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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Nite Life

Jamie Kauffold - December 9th, 2013  

Manistee, Wexford & Missaukee

Buckley Bar - Buckley
Karaoke with DJ Karaoke,
Sounds with DJ Duane
Bucksnort Bar - Mesick
Thurs. -- Acoustic open mic w/
Jason Welch, 8p-12a
Every other Sat. -- Phattrax
Karaoke w/DJ Marcus
Coyote Crossing - Cadillac
Thurs. -- Open Mic

Sat. -- Live Music
HI-Way - Manistee
Wed. -- Karaoke
Little River Casino - Manistee
Grove Lounge:
12/9 -- Rodney Beyer's Polka
12/13-14 - PowerPlay
12/15 -- Virgil Baker & Friends

McManigals Pub - Manistee
Fri. & Sat. -- Open Mic, 9pm
Pines Nightclub - Cadillac
Fri. -- Hot Traxx Video Dance

Grand Traverse & Kalkaska

7 Monks - TC
Wed. -- Levi Britton, 7-11
Brew - TC
Cambria Suites - TC
Thurs. -- Jeff Haas Trio & Laurie
Sears, 7-9:30
Critters - Rapid City
Elks Lodge - TC
Fantasy's - Traverse City
Adult Entertainment w/ DJ
Filling Station - TC
Wed. -- Younce Guitar Duo,
Fireball Lounge - Kalkaska
Fri. -- Live Music
Sat. -- Live Music
Frank's Buckley Bar -
Sun. -- Acoustic open mic w/
Jason, 7-11
Grand Traverse Resort -
Aerie Lounge:
Fri. & Sat. -- John Pomeroy,
GT Circuit - TC
Harbor 22 - TC
Wed. -- Live Music w/ Brett
Mitchell, Jeff Woolsey, Janice
Hayloft Inn - TC
Fri. & Sat. through Dec. -- The
2 Old Broads, 7:30-11:30
Hideaway - Kingsley
Shimmers on the Bay:
Thurs. -- Karaoke, 9-12
12/13 -- Hot Traxx DJs, 9-2
12/14 -- DJ Motaz, 9p-2a
Horizon Books - TC
Fri. & Sat. -- Live music, 8:30
InsideOut Gallery - TC
Wed. -- True Falsettos, 7-10
Fri. -- Acoustic Dynamite, 6-8
Left Foot Charley - TC
Mon. -- Open Mic, 6-9
Little Bohemia - TC
12/10 -- TC Celtic, 7-9

12/12 -- Strings & Julin, 8-10
12/13 -- Robert Abate & the
Bigtimers, 8-11
Little Fleet - TC
North Peak - TC
12/13-14 -- Lucas Paul
Mon. -- Karaoke, 9-1
Tues. -- Levi Britton, 8-12
Wed. -- Miriam Pico & Friends,
Thurs. -- Chris Sterr, 8p-12a
Northern Natural Cider - TC
Earthwork Music Mondays, 8
Thurs. -- Jimmy Olsen, 7-9
Sat. -- Kids Open Mic, 3
Om Cafe - TC
Sun. -- Jazz w/ Ron Getz &
Nancy Stagnitta, 12-3p
Oryana - TC
Wed. -- Robert Abate, 3-4
Beacon Lounge:
Mon. -- Levi Britton, 8:30pm
Thurs. - Sat. -- Tom Kaufmann
Park Shore Resort -- TC
Fri. & Sat. - DJ
Pearl's - Elk Rapids
12/11 -- Billy Strings & Don Julin
Phil's on Front - TC
12/12 -- Miriam Pico & David
Chown, 8-10
12/13 -- Blake Elliott & The
Robinson Affair, 9-11
12/14 -- Elizabeth + TBD, 9-11
Weds. - Sat. -- Live music
Poppycocks - TC
12/14 -- True Falsettos
Fri. -- On Quartet
Right Brain - TC
Sail Inn - Traverse City
Tues., Thurs. & Sat. -- Impaired
Karaoke, 9p-1a
Side Traxx - TC
12/14 -- Customer Appreciation
Christmas Party

Wed. -- Impaired Karaoke, 10
Fri.-Sat. -- DJ/VJ Mike King
Southside - Buckley
Streeters - TC
Ground Zero:
Studio Anatomy -
Trattoria Stella - TC
Tues. -- Live Jazz w/ Ron Getz,
Level 3 Lounge:
Thurs. -- Comedy, 9-10:30
Thurs., Fri. & Sat. -- DJ Ricky T,
Gaming Floor:
Union Street Sta tion -
12/13 -- True Falsettos, then G-
12/14 -- LGB
Tues. Open Mic w/ Chris Sterr
Wed. -- DJ Dominate
Thurs. -- Laith Al-Saadi
Sun. -- Karaoke, 10p-2a
Uptown - TC - Piano Bar
Vasquez Hacienda - Elk
Thurs. -- Joanie Stanley, 6-9
Fri. -- Nick Vasquez, 7-10
Workshop Brewing - TC
12/11 -- Jazz Society, 6-10
12/12 -- Joshua Davis & Joe
Wilson, 7-10
12/13 -- The Accidentals, 8-11
12/14 -- E Minor, John Driscoll,
Caul Bluhm, 8-11
Mon. -- Trivia, 7-9

Leelanau & Benzie

Cabbage Shed - Elberta
12/14 -- Hannah Rae Beale
Thurs. -- Open Mic
Cedar Tavern -
Fri. -- DJ Kenny
Corner Pub - Beulah
Thurs. -- Ronnie Hernandez
Dick's Pour House - Lake
Sat. -- Karaoke, 10p-2a

Geno's - Thompsonville
Leelanau Sands Showroom:
12/12 -- Alex Meixner Polka, 1-5
12/13 -- Sawyer Brown, 8
12/14 -- Barn Storm
Lumberjack's - Honor
Thurs. -- Karaoke w/ John Fortine
Roadhouse - Benzonia
Wed. -- Jake Frysinger, 6-8

Southside Hideout - Buckley
Stormcloud Brewing Co. -
Western Ave. Grill - Glen Arbor
Thurs. -- Acoustic Jazz
Fri. -- Open Mic
Sat. -- Karaoke

Antrim & Charlevoix

Alden Bar & Grill -
Thurs. -- Kenny Thompson, 6-9
Blue Pelican - Central Lake
Fri. -- Willy Jam
Boyne Mountain - Boyne Falls
Pierson's Grille & Spirits:
Fri.-Sat. -- Live entertainment,
Snowflake Lounge:
12/13-14 -- DJ Bill da Cat, 9-1
Buck's Bar - Mancelona
Thurs. -- DJ Adam R
Fri & Sat -- Live music
Cafe Santé - Boyne City
12/9 -- Nathan Bates, 6-9
12/12 -- Ben Overbeek, 5:30-9
12/13 -- Younce Guitar Duo, 6-

12/14 -- Bret Mitchell, 8-11
Charlevoix Country Club
Lago Lounge:
Edgewater Bistro -
Flight Deck - Charlevoix
Grey Gables - Charlevoix
Fri. -- Dave Cisco, 6:30-10:30
Jordan Inn - East Jordan
Tues. -- Open Mic w/ Cal Mantis,
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
Morsel's - Charlevoix
Wed. -- Robin Lee Berry, 6:30-
Murray's Bar & Grill - E.
Fri. & Sat. -- Live Music
The Pelican's Nest - Bellaire
Wed. -- Danny B

Fri. -- Kenny Thompson
Sat. -- Willy Jam
Press Box - Mancelona
Fri. -- Live music w/ Rich
Blackmore, 7-9pm
Porter Creek Fish House -
Boyne City
Red Mesa - Boyne City
12/10 -- Billy Strings & Don Julin,
Short's - Bellaire
12/13 -- Rachel Brooke
12/14 -- Joshua Davis
Sportsmans Bar - Boyne City
Thirsty Goat - Boyne City
Fri. -- Connie's Karaoke, 9p-1a
Torch Riviera - Torch Lake
Thurs. -- Danny B, 7-10

Emmet & Cheboygan

City Park Grill - Petoskey
12/10 -- Sean & Adam
12/14 -- The Potters Field
The Depot - Alanson
Sat. -- Billy P. Project
Dixie Saloon - Mackinaw
Thurs. -- Gene Perry, 9p-1a
Fri. & Sat. - DJ
Douglas Lake Bar - Pellston
Inn at Bay Harbor -
Cabana Bar:
(Sault Ste. Marie)
Dreammakers Theater:
12/14 -- Kenny Rogers wsg
Linda Davis, 7
Rapids Lounge:
12/12 -- Dave Waite & Raanan
12/13-14 -- Chump Change
Team Spirits Bar:
Northern Pines Lounge:

12/10-11 -- Jimmie Cowles
12/13-14 -- Perry Hatch
Signatures Lounge:
12/12 -- Phoenix Sounds
Leo’s Sports Bar -- Petoskey
1st & 3rd Sun. -- Open Stage
Mackinaw Trail Winery
Mountainside Grille -
Fri. -- Ronnie Hernandez, 6-9
Oasis Tavern - Kewadin
Thurs. -- Bad Medicine, DJ Jesse
Noggin Room - Petoskey
12/13 -- Michelle Chenard, 8-11
12/14 -- Chris Koury, 8-11
Northern Lights - Harbor
12/13 -- Loudmouth Soup
12/14 -- Yankee Station Band

12/13 -- Divas N Disguyz
Queens of Christmas, 8pm
Thurs. -- Ladies Night
Fri. -- Retro Friday, 8-11
Sat. -- DJ Shawn, 10:30pm
Fri. -- 102.9 Big Country, 9pm;
DJ Fabz, 12am
Sat. -- 105.1 Real Rock, 10pm;
DJ Shawn, 12am
Papa Lou’s Pizza Pub & Grill
Thurs. -- Ladies Night
Thurs., Fri., Sat. -- DJ Feezy, 8;
Country Night on Fri.
Stafford's Pier - Harbor Springs
South American Grille - Bay
12/11 -- Adam Engleman & Sean
Bielby, 7-10
12/13 -- Josh Hall, 7-11
12/14 -- Michelle Chenard, 7-11

Otsego, Crawford & Central

Alpine Tavern & Sports Bar
Cafe 611 - Frederic

Mt. Pleasant
Water Lily Lounge:
Fri & Sat -- Live Music
Rascal Jacks - Vanderbilt

Fri. -- Karaoke
Timothy's Pub - Gaylord
Fri. & Sat. -- Video DJ w/ Larry
Reichert Ent.

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