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 - November 4th, 2013  

NOV 04-10

monday 11/4

Annual Sleep Out: Local businesses and community leaders will gather overnight at the Plante Moran building, on Front Street in downtown TC, to raise awareness and donations for home heating assistance needs, 4:30pm. tcchamber.org for details.

Meet the TC Commission Candidates: Little Fleet, TC, 6-9pm.

Auditions: Sherlock Holmes-related thriller, "The Games Afoot," at Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7pm.

The Four Faces of Israel: Helen Gottstein discusses modern-day Israel, at the North Central Michigan College's library, Petoskey, at 7pm.

Indoor Waterpark Passes: Purchase passes to Great Wolf Lodge, TC, to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Available for $20 for the day. 946-2447.

Manual Brewing at Home: Free class for coffee enthusiasts at Higher Grounds, TC, 5:30pm. To reserve, 922-9009.

Meet the Robots: All types of robots will be on display at the Traverse Area District Library, courtesy of TCAPS West Senior High Robotics Team, Northwestern Michigan College and National Guard bomb dismantling unit, 10am-2pm.

Yamato: Drummers of Japan: Modern Wadaiko drummer group founded in 1993, performing at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm. Tickets, $30 & $45. cityoperahouse.org.



Opportunity Conference: Giving people living in poverty a chance to develop support networks and make connections for the resources they need, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, TC, 9am-3pm. Free. For info, TraverseBayPRI.org.

National Writers Series: Sara Paretsky, crime detective author, will discuss her work at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Hosted by Nancy Baker. Tickets, $25 (educator and student discounts available). cityoperahouse.org.

Business Workshop: Info on how to recruit young talent, at TC Michigan Works!, 8:30am-noon. Register at 929-5077.

Veterans Dinner Dance: Presented by Senior Center Network and Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, at the Elks Lodge, TC, 6pm. Includes VFW Honor Guard presenting the colors and dinner buffet. Live music and dancing to follow. Cost, $6 for dinner dance for Veterans and $13 for guests.

Readings with Sherry Lord: Evolve Books & Gifts, Glen Arbor, 6pm; Thursday features aura readings, mediumship and more.

Auditions: (See Mon.)

wednesday 11/6

Fun-DRE-Zer Barn Dance: Rocky Top Farms, Central Lake, 6pm, to benefit Dre Joshua Winkelman, who has cerebral palsy and will undergo a double femur derotation surgery. Includes raffle and music by Soul Patch, The Accidentals, Shady Hill, Kellerville and Natural Reaction.

Business After Hours: Otsego County United Way & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 5-7:30pm.

Recess: After-work networking at Cambria Suites, TC, 5-7pm. Hosted by TC Business News. $5 entry gets you appetizers and your first drink.

Author Steve Luxenberg: Discusses his book, "Annie's Ghost" at Interlochen Public Library, 6:30pm.

Understanding County Government: Presented by public policy educator, John Amhrein at noon in the Leelana County Government Center.

Masters of the Fiddle: Featuring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm. Tickets, $30 & $45. cityoperahouse.org.

thursday 11/7

Off the Wall Movie Series: Showing the 1997 film, "Ulee's Gold," starring Peter Fonda, at the Helena Township Community Center, Alden, 7pm. Dinner at 6pm.

Zonta Festival of Trees: Featuring professionally decorated trees and wreaths, petting zoo, live music, crafts and more, at the Hagerty Center, TC, all weekend.

Poetry from the Back Forty: Teresa Scollon and Anne-Marie Oomen will give an impromptu poetry reading, at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm.

South African Market: Fine, handmade African crafts to benefit orphaned children in SAME's care, Kilwins, Bay View, Petoskey, 5-8pm.

Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society: Ken Lardie and John Emory present, "The Bowers Harbor Boating and Fishing Lore of Captain John Emory" at the Township Hall, TC, 7pm.

"The Graduate": Professional production by L.A. Theatre Works, based off the classic coming-of-age story about a college undergrad who is seduced by an older woman, at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $25 for seniors; $9 for students. tickets. interlochen.org.

Career Connection: Job interviewing tips at the TC Michigan Works! building in TC, 2pm. Free.

Author Mardi Link: Discussing her memoir, "Bootstrapper," at the Kalkaska County Library, noon.

Art You Can Eat: Teens are invited to make food creations at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 7pm. Free.

Feeding Your Family: Free presentation on nutrition at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. RSVP to 922-0110.

Readings with Sherry Lord: Evolve Books & Gifts, Glen Arbor, 6pm.

Business Start Up Workshop: Hosted by Michigan Small Business and Tech Development Center, at NMC's Aero Park Campus, TC, 5:30- 7:30pm. RSVP to 922-3780.

"The State of Arizona": Showing of the documentary that explores the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's struggle with illegal immigration, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 7pm. Free.

friday 11/8

Breathe Owl Breathe Album Release: Performing at the East Jordan Civic Center, 7pm. Benefits ISLAND programs & Bluestem Farm's 'Help Others Eat Well' Fund.

Pet Food Nutrition Presentation: Gerry Stewart of Stella & Chewy's, a raw food provider, will discuss what's in pet food, at Ruff Life Pet Outfitters, Petoskey, 6pm. Includes refreshments & demo on Saturday, 11a,-3pm.

Traverse City Beer Week: Promoted as 'not your typical beer fest,' Beer Week is a week-long series of events, hosted at breweries, restaurants and bars in Traverse City. Visit traversecity.com/beerweek.

"The Dining Room": A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize nominated play, presented by the Old Town Playhouse, TC, at the Studio Theater, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. Tickets, $15. oldtownplayhouse. com.

Author Bob Linsenman: Signing his book, "Snowblood's Journal" at Horizon Books, TC, 11am-1pm.

Fish & Game Dinner: Fundraiser for Elk Rapids HIstorical Society at the museum, 5pm-7pm. Includes door prizes. 231-264-9475.

Alanson "Viking Fest" Community Carnival: Games, prizes, food, teen dance and more at Alanson Public Schools, 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets available at the door.

Live Music: Drive South performs at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Campus Day: Info on extended education for those age 50 & older, at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, TC, 9:45am. Cost, $20. Call 995-1700.

Zonta Festival of Trees: (See Thurs.)

saturday 11/9

Public Viewing Night: Star-gazing at Rogers Observatory, TC, 9-11pm. $2/person or $5/family.

Dinner Concert & Fundraiser: Williamsburg Theater, featuring Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered. $30 includes dinner and show, which benefits Love INC of Grand Traverse. Call 941-5683.

Lamb's Retreat Songwriters Concert: Featuring Doug & Telisha Williams, Dana Cooper, Michael Camp, Kate Wallace and Lisa Redfern on Saturday, 8pm; and Peter Mulvey, Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, Seth Glier and Jim Bizer on Sunday, 8pm. Held at Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs. springfed.org.

Etta May: "Queen of Southern Sass" presents a comedy tribute to "Antlers on the Hood," at Kirtland Center, Roscommon, 8pm. Tickets, $25 & $30.kirtlandcenter.com.

Treasure Hunters Party: Games and discussion of James Patterson's new series, at Horizon Books, TC, 2-3pm.

41st Annual Zonta Fashion Show: Held at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, featuring the theme, "Vogue," which highlights work by area stylists, retailers and designers, 11am-2pm. Tickets, $50. Proceeds benefit grants programs of Zonta Club of Petoskey. Call 231-487-1188.

Chili Cook-Off: Downtown Luther, 1pm.

Book Launch: Presenting the newest installment of "The Ping Pong Club" by David Zaiss: "Dismissed," at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

Fused Glass Workshop: Create a bowl or cheese plate by reusing a wine bottle at Scrap TC, noon and 2pm. Benefits the non-profit. scrappdx.org. RSVP to info@scraptc.org.

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair: East Jordan High School, 10am-4pm.

Toast the Season: Wine and food pairings at Leelanau Peninsula wineries. Includes holiday gift bag. For info, lpwines.com.

"A Portal to Angelic Wisdom": Presented by Beverly Heinz, teacher of Seraphic Wisdom, at Higher Self Bookstore, TC, 10:30am.

Gopherwood Concerts: Don Julin & Billy Strings perform at the Cadillac Elks Club, 8pm. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students free for 12 & under (or $12 and $6).

Shop Your Community Day: Shop downtown TC and 15% of sales will be donated to a participating organization of your choice, all day.

Open Mic: Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Old Time Country Dance: Old Time Country Dance at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac, 6:30-9:30pm. Music provided by the Fonda Starr Band. Donations accepted. Free dance instruction, 231-920-8389.

Mark O'Connor in Concert: Award-winning violinist/composer/fiddler performing with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in Corson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Tickets, $26 for adults.

Unmanned Systems/Robotics Food Drive: Check out NMC's newest programs while enjoying family activites and supporting 51 area food pantries, hosted by Food for Thought, at the Aero Park Campus, TC, 10am-3pm. Admission is five food items or $5/person.

Orchard Guild Apple Tasting: Birch Point Farm, TC, 3:30-5pm. Free. 231-633-5252.

Bayside Travellers Dance: Live music by Woodland Celtic at Twin Lakes Gilbert Lodge, TC. Intro to contra-dance, 7pm; dancing, 8-11pm. Adults, $10; students, $6.

TC Children's Book Festival: Celebrating families, community and literacy, at the City Opera House, TC, 10am-3pm.

Back Porch Concert Series: Irish music performance by David Bowen with guests Bruce Gartner and Andy Rogers, at the Charlevoix Senior Center, 7pm. Tickets, $5-$10 for individuals, $10-$20 for families. Includes soups, cookies and coffee. Call 231-622-2944.

Cask Ale Fest: New releases, fire pit and live music at Little Fleet, TC, all day.

Landmark Books Grand Opening: Located in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 5-8pm, featuring drinks, snacks and poetry reading by Michael Delp.

The Song is Love: Dinner and concert benefit for Love Inc., at the Williamsburg Dinner Theater, 7pm. Featuring music by Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered.

3 Part Invention: Electric violin performance by Tracy Silverman, Philip Aaberg and Mike Block at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm. crookedtree.org. Tickets, $25 for members, $35 for others ($10 for students).

Breathe Owl Breathe Album Release: Performing at the Grand Traverse Circuit, 7pm. Tickets, $10.

Zonta Festival of Trees: (See Thurs.)

Traverse City Beer Week: (See Fri.)

"The Dining Room": (See Fri.)

Pet Food Nutrition Presentation: (See Sat.)

sunday 11/10

Breathe Owl Breathe Album Release: Performing at Brown Town Hall, Manistee, 7pm. Tickets, $10.

Benefit for GT Watershed Center: Siren Hall, Elk Rapids, 5pm. Cost, $40 which helps protect area watershed.

By the Bay Film Series: Showing the Canadian documenary, "Stories We Tell," at The Bay Theater, Suttons Bay, 2pm & 5pm. Tickets, $8.50.

Benefit Concert: Paul Koss and his band perform to raise funds for Operation Injured Soldiers, at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 4pm. Tickets, $15 in advance at Sleders, Brilliant Books and Oryana; or $20 at the door.

7th Annual Veterans Dinner: In memory of Army Veteran and Michigan State Trooper, Paul Butterfield II, at St. Joseph Parish, Manistee, 11:30am-1pm. $15 for adults or $12 advance. Call 231-723-7835.

Craft Beer Week Movie: Showing "The Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew" at Little Fleet, TC, 7:30pm. Free.

Health Insurance Marketplace: The Essentials: Information meeting presented by Jennifer Coleman, at Christ United Methodist Church, TC, 5:30pm. Free. 

arthwork Collective Fall Tour: Performances by DarlenYa, Dede Alderman, Joe Reilly, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, May Erlewine, Sam Cooper, Seth Bernard and Strawberry Heritage at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 3pm. Tickets, $20; $10 for students.

Toast the Season: (See Sat.)

Law of Attraction: Workshop

Zonta Festival of Trees: (See Thurs.)

Lamb's Retreat Songwriters Concert: (See Sat.)


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.

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

Village Farmers Market: Every Saturday, indoors at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am-2pm.

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

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. Oct. 21-Nov. 24. crookedtree. org.

"Cabin Fever": Exhibit at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, Nov. 8-Jan. 3. Opening Nov. 8, from 5-7pm.

Photography Exhibition: Work by Tom Haxby at the Traverse Area District Library. Opening reception, Nov. 10, from 1-3pm.

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.

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. charlevoixcircle.org.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. 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

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

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

"Barre Chords to Mixer Boards: Music is Art.": Multi-media show at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Oct. 4-Dec. 1. thevillagetc.com.

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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