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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‘Crazy-Good’ Festival

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  


Short’s Brewery is upping the ante on their annual Elk Rapids fest.

Beyond the popular brewery tours and special beers on tap, Short’s has snagged the indie band Deer Tick to headline their one-day party in the parking lot.

With top-notch music, great food, and of course, Short’s own specialty brews, this fest is one that people will wish were longer – not shorter.


Started in 2010, after Short’s started production in Elk Rapids, the initial idea behind Short’s Fest was to throw a party during Elk Rapids’ Harbor Days celebration that would allow the public to enjoy food, brew, and music, and also let them visit Short’s usually closed-to-the-public production facility, where Short’s conjures up their extensive, unique, and “fearless” lineup of craft beers.

“We get tons of requests for tours, which we normally don’t offer, so it made sense to create Short’s Fest to give the public that opportunity,” said Bridgett Beckwith, Short’s director of marketing.


Beckwith said Short’s wanted to book a band with “coolness and awesomeocity,” a band that was gaining some national accolades but that wasn’t out of their reach.

Deer Tick, the Rhode Island-based band whose latest album, 2013’s “Negativity,” is generating plenty of buzz, has made two appearances on David Letterman’s show, and is slated to play at several national festivals.

“Deer Tick was on our radar because a few of our brewers are huge fans,” Beckwith said “Sometimes things just fall into place. I saw them in Chicago, and I’m really stoked to see how their vibe affects the festival.”


In addition to the music, which will also include an opening set from zany dance groove Michigan band Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, there will be plenty of Short’s famed brews, which will be complemented gastronomically by Short’s own hot dog cart and Terry’s Pretzel Cart, plus fare from the Riverwalk Grill.

“Along with sodas and other refreshments, we will of course have beer,” Beckwith said. “There will be two locations pouring the same lineup of 20 beers, including some ‘special appearance’ brews.”

A couple of Beckwith’s picks that will be available at Short’s Fest are India Spruce Pilsner and Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Black Beer, which is aged in bourbon barrels.

“It’s a pretty great list,” said Beckwith, who helped harvest the local spruce tips for the pilsner.


For anyone older than 21, this is an inexpensive and fun way to hear some new music and get introduced to the folks at Short’s and their products.

But the fest is also valuable in another way, Beckwith said, because it allows Short’s to give back.

“We plan to continue to show the village of Elk Rapids that we’re a company that cares about our community, the arts, and its future success,” she said. “Plus the music is going to be crazy-good.”

The 2014 Short’s Fest will take place on August 2 from 4pm-10 pm at the Short’s Brewing Co. production facility, 211 Industrial Park Dr., Elk Rapids. Tickets to Short’s Fest are $8 and include access to the event and live music. They can be purchased online at shortsbrewing.com as well as at the door the day of the event. Refreshments purchased separately.

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