Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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- November 11th, 2013  

NOV 11-17

“Trekking the Pyrenees, Corsica GR20 & Swiss Alpine Pass Route”: Join Sara Cockrell for her most recent adventures in this Slideshow Benefit this Thurs., Nov. 14 from 6:30-8:00pm at Backcountry North’s US 31 Store, TC. $5 suggested donation benefits the Grand Traverse Hiking Club’s new Fife Lake NCT loop. 941-1100.

monday 11/11

Craft Beer Week: Held in TC through Nov. 16. For more info, visit: www.thelittlefleet.com

Grand Traverse Humanists Meeting: Glen Chown of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and John Gessner of the Grand Traverse Conservation District will speak on regional land conservancy. 7pm, History Center, TC. Admission is free. 231-392-1215.

Free Veterans Breakfast: 8-10am, North Central Michigan College cafeteria. 231-348-6840

The Bay Film Series: Featuring “Stories We Tell”. 6pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. For more info, www.thebaytheatre.com or 231-271-3772.

Bestselling Author US Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan: Hosted by A Matter of Honor from 6- 9pm at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC.

Lego Club: Create a design & build it with Legos. 3:45pm, Charlevoix Public Library.

Story Hour: Today’s theme: Moose. Bring the children to hear some stories, do some activities and create a craft. 10am, Horizon Books, TC.

2013 FACES OF THE FALLEN: The Veterans for Peace will hold an all day vigil in honor of the Michigan soldiers from both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who have lost their lives while serving. The vigil will take place at the Open Space area, TC beginning at 8am.

Veterans Day Ceremony: 11am, Veterans Park, Boyne City.

Free Hair Cuts at love HAIR, TC: For any veteran or service member. Also receive a $5 giftcard. 933-5300.

Veterans Day Observance, NMC, TC: Featuring breakfast at 8am, West Hall, and flag raising at 9am at west end of Tanis Building. 995-2524.

Barrel Aged Hopometry Release: 7pm, Brewery Ferment, TC.

tuesday 11/12

Leelanau Independent Women for Democratic Action: Hosts a panel presentation on “Move to Amend and Corporate Personhood” at 4pm, Leelanau School Dining Hall Building, Glen Arbor. Free. 231-642-1391.

Shipwrecks: Michigan’s Cutter Rescues: Featuring the stories of the Escanaba, Mackinac, Hollyhock, and Sundew, presenter Ric Mixter will provide a tribute to powerful cutters that protect our inland seas. 6:30pm, Charlevoix Public Library.

Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo: 9am-5pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. Featuring 140+ exhibitors & more than 1,300 attendees.

Petoskey Regional Audubon Meeting: Featuring Kevin Cronk, Monitoring and Research Coordinator at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Participants will learn about the Watershed Council’s volunteer lake, stream, and avian botulism monitoring programs. 7pm, Independence Village of Petoskey.

The Bay Film Series: Featuring “Stories We Tell”. 6pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. For more info, www.thebaytheatre.com or 231-271-3772.

Short’s Beer Dinner 7:30pm, The Little Fleet, TC: 5 food trucks, 5 unique beers. $55/person. Reserve tickets: www.thelittlefleet.com

Craft & Art Show: Featuring local artisans. 5:30- 8:30pm, TC Golf & Country Club. (Also see Weds.)

wednesday 11/13

Tell Me Your Stor y!: National Day of Listening Event. Held at the Petoskey District Library in collaboration with the Petoskey High School Media Center from 4-6:30pm. For more info, email: childstaff@petoskeylibrary.org

Petoskey Chamber Business After Hours: Featuring a food drive for MANNA. Bring a nonperishable donation. 5-7pm, Northern Lights Recreation. $7 for members.

Poet Terry Wooten: Wooten will discuss his Elders Project. 7pm, Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere, TC.

Creating Health Workshop: Dr. Don Piche will be presenting “Creating Health”, a workshop that looks at the factors shown to promote health and reverse disease processes. 6:15pm, Performance Chiropractic, TC. Free, but make reservations by calling 922-0110.

Charles Marowitz’ “The Shrew”: This wellknown romantic comedy is turned into a gothic tragedy - providing a chilling lens through which to examine the negative roles that power and control play in our relationships. 7pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. www.insideoutarttc.com or 929-3254.

GTW Network Nite: Featuring speaker Kristen Jongen, owner of Soul Soup. She is going to talk about her artwork, her newest book and some thoughts on leaps of faith. 5-7pm, Warehouse Marketplace, TC. Tickets are 2/$20 or $15 each. Includes wine and appetizers. www.grandtraversewoman.com

Short’s Brewing Beer & Chocolate Pairing: Celebrating Traverse City Beer Week 2013. 6- 9pm, Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, Grand Traverse Resort, Acme. $15/person. 231-534-6800. www.grandtraverseresort.com

New Holland Brewery & Distillery with Idyll Farms and Boss Mouse Cheese: 7:30pm, The Little Fleet, TC. Meet New Holland’s founder & brewer, as well as Idyll Farms and Boss Mouse cheese makers for an evening of cheese, beer & booze pairing. $20/person. Reserve tickets: www.thelittlefleet.com

GirlTECH: 9am-2pm, NMC Great Lakes Campus. Free. 995-2400.

Craft & Art Show: Featuring local artisans. 10am- 4pm, TC Golf & Country Club. (Also see Tues.)

thursday 11/14

Three Hour Motor Coach Tour of NMC, TC: Tour NMC and talk with people in charge of some of their most innovative programs. 1-4 p.m., beginning at the Great Lakes Campus on West Grand Traverse Bay. Reception to follow. Cost, $5. Register: www.nmc.edu/ees or 995-1700.

Street Drum Corps: Hailing from Los Angeles, Street Drum Corps have been called “Soo good” by the New York Post. 7 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets: Free for NMC students with ID. Others: $25 advance, $22 Dennos Museum members, $28 door (plus $2 fee). (231) 995-1553 or dennosmuseum.org

Morning Book Discussion Group: Featuring Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali at 10am, Interlochen Public Library.

Free Screening of “GASLAND Part II”: Filmmaker Josh Fox uses his dark humor to take a deeper look at the dangers of hydraulic fracking. 6:30pm, Bijou by the Bay, TC. statetheatretc.org/tickets/ or 947-4800.

Leelanau Peninsula Chamber Business After Hours: 5:30pm, Boathouse Vineyards, Lake Leelanau.

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize Nominated “The Dining Room”: Seven actors portray 57 characters in 18 life stories. Presented by the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre at the Depot, TC at 7:30pm. Tickets: 947-2210. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Business Owners Speaker Series: “How to Minimize the Risks of Online Marketing and Social Media to Your Business” will be the topic for this event held from 11:30am-1pm at the Hagerty Center, TC. The guest speaker will be Attorney John Di Giacomo, Revision Legal. Di Giacomo is an experienced business, intellectual property, litigation, and internet lawyer. www.speakerseries. biz or 922-3780.

Community Walk: 1-1.5 hr. walk/hike. Meet at Cuppa’Joes/The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC at 10:30am. 944-3054.

Charles Marowitz’ “The Shrew”: (See Weds.)

Northwest Lower Peninsula UAW Retired Workers Council Monthly Meeting: Hosting reps from food banks from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford counties. For more info, call 231-313-2597.

Street Drum Corp: These L.A. based musicians perform street drumming & punk percussion at Milliken Auditorium at Dennos Museum, TC at 7pm. Tickets: www.dennosmuseum.org

Career Connection: Featuring “Effective Resumes”. Free. 2-3pm, Traverse City Michigan Works!.

Michigan Writers’ Fall Potluck: 6pm, Unitarian Universalist Congrgation of Grand Traverse, TC. The program after dinner will feature writer’s groups. Please bring a dish to pass.

Books and Brie Book Club: 3:30pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Watching “Man on a Wire,” related to last month’s book, “Let the Great World Spin,” by Colum McCann. Free.

Street Drum Corps: 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, TC. Tickets: Free for NMC students with ID. Others: $25 advance, $22 Dennos Museum members, $28 at door (plus $2 fee). 995-1553. dennosmuseum.org

“Trekking the Pyrenees, Corsica GR20 & Swiss Alpine Pass Route”: Join Sara Cockrell for her most recent adventures in this Slideshow Benefit from 6:30-8:00pm, Backcountry North’s US 31 Store, TC. $5 suggested donation benefits the Grand Traverse Hiking Club’s new Fife Lake NCT loop. 941-1100.

friday 11/15

Friends of Benzonia Public Library’s 2nd Annual Holiday Book Sale: 11am-5pm, Mills Community House, Benzonia. 231-882-4111.

AIGA West Michigan in TC: Featuring the next No Agenda. In celebration of Traverse City Beer Week, designers, developers, photographers, writers and entrepreneurs join for a fun, casual evening of networking and drinks. 5pm, The Workshop Brewing Company. http://westmichigan.aiga.org/upcoming-events/

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize Nominated “The Dining Room”: (See Thurs.)

Charles Marowitz’ “The Shrew”: (See Weds.)

Northland Players Present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Opera House. Adults $12 & Students $8. Call 627-5841.

Friday Night ‘Cabin Fever’ Artist Talks: Tonight features Jerry Gretzinger discussing his monumental mixed-media map art project, some 30 years in the making. His work has been featured nationally and in ArtPrize. 5:30pm, Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort. 231.352.4151.

Songwriters in the Round: Featuring Dede Alderman, Awesome Distraction, and Nick Veine. 8:30-10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. 231.946.7290. www.horizonbooks.com

Blithe Spirit: This much-revived classic from the playwright of “Private Lives” will be performed at 8pm at Manistee High School. Tickets: $3 students, $5 adults. 231-723-2547, ext. 1257.

Brewery Vivant Beer Dinner: With Brewery Vivant, Roaming Harvest and Cooks House. 7:30pm, The Little Fleet, TC. Four courses, four beers. $55/person. Reserve tickets: www.thelittlefleet.com

Lunch & Lecture Series: Featuring guest speaker Michigan’s Lt. Governor Brian Calley. 11:30am, Elk Rapids AmVets Post 114. Tickets, $20 members; $25 non-members. 231-264-8202. http://elkrapidschamberlunch-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

saturday 11/16

The 9th Annual Holiday Pet Photos with Santa: 9am-1pm, Pet Crisis Center in Bellaire.Featuring Carrie Newton Photography. 231- 533-4070.

Craft Show: 9-3, Long Lake Elementary, TC.

Book Signing with Linda Crawford: Author of “Dottie Raccoon Tales,” Crawford will sign her books at Horizon Books, TC from 2-4pm.

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize Nominated “The Dining Room”: (See Thurs.)

Charles Marowitz’ “The Shrew”: (See Weds., except today’s time is 2pm.)

Hunters Supper: 5:30pm dinner & 7:30pm raffle, Summit City Grange, Kingsley. $8 adults, $4 4-10 year olds, free 3 & under. 231-263-4499.

Northland Players Present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: 7:30 p.m., Cheboygan Opera House. Adults $12 & students $8. Call 627-5841 for reservations.

Spanish Movie Event: Spanish speaking patrons are invited to join us after hours at 1 pm for a movie, pizza and craft. Family friendly movie selection will be shown. Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org 231.223.7700

Go Global Fair and Workshop: Dennos Museum and Scholars Hall, TC. Free. 995-2524.

Blissfest Fall Concert Series Presents Dustbowl Revival: This Americana swing band performs everything from gospel and jazz to country and swing to blues. Playing a wide array of instruments including the tuba, accordion, pedal steel, fiddle, clarinet, trumpet and banjo. 8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door. www.blissfest.org

Blithe Spirit: See Fri.

Robert Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?: Laugh as Dubac racks his brain to answer, “What do women want?” Enjoy a combination of theater & stand-up comedy. 8pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets: $20, $35. www.CityOperaHouse.org/seasontickets 941-8082, ext. 201. (Also see Sun.)

BEER HUNT in Traverse City!: Pointes North will host a 4-5 hr. tour of local Micro-breweries. throughout Grand Traverse area. (800) 968-3422.

MET Opera Live on Screen, TOSCA: 12:55pm, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee.Tickets: www. RamsdellTheatre.org or 800-396-0717.

Friends of Benzonia Public Library’s 2nd Annual Holiday Book Sale: 11am-3pm, Mills Community House, Benzonia. 231-882-4111.

An Evening with Kristina Riggle: 7-9pm, Brilliant Books, TC. Riggle presents her latest novel, “The Whole Golden World”. Inspired by true events, this novel is about navigating the murky territory between childhood & adulthood, the nature of truth, and who’s really at fault. 946-2665.

Alash: 8pm, Milliken Auditorium, TC. Tickets: Free for NMC students with ID. Others: $25 advance, $22 Dennos Museum members, $28 door (plus $2 fee). 995-1553. dennosmuseum.org

Live Music with Parallel: 8:30 – 10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. This trio consists of Jeff Winkler on classical guitar with his wife and her sister singing.

Italian Cinema: Featuring “Don Camillo - 1952”. 6pm, Building 50. Bring your favorite beverage and dish to pass. 941-1900.

Lamb’s Retreat: Songwriter concert at Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, 8pm. $15. 231-526-2151.

Holiday Expo: 11am-3pm, St. Anthony Parish Life Center, Mackinaw City. Featuring gardens-wreaths, garlands, cookbooks, knitted scarves, books, jewelry, and much more.

sunday 11/17

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize Nominated “The Dining Room”: (See Thurs., except today’s time is 3pm.)

Northland Players Present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: 2pm, Cheboygan Opera House. Adults $12 & Students $8. Sunday Matinee $10.00 for Seniors Only. Call 627-5841 for reservations.

Sunday with a Ranger: Join a park ranger from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on a tour of the exhibition, Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art. 1pm & 2pm, Dennos Museum Center Galleries, TC. Museum admission ($4 for children and college students with ID; $6 adults; Free for members and NMC students). www.dennosmuseum.org

Robert Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?: Laugh as Dubac racks his brain to answer, “What do women want?” Enjoy a combination of theater & stand-up comedy. 2pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets: $20, $35. www. CityOperaHouse.org/seasontickets 941-8082, ext. 201.

HEALTH CARE REFORM: A Community Education Series: Presents “Medicare Education Made Simple: Better Decisions with Medicare Insurance Options,” by Jennifer McDonnell. 5:30pm, Christ United Methodist Church, TC. 946-3048.

Blithe Spirit: See Fri.

Northern Michigan Brass Band: 3pm, Gornick Auditorium, Gaylord High School. Reception following concert with artist Jan Kellogg. Tickets, $10 adults, $8 seniors, & free for students. www.northernmichiganbrassband.org or 989-732-3242.

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt: A concert celebrating folk singer/songwriters, Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt’s recent digital release “Together,” a set of two duo tracks. 6pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. 929-3254.


“A Salute to World War II Veterans”: This exhibit contains local Traverse City area WWII memorabilia from the Con Foster Collection and features local photos of what our citizens did for the war effort. Held through Dec. 6 at The History Center of TC. Cost, $5. 995-0313. www.traversehistory.org

“Guardians of the Great Lakes”: Explore the history of the US Coast Guard with facts dating as far back as 1790 where Alexander Hamilton served as a founding member of this military branch. This exhibit is held through Dec. 6 at The History Center of TC. $5. 995-0313. www.traversehistory.org

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.

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

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.

Safe Home Harvest Food & Supply Drive for Women’s Resource Center of Northern MI: Donation drop off sites: Women’s Resource Center, Petoskey; Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona; and Gold Mine Resale Shops, Petoskey. (WRCNM). http://www.wrcnm.org


Ian Wilson: Artist-In-Residence: Exploring distortion through portraiture. Nov. 11- Dec. 10, Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411.

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.

Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, 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.

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. 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

"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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