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 8th, 2013  

OCT 7-13

Get ready for some cruising and bruising when the Kalkaska Small Town Outlaws host the Mitten Kitten Mash-Up North Roller Derby Tournament, Oct. 12 & 13, at the Kalkaska Kaliseum. The annual championship features the top teams in the state, which will include the Outlaws and Traverse City's Toxic Cheries. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Photo by Gary L. Howe.

monday 10/7

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, 6pm. Tickets, $8.50.

UpNorthTV Producer Orientation: Free intro video class at the UpNorth Media Center, TC, 12-2pm. Register at 231-929-4188. upnorthmedia.org.

Making It Count Series: Alex Pineau of Evergreen Market discusses how to sell food products, Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

Educational Forum on Gun Violence: Displays and discussions on firearm safety, gun violence and more, presented by several organizations including Traverse Area Interfaith Peace Fellowship and Veterans for Peace, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, TC, 6:30pm. Free, but donations are appreciated.

tuesday 10/8

Green Connections: Clean Up and Green Up info meeting and networking hosted by the Michigan Green Consortium, in Building 50 of the GT Commons, from 5:30-7pm. 231-633-1277.

International Lecture: Timothy Young, president of Food for Thought, discusses international justice and local food, at North Central Michigan College's library, 7pm.

Empire Area Community Emergency Fund: Gerry Shiffman discusses how the fund is used for those who have fallen on hard times, at the Leelanau School, 4pm. Info, 231-642-1391.

Founders Society Luncheon: North Central Michigan College Foundation in Petoskey honors two volunteers at the library, 11:45am. Cost, $25. Call 231-439-6218.

Traverse Bay Area College Night: Representatives from over 50 colleges and universities will be available at the Hagerty Center, TC, 6:30-8pm. Call 995- 1200 for more info.

Bay Film Series: (See Mon.)

wednesday 10/9

Oil & Water Don't Mix: Learn about the aging pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, along with a video of the Oil & Water Don't Mix Rally. Hosted by TC 350, at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 6-7pm.

Harvest Dinner: Featuring locally grown apples, squash and wine from Black Star Farms, at the Suttons Bay location, 6:30pm. Reservations: 944- 1251.

Business After Hours: Treetops Resort, Gaylord, 4-7pm.

Writers and Readers Series: Local mystery author, Aaron Stander, presents at the Kalkaska County Library, noon.

Tiempo Libre: Cuban musical group brings the Latin sounds to the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts, Curtis, 7pm. Tickets, $25/$30 at kirtlandcenter.com.

Affordable Care Act Information: Presented by Bob Miller, head of a human resources consulting company, at Central United Methodist Church, TC, 6:30-7:30pm. Free.

Think Globally, Eat Locally: Dine at the Roadhouse Grill, Benzonia, from 4-9pm, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the On the Ground Chiapas Water Project, which provides fresh drinking water to communities in Chiapas, Mexico. onthegroundglobal.org.

College Fair: Reprsentatives from several colleges and universities will be available to answer questions at Kirkland Community College, Roscommon, 6-7:30pm.

thursday 10/10

Author Mardi Link: Discussing her books, including her current bestseller, "Bootstrapper, from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm," at the Elk Rapids Historical Society, 7pm.

Lunch & Learn: Information on World Sight Day, presented by the Talking Book Library, at the Traverse Area District Library, noon. Bring a lunch.

Living Roots of Music: Lauren Pelon traces the story of music while performing music from around the world, at the Peninsula Community Library, TC, 7pm. Free.

International Christian Science Lecturer: Suzanne Riedel discusses "Finding Peace, Direction and Healing," at Holiday Inn Resort, West Bay in TC, 7pm. Free. For info, tccschurch.org.

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare & You: Geared for seniors at the Grand Traverse Senior Center, 2:30pm. Register at 922-4911.

Lego-Rama: Build a castle at the Kalkaska County Library, 3:30-4:30pm.

friday 10/11

Bras for the Cause: Benefit for Munson's Cowell Family Cancer Center & Women's Council of Realtors at Streeters, TC, 7pm; includes celebrity judges and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, $20 advance; $25 at the door (see related article).

"The Rocky Horror Show": The raunchy salute to the science fiction 'B' horror movie of the 1950s, performed by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, 231-723-9948.

Live Music: Joe LaBonte performs at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Luncheon Lecture: Discusson on how the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps local governments and the DNR to acquire land for public use, at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, 11:30am. Cost, $10. RSVP to 231-348-6600.

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

saturday 10/12

Uncle Kracker: Rock/country star returns to Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8:30pm. Tickets, $25, available at groundzeroonline.com. Includes guest JTX.

Author Evelyn Harper: Discusses her book, "The Wrath of Winter" at Horizon Books, TC, noon-2pm.

Color Tours: Aboard ex-Navy motor Whaleboat "Lake Sturgeon," in Suttons Bay, 1am, noon and 2pm. Hosted by the Inland Seas Education Association. Cost, $12. schoolship.org.

Oktoberfest Release Party: German food menu, stein sale, live music and brew release at the Workshop Brewing Company, TC, 7pm-12am.

Trumpet Invasion: Featuring Rich & Brandon Ridenour perform a jazz, ragtime and rock and roll concert at the Northport Community Arts Center, 8p. Tickets, $25 for adults; $5 for students.

Author Mara Jacobs: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author will be at the Cadillac Library, 1pm. Free.

Back Porch Concert: Louan Lechler performs a mix of music, poetry and storytelling, at the Charlevoix Senior Center, 7pm. Suggested $5-$10 donation.

Author Kenneth Wylie: Presents "Possessed" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

October Dance: Music by One More Shot, at St. Rita/St. Jospeh Hall, Maple City, 8pm. $10 donation per person. No carry-ins.

Pet Picture Day: Oakwood Pet Memorial Center, Maple City, 1-5pm. Cost, $25 which benefits the Military Working Dog Team Support Association.

Live Music: Open mic at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30- 10:30pm.

Roller Derby State Championship Tourney: Ten of the highest ranked teams will go head-to-head at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, including Kalkaska's Small Town Outlaws and Traverse City Roller Derby, 9:30am. Tickets, brownpapertickets.com.

Onekama Fall Festival: Arts and crafts show, bake sale, face painting, wagon rides and food wagon at Village Park, 10am-4pm. Most events are free.

Hands Are Not for Hurting 5K: Run/walk fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center, TC, at 9am. For info, womensresourcecenter.org.

Cheboygan County Democratic Party Fundraiser: Lunch buffet, silent auction and guest speakers at the Black Lake Conference Center, 11:30am. For info, cakress@cynergycomm.net or susan@thepages.net.

Missoula Children's Theater: Presents "The Secret Garden" at the Cheboygan Opera House, 3pm & 7pm. Tickets, theoperahouse.org.

Free Women's Health Screenings: Breast cancer prevention event at Sam's Club pharmacy, TC, 11am-3pm. For info, SamsClub.com.

The Art of Cursive Writing & Penmanship: Hosted by Pam Ayres at the University Center, TC, 1-3pm. Free for members of Michigan Writers, $10 for others. Call 231-492-3260.

Genealogy 101: Beginning genealogy projects, at the Traverse Area District Library, 1pm. Free.

Bayside Travellers Contra Dance: Twin Lakes Gilbert Lodge, TC, featuring caller Drake Meadow and music by Fog Harbor. Contra-dance lesson for beginners, 7pm; dance, 8-11pm. $10 for adults; $6 for adults; $8 for members. dancetc.com.

Fall Festival: Masters of Mayhem Pumpkin Chunkers, live music by the Scottville Clown Band, silent auction, hillbilly "Olympiks," games and more in Frankfort, 11am-4pm. Don't miss: the 900+ pound pumpkin dropped onto a vehicle.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

"The Rocky Horror Show": (See Fri.)

sunday 10/13

Fall Festival: Pumpkin painting, kids crafts, hay rides, nature hikes, boat color tour on Walloon Lake, caramel apples, donuts and hotdogs at Camp Daggett, Walloon Lake, noon-5pm. $5 per carload entrance fee. campdaggett.org for details.

Benefit for Farmer, Paul May: Silent auction, 50/50 raffle and music at the Cabbage Shed, Elberta, 3- 8pm.

Elk Cafe Indiegogo Launch Party: Learn more about TC's child and parent friendly cafe at Left Foot Charley, TC, 3-6pm. Includes face painting, music, kids crafts, games and wine for the adults. facebook. com/ElfCafeUS.

Wings of Wonder Fundraiser: Door prizes, live birds and music by Don Julin & Billy Strings at Little Bohemia, TC, 5-8pm. $10 donation.

Young at Heart Singers: Michigan-based 42- voice choir performs at First Baptist Church, TC, 10:30am.

Traverse City Crop Walk to Alleviate Hunger: Walk through downtown starts and ends at the Civic Center, 2pm. Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church. Call 947-2330 for info.

Spirits, Goblins and Ghosts, Oh My!: Paranormal activity presentation by Rev. Alan Stadelman, PhD, at the Alden District Library, 2pm.

Roller Derby State Championship Tourney: (See Sat.)

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

"The Rocky Horror Show": (See Fri.)


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

Fair Trade Week: Learn more about this economic practice and sample fair trade products at Oryana Natural Food Market, TC, Oct. 7-13.

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month: Spay/neuter rebates at Cherryland Humane Society, through Oct.

Free Community Walks: Every Thursday, 11am, at various trailheads throughout Grand Traverse. For info, facebook.com/traversecitywalks. Through Oct.

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.

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.

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.


Michigan Melody: Exhibition celebrating instrument makers of Michigan and The Joy of Music Through Fine Art, at the Charlevoix Arts Center, Oct. 12, 5:30- 7:30pm ($10 admission), through Nov. 30. Demos and presentations on Oct. 13, 1-5pm. charlevoixcircle.org.

Art of the Watershed: Opening reception featuring Lindy Bishop and Heather Harris-Brady, 5-8pm, free, Watershed Center, 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

Printmaker, Dorothy Anderson Grow: Featured at Traverse City Art & Design Studio, now through Oct.

"The Color and Atmosphere of Leelanau": Paintings by Gene Rantz at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, through Oct. 14. 231-334-3179.

A Walk Along on the Shore: Photography by Robert deJonge at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, now through Nov. 8. crookedtree.org.

Fiber Festival featuring Sarah Bearup-Neal: Opening reception, 5-8pm on Oct. 11; exhibition open Oct. 12, 10am-5pm. Happening at the Old Art Building, Leland.

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, runs through Nov. 10.

Colors: All media show at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 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.

"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.

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

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