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 28th, 2013  

OCT NOV 28-03

It's the last weekend of thrills and chills at haunts happening throughout the area. At "Scream in Wolverine," brave souls get the chance to experience three different haunts: Kurt & Burt's House of Horror, The Swamp of Terror and The Crazed Clown Convention. Located at 10474 S. Straits Highway in Wolverine, "Scream in Wolverine" offers individual and combined pricing packages. All three haunts are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For info, screaminwolverine.com.

monday 10/28

Haunted Great Lakes: Presentation by Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society's Tim Ellis and Brad Blair, at the Carnegie Building, Petoskey, 7pm. Free.

Cirque Mechanics: Aerial and acrobatic performance, at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28; $25 for seniors; $10 for students.

"Making it Count" Series: Presentation on product packaging by Mary and Terry from TM Klein & Sons, at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

tuesday 10/29

Monster Mash: Family Halloween party at the Kalkaska Library, 3:30-4:30pm. Costumes, crafts and music.

Luncheon Lecture: Local historian Matthew J. Friday recounts the history of Northern Michigan's inland waterway, through period accounts and historic photographs, at the Straits Area Education Center, Cheboygan, noon. Cost, $10, which includes lunch. Deadline to register: Oct. 28, at 231-597-0322.

Singles Mingle & Speed Dating: Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, TC, 6:30-10pm. RSVP to northernnaturalwinery@gmail.com.

Photo Exhibit Discussion: Behind the scenes look into Crooked Tree's latest photo contest, "Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors" at the art center, Petoskey, 10am. Free.

wednesday 10/30

Comic Art Open House: Showcasing work by students who transformed their favorite stories into comics, at the Kalkaska County Library, 3:30pm.

"Frankenstein" Comes to Life: The Traverse Symphony Orchestra presents a redefined film score to the original 1931 film, at the State Theater, TC, 6pm and 7:45pm. Tickets, $20. traversesymphonyorchestra.org.

National Writers Series: Poet, Nikki Giovanni, discusses her works which express strong racial pride and respect for family, at the City Opera House, TC, with guest host Leigh Haber, 7pm. Tickets, $35 reserved; $30 for general admission. nationalwritersseries.org.

Benzie Solar Initiative: Meeting for regional citizens for clean energy, at Stormcloud Brewery, Frankfort, 7pm. Search Benzie Solar Initiative on Facebook.

Business Innovation Conference: Educational opportunity for all levels of staff, businesses and organizations at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, all day. For info, petoskey.com.

Ferris State University Open House: Held at the NMC Health & Science Center, TC, 10am-3pm.

Learn the Secrets of Air Force One: Retired USAF CM Sgt. Rose Hutchinson discusses being a flight steward during the presidency of Carter, Reagan and Bush, at the Senior Center Network, TC, 11am. Register at 922-4911. For post-event lunch, 947-5285.

thursday 10/31

Haunted House: Hosted by Boyne City Firefighters Association in the red barn by the library.

Trunk or Treat: Downtown Frankfort, 5-8pm.

Spook Swim: Halloween party at Charlevoix Area Community Pool, 7-9pm. Food, punch, music and costumes. Cost, $5 or $20/family.

Luncheon Lecture: Presentation by Beth Dipzinski, sharing her novel, "Stepping Stones," which explains how things in life can either be stumbling blocks or stepping stones, by choice. Happening at North Central Michigan College, Gaylord, noon. Cost, $10, which includes lunch. Register by Oct. 28 at 989-705-3775.

Halloween Dance Party: DJ, bonfire, and costume prizes at Little Fleet, TC, 8pm.

Trunk or Treat: Village at Bay Harbor, 4-5pm.

Boyne City Halloween Parade: Starts at Pine Street and proceeds to Park Park Street, 4:45pm.

friday 11/1

Paula Poundstone: Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and part of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," Poundstone performs at the City Opera House, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $33. cityoperahouse.rg.

Forgotten Folksongs from "Michigan-i-o": Presented by Lee Murdock at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $12. dennosmuseum.org.

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

First Fridays: Featuring demos, food, shopping and art exhibits by Delbert Michel and Robin Webb-Bransky; along with live music by the Accidentals and Freya. Happening at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 5-8pm, or later. thevillagetc.com.

Courting the Muse, Writers Conference: Insight from the pros, along with shared experiences on getting published, at NMC Oleson Center, TC, 9am. For info, nmc.edu/ees.

Senior Bikram Yoga Instructor: Presentation by Jim Kallet from San Diego at Scholars Hall at NMC, in TC, 6pm. For details, bikramyogatc.com.

Tony Valentine's Girls Night Out: All male revue at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 8pm. Tickets starting at $15.

Native American Heritage Month Kickoff: Featuring Pat McCabe, a member of the Dine (Navaho) Nation, on sustainability from an indiginous science perspective, at the Fine Arts Building auditorium at NMC, in TC, 7pm. Tickets, $10 or $15 at the door. nmc.edu.

Art, Talk, Wine & Cheese: Harbor Gallery at Northview Design Center, Petoskey, 5-8pm. Call 231-439-3790.

Freshwater Summit: Featuring keynote speaker, Jim Bredin, Deputy Director of Asian Carp for the White House Council on Enviornmental Quality, along with speaker panels and more at the Hagerty Center, TC, 9am-3:30pm. For info, gtbay.org.

Miriam Pico & Friends: Performing at Central United Methodist Church, TC, 7pm. Benefit for Family Partnership Mentoring Grand Traverse. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 14.

Acoustic Dynamite: Performing at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Bower Clock Company Grand Opening: Live music, refreshments, meet the artists and more, at 9931 N. Long Lake Rd., TC, 5-9pm.

Public Viewing Night: Rogers Observatory, TC, 9-11pm. Admission, $2/person or $5/family. 995- 2300.

saturday 11/2

The Art of Being a Seer: Presentation by Denise Iwaniw, author and teacher, at High Self Bookstore, TC, 10am.

Tailgate Party: Michigan vs. Michigan State telecast on the deck of North Peak, TC, 2pm.

"Dunes Review" Journal Relesae: Horizon Books, TC, 7pm.

26th Annual Craft Show: Immaculate Conception, TC, 8:30am-3:30pm. Raffle, bake sale, luncheon.

Author David Zaiss: Presents the sequel to "The Ping Pong Club," titled, "Dismissed," at Horizon Books, TC, 4pm. Refreshments included.

Community Potluck & Program: Martha Wagbo Education Farm, East Jordan, noon, featuring homebrewer Keith Kintigh on making hard cider. Free. RSVP to 231-536-0333.

Iceman Cometh: A 27-mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Timber Ridge in TC, all morning and afternoon. Features over 5,000 riders. Includes post race parties and awards ceremony. Visit iceman.com for details (see related story).

Food & Farming Roundtable: Featuring farmers, food producers, restaurant owners and local food lovers at North Central Michigan College's cafeteria, Petoskey, 9am-1pm. For info, visit ncmc.edu. Cost, $20 at the door or $10 in advance ($15 for families).

Grayling Golf Team Fundraiser: Dinner at Treetops Resort, 6pm. Tickets, $50, which will help the families involved in last spring's auto accident. Includes a silent and live auction and a tribute to the boys golf team. For info, graylinggolfrecovery.com.

Pigs 'n' Heat 11th Annual Benefit Hockey Game: Police and firemen competition to raise money for Children's Advocacy Center of N.E. Michigan, at Northern Lights Arena, Alpena, 4- 6pm. Donation entry.

Brewing Workshop: Presented by Bad Teacher Brewing Supply, 1331 W. South Airport Rd., TC, noon-4pm. For info, badteacherbrewing.com.

Young Adult Authors Panel: Amy Rose Capetta, K.A. Barsons and Cori McCarthy will be at Horizon Books, TC, 2pm.

Irish Ceili Dance: Social dance workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 2-5pm. For info, crookedtree.org.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

sunday 11/3

Law of Attraction: Workshop by Evelyne Verret, on attracting "anything and anyone" at Higher Self Bookstore, TC, 2pm.

Milks Family Benefit: Spaghetti dinner, silent auction, karaoke and music by Jim Pierce Happy Times DJ Service, at Cobblestone Farms, TC, 2- 6pm. $5 admission benefits Edward Milks' family, who passed away unexpectedly in Sept.

Pancake Breakfast: Central United Methodist Church, TC, 9:30am-12:30pm, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 36. Free will offering.

Health Care Reform and You: Information meeting presented by Laverna Witkop at Christ United Methodist Church, TC, 5:30pm.

Clean Up and Green Up: Bring your difficultto-recycle items, including large appliances, styrofoam and electronics to the American Waste faciltiy at 280 Hughes Dr., TC, 9am-3pm. Free. Hosted by Michigan Green Consortium.


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.

Technique Cooking: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at noon; Thursday, 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which go toward purchase.

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Discoveries from the Great Depression, a traveling exhibit from Michigan State University, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, Nov. 1-Jan. 5.

"Journey Stories": Traveling Smithsonian exhibit exploring history of our immigration stories, travel and movement, at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis, Nov. 25-Jan. 24; and Charlevoix Public Library, Feb. 3-March 21.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charlevoix Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Charlevoix Public Library, 9am-1pm, every Thurs.

Alden Farm Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park.

Village Farmers Market: Every Monday on the piazza of the Grand Traverse Commons, 3-7pm, featuring live music.

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.

Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, in Rinaldo Hall, located adjacent to Gallery Fifty in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Nov-Dec. Book signing reception of "Five Decades: A Life in Art" on Nov. 1, from 6-8pm (see related article).

Call for Artists: Accepting all types of media for the March exhibit, "Community, What's Your Connection?", at Bay Pointe Church, TC, Feb. 24-28. Opening March 14, at 6pm. 922-9882.

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

Call for Art: Community art show at Right Brain Brewery, TC, "Art Bomb," happening January through March. Visit tinyurl.com/artbombtc. Deadline for entry is Dec. 14.

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. 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.

Paula Poundstone, who was named one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians, performs at the City Opera House, in Traverse City, on Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33 and available at cityoperahouse.org.

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