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 14th, 2013  

OCT 14-20

Local stylists, designers, clothiers and models will rock the runway at the annual Global Hair & Fashion Show, Oct. 19, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The New York style fashion show includes a cash bar and appetizers. Tickets start at $35, which benefit the Women's Resource Center. Visit womensresourcecenter.org for more information. Photos by Sarah Brown Photography.

monday 10/14

Making It Count Series: Chris Wendel of Northern Initiative will discuss how to finance your small business, at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

Marching Band Expo: Area bands perform at Thirlby Field, TC, 5pm. TIckets, $5/person; $3/student and $10/family.

Signature Chefs Auction: Sample signature dishes by area chefs, at the Hagerty Center, TC, 5:30pm. Benefits the March of Dimes. For ticket info, visit signaturechefsauctiontc.com.

Great Lakes Water Levels: Presented by Hans Van Sumeren, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, at the History Center, TC, 7pm. 231-392- 1215.

Auditions for "A Christmas Carol": Hosted by the Leelanau Players at the Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire Department meeting room, 7pm. For info, 231-620- 7287.

National Writers Series: David Finkel, author of "The Good Soldier," which examines life after war, will discuss his work at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Includes guest host and Writers Series co-founder, Doug Stanton. Tickets available at cityoperahouse. org.

tuesday 10/15

Major Gen. Jerry Cannon: Guest speaker, running for Michigan's First Congressional District, at the Boyne City Public Library, 12:30pm. RSVP by Oct.14 to 231-582-9005.

Author Alex George: Discussing his book, "A Good American," at the City Opera House, 7pm. Part of the TC Reads community project. Tickets, $15.

Fundraiser Luncheon: Connecting Women in Business group hosts the event at Sage Restaurant at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 11:30am-1:30pm. Tickets help fund Go Grants, which provide scholarships to area girls in the Char-Em ISD service area. Cost, $35. petoskey.com.

"Improvements Needed in Michigan Courts": Featuring retired MIchigan Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kelly, at the Old Art Building, Leland, 7pm. Suggested $10 donation benefits League of Women Voters Leelanau County.

Reflections by the Bay: Susan Johnson performs Broadway tunes at the Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort, 1pm. Free.

Audtions for "A Christmas Carol": (See Mon.)

wednesday 10/16

Jazz Jam: Bring your instruments and ears to Workshop Brewing Company, TC, 7pm-12am, hosted by Dave Collini, Jack Dryden and Ron Getz.

Feeding Your Family: Free nutrition lecture at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. RSVP to 922-0111.

SafeTALK Workshop: Suicide awareness event hosted by Third Level Crisis Center, TC. For registration info, thirdlevel.org.

Harbor Heroes: Community event celebrating local standouts, at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, 5:30pm. Tickets, $40. Visit harborspringschamber. com.

TC Fall Fashion Show: Presented by the Zonta Club of TC at the Hagerty Center, 11:45am. Includes shopping, door prizes and luncheon. Tickets, $40. zontatc.org.

Lecture Series: Chris Bashinelli, founder and host of Bridge the Gap TV, asks the audience, "What's it like to walk in someone else's shoes?", a story of life from around the world, at North Central Michigan College's gym, Petoskey, 7pm. Free, but tickets required at Petoskey campus locations. 231-348-6605.

thursday 10/17

Boyne City Business After Hours: Farley Calendar, Co., 7pm.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: All Smiles Family Dentistry, 5-7pm.

"Sherlock's Last Case": Performance by the Little Traverse Civic Theater at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. ltct.org (see related story).

Future of Cinema Film Festival: Interlochen Arts Academy, all weekend. Include screenings, performances and lectures. For info, tickets.interlochen.org.

Petoskey Business After Hours: Bay Harbor Hotel, 5-7pm. Cost, $7, $12 for non-chamber members.

International Affairs Forum: Former Iranian hostage, Michael Metrinko presents, "Iran and the United States: Time for a Reset?" at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 6pm.

Benzie Business After Hours: Frankfort Pines, 5-7pm.

friday 10/18

SwingShift & the Stars: Six local celebrities paired with six dance instructors take on the second round at the City Opera House, TC, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $20. cityoperahouse.org.

Registration Deadline: For annual Freshwater Summit, at the Hagerty Center on Nov. 1. Visit gtbay.org.

YMCA Family Night: Grand Traverse location, 6- 8pm, includes games, pizza and refreshments. Free to members, $20 for other households.

"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.

The Spirit of Emmet: Celtic Halloween celebration hosted by the Robert Emmet Society at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey, 6-11pm. Live music, prizes, kids games, silent auction and food. $10/person.

Petoskey Restaurant Week: Three course menus for $25 and $15 lunches at participating restaurants. For info, petoskeyrestaurantweek.com.

Songwriters in the Round: Performing at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Suttons Bay Art Walk Finale: Self-guided tour featuring local artists and Leelanau wines, 5-8pm.

Presale Ticket Deadline: For Oct. 26 event, Back to School on the Mountain, a Mrs. Mullen's Closet fundraiser that provides clothing and other supplies for children in need throughout Benzie County, at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 6-11pm. Tickets, $25. Includes silent auction, cash bar & DJ. Available at all five Benzie elementary locations.

Author Paul Bogard: Presents his book, "End of Night," at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 6pm.

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

"Sherlock's Last Case": (See Thurs.)

Future of Cinema Film Festival: (See Thurs.)

saturday 10/19

Craig Morgan: Country music star performance at Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8pm (see related article).

Harvest Moon Dance: Switchback performs at the Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Tickets, $16.52 in advance. for info, blackcatconcerts.com.

Poetry Reading: Judy Brice reads from "Renditions in a Palette" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Right Brain One Year: TC brewery celebrates its one year anniversary in new location, 1-8pm. Includes music and indoor flea market.

Gopherwood Concert: Performance by Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair, along with the Accidentals, at the Cadillac Elks Club, 8pm. Advance tix, $10.

Winter Dance Party Tribute: Ray Anthony performs as Ritchie Valens, Linwood Sasser as Big Bopper and John Meuller as Buddy Holly, at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 8pm. Tix, $15-$25.

Mariposa Michigan 5K: Fundraiser for the Women Empowering Women organization, at Logan's Landing, TC, 9am. Includes a silent auction, 8:30- 11am. For info, mariposapathway.org.

Aged to Perfection Reader's Theater: Performance of "Kugelmass," by Woody Allen and "Mere Mortals," by David Ives, at the Depot Theater, TC, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm. For info, 231-947-2210.

Hair for Strength: Haircuts, manicures, scalp massages and snacks at Bella Amici Salon, TC, 9am- 3pm. Fundraiser for Shannon Kochis, whose husband was recently killed in a car accident. For services info, call 922-7209.

Halloween Pool Party: East Jordan Pool, 5-7pm. Games, pumpkins, dancing, prizes and goodies.

Peak 2 Peak Mountain Bike Classic: Three race length options, on single track and dirt roads, at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Registration info, endomanpromotions.com/events/peak2peak.

Author Sue Merrell: Signing her book, "One Shoe Off," at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Leaf Peeker Craft Show: East Jordan Community Center, 10am-4pm.

Illustrator Talk: Glenn Wolff discusses his latest book, with Robert Sullivan, "A Child's Christmas in New England," at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

Live Music: Clayton Smith performs at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Iceman Cometh Practice Ride: Warm up for the November race, from Kalkaska to Timber Ridge, TC, starts at 10am. Includes post-ride party at the Grand Traverse Resort with Bell's Beer. For info, einsteincycles.com.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program: Collection at Beulah Park Pavilion, 9am, hosted by the Benzie Conservation District. For info, 231-882-4391.

Arcadia Fall Festival: Hayrides, bake walk, silent auction, dinner, live music and kids games, 2-9pm, at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.

Harvest Party: Barn dance with live music by Nathan Bates at Bluestem Farm, East Jordan, 5- 8pm. Call 231-459-8968 for more info.

Parent/Child Drop-In Craft: Scrap TC, noon-2pm, for both parents and their children. $7.

Craft & Bake Fair: First Baptist Church, TC, 9am- 4pm. Call 231-946-4727.

Letters Home: Actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East brought to life at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 8pm. dennosmuseum. org.

Rock-N-Roll Reunion: Performance by John D. Lamb, Myk Rise, Oni Werth and Bill Newland at Leg's Inn, Cross Village, 8:30pm.

4th Annual Pumpkin Festival: Live music, pumpkin pie contest and more at the East Jordan park, 1-4pm.

Recovery Plus: Demos, discussion and info for women who have had or are currently living with breast cancer at the Grand Traverse Resort, 8:30am. Cost, $25.

Safe Passage Fiesta: Benefit for children of Guatemala City garbage dump, featuring music by Billy Strings and Don Julin, Guatemalan arts and crafts, buffet by area chefs and more, at the Children's House, TC, 5:30-8:30pm. For ticket info, safepassage.org.

Free Speaker Series: Farming and food discussion with Harvest Party for kids, Suttons Bay High School, 3pm. Free. leelanauconservancy.org.

Global Hair & Fashion Show: New York-style event featuring local salons, hair stylists, clothiers and designers at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Cash bar, 6pm; runway show, 7pm. Tickets, $35, which benefits the Women's Resource Center.

Club Car Raffle: Golf cart raffle at the Rotary Club, Kalkaska. For info, theauctionworks.org/rotarykalkaska.

Opera Verdi: Performance focusing on Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. cityoperahouse.org. Tickets start at $25.

Agape Ringers: Handbell concert at Boyne City High School, 7pm.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

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

Petoskey Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)

"Sherlock's Last Case": (See Thurs.)

Future of Cinema Film Festival: (See Thurs.)

sunday 10/20

Fall Hike: Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 1pm. Hosted by the Sierra Club. For info, call 810-632- 7766.

End of the Season Bash: Music by the Jelly Roll Blues Band and costume contest at Legs Inn, Cross Village, 9:30pm.

"Tchaik 4" with Traverse Symphony Orchestra: Includes performance by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 3pm. Tix start at $20.

St. Andrews Society of NW Michigan: Dinner, music, raffle and door prizes at Ruby Tuesday, TC, 5:30pm. RSVP to 947-3902.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

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

Petoskey Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)


GMO-Free Week: Learn more about genetically modified organisms, and sample GMO-free products at Oryana Natural Food Market, TC, Oct. 14-20.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons and food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month.

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.

Haunted Hayrides: Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, from 7-9:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays. Cost, $10/person for 12 & older. Includes refreshments.

Drive-Thru Haunt: Free, family-friendly, self-guided musical tour through haunted displays at Tee Lake Resort, Lewiston, dusk-10pm. Sept. 27-Nov. 2. Terror at Tee Lake walk-through, Oct. 19, 25, 26 & Nov. 1, 7-10pm. For info, TerrorAtTeeLake.com.

Haunted Forest: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 6:30-9:30pm, Oct. 19 & 26. $8 for ages nine & older.

Manistee Ghost Ship: Every weekend in Oct., 7:30- 10:30pm. For info, carferry.com.

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.

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.

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

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

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


BLOOM Floral Design Workshop: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Oct. 17, from 6-9pm. For info, crookedtree.org.

Michigan Melody: Exhibition celebrating instrument makers of Michigan and The Joy of Music Through Fine Art, at the Charlevoix Arts Center, through Nov. 30.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. Accepting submissions through Oct. 18. Opening Nov. 6, 3-7pm. northernlakescmh.org.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop and Heather Harris-Brady, at the 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.

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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