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 - January 3rd, 2014  

DEC JAN 30-05

4th Annual CherryT Ball Drop! Held at the corner of Front & Park St. in downtown TC this New Year’s Eve, the excitement starts at 9pm with live entertainment from funk band The Supplements, featuring Miriam Pico, Northern DJ connection, a visit from the Coast Guard and more. Suggested admission donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items to benefit the Goodwill Food Pantry and other local nonprofits.



Ski & Snowboard Demo Day: From 9am-4:30pm, try the latest ski equipment at Schuss, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. www.shantycreek.com

Story Hour: Winter Holidays: Hear stories & do some activities & a craft. 10-11am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Author Talk & Signing: Andrew Graybill, “The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West”: 4-5pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Feed the Birds Holiday Happening: Bring a few feathered friends right up to your window with munchies you make to put outside for them. 11am-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Morning Movie: Enjoy a classic holiday movie in your jammies. 10am, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

tuesday 12/31

4th Annual CherryT Ball Drop: Held at the corner of Front & Park St. in downtown TC, the excitement starts at 9pm with live entertainment from funk band The Supplements, featuring Miriam Pico, Northern DJ connection, a visit from the Coast Guard & more. Suggested admission donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items to benefit the Goodwill Food Pantry and other local nonprofits. www.cherrytballdrop.com

Countdown to 2014 at Noon!: Activities begin in the Great Lakes Room at 11am & go until 3pm. Countdown at 11:59am. Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC.

NYE Extravaganza: 4pm-2am, Phil’s on Front, TC. Featuring live music & a midnight breakfast. www.philsonfront.com

2nd Annual Northport Ball Drop: At Brew North.

New Years Eve Bash: Three parties for $10 in Ground Zero, Streeters, TC: Party 1 (8pm-2am): Featuring Rock 105 staff, along with EverShine & special guests on Streeters Cafe Stage. Party 2 (8pm-2am): WTCM’s Steveo will mix top country hits. Party 3 (9pm-3am): Featuring Z93’s Host Ron Pritchard. Dance club party with DJ Fade & DJ DomiNate. 932-1300.

New Year’s Eve at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire: Ski for free from 6:30-11pm at Summit Mountain. Fireworks at midnight. www.shantycreek.com

Governors’ Hall New Year’s Eve Party: Beginning at 6pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. This “Roaring 20’s” theme features music from The BlueWater Kings Band. For more info: 800-236-1577.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party: 6pm-1am, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. For more info: 231-534-6770.

New Year’s Eve Overnight: 6pm-9am, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan. For ages 4-14. Call to register: 231-536-3369.

New Years Eve 2014 - “Shaken Not Stirred”: Performances by Randy Moore & The Fabulous Suedes, Doug Decker Duo, DJ Shawn, Bond Girls & a James Bond impersonator. Odawa Casino, Petoskey. www.odawacasino.com

Dances of Universal Peace - Global Peace Dance: 7pm, Llama Meadows Eco Farm, Benzonia. Led by Betty Demers & Jessica Noe of the Peaceful Sisters. $7-10 donations appreciated. 231-882-4933.

Celebrate the New Year at Boyne Highlands Resort, Bay Harbor: Zoo Bar Party (ages 21+) held from 9pm-1am, featuring the Myk Ride Band. Tickets, $10. Call 231-526-3000 to reserve. Torchlight Parade & fireworks at 9:30pm. Teen Party (ages 12-20), 10pm-12:45am. Polar Cubs Party (ages 2-11), 6:15pm-1am. www.BOYNE. com/EventsCalendar or 231-526-3000.

Ringin’ in the New Year at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls: 9pm-1:30am, Civic Center. Featuring Double Trouble DJs, confetti cannon, & much more. Torchlight Parade & fireworks, 9:15-10pm. www.BOYNE.com/EventsCalendar or 231-549- 6000.

New Year’s Eve Dance: 8pm, Parish Hall, Maple City. Featuring the Watkoski Family Band & Bobby Atkinson. $15/person. 231-228-6641.

New Year’s Eve at Brewery Ferment, TC: Happy hour 4-6pm & 10pm-close. Free prize popcorn. Special bottle conditioned beers.

Pajama Party: 6:30am-12pm, River St., downtown Elk Rapids.

New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center: Enjoy this all age, family friendly, alcohol-free & artistic celebration at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Enjoy music, theatre, art & dance from 5-9pm. “Midnight at 9” ball drop. www.crookedtree.org

wednesday 1/1

Resolution Run: This 5k starts at 11am at Little Fleet, TC. $35 race fee goes to the Traverse Health Clinic. Packet pickup on Dec. 31, 3- 6pm, Cartridge World, TC. Can sign up at: www.traversehealthclinic.org

thursday 1/2

Get Crafty Holiday Happening: Featuring an assortment of scraps & stuff for you to get creative with. 11am-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board Meeting: 6pm, MEA office, TC. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to area food banks. 946-5555.

friday 1/3

First Fridays: Held at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from 5-8pm or later. Featuring The Neptune Quartet at Left Foot Charley, Pat Ivory at Notably Natural, Greg Seaman at One of a Kind Cycle, Poetry Slam at Cuppa Joe, and New Exhibit: Paintings by Daniel Oberschulte at Gallery Fifty. www.thevillagetc.com

Artist Talk with Steve Loveless: 5:30- 6:30pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. www. Oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

Toddler Time - Snow Much Fun: Kids of all ages have a sensory experience with experimenting with snow & ice. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC.

Cabin Fever Artist Talk with Steve Loveless, Beulah: Steve will present his landscape photography at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort at 5:30pm. 231-352-4151.

saturday 1/4

Michigan Cup 6-Hour Team Relay & Potluck: This cross-country skiing event begins at 10am at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling. www.nordicskiracer.com

New Year’s Psychic Fair: Featuring tarot readings, channeling, Reiki, reflexology & more. 10am- 6pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805. Care Fair/Health Fair: 10am-noon, Manistee United Methodist Church. 231-723-6219.

Men’s Quarterly Breakfast: 8:30-10:30am, Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. Register: www. bponline.org or 922-9882. No cost, but donations accepted.

Frozen Torch Snowshoe Race: Featuring both 5K & 10K events, as well as a Fun Walk on the frozen hills of Torch Lake & the property of YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha. Preregistration (before Dec. 27) is $25; $30 after: www.hayowentha.org Free chili lunch for every participant.

sunday 1/5

Downtown Bridal Show: Noon - 4pm, City Opera House, TC. Featuring over 35 vendors from downtown TC & beyond. Bridal fashion show at 3:15pm. www.downtowntc.com

Practical Applications for Using your Pendulum: With Pam Tiegl. 1-3pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805.


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. Admission: $5 individuals (4 & under free), $30 family pass. http://traversehistory.org/events/festival-of-trains/

Snowshoe Hikes: Held every Sat. through end of Feb. with park rangers at 1pm at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire. 231-326-5134, extension 328.

Now Accepting Poetry for Poets’ Night Out 2014: Pick up rules at the Traverse Area District Library or visit: www.poetsnightout.org Deadline for submissions is Jan. 25.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

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

“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.

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)

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.

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.

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

Photography Exhibition: Work by Tom Haxby at the Traverse Area District Library.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix.

Preschool Story Hour: Held Wednesdays at 10am & 1pm at Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Read to Chaz, Therapy Reading Dog: Second & fourth Wednesdays of each month, 4-6pm, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Mah Jong: Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. Come and learn or come and play.

Basketry: Wednesdays, 3pm, Alden District Library. Presented by Dorothy Walters. Join anytime. Materials fee—bring with you to the class.

Lil’ Souls Play Group: For moms & kids, birth - 6 years. Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. www.bponline.org


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

“Places I’ve Been: Paintings by Dan Oberschulte”: Held in Rinaldo Hall, Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from Jan. 3 - March 31.

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.

“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.

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.

Call for Art: Community art show at Right Brain Brewery, TC, “Art Bomb,” happening January through March. Visit www.tinyurl.com/artbombtc. com

Send to: class@northernexpress.com The deadline is every Tuesday for the following week’s issue.

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