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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“W” Stands for Winter at Petoskey’s Latest Fest

Kristi Kates - February 17th, 2014  

For the first five years, it was called the Winter Blues Festival, to “chase those dreary winter weather blues away,” according to Petoskey Downtown Director Becky Goodman.

But even after five years, Downtown Petoskey’s offices were still getting asked, “Where’s the music?” “People were expecting a music festival, and were disappointed when they realized we were talking about another kind of blues,” Goodman said.

Not wanting to disappoint the public, Goodman and her team decided to be straightforward about it. So today, it’s simply the Petoskey Winter Festival, although the goal of cheering up the winter doldrums is the same. “Only the name has changed,” Goodman said.


A few things have been tweaked, though, to keep things fresh and fun for returning attendees.

“It is really a collection of mini-events,” Goodman said. “The committee works to come up with new events, and we retain some of the old ones, as well.”

The Chocoholic Frolic is one event that won’t be disappearing any time soon.

“It’s one of the all-time favorites,” Goodman said.

Snag an entry form at the Downtown Petoskey offices, and tour the participating stores to sample chocolate treats. At the end of the day, return your form, and get entered to win a chocolate lover’s treasure chest.

“It has been really fun for me to greet the people at the end of the day who are all happy and full of chocolate,” Goodman said. “People love the Chocoholic Frolic, and that’s why we continue to do it each year.”

Retail Therapy is a similar concept, in which shoppers request an entry slip (no purchase required) each time they visit a store, for a chance at winning Downtown Treasure certificates. But while those are two of the most popular events, Petoskey’s Winter Festival doesn’t end with chocolate and shopping.


The fun starts on Wednesday, with several downtown diversions, like Grandpa Shorter’s “Carlos the Bear” contest (kiss Carlos the Bear, get your photo taken, and you might just get to take him home) to the Petoskey Library’s “Blind Date with a Book.”

Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars is hosting their Iron Chef Competition on Wednesday, with a pro division at 2pm and an amateur division at 5pm, in which chefs will go headto-head in a three-course meal competition to win the title of Fustini’s Iron Chef.

“The Iron Chef Contest should be great – I love to watch people cook who know what they are doing,” Goodman said.

Wednesday evening, Petoskey’s new Red Sky Stage venue will open their Cabin Fever Coffeehouse at 6pm.

And on Thursday night, it’s back to the 80s with Retro Game Night, Goodman said.

“Downtown stores will be setting up vintage games like Atari and Nintendo,” she said. “Play the games, record your scores, and you can win some great prizes. Being an old ‘Burger Time’ player myself, I’m excited to see how Retro Game Night goes as a new event.”


Petoskey Winter Festival’s biggest attractions open on Friday, with the Wine and Dine progressive dinner beginning at 6pm. Participants move from one restaurant to the next for each course, starting at American Spoon Foods and moving to Chandler’s, Palette Bistro, City Park Grill, Whitecaps, and Stafford’s Perry Hotel.

After all of that great gourmet food, lace up and run it off on Saturday at 8am at the 5K Winter Fun Run. Hang out for a coffee afterwards at Petoskey’s newest coffee shop, North Perk, which is donating 10 percent of their sales for the day to the Watershed Council.

Grandpa Shorters will be back on the festival scene Saturday with “Walking Tacos” from 11:30am to 2:30pm; Stafford’s will offer their Innkeeper Buffet plus sleigh rides; and Saturday night will feature local talent showcase Petoskey’s Got Talent at 8pm at City Park Grill.

“[Petoskey’s Got Talent] is always a lot of fun to watch, and we’ve held it since the first year of our winter festival,” Goodman said about the event, which features cash prizes. “I can’t say we’ve sent anyone to Hollywood, but we’ve had great attendance, which is what we hopåe for all of the festival!”

WHAT: The 2014 Petoskey Winter Festival; visit petoskeydowntown.com for a complete listing of events

WHERE: Downtown Petoskey’s shopping district

WHEN: February 19-22

WHY: To show what’s special about downtown Petoskey in the winter

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