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 21st, 2013  

The Undead (both furry and "human") are invited to drag their limbs in the 5th Annual Zombie Run, a 5K walk/run course that starts and ends at Right Brain Brewery in TC, on Oct. 26. Proceeds benefit TART Trails with awards going to top finishers and best costumes. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Visit tczombierun.com for all the details. Photo by Andrew Blackbird.



MidEast: JustPeace: Showing Susan Yousssef's feature film, "Habibi," a love story set in the Gaza Strip, at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm.

Pigstock TC: Culinary event featuring a harvest dinner, classes, demos and more. For details, pigstocktc.com (see related article).

Making It Count Series: Lisa Richter of Grow Benzie discusses how to start a food product business at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

Roses Presentation: Chuck Martin from Dow Gardens in Midland will be at the Cherry Capital Rose Society Friends Meeting House, TC, 6:30pm. tcroses.org.

tuesday 10/22

Pigstock TC: (See Mon.)

wednesday 10/23

Big Brothers Big Sisters Open House: BIGS Offices in the Red Cross Building in Petoskey, 4-7pm. Enjoy refreshments and learn more about the program.

Eco-Building Products New Retail Location: Grand opening in the former Beach Market building in Elberta, 7pm. eco-buildingproducts.com.

Author Hannah Harrington: Discusses her experiences in writing young adult literature and the importance of writing about the subject of bullying and depression, at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm.

Community Conversation: Hosted by the Center for Michigan and North Central Michigan College, on discussing key issues impacting the state today, including education, economy and public money priorities. Held at NCMC's room 124 of the Petoskey campus, 4-5:30pm. thecenterformichigan.net.

Sugar Presentation: Learn about its connection to health (and sickness) at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. Free. Call 922-0110.

Make A Monster: Teens and kids use parts of stuffed animals to make characters at Kalkaska County Library, 6-7:30pm.

Pigstock TC: (See Mon.)

thursday 10/24

ALDI Grand Opening: National chain grocery store opening at 9051 E. 34 Rd., Cadillac, starting at 9am.

Northern Lakes CMH Community Open House: Community Mental Health's TC office at 105 Hall St., 3-6pm.

Frankfort Film Festival: Leading independent films showing throughout the weekend, at the Garden Theater, Frankfort.

Boater GPS Class: Hosted by the TC Coast Guard Auxiliary, from 6-9pm. Cost, $10. For info, 941-8076. Register by Oct. 22.

"Whatever Happened to Idlewild?": Documentary screening at Traverse Area District Library, 7pm.

"Unexpected Sources of Power": Presentation on the women of Beaver Island, at Charlevoix Library, 7pm.

NMC Concert Band: Presents a fall concert with conductor Patricia Brumbaugh, at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $10 for adults; $5 for seniors.

"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).

friday 10/25

"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.

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show: Theatrical production celebrating the golden anniversary of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and the Rat Pack, at the City Opera House, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $30 & $45.

Jeep Creep: Challenge course, Lord of the Gourd pumpkin carver, kids activites, pet adoption event and Jeep show at Riverplace Walk, Gladwin, all weekend. riverwalkplace.net.

LIFE Luncheon Lecture: Chris Doyal shares underwater photography from Bali and the Philippines, at Northwestern Michigan College, TC, noon. Cost, $18 which includes lunch. Presentation only, $9. 995-1700.

5K Boo Run/Walk: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, 7pm. $10 pre-registration; $25 day-of race. Includes costume contest. crystalmountain.com.

All Ages Concert: Featuring Rookie of The Year, Joshua Prior, Outsiders, City Under Siege, Dactylion, Hollywood Vampires and Act As One at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, 5pm. $10. obscurrus.com.

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

Younce Guitar Duo: Performing at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Luncheon Lecture Series: MSU political science instructor, Thomas H. Hammond, shares how every hierarchical structure has a "blind spot," at North Central Michigan College's library, Petoskey, noon. Cost, $10, which includes lunch. Call 231-348-6600.

Gluten-Free Presentation: Includes food samples and recipe cards, at Petoskey District Library, 1pm. Presented by Grain Train Outreach Coordinator, Mindy Taylor.

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

saturday 10/26

Do Some Good: Kickoff to the month-long volunteer service event, hosted by United Way of Northwest Michigan, at United Way courtyard on Union Street, TC, at noon. For info, unitedwaynwmi.org.

Annual Nordic Fest & Ski Swap: Brick Wheels in TC hosts a ski trail (with snow brought in from area ice rinks), ski swap, vendors, food, beverages, sales and more, 10am-4pm. vasaskiclub.com.

Spooktacular Station Tour: The community is invited to participate in the Firefighter Confidence Maze, with or without gear, to get a sense of firefighter training, at Metro Station 1 on Three Mile Road, in TC, 11am-1pm.

Leland Fall Frenzy: Sales, cider and donuts and more in Fishtown and downtown Leland, all day.

Mrs. Mullen's Closet Fundraiser: Dinner, dancing, music and live/silent auctions to benefit the pantry which provides clothing and supplies to Benzie area elementary students, at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, 6pm. Tickets, $25.

Fiddlers Jamboree: Jamboree starts at 1pm; potluck dinner starts at 5pm. Donations welcome. Held at Kalkaska Senior Center.

Author Peter Wurdock: Presents, "Bending Water & Stories Nearby" at Horizon Books, TC, 1-3pm.

Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: CalJE:Chicago performs at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center, 8pm. Tickets available at crookedtree.org.

Halloween Dinner & Dance: Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) theme at Indian River Golf Club, 6pm. Cost, $25 and includes costume contest. 231-238-8515.

Poets Reading: Presenting Ellen Stone and Jennifer Sperry Steinorth at Horizon Books, TC, 3-5pm.

Music by Tim Harding: Horizon Books, TC, 8:30- 10:30pm. Free.

5th Annual Zombie Run: Costume-themed 5K run/walk starts and ends at Right Brain Brewery, off 16th Street in TC, 9am. Proceeds benefit TART Trails. $30 for adults and $20 for teens prior to Oct. 25, $5 increase after. For info, tczombierun.com.

Journaling & Collage Workshops: Torch Lake Township Hall, 9am-noon (journal); 1-4pm (collage).

Pumpkin Painting Happy Hour: Hosted by Simply Cupcakes at Little Fleet, TC, 1-4pm. Cost, $4/child.

Silent Movie, "Electric House": Showing at the Music House Museum, Acme, which will be accompanied by Red Wings organist, Dave Calendine, 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Tickets, $15; seniors, $13; students, $5.

Halloween Dance: Featuring by the Diddle Styx, at St. Rita/St. Joseph Hall, Maple City, 8pm. $10 donation; 16 & under free with paying adult. Costume contest included.

Dan Hazlett in Concert: Michigan singer/songwriter performing jazz and folk at Marsh Music House, East Jordan, 7pm. Suggested $10 donation.

Zombie Prom: Live music, prom and pub crawl at Lelu Cafe, Northport, 8:30pm-2am. Cost, $12, which benefits Northport Arts Association. Check Facebook.

Autumn Fest: Haunted hike, create an autumn light catcher, games and more at Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 1-3pm.

Touch, The Motown Sound: Tribute performance from Dayton, Ohio at the Cheboygan Opera House, 7:30pm. $25 for adults; $12.50 for students.

Ski Swap: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, 9am- 2pm. crystalmountain.com.

Family Halloween Bash: Ardis Missaukee District Library, Lake City, 10am. Costumes, candy, crafts and games.

Harvest Days: Kids games, petting zoo, refreshments, costume parade, chili cook-out and more at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 9am-5pm. Visit crystalmountain.com.

Haunted Library: Crafts, lantern walk and goodies at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 6pm.

Rhythmic Circus: Tap dance performance entitled "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $35 in advance; $40 at the door. MyNorthTickets.com.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

Jeep Creep: (See Fri.)

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

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

sunday 10/27

13th Annual Chili Cook Off: Helena Township Hall, Alden, 4-7pm. $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12.

Dave Hardin: Singer/songwriter performing at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $15 advance at Sleder's, Oryana, Brilliant Books and Mahoney's; $20 at the door.

Jazz at Sunset: Live music by Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal, TC, 3-5:30pm.

Encore Winds: Featuring "Fanfare for the Common Man," with West Senior High drum line and percussion students, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, TC, 3pm. Tickets, mynorthtickets.com.

Grand Bridal Expo: Vendors, fashion show and giveaways at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 10am-4pm. Admission, $6. castlefarms.com.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

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

Jeep Creep: (See Fri.)


Food for Thought Food Drive: Hosted by the Northwest Food Coalition and Food for Thought at NMC locations, through Nov. 15. Collecting non-perishable food at most buildings on the TC campus.

Campfire Fridays: Gill's Pier Vineyard & Winery, Northport, every Friday in Oct., from 4-6pm. $4.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons and food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

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

Vinyl Night: Bring records to play every Thursday at Little Fleet, TC, all night.

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.

Zip of Terror: Haunted event at Boyne Mountain's zipline, Boyne Falls, Oct. 25 & 26, from 7-11pm.

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.

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.

Glen Arbor Farmers Market: Township Hall, every Tuesday, from 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.

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

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.

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.

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.


Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Photo and art exhibit featuring subjects from Charlevoix and Emmet counties, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Opening reception, Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30pm. Open Oct. 21-Nov. 24. crookedtree. org.

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

Call for Artists: Open to all students in Charlevoix and Emmet counties, to Crooked Tree's New Year's Eve at the Arts Center. Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Visit crookedtree.org for details. All age, alcohol-free event held Dec. 31, at the arts center in Petoskey, 5-9pm.

Michigan Melody: Exhibition celebrating instrument makers of Michigan and The Joy of Music Through Fine Art, at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts, through Nov. 30. Artist demos and lectures on Oct. 26, from 1-5pm. Family music day and instrument-making workshop, Nov. 2, from 1-5pm. charlevoixcircle.org.

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.

Strap on your skis and take to the Nordic Fest & Ski Swap, this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Brick Wheels in TC. Snow will be trucked in from area ice arenas and dumped to form a ski track. The event includes food, beverages, vendors and swap, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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