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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Dancin' in the Streets, Harbor Springs-Style

They aren’t afraid of shaking a little booty in Harbor Springs.

Kristi Kates - July 1st, 2014  

The lakeside town’s popular Thursday-only Street Musique is a weekly dance party, featuring live music on street corners, dancing on the sidewalks, and late night shopping fun.


Mary Catherine Hannah has been cochair of Street Musique for the past three years, but the event actually started about ten years ago with the leadership of Sheryl McCleary (of Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) and the support of the Blissfest organization.

“Street Musique was first about bringing a unique arts experience to Harbor Springs, a way to foster community talent, and to give our local residents and tourists a wonderful event to enjoy in the summer,” Hannah said.

The event was also aimed at helping downtown retailers and restaurants by giving them a reason to expand the hours of their business, keeping folks downtown during the evenings.


While there are many concert series in Northern Michigan in the summer months, Street Musique is unique in part because it’s always free.

“You just walk downtown and enjoy,” Hannah said.

Originally the focus was on acoustic music and local musicians, but the group’s relationship with Blissfest has opened the event up to new sounds, Hannah said.

“It has allowed us to host some really interesting and fantastic groups we would not have been able to otherwise,” she said.

The musicians are selected in a variety of ways.

“We have established favorites that play from year to year; new groups referred to us; and local groups looking for more exposure,” she said. “And we cross-book a couple of groups who are also performing at Blissfest.”


Regional favorites The Galactic Sherpas will open the first Street Musique of the 2014 season on June 26, and a couple of bands new to the event – The Stout Hearted String Band and Fauxgrass – will both be playing on July 10.

Vintage guitarist Jon Archambault, folk singer Kirby, and singer-songwriter Melissa Welke are also scheduled. Duos are currently “hot,” according to Hannah, so Street Musique will present several, including Younce Guitar Duo and Wyatt and Shari Knapp.

As Street Musique grows, so does the space it will need. The event has already expanded into new space at the waterfront, and is adding additional performance locations.

There’s also a second version of Street Musique called Music at the Market! on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am-1pm, at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market on Main Street.

“We love to watch the ways in which Street Musique has encouraged community gathering, and we are always on the lookout for new ways to grow and improve the event,” Hannah said. “During Street Musique, we all get to enjoy Northern Michigan at its finest.”

For the full 2014 Street Musique schedule, visit streetmusique.com their page on Facebook.

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