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 - March 25th, 2014  

SEND YOUR HOT DATES TO: jamie@northernexpress.com

MAR 24-30

BILL STAINES & LOUANN LECHLER: Bill Staines will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads at Sleder’s Family Tavern, TC this Sunday, March 30 at 4pm. His humorous tales of life on the road & observations of everyday people provide a blend of story & song. Staines has recorded 26 critically acclaimed solo albums. Opening for Staines is local musician Louann Lechler. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. 947-9213.

monday 3/24

Cooking for a Crowd: Presented by Grow Benzie & Michigan State University Extension. Learn how to prepare foods safely & effectively for large groups. Held at Grow Benzie, Benzonia from 5:30- 8:30pm. www.growbenzie.org

Career Fair: 1-4pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, in the Michigan Ballroom, Acme. Persons who are interested in working at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa are encouraged to check the positions available & apply online in advance of the Career Fair. www.grandtraverseresort.com/careers

Wings of Wonder Raptor Release: A little Eastern Screech Owl will be released at 6pm, from the Candle Factory parking lot, TC. 231-326-4663.

FREE Community Hot Yoga: At True Yoga & Wellness, TC, 5:30pm. 60 min. class in a 105 degrees room. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle & towel to cover your mat. http://bit.ly/1gCMOtZ

Radcliffe Reading Society: This kids book club (grades 3-5) will meet from 3:30-4:30pm at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey to discuss “Flora & Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo & “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein. Free, but reservations needed: 231-347-1180.

Jr. Master Gardener Training Program: Topics include gardening, ecology, native plants & more. Learn fun hands-on ways to connect with children & impart info. 6-8pm, Grand Traverse County Governmental Center, TC. 231-256-8844.

Story Hour, Horizon Books, TC: Featuring “Good Night” at 10am. Also enjoy some activities & a craft. www.horizonbooks.com

tuesday 3/25

Traverse Area District Library’s Book Pub: Hosted at the Filling Station Microbrewery, TC from 7-9pm. This month’s book to discuss is “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. 946-8168.

Starting & Growing Broilers: Second workshop in Chickens 101 series. Speakers Pepper Bromelmeier & Tom Brown tell how to keep birds healthy & safe from predators. You will also be introduced to ISLAND’s Chicken Coupe. 6-7:30pm, Bellaire Community Hall. Donations accepted at door. 231-622-5252.

Open meeting of The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City: 12:30pm, First Congregational Church, TC. This is a “Just for fun,” get-acquainted session.

Luncheon Lecture: Jim Weidman, NCMC instructor, will provide a simple explanation & demonstration on Microsoft Excel at the Straits Area Education Center, Cheboygan at noon. Cost, $10; includes lunch. Call to register: 231-597-0322.

Connecting Women in Business: 11:30am- 1pm, Odawa Hotel, Petoskey. Sponsored by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. Area women business leaders & business owners can learn, form connections, share ideas & provide opportunities for personal & professional growth. www.chamber.petoskey.com

Mini Chinese Film Series: Presented by NMC’s International Affairs Forum. Today’s film is “Infernal Affairs,” the story of the race between a Chinese mafia mole in a police department & an undercover cop, each attempting to identify the other. 6pm, State Theatre, TC. www.statetheatretc.org

Progressive Women of Charlevoix County: Present Kerri Finlayson, an instructor of anthropology & sociology at NCMC. Kerri will talk about her 6,500 mile biking trip in Africa starting from Cairo, Egypt, traveling to Cape Town, South Africa. 3:30pm, Boyne District Library, Boyne City. RSVP: 231-582-0416.

wednesday 3/26

InterActive StoryTime: Featuring “Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson. Also enjoy activities & crafts. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

“Creating Health”: Dr. Don Piché will present this workshop that looks at the factors shown to promote health & reverse disease processes. 6:15pm, Performance Chiropractic, TC. Reservations required: 922.0110.

“What Is Art, Anyway?”: With Krista Cooper (TSO), Deb Lake (TCFF), & Phil Murphy (OTP): “Performing Arts”. 7pm, THE BOX, TC. Presented by Artcenter Traverse City. Admission, $5. artcentertraversecity.org or 941.9488.

thursday 3/27

“The Sound of Music”: Don’t miss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids, $23 students/seniors. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Navigational Charting: Students will learn how to chart a boating course in West Grand Traverse Bay. Presented by the Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary. 6-9pm, Traverse City Coast Guard Station. Cost, $10. Preregister: 941-8076.

March Swirl: Beer tasting by Petoskey Brewing & appetizers by City Park Grill. Music by Jeff Pagel. 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center Galleries, Petoskey. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of. www.crookedtree.org

friday 3/28

Hobbies in the Lobby Survival Bracelet Workshop: Make a survival bracelet out of parachute cord at the Petoskey District Library Main Lobby at 1pm. Free. 231-758-3100. www.petoskey library.org

“The Sound of Music”: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Toddler Time - “Toddler Gym”: A toddlerstyle obstacle course will provide opportunities for lots of different kinds of movement. 10am - noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

Luncheon Lecture: Featuring Navajo Code Talkers. Navajo tribe members who had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II used a secret code to help fight the war in the Pacific. George Colburn, historian & documentary producer, will show excerpts from his documentary & talk about the men he followed to the former battlefields to learn their stories. Luncheon, 11:30am; lecture, noon, NCMC library conference room, Petoskey. Cost, $10. 231-348-6600.

Veterans of SNL: With Rob Schneider, Chris Kattan & Tim Meadows. 8pm, Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown. Tickets: $25/$35. 1-800-922-2WIN.

Live Music, Horizon Books, TC: With Slice Future from 8:30-10:30pm. www.horizonbooks.com

“Curious Savage”: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband & wants to make the best use of it. Her stepchildren want to get their hands on it. Presented by Cadillac Footliters at Cadillac High School Auditorium at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door. 231.775.7336.

saturday 3/29

Jack O’Malley & The WTCM Morning Show 30th Anniversary Party: Entertainment by Mandy Alexander & WTCM’s Steveo. 6:30pm, Ground Zero, Streeters, TC. Free.

2014 Spring Bluebird Festival: 9:45am- 4:45pm, Hagerty Center, TC. Featuring bluebird panel discussions, birding by ear, builda-nest box workshops, & much more. Free. www.MichiganBluebirds.org

“The Sound of Music”: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Funny Business Comedy Show: With Norm Stulz & Stu McCallister. 9pm, O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. $5 cover. 1-877-442-6464.

Sips, Chips & Dips: 12-5pm at Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail participating wineries. Free. 231-271- 7100.

Bring Your Own Guitar: Enjoy acoustic guitar playing, learning & fun from 1-3pm at the Traverse Area District Library, TC. Fiddles & banjos welcome too. www.tadl.org

Blissfest Folk & Roots Concert Series Presents Woody Pines: This band plays everything from early 20th century acoustic blues & rock-a-billy, to the sounds of the White Stripes and The Black Keys. Their songs include “Counting Alligators,” “Nashville” & “Delta Bound”. 8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Tickets: $20 advance; $15 Blissfest members. www.blissfest.org or 231-348- 7047.

Kirtland Warbler in Michigan: Tiny bird, BIG story. North America’s rarest songbird. 1pm, Cadillac Library Meeting Room. 231-510-9047.

Author Signing, Horizon Books, TC: With Colleen Nye, author of “When in Maui,” from 2-4pm. www.horizonbooks.com

“Curious Savage”: (See Fri., with the addition of a 2pm performance.)

Maple Sap to Syrup: Join James Dake, Grass River’s new education director, in discovering the ceremonial art of tapping a maple tree. 10am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Cost, $5. Register: www.grassriver.org or 231-533-8314.

sunday 3/30

Bill Staines & Louann Lechler: Staines mixes in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads at Sleder’s Family Tavern, TC, 4pm. His humorous tales of life on the road & observations of everyday people provide a blend of story & song. He has recorded 26 critically acclaimed solo albums. Opening for Staines is local musician Lechler. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. 947-9213.

Last Weekend Luau: Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. Enjoy the Toss Your Cookies (frozen cookie toss) event, Saucer Races, Toilet Seat Horseshoes & Hula Hoop Contest. Registration begins at 8am in Ivan’s & events begin at 10:30am. www.shantycreek.com


Dance!Benzie: Dance at Mills Community House every Tues. from 6-10pm. Improvisational partner dancing based on waltz, swing, blues, slow, tango, Latin & more. Instructional workshop, 6-7pm for a fee; open dance, donation, 7-10pm. Info: facebook.com/groups/dancebenzie/

Cocktail Cinema: Featuring Indie, Arthouse, Foreign & Classic films every Tues. through May 27 at 7pm at Outré Lounge, InsideOut Gallery, TC. Free movies & popcorn & 50% off drinks for members. 929-3254.

Smithsonian’s Journey Stories: This exhibition examines the intersection between modes of travel & Americans’ desire to feel free to move. On display through March 21 at the Charlevoix Public Library. 231-547-2651.

Two New “Legends of the Grand Traverse Region”: Celebrating Father Fred (Edwin Fredrick), founder of the Father Fred Foundation, & Roy & Ellen Brigman, founders of Camp Roy-El, which from 1952 to 1991 was a camp for children with disabilities. Through April 12, History Center of Traverse City. Free. traversehistory.org or 995-0313.

Old Time Country Dance Line & Square Dances: Held every second Saturday of the month at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac from 6:30- 9:30pm. Free dance instruction. 231-920-8389.

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

East Jordan Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month from 9am-1pm at the Civic Center, East Jordan.

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

Charlevoix Winter Farmers Market: Thursdays, 9am-1pm, Charlevoix Public Library, Community Rooms A & B.

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

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

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

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat. through 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.

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. Held Saturdays, 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.

Mah Jong: Tues., 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. http://aldenlib.info/

Great Start Playgroup: Held the fourth Weds. of each month, 10 am, Alden District Library. Bring your preschoolers to play, hear stories & meet new friends.

Basketry: Wednesdays, 3pm, Alden District Library. Presented by Dorothy Walters. Join anytime. Materials fee—bring with you to the class. http://aldenlib.info/ or 231-331-4318.

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

Community Playgroup: Held Tuesdays through May 27 at Otsego County Community Center from 9:30-11:30am. Free. For children ages 0-5. 989-732-7289.

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

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

PDL Reader’s Theater: Elementary group meets on Mon., 5:30pm; Teen group, Weds., 5:30pm. Program Room, Petoskey District Library. Actors use their voices & upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. 231-758-3123 or www.petoskeylibrary.org

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

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

Bring in the Little Ones: Move, shake & sing along every Mon. from 10:30-11am at The Little Fleet, TC. Suggested donation, $5. www.thelittlefleet.com

Peepers Nature Preschool: Tuesdays through May 20, 10-11:30am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Featuring stories, crafts, music & discovery activities. $5. www.natureiscalling.org

“Chess Gang”: Meets from 3-5pm on Mondays through May 19 in the Children’s Program Room of the Petoskey District Library. Players of all skill levels are welcome & are encouraged to bring chess sets from home if they have them. Free. 231-758-3123.

Gentle Yoga: Gentle instructor Tina Livingston offers yoga basics at the Peninsula Community Library, TC for adults & teens every Weds. at 9:30am. $7 fee. Register: 231-223-7700.

Oryana Food Drive for Homeless: During the month of March, Oryana, TC is collecting nonperishable foods & cash donations to help neighboring homeless families. 231.947.0191.

Parent/Child Story Times: Mon. & Thurs., 10:30am, Children’s Program Rm., Petoskey District Library through 5/16. 18 mos.- 3 yrs. old. petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3100.


“Beer Inspired Art” Call for Artists: Parkside Arts Council is helping celebrate Short’s Brewing Company’s 10th Anniversary Bash by sponsoring a “Beer Inspired Art” show. All mediums are welcome. Entry fee is $15. On display from April 24 - May 25 at the Bellaire Parkside Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop. There will be an artist reception & show on Thurs., April 24 from 6-8pm. Drop off art April 9-11. 231-357-1543. www.parksidearts.org

Kitchen Painters: This group meets every week to share their knowledge & discoveries so that as a whole each member benefits from the experience of the other. On display March 28 - April 26 in the Atrium Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

First Annual “Three Decades of Art of NMC”: This exhibit pays tribute to students who honed their craft at NMC. March 28 - May 31, Traverse City Art & Design Studio. 231-421-9499.

Over the Rainbow: Work by Christine Krzyszton: Christine’s work elicits the feelings of inner childhood when primary colors brightened our world. Through April in Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. www.galleryfifty.com

“Artists North” Exhibit: Paintings of Harbor Springs artist Jim Kosloskey remind us that spring is on the way & that sunshine & flowers will come again. Through March 29, Charlevoix Circle of Arts. www.charlevoixcircle.org or 231.547.3554.

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.

Tom Haxby Exhibit - Fine-Art Nature Photos from Michigan: City Opera House, TC, through March 30. 941-8082.

2014 Juried Photography Exhibition: Through April 5, Bonfield Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

The Clark Historical Library: On display at Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey through April 5. Featuring 52 original works of art created as book illustrations from the Clark Historical Library’s Molson Art Collection at CMU. 231-347-4337.

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

Studio & Pottery Demonstrations: Michiganbased artists will conduct live demonstrations on pottery, tile & jewelry making techniques every Sat. through April 26 from 10am-4pm at Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey. Free. 231-347-0590.

Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Charlevoix: hung in three venues: ‘From the Farm’ category is at the Charlevoix Public Library; ‘From the Market’ is at the Depot; & ‘From the Table’ at Stafford’s Weathervane. Sponsored by ISLAND, CTAC, & Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. 231.347.4337.

Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC: Making Paper Dance: The Art of Pop Up Books: Featuring pop-up books from the 1800s to present, lent from private collections & the Special Collections Library, U of M, along with paper sculptural works by U of M paper engineer Matt Schlian. Through April 6. Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts: Survey of over 30 works Marston has done, including some of her “Small Studies”. Through April 27. www.dennosmuseum.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 the 2012 Photography Contest winners, including Craig Goodrich, Ragnar Avery & Chris Brown, at the Watershed Center, TC. Portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org or 935-1514.

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

“Art Bomb”: Art show, Right Brain Brewery, TC, through March. See Facebook page.

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