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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Jamie Kauffold - November 18th, 2013  

NOV 18-24

Just finishing her role as Reno Sweeney in the national tour of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011 Tony® Award winning musical revival of “Anything Goes” (pictured here), actress, singer, dancer and comedienne Rachel York will perform classic Broadway tunes and popular song at the City Opera House, TC this Sat., Nov. 23 at 8pm. Tickets: $35, $20. www.cityoperahouse.org

monday 11/18

Story Hour - “Spiders”: Hear stories, and do activities and a craft. 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Bestselling Author Mardi Jo Link: This author will talk about her life, her writing...her books at 7pm in the McGuire Room at the Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

Does Your Community Impact Your Health? Learn about keeping a community healthy from Dr. Greg Holzman in a Your Health Lecture series presentation at 6pm in the Oleson Center, NMC, TC. Advance tickets, $10. (231) 995-1700. All current educators and students are admitted free.

Threads Fiber Arts Club: Craft a no-sew quilted holiday ornament. 2pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org or 231-223-7700.

tuesday 11/19

Sea Shanty Sing: Join Maritime Heritage Alliance crew members for a get-together of sailors, singers, and other musicians who sing & play the songs that were part of working the decks of traditional sailing ships. Led by musician Shaun Anchak, one of Madeline’s crew. 7pm, Edwin & Mary Brown Boat Shop (Bldg 1), Maritime Heritage Alliance, TC.

TEDTalk Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives: Presented by the Progressive Women of Charlevoix County. Noon, Community Room, Charlevoix Public Library. Brown bag lunch. 231-582-9005.

Connecting Women in Business Luncheon: Presented by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy lunch & listen to a panel of past Athena Award Winners talk about being involved in the community and opportunities to give back. 11:30am-1pm, North Central Michigan College Library Conference Room, Petoskey. $15 for CWIB members or $20 for not-yet-members. www.petoskey.com

Digital Photography: With instructor Lisa Lirones. 6pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Materials fee, $5. 231-331-4318

Wind River Range: Grand Traverse Hiking Club presentation by the president of the club. The Wind River Range is a granite landscape of tarns and meadows. 7pm, Nature Center, TC. www.northcountrytrail.org

Transgender Day of Remembrance: This service will honor transgender people who were victims of transphobia and other forms of violence through open discussion, testimonials, and a visual display. Potluck dinner at 6pm; service at 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, TC.

wednesday 11/20

“The Little Mermaid Jr.”: Presented by the OTP Young Company at 7pm at the Old Town Playhouse, TC. For more info, call 947-2210 or visit www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Informational Meeting to Become a Homeless Mentor: Presented by Street Advocate at 6:30pm at The Minervini Group offices at the Grand Traverse Commons, TC. www.streetadvocate.org

InterActive StoryTime: Featuring “Happy Birthday Moon” by Frank Asch, followed by special activities and crafts. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Affordable Care Act Workshop: Regional Lead & Certified Navigator from District Health Department #10 Jen Hanson will explain and answer all questions concerning the Affordable Care Act. Noon, Kalkaska County Library. Free. 231-258-9411.

Business After Hours: This is a joint event between the Charlevoix, East Jordan & Elk Rapids Chambers of Commerce. Held at Royal Farms, Ellsworth from 5-7pm. Members free; not-yetmembers $10. http://www.royalfarmsinc.com

thursday 11/21

Trunk Show: Of up-cycled clothing made by TC artist Jennifer Moon. Nov. 21-23 at Cog’s Creek Gallery, TC. An opening reception is held today from 5-8pm. 231-620-0458.

The Czech Nation: From oppression to democracy: Czech diplomat Dr. Robert Rehak will discuss his nation’s path to freedom and reflect on the challenges facing Europe today at an International Affairs Forum lecture at 6pm in Milliken Auditorium, TC.

“Spring Awakening”: Presented by the Interlochen Musical Theatre, this tells the story of the transition from youth to adulthood and portrays the many feelings of that time of life. 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $24 adults, $21 seniors and $10 students. https://tickets.interlochen.org or 231-276-7800.

Open House & Cooking Demo: 6-8am, Sacred Heart Church, Elk Rapids.

Travel with Road Scholars: Connie Gregory & Laura Smalla will share their Baja Whale Watching adventure. 6pm, Cadillac Library meeting room. Free.

Detoxifying You: Angelo Agon looks at eliminating toxic accumulation from our bodies. Free. 6:15pm, Performance Chiropractic, TC. Call to register: 922.0110.

Business After Hours: A Matter of Taste at Tapawingo, Ellsworth, 5:30-7:30pm. Entry by cash donation to benefit Care & Share Food Pantry & Good Samatrian Food Pantry.

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Scarbrough Family Eyecare, Beulah.

“Guys and Dolls”: Presented by the TC Central High School. Featuring an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls” and brassy-voiced showgirls. 7pm, TC Central High School Auditorium. Tickets: $17 adults, $12 seniors & $7 students. 933-3573 or www.mynorthtickets.com

Veterans Program: This program is about a rescue attempt on a U.S. Cargo plane that crashed on the Greenland ice cap on Nov. 29, 1942. Retired Coast Guard Master Chief John Long will be the presenter. 7pm, History Center of Traverse City. Cost is $5; 4 & under free. 231-995-0313 or www.traversehistory.org.

Author Kristina Riggle: Kristina will discuss her latest novel, “The Whole Golden World”. 7pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. This is a free wine and cheese event; reservations requested. 231-347-1180.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.”: (See Weds.)

Community Walk: Meet at Cuppa’Joes, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC at 10:30am. 231.944.3054.

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

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: Presented by the Elk Rapids Players at Elk Rapids Town Hall at 7:30pm. The classic tale of Charles Dickens meets Fargo. Tickets $18. 231-264-6330.

Travel & Adventure Film Series: Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Petoskey, this month’s film is “Italy: Journey to Venice, Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast” by Marlin Darrah. 7pm, Petoskey High School Auditorium. Cost, $8. 231.244.6404.

friday 11/22

Toddler Time – Drip Drop!: Children get to experiment with colors and see what happens when they drip them onto paper filters. 10am- 12pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

“Guys and Dolls”: (See Thurs., except no senior discount today.)

Trunk Show: (See Thurs.)

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: Presented by the Northland Players at the Cheboygan Opera House at 7:30pm. Adults, $12; students $8. 231-627-5841.

“Spring Awakening”: (See Thurs.)

Cabin Fever Artist Talk: Schyler Binkley will discuss his thoughts on pottery making and his philosophy regarding form and surface. He will also give a demonstration of some throwing techniques used to produce an array of ceramics and vessels. 5:30pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or 231-352-4151.

Easton Corbin: This American country music singer sings two Number One hits, “A Little More Country Than That,” & “”Roll With It”. As of 2013, he has sold over 470,000 albums & over 500,000 singles. 7pm, DreamMakers Theater, Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie. Tickets, $42.50 or $32.50. 1-800-KEWADIN.

Annie The Musical: Presented by the Cadillac Footliters Junior Players. Little orphan Annie is trying to find her parents, who left her on the steps of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. 7pm, Cadillac High School Auditorium. Tickets, $10 in advance & $12 at the door. www.cadillacfootliters.com or 231-775-7336.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.”: (See Weds.)

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

Mustard Plug: This ska-punk band has sold over 200,000 albums. They will be joined by soul/funk/ reggae band SOL at the InsideOut Gallery, TC at 8pm. Tickets $10.

Mt. Elsewhere: This local band explores music at all ends of the spectrum. 8:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

The Shape of a Girl: Production about bullying and self-image. This one-woman play examines the realities of teenage relationships, aggression, and a young woman’s battle with inaction. 9:30am & 11:30am, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets $6. 231-995-1029 or www.dennosmuseum.org

SoBo Coffee House: Open mic: Stand up comedy, poetry, music, readings, and more. 6-9pm, Boyne District Library Community Room. Sponsored by the Boyne Writer’s Circle. 231-675-2253.

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)

saturday 11/23

Funk Arts Fest Community Festival: Featuring funky arts, music and people. Avoid Black Friday shopping; get all your gifts here. Music by Dede and the Dreamers, Miriam Pico, Deep Blue Water Samba, The Sick Notes, Fuki Papa, and Jimmy Olsen. 4-10pm, Grand Traverse Circuit Court, TC. Tickets, $5.

Deer Hunters Ball: Presented by the St. Rita/ St. Joseph Men’s Club. Featuring music by Squeezebox. 8pm-12am, St. Rita/St. Joseph Hall, Maple City. Donation, $10; 16 & under free when accompanied by parent.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.”: (See Weds., with the addition of a 2pm performance.)

Pat and Bill Storrer: These authors of “Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay” will sign their books from 4-6pm at Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Stephen Fearing: Touring in support of his new solo album, “Between Hurricanes,” Fearing will perform at the Freshwater Art Gallery in Boyne City at 8pm. Advance tickets, $25; $30 at the door. 231-582-2588 or www.freshwaterartgallery.com

Holiday Combo Country Dance: Featuring a soup supper at 6pm, and dance with a live band at 7pm. Summit City Grange Hall, Kingsley. 231-263-4499.

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

“Guys and Dolls”: (See Thurs., except no senior discount today.)

Trunk Show: (See Thurs.)

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: (See Fri.)

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 12-2pm: Author Signing: Cindi Walton, “Nonsense and No Sense and Somewhere In Between”. 2-4pm: Poet Signing: Maril Garrison, “A Passion for Poetry”. 4- 6pm: Authors Signing: Pat & Bill Storrer, “Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay”. 8:30-10:30pm: Live Music with Tim Harding. www.horizonbooks.com

An Evening with Rachel York: This dynamic & versatile actress, singer, dancer and comedienne is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in “Spamalot,” “City of Angels,” and more. Her debut solo album, “Let’s Fall in Love,” was named one of the Top Ten Vocal CDs of the year by Talkin’ Broadway. Enjoy an evening of classic Broadway tunes & popular song. 8pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets, $35, $20. www.cityoperahouse.org

Annie The Musical: (See Fri.)

Christmas in Onekama: 10am to 4pm. Featuring an arts & crafts show, Boy Scouts Annual Chili Cook-Off, Onekama Originals, Celebration of Lights, caroling, and more. www.Onekama.info

Torch Area Artisans Guild’s Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Show: 9AM—3PM, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Admission is free. TAAG donates most of the proceeds back into the surrounding communities in the form of grants.

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)

PHS Holiday Craft Show: 9am-3pm, Petoskey High School. 231.330.0618.

sunday 11/24

You Deserve to Know the Truth about Contraception: Presented by Respect Life, this program will feature Sisters from “The Children of Mary,” Dr. Lynn Swanson, Deacon, Dr. Doug Wigton and Rev. Father Donald Libby. 2-4pm, Christ the King Catholic Church, Acme.

Jazz at Sunset: Featuring the Jeff Haas Trio from 3-5:30pm at Chateau Chantal, TC. www.chateauchantal.com or 1-800-969-4009.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.”: (See Weds., except the time is 2pm, instead of 7pm.)

The Bergamot: This duo creates music that span the genres of the pop music spectrum. They recently won the title of “The Best Unsigned American Band” in Bud Light’s Battle of the Bands. Tickets $15 in advance & $20 at the door. 4pm, Sleder’s Family Tavern, TC. 947-9213.

“Guys and Dolls”: (See Thurs., except no senior discount today.)

3rd Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show: 11am- 5pm, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. Featuring 60+ vendors. www.odawacasino.com or (877) 4- GAMING.

The Swirl: Featuring the Holiday Wine Market: Includes 12 different wines paired with appetizers, as well as the CTAC Annual Holiday Bazaar. Pine River Jazz will be playing holiday favorites. 4-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Tickets $15 in advance;$20 day of. www.crookedtree.org or 231-347-4337.


Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, 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. www.heather@tcsings.org.

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

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am. (Logan's Landing, TC).

Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan. Special holiday dates: Nov. 27 & Dec. 23.

“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, through 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.

Deep Blue Water Samba School: This community samba drumming class is held the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month from 7:30-9pm at GT Circuit, TC. Cost: $10 sliding scale. 231-276-2328.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School (except Thanksgiving week).

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

“Saturday’s Child”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, finger plays, poems, a craft or other activity, and a snack. Held Saturdays from 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.


Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held Nov. 22 - Dec. 18, with the Opening Party being held on Nov. 22 from 4-7p at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337. www.crookedtree.org

Jordan River Arts Council’s Members Holiday Art Sale: Held Nov. 24 - Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. Opening Reception held on Nov. 24. jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.

Ian Wilson: Artist-In-Residence: Exploring distortion through portraiture. Through 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 through Nov. 24. www.crookedtree.org.

“Cabin Fever”: Exhibit at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Jan. 3.

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 www.tinyurl.com/artbombtc. com Deadline for entry is Dec. 14.

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 through Dec. 1. www.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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