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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Downtown Diversions for Summer 2014

Two Northern Michigan towns are lighting up their Friday nights with streetside food, fun, and music.

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2014  

Petoskey Rocks! is Petoskey’s answer to the Friday night dilemma, while Traverse City offers up Friday Night Live. Both are chock-full of sights, sounds, and eats to start the weekend off right.

ROCKIN’ PTOWN Petoskey Rocks! began three years ago as a way to get people downtown during the summer, said Downtown Petoskey’s Promotions Coordinator Kate Manthei.

Held every Friday night in July and the first Friday night in August, the events – like carriage rides, ghost tours, street performers and evening movies in the park – are free to the public.

“The name is the brainchild of one of our committee members, and we loved the play on words so much that we had to keep it,” Manthei said.

Petoskey Rocks! is set up to complement what’s already happening in downtown, and will build up to the Petoskey Proud! event on Aug. 1, which will be a big celebration of local Petoskey culture, and will serve as the signature event for Petoskey Rocks!

LIVE IN TC TC has a bit of seniority with its event:

Friday Night Live is now in its 21st year and is an August tradition that people look forward to every summer.

“The event is best described as a large community block party,” said Traverse City Downtown Development Authority/Downtown Traverse City Association Marketing and Deputy Director Colleen Paveglio.

Friday Night Live fills Front St. with fun and pedestrians from 5:30pm-9pm. More than 3,000 people participate in the event, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, Paveglio said.

“It’s a very visible and community-oriented event,” Paveglio said.

BRING ON THE MUSIC A big part of both downtown events is, of course, music, which has long been a fixture in downtown Petoskey.

“We have some fantastic musicians booked to play in Pennsylvania Park,” said Manthei.

This year’s lineup includes Charlie Millard, a local up-and-comer; the winner of the Fight for the Festival (from Petoskey’s upcoming 2014 Festival on the Bay); and the band Bennett, a regional trio of brothers who play original material.

Paveglio said that Friday Night Live is still in the planning stages of their entertainment schedule, but they expect to have The Accidentals kick off on Aug. 1, alongside other musical events that may include a Silent Disco.

Non-musical events will also be part of the plan, like onsite artists, classic cars, and valet bike parking.

“We are looking to work with local artists to be creating art pieces along the street, and we’ll celebrate classic and vintage cars on Aug. 22,” Paveglio said. “We’ll also be offering valet bike parking, to encourage folks to ride their bikes to the event.”


No matter where your Friday night finds you, Paveglio and Manthei say both events are great opportunities to be entertained.

“What makes FNL special is that the intent was designed to bring locals to enjoy an evening in downtown TC, and it does just that,” Paveglio said. “We fully expect that visitors will attend, but you cannot come down without seeing a friend, neighbor, or co-worker.”

Manthei echoed Paveglio’s thoughts. “We’re not looking to compete with the other Friday night events,” Manthei said. “We simply think that Petoskey is already pretty special, and Petoskey Rocks! is a celebration of that fact.”


Meanwhile in downtown Gaylord, visitors will be enjoying an enhanced Friday Night Concert Series. The shows take place every Friday between June 20 and August 22 at The Pavilion On Court. The town is justifiably pumped about a diverse lineup that includes The Accidentals (June 20), Graham Parsons (June 27), The Cookies, Kellerville, E Minor, and others. All concerts are 6-9m and free.


Fridays are fundays in Boyne City, too, at their Stroll the Streets events, which kick off each weekend at 6:00 pm.

Now in its 11th year, Stroll the Streets focuses heavily on music - as you walk through Boyne’s energetic downtown, you’ll hear everything from folk to rock wafting across the blocks.

This year’s musical roster includes performances from Kirby Snively, Charlie and Gerald Millard, The Vermeers, The Sunshine String Band, and quirky local jazz-bluesfunk outfit The Pistil Whips, among plenty of others.

And if you forget your special dancing (or strolling) gear, never fear - you can still get decked out for the festivities right downtown by Stroll the Streets’ own face painters, and then get your caricature drawn as a souvenir of your night.

For more on Petoskey Rocks! visit petoskeydowntown.com; visit downtowntc.com for more on Traverse City’s Friday Night Live events.

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