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 - October 1st, 2013  

SEPT OCT 30-06

monday 9/30

An Evening with Jamie Ford: Author of the national best seller, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," discusses his work at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Includes guest host Rich Fahle. Tickets start at $25 for general admission; $10 discount for students with ID. nationalwritersseries.org.

Bea Stone Birthday Bash: Fundraiser through the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors at Michigan Shores, Frankfort, 5-7pm. Includes refreshments. Bring a monetary gift donation.

Affordable Care Act Info Meeting: Learn how it will affect you, at Farr Center, Onekama, 6-7:30pm.

Making It Count Series: Peter French and Timothy Young from Food for Thought discuss marketing for your food product business at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

Well Screening: Free event at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC, 2-4pm. Hosted by the Grand Traverse Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Call 941-0960 ext. 22 for details.

tuesday 10/1

Evening with the Authors: Three internationally acclaimed garden authors--Peter Hatch, Warren Byrd and Andrea Wulf--will present at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm. Proceeds benefit the TC Botanic Garden. Tickets: cityoperahouse.org.

Business Start up Workshop: Held at the Parsons- Stulen building at NMC's Aero Park Campus, TC, 5:30-7:30pm. Free, but registration required at northwestmichiganbusiness.com.

Northern Natural Cider House Event: Locavore potluck, music by Blake Elliot and showing of documentary film on farming, at Northern Natural, TC, 6:30pm.

wednesday 10/2

An Evening with the Stars: Wine tastings, appetizers and music at Grow Benzie Farmstead, Benzonia, 7pm. Tickets, $50. 231-882-2313.

Community Soccer Night: Free mini camp for boys & girls in grades K-6th, hosted by the TC Central High School Trojans, at the Coast Guard Fields, 6pm.

Gentle Yoga: Peninsula Community Library, TC, 9:30am. Cost, $5. Call 231-223-7700.

Author Jerry Darkes: Signing his book, "Fly Fishing the Inland Oceans," at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

thursday 10/3

Documentary Screening: Showing "Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives," a film on awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), at the Traverse Area District Library, 6:30pm. Hosted by Oryana Natural Food Market.

The Second City: Improve show featuring upand-coming comedians at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm. Tickets, crookedtree.org (see article).

Don Sinta Quartet: Chamber music performance at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, 7:30pm. Tickets, $35 at cmnorth.org.

Guided Gravesite Tour: Oakwood Cemetary, located off Eighth Street in TC, 6:30pm. Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society. For info, njaroh@charter.net.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Presented by Mary Weishaar at the Lake Bluff Sanctuary, Manistee, 7pm. Free with light refreshments served.

Collage: Interlochen Arts Academy student performance in music, dance, theatre, arts and film, at Corson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $26 for adults; $10 for students. tickets.interlochen.org.

Free Sports Injury Seminar: Presented by physicians at Great Lakes Orthopaedic center, TC, 6:30pm. For info, call 929-5704.

Community Cinema: Showing "Los Graduados," a documentary from filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz that explores the Latino dropout crisis in the U.S., at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 7pm. Free (see related article).

Oktoberfest: German food/drinks & music by Eric Jaqua on Thurs., Billy Strings & Don Julin, Fri. & Sat.; and Nathan Bates and Floyd Grocholski's polka on Sat., at Cafe Sante, Boyne City.

Annual Soup, Salad & Dessert Luncheon: St. Joseph's Social Hall, East Jordan, 11am-1pm. $5 for adults; $2.50 for ages six-10.

Boater Navigation Class: Coast Guard Air Station, TC, 6-9am. Cost, $10. Call 941-8076 by Sept. 30.

friday 10/4

Arlo Guthrie in Concert: Folk music and storytelling at the City Opera House, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $40 & $55.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats: Time honored Chinese tradition returning to the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 8pm. Tickets, dennosmuseum.org.

Annual Young Professionals Conference: Networking, lunch and speakers at the Leelanau Outdoor Center, Maple City, 8am-5:30pm. Visit tcchamber.org for details.

"Les Miserables": Presented by the Old Town Playhouse, TC, featuring over 60 cast members. Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm.

Midwest Space Fest: Featuring film showings, speakers, star party and more throughout TC all weekend. Visit magnorth.org (see related article).

Thornetta Davis: Detroit's own blues singer performs at the Freshwater Studio, Boyne City, 8pm. $25 in advance. freshwaterartgallery.com.

Acoustic Dynamite: Bob Downes, Jim Moore and Mark Cantrell perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30- 10:30pm.

Halloween Costume Barn Dance: Farm Fresh Buffet Dinner, square dancing with live music by the Peacemeal String Band, and bonfire, at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 7pm. $20 for adults; $10 for kids ages 3-13. pondhill.com.

Off the Page Series: Authors Keith Taylor, Anne- Marie Oomen and Elizabeth Schmuhl discuss their contributions to a collection of short stories about ghosts in Michigan, at the Darcy Library, Beulah, 7-8:30pm.

23rd Annual Michigan Hemingway Society Conference: Held at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, featuirng guest speakers, workshops and more. michiganhemingwaysociety.org for details.

Jazz Concert: Dixieland Jazz Band performs at Grace Episcopal Church, TC, 7:30pm, to benefit Jubilee House. Tickets, $25.

First Fridays: Art, demos, shopping & live music by Wild Sullys, Greg Seaman, Angela Josephine & Blair Miller at the Village at GT Commons, 5-8pm.

5th Annual Skitoberfest: Includes kickoff on Friday with Bell's beer party. Saturday includes a snowsports summit, hosted by Olympian Cary Adgate, along with groomer rides, chairlift rides, chalk art, petting zoo, wine and beer tent, live music and much more. Held at Boyne Mountain. Visit Boyne.com.

Harvest Festival Kickoff: Thornetta Davis performs at Freshwater Art Gallery, Boyne City, 8pm. Tickets, 231-582-2588.

Used Book Sale: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, TC, 9am-3:30pm.

Collage: (See Thurs.)

Oktoberfest: (See Thurs.)



Gopherwood Concert Series: Rachel Davis, May Erlewine and Seth Bernard perform at the Elks Lodge, Cadillac, 8pm. Includes dinner for additional $10 (see related article).

Author Carol Kennedy: Signing her book, "A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul" at Horizon Books, TC, 1-3pm.

Bark for Life: Mini-relay to raise money for the American Cancer Society, at the GT Civic Center, noon-4pm. For info, facebook.com/GTBarkForLife.

Live Art Exhibit: Daniel Cascardo will paint his exhibit for patrons at Right Brain Brewery, TC, starting at 5pm. Includes live music.

Ronnie Milsap: Performing at Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown, 8pm. Tix, $25-$35.

Alden Harvest Days: Art, sales, pancake breakfast, vintage car show and more, 10:30am-4pm.

Food Preservation: Demo at the Harbor Spring's Farmers Market, on Main & State streets, from 9am- 1pm. Free.

Historic Barns Park Open House: Free tours andinfo on the Botanic Garden visitor center, located at the Commons in TC, from 10am-2pm. 929-3696.

Take a Kid/Mom Mountain Biking Day: Meet at Timber Ridge Resort, 2pm, for singletrack loop ride. Hosted by the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association. Free. Bring your bikes & helmets.

Fall Barn/Flea Market: Featuring over 25 local vendors, hayrides, pumpkins and lunch at Rainbow of Hope Farm, Kingsley, 9am-4pm. Call 929-8150.

Benzie Fall Festival: Free pancake breakfast and flea market at Mills Community House, 8am-6pm; Lord of the Gourd, petting zoo, contests, car show and more, throughout Beulah and Benzonia.

Paddle the Boardman: Trip with Steve Largent of the Boardman River Program, with info on the growth and change of the river since the dam removal, 10am & 1pm. Meet at Scheck's Place State Forest Campground. Cost, $20. Call 941-0960.

Community Arts & Crafts Fair: Northern Lakes Community Church, TC, 9am-3pm. Includes a bake sale and lunch.

Author Susan Nenadic: Signing her book, "A Purse of Her Own" at Horizon Books, TC, 3-5pm.

Art Beat of Elk Rapids: Self-guided gallery tour, 10am-5pm. Includes gift certificate drawings and refreshments. elkrapidschamber.org.

Remembrance Run: 5K run/walk at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, 10am. Includes a health expo at 8am. For registration, remembrancerun.com. Benefits the Women's Cancer Fund.

Mark Farner: Performing at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 7pm. Tickets available at odawacasino. com (see related article).

Author Michael French Smith: Signing and discussing his book, "A Faraway, Familiar Place" at Horizon Books, TC, 5-7pm.

Boyne City Harvest Festival: Food, crafts, kids games, farmers market, 5K run/walk with the dog and live music by Kellerville, Younce Guitar Duo, Don Rivers and more, 8am-4pm. boynechamber.com.

Live Music: E. Minor performs at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

5th Annual Skitoberfest: (See Fri.)

Midwest Space Fest: (See Fri.)

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

Oktoberfest: (See Thurs.)

sunday 10/6

Harvest Festivus: German Oompah music, horse drawn carriage rides, food and beverage, kids activities and more on the patio of Left Foot Charley, located in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon-6pm.

Family Fun Day: Chili Cook-off, face painting, treasure hunt, games and prizes at 7850 S. Shimek Rd., Maple City, from 1-4pm. Tickets, $10 for adults. Hosted by Genuine Leelanau. 231-642-1391.

Bay Film Series: Showing "Kon Tiki," a Norwegian film about explorer Thor Heyerdahl's journey across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft, at the Bay Theater, Suttons Bay, 2pm & 5pm. Tickets, $8.50.

Pumpkin Fest V: Crafts, sack races, buffet and music at Jolly Pumpkin, TC, noon-5pm.

Color in the Park: Family events include live music, art activities, hiking and seasonal refreshments at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, 1-4pm. Admission, $10 per household. For info, 231-378- 4963.

Betsie Valley Run: 5K, 10K & half marathon walk/ run that starts and ends at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Register at betsievalleyrun.com. Benefits the Betsie Valley Library.

Harvest Gathering: Blacksmithing demos, wagon rides, tours and more at Samel's Family Heritage Society Farm, Williamsburg, 1-4pm. Free.

Fall Harvest Celebration: Breakfast at Homestead Township Hall, Honor, 8am-noon. $5 donation.

Community Reading: Walt Whitman's poem, "Song of Myself" at the State Theater, 1pm. All ages invited to read.

Sleeping Bear Marathon & Half Marathon: Happening in Empire, starting at 7:30am. For registration info, visit enduranceevolution.com.

Splash 2013: Open swim, interactive water safety demos, face painting, music and food at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool, 1-4pm. Free.

Midwest Space Fest: (See Fri.)

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)


Free Yoga Week: Shanti School of Yoga, TC, Oct. 1-6. Reserve your spot at 231-632-0615.

Online Fall Food Drive: Hosted by Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Oct. 1-10. Visit benziebacn. org.

Drive-Thru Haunt: Free, family-friendly, self-guided musical tour through haunted displays at Tee Lake Resort, Lewiston, dusk-10pm. Sept. 27-Nov. 2.

Screams in the Dark 2: Four attractions in one location: Haunted Hayride, Haunted Trail, Swamp of Suffering and Pandemonium, at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, TC. Open Friday-Sunday in Oct. and Nov. 1 & 2, from 7-11pm. screamsinthedark.com for info.

Fall Festival Weekends: Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Kalkaska, now through Oct. 27 (weekends), featuring hayrides, games, face painting and more. Autism Days, with 10% of all proceeds to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan, from Sept. 27-29.

TerrorVision Haunted Walk: Kingsley farm haunt at 5010 Pierce Rd., every Friday & Saturday in Oct., dusk-11pm. Includes a dusk walk. For info, ghostfarm.net.

Scream in Wolverine: Featuring Kurb & Burb's House of Horror, The Swamp of Terror and the Crazed Clown Convention, located two miles north of Wolverine on Old 27. Every Thurs-Sat. in Oct., plus Nov. 1 & 2, from 7-11pm. ScreaminWolverine. com.

Fall Festival Weekends: Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, every Saturday & Sunday from Sept. 28-Oct. 27, 11am-4pm. Pumpkin painting, farm market, pig races, hayrides and more.

Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

Grand Traverse Region Legends: Celebrating Frank Stulen, John Parsons and Leo and Carmen Ocanas family and the local Hispanic Community at the TC History Center, Sept. 16-Oct. 13.

Ballroom Dance: Boyne Arts Collective, Boyne City, every Monday through Oct. 28, from 7-8:30pm, for beginners. $10 for singles and $15 for couples.

Free Meditation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 11am, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

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.

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.

Poetry Reading: Third Friday of each month at Gateway Gallery, Vanderbilt, 6-8pm.

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

Acoustic Open Mic: Every second Sunday of the month, 2-4pm, at Gateway Gallery, Vanderbilt.

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.

Om Gentle Yoga: Sundays, 10:30am, at Shanti School of Yoga (Logan's Landing, TC). Free. Call 231-632-0615.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


Free Demo by Vianna Szabo: Professional portrait artist will be at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, Oct. 1 at 12:30pm.

4th Annual Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch: Hand-blown glass pumpkins by local artists, Harry Boyer and Lynn Dinning at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Oct. 5, 11am-7pm.

Through a Prism: Photography exhibit featuring work by Ragnar Avery, Mark Bear, Calvin Boulter, Mark Lindsay, Mark O'Shaughnessy and Bob Simmerman at the Traverse Area District Library, through Oct.

Women Reflect Rejoice Reform: Collection of visual and performance art at the Jordan River Arts Center, East Jordan, opening Oct. 6, 1pm, runs through Nov. 10.

Colors: All media show at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Opening Oct. 5, 2-7pm; through Oct. 30.

Dorothy Anderson Grow: Print work featured at Traverse City Art and Design Studio through October.

An Unholy Alliance: Exhibition featuring work by Mary Beth Acosta and Bruce Dunlap at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. Opening Oct. 4 through Nov. 1.

Local Painters Phillip Deloria & Susan Flanders: Art Cats Gallery, Petoskey, now through Oct. 30.

Juried Fine Art Exhibit: Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, now through Nov. 2.

Petoskey Stone Paintings: Work by Renn Cheadle at New Mission Gallery, Suttons Bay.

"Barre Chords to Mixer Boards: Music is Art.": Multi-media show at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. 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.

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

"Surfaces": Macro photography exhibit by Cherie Correll, at Traverse City Art and Design Studio, Sept. 13-Oct. 8, Tues.-Sat., from 10am-5pm.

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

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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