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 - December 16th, 2013  

DEC 16-22

TC Men’s Night: Even ladies hop down to Men’s Night! Held in downtown this Thursday, December 19 from 5-9pm, men can finish their last minute shopping while enjoying food, refreshments, entertainment, specials, gift-wrapping, & downtown prize drawings. 922-2050 or www.downtowntc.com

monday 12/16

Ladies’ Night in Downtown Manistee: From 5-8pm enjoy shopping, promotions & fun.

The Amazing Life of Amelia Earhart: Larry Inman, local expert, will share his 20 years of research along with artifacts in this presentation. 10:30am, Grand Traverse County Civic Center, TC. 922-4911.

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 10-11am: Story Hour. Enjoy “Penguins” and do some activities & a craft. 5:30-7pm: Book Release & Wine Party: Join author & Traverse City counselor Joseph R. Sanok & celebrate his new book, “Mental Wellness Parenting”. www.horizonbooks.com

tuesday 12/17

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli: This author will talk about the murderous mind & where she finds inspiration for her acclaimed novels. 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

American Big Band’s “Home for the Holidays”: A cast of eight singers/dancers & 12 musicians meld popular classics with the latest show tunes. 7:30pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets: $40/$25. www.cityoperahouse.org

Full Moon Owl Hike: Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder will start with a program featuring several live birds of prey, emphasizing owls native to our area. Then there will be the hike. 6-8pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. $10 adults; $5 kids under 12. www.natureiscalling.org or 231-941-0960.

Night Lights Digital Photography: With Lisa Lirones. 5pm, Alden District Library. $5 materials fee. 231-331-4318.

wednesday 12/18

InterActive Story Time: Enjoy “Bear Stays Up” by Karma Wilson. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Petoskey Madrigal Singers: 7pm, East Jordan High School Auditorium. 231-536-3385.

Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Lake Street Cafe at Oryana Co-Op at 3pm. 947-0191.

thursday 12/19

Men’s Night in Downtown Manistee: Get those last minute gift ideas & complimentary gift wrap from 5-8pm.

Alan Tricker’s “Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol”: 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors (65 & up). 231-620-7287.

Handel’s Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra & Chorus at 7pm at St. Francis Xavier Church, Petoskey. Tickets range from $20- $75. www.mynorthtickets.com or 231-487-0010.

Friends of the Alden District Library Christmas Luncheon: 11am, Helena Township Community Center. 231-331-4318.

Pageturners: This book group will discuss “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver at 7pm at Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: (See Weds.)

Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5:30-7:30pm, Bella Vita, Boyne City. www.boynechamber.com

Men’s Night Pre-Party - Sausage Fest: Featuring live music with Joshua Davis & Joe Wilson. 4- 8pm, The Workshop Brewing Co., TC Warehouse District.

Men’s Night, TC: Held in downtown TC from 5-9pm, this is the busiest shopping night in downtown TC. Merchants will have in-store specials, gift-wrapping, refreshments & downtown prize drawings. 922-2050 or www.downtowntc.com

Interlochen Arts Academy Choir & Band: 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors & students. www.interlochen.org

Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Elk Rapids District Library. Celebrate the Island House Victorian Christmas.

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Brookside Inn, Beulah. $5 donation. www.benzie.org

friday 12/20

Sobo Coffeehouse: Featuring stand up comedy, poetry, music & readings. 6-9pm, Boyne District Library’s Community Room. Sponsored by Boyne Writers Circle. 231-675-2253.

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 5:30-7:30pm: Todd & Brad Reed, “Tuesday with Todd and Brad Reed”. This father & son team of photographers shares their Northern MI photos from their Tuesday tradition. 8:30-10:30pm: Live music with Songwriters in the Round. www.horizonbooks.com

Naughty & Nice Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction: A benefit for Women’s Resource Center, TC. 5pm, Side Traxx, TC. www.sidetraxxtc.com or 935-1666.

Polar Express Storytime/Santa: Enjoy this classic story & welcome Santa Claus as he reads “The Night Before Christmas”. 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

SwingShift & the Stars: Six local celebrities are paired with six local dance instructors for this dance off that benefits area non-profits. Doors open at 6:30; dance lessons at 6:45; show starts at 7:15, City Opera House, TC. Tickets start at $25. www.cityoperahouse.org

Wild Wonders Moonlight Snowshoe Hike: 7pm, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Call 800- 968-4676, ext. 7000 for details.

Artist Talk with Barbara Webb: 5:30-7pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Barbara presents her paintings, technique & career. http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

Alan Tricker’s “Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)

Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Right Brain Brewery, TC from 7-9pm. www.rightbrainbrewery.com

Left Foot Charley Presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”: A free outdoor participatory sound sculpture. 6pm, Left Foot Charley in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. 995-0500.

HERTHA Holiday Concert: Featuring Rachael Davis, Joshua Davis, Dominic John Davis, Dylan Sundberg & many others. Benefit for the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. 8pm, Elk Rapids Town Hall. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. 231-267-5479.

Toddler Time: Enjoy turning boxes into box cars, engines & cabooses. 10am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Wheat the Pearents Release Party: 7pm, Brewery Ferment, TC. A festive winter wheat beer that features pear, vanilla and oak chips. www.BreweryFerment.com

Handel’s Messiah: (See Thurs., except tonight’s time is 8:30pm.)

saturday 12/21

Lakes of the North Winterstart: 10K Freestyle XC ski race at Lakes of the North in Mancelona. www.nordicskiracer.com

Winter Solstice Celebration, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village: 1-5pm. Featuring workshops, food & fun. 231-526-9447.

Christmas in The Village: Featuring horsedrawn carriage rides around The Village, Grand Traverse Commons, TC from 2-5pm. Enjoy shopping, snacks & drinks from 5-9pm. www.thevillagetc.com

Santa’s Workshop: 12-2pm, Rose Garden Veranda, Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Visit Santa in his sleigh. http://www.staffords.com/perryhotel

Events at Horizon Books, TC: Author Signings: 10am-12pm: Sandy Carlson, “Tales of the Lost Schooner”. 12-2pm: Jason Link, “The Legender” & Natasha House, “The Jade Series”. 2-4pm: John Mitchell, “Grand Traverse The Civil War Era”. www.horizonbooks.com

Santa Comes to Town: 11am-3pm, Norman Township Community Center, Wellston. Come see Santa & enjoy goodies. 231-859-4119.

Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Northern Latitudes Distillery, Lake Leelanau from 5-8pm. www.northernlatitudesdistillery.com

8th Annual Blissfest Winter Solstice Concert: Pre-concert winter feast & potluck at 5:30 pm. At 7pm musicians include The Crane Wives, Seth and May, Josh, Rachael and Dominic Davis, Dr. Goodhart and The Home Remedy and Kirby. Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building. Tickets range from $5-$25. Proceeds help raise funds for the Blissfest Arts Recreation Center’s Solar Initiative. www.blissfest.org

“Gift Twice Given” Benefit: Shoppers that make purchases at the Ward & Eis Gallery in Petoskey today will be giving a gift “twice given” because 20% of each sale will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM). 231-347-2750.

Green Room Romp: Parallel 45 presents this holiday fundraiser at the InsideOut Gallery, TC at 7pm. Featuring local music (by Miriam Pico), food & drink as well as a performance of “The Comple te Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)”. Tickets, $50. www.parallel45.org

Winter Solstice Celebration: Bonfi re at Stonehenge, 7 -11pm, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan.

Company Dance Traverse Presents “Winter Dances”: Guest performances by Company Dance Traverse alumni & Dance Arts Academy’s Fusion Company. 2pm & 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $15 orchestra seating; $10 balcony seating. 941-4234. www.danceartstraverse.com

Glenn Wolff: This artist & illustrator will sign any of his work for you at Brilliant Books, TC from 2- 5pm. www.Brilliant-Books.net

“The Nutcracker”: Performed by CTAC School of Ballet dancers at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets: $50 reserved, $15 adults, $5 students. https://www.crookedtree.org/shop/tickets/

Winter Solstice Celebration Concert: Presented by Michigan based Celtic band Finvarra’s Wren at 7:30pm at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. Enjoy Irish, Scottish & Celtic-American folk music. Tickets, $15 in advance & $20 at door. www.MyNorthTickets.com or 1-800-836-0717.

sunday 12/22

Holiday Concert: Featuring E Minor, Blake Elliott, Steven Leaf, The Accidentals, Miriam Pico, Mary Sue Wilkinson, & Sierra Creamer at the Old Art Building’s WT Best Theater, Leland. Doors open at 6pm with Santa; show begins at 7pm. Tickets, $12 adults; free for children 12 & under. www.oldartbuilding.com

Winter Sonnewende Freestyle & Classic: At Michawye Resort in Gaylord, this is a Michigan Cup XC ski race including a 17K freestyle for seniors & 7.5K classic for juniors. www.nordicskiracer.com

The Jingle Bell Run: 5K through downtown TC beginning at the Park Place Dome at 5:30pm. Bring non-perishable food item for donation. Wear reflective & festive holiday attire. $15; $20 day of, children 12 & under free. www.tctrackclub.com

Santa Breakfast: 8:30-11am, Perry Hotel, Petoskey. http://www.staffords.com/perryhotel

Horizon Books, TC: Author/Illustrator Signings: 1-3pm: Jim Cook & Judy Prevette, “Ronnie Rocket in Outer Space,” and Laurie Cass, “Lending A Paw”. 3-5pm: Michele Cerny, “No More Rules”.

TLC Handbell Concert: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Brew, TC at 8pm. www.brewtc.com

“The Nutcracker: (See Sat., except today’s only performance is at 3pm.)


11th Annual Festival of Trains: Held Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 at the History Center of Traverse City. Featuring the Historic Miniature City from Clinch Park, interactive model trains & more. Dec. 16-20: Santa visits nightly, 5-7pm. Admission: $5 individuals (4 & under free), $30 family pass. http://traversehistory.org/events/festival-of-trains/

Arnold Employees Collecting Donations: Of new, unopened toys & non-perishable food items. Donations go to Toys for Little Ones. Through Dec. 20 at the St.Ignace Dock 1 Ticket Office. Drop off: Mon. - Sat., 7am-4pm & Sun., 10:30am- 4:30pm.

East Jordan Lighted Christmas Village: In EJ Tourist Park through Jan. 5.

Lighted Village & Model Train Display: At 138 River St., downtown Elk Rapids. Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through Christmas from noon-5. www.elkrapidschamber.org

Visit Santa & Mrs. Clause: In Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s Gallery of Shops on the lobby level, 6-8pm, on: Dec. 7, 14, & 21.

Sparkle in the Park: Through Jan. 1 at Hopkins Park Campground, Bear Lake. http://suapi2.org/api/0/e/detail/options:eventid=30729

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: Starting in Dec., 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

Christmas at the Island House: This special holiday exhibit is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 1-4pm, from Dec. 6 - Jan. 5 at the Elk Rapids Historial Society.

Visits with Santa: Saturdays through Dec. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.

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

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Discoveries from the Great Depression, a traveling exhibit from MSU, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, through Jan. 5. www.dennosmuseum.org

Calling Poetry Submissions: The annual Poets’ Night Out presented by the Traverse Area District Library is now accepting poetry submissions until Jan. 25 for its 2014 public poetry contest on April 27 at the Traverse City Opera House. Visit www. tadl.org/pno2014 for official entry form & submission details.

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

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

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

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

22nd Annual Tree of Lights: For each $10 donation either in honor or in memory of a pet or person, a light will be lit on the Christmas Tree of Lights. Cherryland Humane Society, TC. Donations can be sent here too. 946-5116.


The Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be considered for the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable, however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org

Holiday Art Exhibit: Animal acrylics & watercolors artist Anni Crouter is one of ArtPrize 2013’s top winners. See her exhibit at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids now through Dec. 29: Weds. - Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon - 4pm. 231 264-0123.

Milagros: This all media exhibit runs from Dec. 6 - Jan. 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. This is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate “milagros,” the small miracles & surprises in life. 231-547-3554.

Christmas at the Manistee Art Institute: Member artists feature many different mediums from watercolors and pastels to ceramics, pottery, collage, photography, mixed media and fabric art. Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. For times & more info, call 231-723-2682.

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held through Dec. 18 at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337. www.crookedtree.org

Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market: Held through Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.

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

Dennos Museum Center, TC: “Shine On: Gregory D. Seman”: Photographs of Northwest Michigan. A solo exhibition of black & white silver gelatin prints, presented in association with the publication of a book by the same name. Through Jan. 5; “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes”: Transforming Nature into Art. More than 100 artworks in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, & fabric, from some the region’s most versatile artists. Exhibition produced in conjunction with release of book by the same name. www.dennosmuseum.org

Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, Village at Grand Traverse Commons, through 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, 6pm. 922-9882.

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

Bier Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Ornament Show: Located in the red & white schoolhouse 6 miles south of Charlevoix on US 31. Discover a unique selection of handmade ornaments & gifts featuring the creative works of many talented artisans. Bier Gallery is open daily throughout the holiday season & the ornament show will continue through this time as well. 231-547-2288.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village.

Art Babes Reunion!: This holiday show runs through Christmas; Tues. - Sat., 11am-6pm, Cog’s Creek Gallery & Studios, TC. www.cogscreekgallery.com

Calling Artists!: The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts calls entry for the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit. Registration & info available at: www.gaylordarts.org or 989-732-3242. Entries should be submitted by email from Dec. 16 - Jan. 10. GACA is also looking for high school age students from the area to enter the Visual Arts Student Award show. Entries taken Dec. 14-21. Form available on web site or at the Arts Center.

Green Room Romp: Parallel 45, a professional theatre company based in northern Michigan, presents its holiday fundraiser extravaganza this Saturday, December 21 at the InsideOut Gallery, TC at 7pm. Featuring local music by Miriam Pico, food & drink as well as a performance of The Complete Wrks of W llm Shkspr (Abridged). Tickets, $50. www.parallel45.org

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