or $12 at the door. Bring a school supply item for the $8 admission price. Benefits Child and Family Services.

Midnight Special: Classic rock music performance featuring covers by Queen, Boston, Journey, Pink Floyd and more, at Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown, 9pm. Tickets, $15 & $25. startickets.com.

Drive South: Performing American roots music at the Charlevoix Senior Center, 7pm. $5-$10 suggested donation. Refreshments served.

Here's Mud in Your Eye 5K: Obstacle course race at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, noon. Cost, $35 before race day; $50 day-of. upnorthmedia.com under events.

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

sunday 9/15

Scott Cook: Canadian singer/songwriter performing roots, blues, folk and bluegrass at Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Tickets, $16.52 advance or $20 at the door. blackcatconcerts.com.

A Bird's-Eye View: Interactive raptor experience with Wings of Wonder, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 1pm. Free with museum admission.

Jammin' Down for David Chown: Performances by Lookout Cats, Miriam Pico & Friends, Jeff Haas and Friends, On Quartet and Al Jankowski at the Holiday Inn Patio, TC, 2-6pm. Donations welcome to help cover the cancer medical costs of local musician, David Chown.

Poochapalooza: Pine Cone Farm, located off E. Harry's Rd. in TC, 1-3pm. Pet parade, prizes, games and refreshments. Call 231-944-6520. Garden Tours of Eden: Held at 303 Chandler, Leland, from 11am-2pm. Free.

Leelanau Harvest Tour: Bicycle tour for the family featuring 20, 40, 65 and 100-mile routes, starting at Suttons Bay High School, between 8-10am. Benefits TART Trails. For info, cccc. clubexpress.com.

Look Out for the Cookout: Fundraiser for North Central Michigan College Foundation Scholarship Fund, at the Petoskey campus, 3pm. Picnic-style lunch with live music, silent auction and bake sale. Tickets, $8. Ages five & under, free.

Bay Film Series: Showing the French fi lm, "Renoir" at the Bay Theater, Suttons Bay, 2pm & 5pm. Tickets, $8.50.

The Constitution Celebration: Dinner and several contests, along with music, to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution 226 years ago, at the Williamsburg Dinner Theater, 5:30pm. Call 231-941-8284.

Canadian Brass: Performing a mix of Dixieland jazz and marches at the City Opera House, TC, 3pm. Tickets, $25 & $40.


TC Sings: Community singing session at the Grand Traverse Circuit, noon-2pm on Wednesdays through Dec. 4; and 7-9pm on Thursdays through Dec. 5. heather@tcsings.org.

Venture Start Workshop: Hosted by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, TC, at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC's Aero Park Campus, Sept. 3- 24, Tuesdays, 5:30-8pm. Register: 922-3780.

Learn to Play Ultimate Frisbee: Tuesdays at the Civic Center, TC, 6pm. Games start at 7pm. Search 'Traverse City Ultimate' on Facebook.

Elk Rapids Area Career Connection: Meeting every other Wednesday, starting Sept. 11, at the Area Chamber of Commerce, 9-10am. Call 231-620-8175.

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.

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 Sept. 10. For info, tccoop.org.

Career Connection: Hosted by Michigan Works! in Traverse City, at 1209 South Garfield, every Thursday at 2pm. nwm.org/careerconnection.

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

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

Wednesday Tai Chi: Boyne District Library, now through Nov. 13, starting at 9am. Advanced class, 10am.

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.

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.

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.


Call for Artists: Avenue of the Arts Autumn Fest show in Interlochen held on Sept 21. For info, 231-276-7141.

Artist in Residence: Mark T. Meyer presents his paintings of light and color at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Sept. 12 at 7:30pm.

Plein Aire Painting Event: Historic Barns Park, TC, on Aug. 14, from 10am-5pm. ArtcenterTraverseCity.org.

Art & the Garden: All media exhibit at 630 Mercato, Building 50 of the Grand Traverse Commons.

Artist Call for Entries: Multi-media show at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons: "Barre Chords to Mixer Boards: Music is Art." Deadline is Sept. 26, with show running Oct. 4-Dec. 1. thevillagetc.com.

Down on the Farm: Art in Agriculture, at Gallery Fifty in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, through October.

"Dissimilar Interests": Mixed media objet d'arts and large scale paintings exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, now through Sept. 16.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix.

Annual Juried Exhibition: Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, Sept 6.-29.

Three Village Arts: Summer plein air paintings at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Aug. 31- Sept. 10.

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

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.

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

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.

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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