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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SOBO Art Festival

Kristi Kates - June 20th, 2011
“WE is a big word when we discuss the 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival,”
explains festival co-coordinator Robin Lee Berry, “each of us have had big
and important jobs that are essential in making the festival happen.”
The idea for the Arts Fest began last year, when the community decided to
work together to “put a face,” as Berry puts it, on the collective pool of
local artist talent; Freshwater Studio’s Tony Williams and
Berry worked with Jerry Dennis, CindiFranco’s CoolStuff, and Lake Street
Market to create a committee that put together the first festival. This
year, most of the same team is back, along with the support of the Main
Street Committee of Boyne City, and have put together what Berry calls “a
very eclectic weekend” that coincides with the first Stroll the Streets of
summer 2011.

  When asked what this year’s festival highlights will be, Berry launches
into a list so extensive, it sounds like it would take up a week’s worth
of festival-ing, not a mere two days. But this is Boyne City’s SoBo -
ambitious and full of variety.
“Boyne Area gymnastics will be presenting an Aerial Silk event, and we’ll
have swing dance instruction followed by a street dance with Chris
Bickley’s Bay Area Big Band, a nationally acclaimed big band that is so
worthy to hear and experience,” Berry begins.
“Saturday is a musical jam at 10 a.m. - come one, come all! - followed by
a full day of music.”
Among the acts this year will be Kirby, Zumba, the Boyne Celtic
Collective, Northwoods Recorders, the community band, and the Charlevoix
Sax Quartet, among others.
“We’ll end the day with Jan Fowler and Peacemeal offering a Contra-dance,
which is big fun for families - if you have not tried it, this will be a
wonderful time to experience that. And all of this will be going on while
we present a juried art fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - a variety of mediums
will be presented, plus demonstrations, multi-media, authors with
published works, and the Healing Arts category. There will also be street
performers, including Twister Joe tying balloons - and this year, there
will be food, too.”

Live music has given Boyne City a boost.
“Karen Guzenchek, who owns Country Now and Then and Up a Lazy River with
her husband, Ray, came up with the idea that one night a week all summer
long, Boyne City would have live music playing on each street corner and
downtown merchants would be encouraged to stay open later to let folks
wander in,” Berry explains, “it has been a huge success, and hundreds of
people come in from all over every week to enjoy the festivities.”
The SoBo Arts Fest is poised to become a huge success of its own. With the
SoBo neighborhood itself growing and gaining attention regularly, any new
project is welcomed with open arms and plenty of local enthusiasm.
“The Boyne City Main Street Committee has been giving sincere, devoted,
and intelligent thought to smart growth with intention of shining a light
on Boyne as a community suitable to raise a family, create businesses,
retire, visit and play in,” Berry explains, “and I believe there is a
genuine wholesome quality to our town that is something people are missing
as other cities grow and expand. There really is a hometown feel here and
that truly is appealing. Hence our slogan, ‘Hometown Feel, Small Town
Appeal,’” she says.

And when asked what she, personally, is looking forward to, Berry’s answer
is that of a true performer - being able to collaborate with other
musicians, of course.
“I am pretty fond of that big band,” she says, “Chris Bickley is an
amazing talent, and since I have the honor of being their singer for this
concert, that will be a high point for me.”
“But,” she continues, “there are so many wonderful things planned for this
festival that I can honestly say I look forward to every item on the
schedule. I mostly hope that people find their way to Boyne City and plan
to spend the weekend experiencing the first Stroll the Streets of the
summer, and the 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival.”
“Festivals are an important environment to foster creativity, offer family
time, and increase the awe and wonder threshold, all in good clean air
surrounded by beautiful Lake Charlevoix,” Berry says, “it is important to
put feet to the pavement in Boyne to really appreciate it, and we hope
people will get very comfortable wandering all of our beautiful streets
here in Boyne City.”

The 2011 2nd Annual SoBo Arts Festival will take place on June 24 and 25
in downtown Boyne City and the SoBo Arts District. For more information,
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